Heaven of all heavens is what they call it… but it’s hard to believe when you pull up to a rather stern, brick exterior. Intrigued as ever, I entered into the lobby which can only be described as bare. There is no glitz or glamour, just a small reception counter and seating area for guests to complete their check-in. How bizarre, I thought to myself.
We were welcomed by a tall gentleman, dressed from head to toe in white and named Angel Arm, who kindly explained the concept of Paresa and whilst bright natural light flooded the room and deep chanting was playing in the background, the tag line is seemed more and more appropriate. After having checked-in, we were lead out of the reception area and through some very large doors. What lay on the opposite side was completely and utterly breath-taking. We were standing on a golden platform overlooking the whole beachfront and resort that lay below us. The sun was so bright, it was almost blinding and it was quite literally as though we were in a hypothetical ‘heaven’, looking down on the beauty that lay below. “Welcome to Paresa” he said.
Following that impressive welcome, we entered a lift which took us in to the midst of the resort, after which a buggy drove us to our private villa. The villa was incredible. The entire front-facing side of the villa had floor-to-ceiling windows which boasted the most picturesque views over Kamala beach (the view from the bath tub was a particular favourite of mine). Not to mention, also having a stunning infinity pool and sun loungers in our own patio area.
Despite the numerous villas and accommodations on the resort, you still feel completely secluded and are able to enjoy a personalised and private experience throughout your stay. Even when walking around the resort, we barely saw other guests which made the stay very peaceful and relaxing.
However, not only is Paresa a tranquil retreat for some well-needed R&R, they also offer many, dining options, spa treatments and ‘adult activities’ with which to pass your time. We had a very colourful lunch at Diavolo which you can read about here and I would highly recommend the Thai Cooking School which was definitely a highlight of the trip. Having never cooked thai food before, I managed to make (with the help of Paresa’s expert chef) ‘goong sarong’ (deep fried prawns wrapped in vermicelli), ‘tom kha gai’ (thai chicken soup), ‘massaman curry’ (a beef curry) and ‘khao neeo mamuang’ (mango sticky rice) – I hope you’re impressed!
Paresa clearly homes some of the best views in all of Phuket and my experience there was heavenly. It goes without saying that this is a perfect couples retreat and a very idyllic place in which to unwind and reflect on how beautiful this part of the world is.