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Rosewood Phuket to Open 2014
Oct. 03, 2012
(Updated 10 June 2013) The next step in Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®’ ambitious Asia expansion plan will be the end-2014 opening of Rosewood Phuket, as the second Rosewood property in Asia following Rosewood Beijing’s Autumn 2013 opening.
The resort, including 81 villas and 32 residences, will be located on the 1,968-foot (600-metre) Emerald Bay beachfront in Western Phuket, one of the island’s last remaining areas for a secluded beach resort enclave. Here, Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy will celebrate the landscape, culture and sensibilities of its special new home.
All private and public areas will blend interiors and exteriors with retractable glass walls. Cantilevered structures will meld with the landscape. “Green” rooftops of living plants will not only provide energy conservation but uninterrupted sightlines to the Andaman Sea.
The resort will be designed to integrate organically into the hillside forest surroundings with an environmentally sensitive, contemporary architectural style showcasing the location’s striking natural attributes.
To preserve the 40-acre (16-hectare) forest, including 150-year-old banyan trees considered sacred in Thai culture, Bangkok-based P-Landscape will retain or carefully transplant trees within the site. Any introduced foliage will be indigenous species.
Phuket-based lead architect PMC, along with Singapore-based WOHA handling villa interior design, and Melbourne-based Bar Studio handling interior design for the restaurants and hideaway homes, will incorporate sustainable practices and indigenous materials wherever possible, with ample use of stone and timber.
Strategic positioning of the one and two-bedroom beach, lagoon and pool villas will provide privacy and uninterrupted ocean views. At a minimum total area of 1,184 square feet (110 square metres), villas will include separate lounge and dining spaces, swimming pool, garden, deck and outdoor shower and bath. The 32 two-to-nine-bedroom tropical mansion residences are set on sites that average half an acre (quarter hectare.)
“Within this very special environment, Rosewood Phuket guests will feel ‘at one’ with the land and sea,” says Radha Arora, president, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “Everywhere, the innovative architecture with subtle Thai influences will blend beautifully with the natural landscape.”
Three restaurants and lounges will include a rustic Thai seafood restaurant on the beach, built with recycled teak wood; an all-day dining bistro; and a sophisticated beachfront lounge and bar deck area.
Sense® spa will feature six spa villas and a swimming pool. A labyrinth garden, the central feature of the spa, will provide herbs and ingredients for use in specialized spa treatments.
The wedding pavilion, on a self-contained rooftop and featuring a private outdoor garden, will host ceremonies, receptions and banquets for up to 100 people. Steps from the beach, the pavilion will be encased in retractable glass wall panels which frame 180-degree bay views and can be opened to the sea breezes.
Recreational facilities will include a beachside lap pool, a health club with gymnasium, yoga pavilion, sea sports pavilion and rooftop tennis court.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 18 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in eight countries. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture, scale and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, Texas, USA. For more information or reservations, please contact your travel professional, visit rosewoodhotels.com or follow the group’s latest news on facebook.com/rosewoodhotels or Twitter @rosewoodhotels.
NORTH AMERICA: Callie Shumaker