Batik textiles originated in Java, in Indonesia, and arrived together with Muslim immigrants to Thailand. This craft has been passed on for generations and refined over time.
It is a type of resist dyeing where the resist is created with hot wax, which dries on the textiles to create a pattern; after that, the areas are painted. Using a wax pen, anything can be drawn, and thus many stories told.
In Phuket, the patterns are often of flowers and fish, with underwater life a common theme. In addition to traditional batik, Phuket is known for sanotik batik, which resembles tie-dyeing. There are various women’s batik groups all over the island, which are led by master batik artists, often female artisans who create batik textiles as an additional source of income.
24-hour advance reservations is required.
Designer and Rosewood PlaceMaker, Philip Huang, has shared his learned indigenous dyeing techniques exclusively with Rosewood Phuket. Families will be educated on the life of indigo plants and traditional dyeing methods and designs. They will then create their own unique t-shirt as a reminder of their preservation of this artisanal craft.
Elephants who have worked all their lives in often hard labor enjoy a well-deserved rest at this special home for retired pachyderms, where the focus is on ethical tourism. There is no riding these majestic beasts here, instead you are a temporary guest in their world, privileged to spend a few hours quietly observing them in their natural habitat, as they wander, feed and bathe.
If “food is culture,” then there is no better way to learn about Thai sensibilities than this deliciously immersive cooking class. Our chefs show you every aspect of creating traditional Thai delicacies, from Yum Woonsen (spicy seafood salad) and authentic Som Pad Thai Goong (wok-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce) to Som Tum (refreshing green papaya salad), and more.
Phuket Old Town will captivate your senses and bring to life a bygone era of colonial traders and Chinese and Muslim immigrants. Stroll along sidewalks lined with lively shop houses, smell the incense emanating from a Chinese temple and delight in the market’s exuberant fruits and vegetables. Peruse the restored Sino-Portuguese architecture of the 1929-era On On Hotel and the displays of Buddhist amulets, a favorite Thai good luck charm.
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island.
The huge, 45-meter-tall image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and the lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island. Close up, the atmosphere is very peaceful - the only sounds you hear are the tinkling of small bells, the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags and soft dharma music. The Buddha’s whole body is layered with beautiful Burmese white jade marble that shines in the sun. There is also a smaller brass Buddha and several, much smaller statues, of Buddha and of revered monks.
This half-day program is tailored for young adults who would like to explore behind-the-scenes of running a luxury resort. They are guided by a member of the resort’s Executive Team who gives a fascinating introduction to the fundamentals of managing a successful resort. Areas covered include the executive office, food and beverage, housekeeping, front office and engineering.
Rosewood Explorers become involved in keeping our environment clean and they enjoy feeling the impact they have on the earth as they help clean up the beach and reuse disposed items. Children can also discover creatures from the Andaman Sea and learn about Rosewood Phuket’s Coral Reef Restoration program.
Phuket’s “Old Town” is well known for its classic Chinese-Portuguese buildings, but there’s another great reason to take explore downtown: cool street art. Both local and international artists have contributed works that can be found in a compact section of town, making it easy to stroll and discover.