Hidden in an ancient valley on the western edge of Phuket, The Naka Phuket is Duangrit Bunnag's most daring hotel to date, with 94 glass-built villas cantilevering out from the mountainside. An outdoor pool is attached to each of the secluded living spaces, offering guests all the privacy they need to find their natural equilibrium. At the rooftop spa, which overlooks the forest and the ocean, cicadas provide the spellbinding soundtrack to soothing body scrubs and massages. Guests can also unwind in the hotel's Olympic-sized infinity pool, or feel the powder-fine sand between their toes on the wave-lapped private beach. Tantalizing fresh market produce is served at the hotel's three restaurants, including The Wiwa, which sits along a natural watercourse that Bunnag ingeniously integrated into his final design. Here, as in the rest of the hotel, there's a sense of being cocooned in a secret valley. Privacy and serenity are guaranteed, but for those seeking adventure, Phuket City is only a 20-minute taxi ride away.
HKT - Phuket International Airport
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Coffee Bar
Spa & Recreation
Beach, Jacuzzi, Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Massage, Sauna
Conference & Meetings
1 Meeting Room
24hours Room Service, Airport Shuttle, Concierge, Late Check-out, Pool Side Service
Rooms & Suites
Unlike anything else on the island, the 94-cantilevered villas jutting out of the mountainside give you a ringside seat to the spectacular blue of the Andaman Sea. Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag used a steel-framed matchbox form for the villas with wraparound, floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas have warm teak flooring, calming grey on the walls, and natural stone in the bathrooms where oversized rain showers complete the tropical experience. While the villas are decked out with all the modern conveniences, the real treat is enjoying the sound of the waves softly crashing on the sand from your private balcony or infinity pool.
After designing private residences, high-rise condos, and office blocks at Thai firm Architects 49, Duangrit Bunnag established his own practice, known simply as DBALP. From the company's 28th-floor office on Bangkok's Siam Square, Bunnag has built a reputation for bold, minimalist projects, and is now hot property on Thailand's ever-expanding hotel scene. The Naka, which sees him slotting simplistic spaces into a complex natural environment, is a perfect illustration of how much he likes to test himself. As Bunnag said, "It's going to be huge in Phuket."
Phuket’s west coast hides an ancient, green valley that offers a natural retreat from the Thai island’s party side. Amid the trees is the town of Kamala, an old fishing village that now offers a toned-down luxury vibe.