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These Thai Beach Villas Are Glowing from a Stylish Revamp

The Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay’s fully refurbished villas are turning heads in Krabi.

Oct 27, 2020

NESTLED ON THE ALABASTER SANDS of Krabi, the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is an exclusive haven on one of the most coveted seashores in all of Thailand. For years, the resort has distinguished itself by going the extra mile—think: private butler service for all guests, walk-in wardrobes, and an infinity pool that appears to melt right into the Andaman Sea. Now, the resort has raised the ante once again by giving its eight Beach Villas a top-to-toe refurbishment.

Each of these fully redesigned villas features an array of thoughtful upgrades. The spacious bathrooms are twice the size of their predecessors, the closets are larger than ever, and all of the amenities have been updated to reflect the latest in state-of-the-art tech. Abundant natural light pours in through the windows and reflects off the private terrazzos, making it easier than ever to soak in all those tropical rays. Lush outdoor gardens resplendent in the four signature colors of the resort sit side-by-side with private pools overlooking the cobalt waters of the ocean.

When reconceptualizing any element of a place as iconic as Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, it is essential to preserve the spirit of the original. Designers have taken great care to stay true to the resort’s beloved aesthetic, while subtly incorporating contemporary touches and breathing new life into it. To that end, each of the revamped Beach Villas features story-telling Lanna art and interiors steeped in Thailand’s rich architectural and design tradition. 

Although each of the villas provides a sense of the utmost seclusion and privacy, guests will find themselves situated steps from the resort’s Instagrammable central pool and dining venues. Should a craving for sophisticated Thai cuisine strike, the chefs at Sri Trang Thai Restaurant are happy to oblige. Lae Lay specializes in pristine seafood cooked to perfection, while Jampoon serves international favorites. For casual cocktail by the pool, Plai Fah is the place to be. Finally, at the end of the day, guests often gravitate towards Chomtawan Sunset Lounge for a glass of Champagne. 

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