Baba Beach Club rocks any time of year, writes MICHAEL FERRANTE
If the name Baba Beach Club conjures images of barefoot parties on the sand, dance music, sun and surf — well, that’s the sort of vibe you get on this patch of tropical paradise without the need to sleep rough.
Rather, we’re talking high-end luxury on the resort island of Phuket, complete with 200m of private beach frontage, big luxurious villa accommodation, perhaps your own infinity pool, but the same funky party beats.
Overlooking picturesque Natai Beach on Phuket’s north-western beaches, the resort is a convenient 20-minute drive north of the international airport. Even on a stormy, cool day, I feel right at home as coconut trees rustle in the strong breeze, competing for attention with the crashing waves behind them.
My palatial double-storey Gabana Villa oozes elegance and functionality, it’s a huge 145sqm and has all the modern comforts to please the fussiest of guests — a huge bathroom that’s as stylish as I’ve seen anywhere that comes with a walk-in shower and sensor toilet with lots of buttons.
There’s a big walk-in wardrobe, kitchen with full-size fridge, a grassed garden courtyard with direct access to the pool deck; even a retro-style Marshall speaker atop an aqua-coloured ornamental drum in the lounge. I like being able to make my own coffee with the Nespresso machine in the kitchen.
An outdoor playground
As I seek a cool refuge on day two of my stay, a DJ bops to his tunes playing his set, seeking protection from the inclement weather under the poolside eatery terrace, it’s funky chill to the max.
Live DJ gigs are a weekly feature by the pool, it’s managing director Vorasit “Wan” Issara’s signature.
Dining and bars
The Baba Beach restaurant opens out over the expansive pool area and is a particularly relaxed place to enjoy good food and company, indoors or outdoors.
It has a selection of international cuisine, there’s also Thai, burgers and grilled meats to choose from and Japanese restaurant, Iki, upstairs.
Services and activities
If you fancy some pampering, or just want to indulge, Cool Spa offers a comprehensive spa menu, couples and family packages, treatments and massages.
There is also a fitness centre and beach activities off site if you feel the need to venture outside, including shopping, cycling, golf, elephant trekking as well as Ao Phang-nga and Khao Lak national parks.
Read Michael Ferrante's full review of Baba Beach Club and more at thewest.com.
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- Prices from $560 (low season) and $720 (high season) in a Baba Suite (70sqm)