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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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OVERTURES CHECKED IN: PHUKET Island Spotlights We continue our series with first-hand accounts on the latest discoveries that appeal to the senses. Photos Jeremie Schatz STAYED: THE NAKA PHUKET In the ocean of accommodations in Phuket, there are many fishes in the sea. They come in all shapes and sizes: from petite and humble to expansive and opulent. The Naka Phuket has settled in nicely to its own niche in the market, appealing to guests who prefer peace, privacy and tastefully minimalist design. Naturally, this exclusive resort has all of the amenities one would expect – outstanding service, a pampering spa, wellequipped gym, Olympic-size infinity pool, a tantalising international dining menu, boutique shop, shuttle to nearby Patong, baby-sitting service, big fluffy pillows and all the rest. They even provide you with a complimentary smartphone to use during Above Left and Right Balance: the minimalist villas strike a tasteful equilibrium with the surrounding environment. your stay with free local and international calls, maps and city guide, and internet. However, it’s the architectural style that lends to its uniqueness and gives the Naka Phuket its soul. At the end of a steep meandering mountain road, the Naka Phuket’s 95 pool villas don’t dominate the landscape, but instead compliment the topography of the scooped out, steep beachside valley. Many of the window-wrapped villas take advantage of the geography by being cantilevered out over the hillside. Slide open the blackout curtains or settle onto the balcony and you’re met with an aweinspiring feeling of space. Commanding views of Patong Bay at the rooftop bar – an ideal sunset spot. Below Left and Right Even the room numbers pay homage to the mountainside which the Naka calls home. Architect Duangrit Bunnag’s unique cantilevered design has led the Naka to be included as a member of the Design Hotel Group. 36