The Paresa had a great start with us. The property had recently hosted a same-sex blessing ceremony on the hotel’s lawn overlooking its private beach, for a couple whom, some years earlier, had come to the hotel on vacation and fell so madly in love with it and each other, one partner proposed to the other right there, on a whim.
The Paresa is set in an exclusive Phuket location, known by Thai’s as Millionaire’s Mile. Kamala is the playground of Thailand’s jet set because of its dedication to luxury and its to-die for views over the Andaman sea.
The architecture was right up our street, a step away from the usual carved teak villas, an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater Residence’ in Pennsylvania; complete with flat roofs, tiered overhangs and floor to ceiling windows that merge outside and in. All ocean pool villas look out to sea, a nod to the resort’s understanding of discretion – aesthetically achieved stacking villas on top of each other, rather than side-by-side.