We are regular travellers to Thailand and both were drawn to the idea of getting married in Phuket. We originally had our hearts set on a beach wedding and were in Phuket at the beginning of this year to source a venue. While we were there we decided to stay a few nights at Paresa Resort. We mentioned to one of the staff why we were in Phuket and they suggested we speak with their wedding coordinator. We had been a bit disappointed with the venues we had looked at and jumped at the suggestion as we had absolutely fallen in love with Paresa!!
That turned out to be the best thing we did as we ended up marrying at Paresa in July!!
We had the most amazing wedding and stay at Paresa. The attention to detail by the staff was impeccable and the personal touches just added to our amazing experience. We got married on the 'miracle lawn' (an infinity lawn) with spectacular views overlooking the ocean, followed by a sunset cocktail party on the miracle lawn prior to an amazing reception below the main infinity pool. We had an elaborate seafood and BBQ buffet, the food was absolutely exceptional. Wedding highlights included fireworks, a fire dancer, the releasing of Thai lanterns and a live band. My wife had her heart set on including a baby elephant in our wedding. Logistically we thought it would not be possible, however to our sheer delight Paresa was able to make this a reality! In fact the baby elephant was walked down several steps and made a grand entrance onto the miracle lawn, then lead our wedding party all the way down to the reception. 'Lucky'(the elephant) was a HUGE hit with all our guests.
We stayed in a Cielo Residence and it was simply devine! The bed was huge and extremely comfortable. Many of our wedding guests also stayed at Paresa and all of them said it was one of the most incredible places they had stayed. A few guests stayed in Dima Suites and the design and layout of these suites is absolutely impressive!!
We must make mention of the restaurant, serving both an Italian and Thai menu. It is a must whether you are staying at Paresa or not! In fact one particular dish was so good I have to mention it, Khao Soi. I ordered it several times during our stay and one of our wedding party had it 3 times in one day!! Another thing to note was the extensive range of wines available and very fairly priced compared to other resorts in Phuket.
We also treated ourselves to some pampering at Paresa's spa. The treatments were pure bliss, the staff were very professional and respectful and walking into the treatment rooms you immediately feel relaxed as you look out over the Andaman sea.
Paresa is located a short drive from Kamala Beach, which has some cool little restaurants and shops, tailors etc. It is only a short drive from Kamala to Patong Beach if you are wanting to get amongst the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area.
On a previous trip to Phuket we had stayed at the JW Marriott Resort and felt very resort bound as we were a long way from Patong and were reliant on hotel transport which was quite expensive. One of the things we love about Paresa is you can feel like you are a world away from all the madness, yet you are within easy reach of Patong.
On each of our visits to Paresa we have had an incredible experience and have not wanted to leave! The staff are very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We travel regularly and Paresa is definitely a resort we will return to again.
A big thank you to all the wonderful staff that made our visits so memorable and special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paresa Resort, "Heaven of all Heavens," is a truly unique hideaway-style luxury resort surrounded by lush tropical forest on Kamala's "Millionaires Mile." The breathtaking location is paired with uninterrupted Andaman sea views, two coveted restaurants serving genuine Mediterranean and authentic Thai cuisine, an award-winning spa and personalized Bespoke Experiences offered by our own adventure guides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paresa Hotel Kamala
- Paresa Resort Phuket Kamala