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Trisara is a hidden paradise in the northwest of Phuket between Banana Beach and Layan Beach. The luxury resort is one of the very best resorts on Phuket. Many guests even say it is one of the best in Thailand. The PRU Restaurant is internationally acclaimed by many, including the Michelin Guide team. Trisara is the place for a special holiday such as a honeymoon.
- Where on Phuket is Trisara located?
- What does Trisara offer its guests?
- PRU Restaurant
- The Deck
- Seafood at Trisara
- Trisara Villas en Suites
- Trisara Residences
- The ultimate luxury holiday experience
- What else is there to do in the north of Phuket?
- Our handy map of north Phuket
From Phuket’s international airport (HKT), you can be in the garden of paradise in 15 minutes. Of course you will be picked up from the airport after you land. The service and helpfulness of Trisara is unprecedented, you will not lack anything. Although Trisara is located in the quiet north-west of Phuket, it’s only 45 minutes to popular tourist areas like Phuket Town and Patong or Kata. For a more relaxed vibe, you can go to Bang Tao, Nai Yang or Nai Thon Beach, for example. The latter two beaches are part of Sirinat National Park, Phuket’s only national park. The main entrance to the park is a 15-minute drive away. The location of Trisara ensures that you can enjoy the sunset every day.
Trisara’s surroundings are heavenly! The resort is located in a small bay including a small peaceful private beach. A lush rainforest surrounds the resort giving guests the feeling of not being in busy Phuket but on a quiet intimate tropical island. Our conclusion is that the Trisara property is in an excellent location in Phuket. Their slogan is not for nothing “The garden in the third heaven”.
Trisara isn’ t one of the very best luxury resorts in Thailand for nothing. During your stay, there are plenty of fun activities to do and experience. Besides a full cooking course, you can explore the island of Phuket together with a Trisara host. This host will show you the most beautiful, known but also the undiscovered places of Phuket. Of course there are also trips to nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi or Koh Yao Yai possible. Do you want to capture all those special moments forever? Then take a professional photographer from the Trisara Digital Studio with you. A great addition to that dream trip / honeymoon!
Trisara is situated in a small bay surrounded by lush jungle, a great place to relax. The bay has a beautiful small beach with fine white sand and a floating pier. From here, a speedboat can transport Trisara’s guests to various destinations in the region. In the months of December to April, for example, trips to Phang Nga Bay are organised. But there is more… Trisara has a stunning 45 m2 saltwater pool surrounded by comfortable seating and sunbeds.
Our review of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok. A super-fine hotel in Bangkok’s Asok area with a saltwater pool.
The Jara Spa is the ultimate place to find inner peace and cleanliness during your stay at the Trisara on Phuket. At the Jara Spa of Trisara, guests can book a variety of spa and massage treatments. We recommend the Royal Trisara Massage. During this treatment, you will be massaged by not one, no not two, but three pairs of hands. All your worries will disappear like snow in the Thai sun.
While visiting Trisara, guests can borrow sailing boats to explore Phuket’s west coast on their own. If you are unable to sail, no problem, a kayak is also an option. You can snorkel at the rocks on either side of the bay, but you can also book various diving excursions at the resort. If you want to go the extra mile, you can hire a yacht from Trisara and explore the waters of Phuket in style.
If you prefer to stay on land, you can participate in various organised activities such as yoga at sunrise. Something a little less zen is a Muay Thai lesson or a game of tennis on one of the resort’s tennis courts. And of course, you can stay fit on the high-tech fitness equipment in the dedicated gym. That’s good, because you will certainly be eating well in one of Trisara’s restaurants!
Trisara also offers plenty of entertainment for children. There is a spacious children’s clubhouse where the kids can have the time of their lives. Here, among other things, they play games, make beautiful drawings, tinker, read and watch funny films. There are also many fun activities for children. After a day of fun, the little one can choose from a special children’s menu. Parents can have a romantic get-together while a babysitter looks after the little one(s).
Obviously a quality and luxury resort like Trisara can’t do without a quality restaurant? It’s here where Phuket’s only Michelin star restaurant is located! Nice detail is that the chef of this restaurant is a Dutchman. Something we, as Dutch, are very proud of! Besides the Michelin star restaurant PRU, there are two more restaurants in Trisara, The Deck and Seafood at Trisara.
Let’s start with the best restaurant right away, which contains three letters. PRU. No, these letters of PRU do not stand for a well-deserved Michelin star three years in a row… PRU stands for Plant Raise Understand. Not surprisingly, with a name like that, you’ll be awarded Thailand’s very first Michelin Green Star in 2020. PRU Restaurant grows and cooks with exclusively ingredients from Thai soil. The people of PRU sow, harvest and then cook the Michelin stars from the air. Or rather out of the ground! Below, we take a closer look at what PRU stands for …
PRU Restaurant was founded in 2016 by Dutchman Jim Ophorst, who also is the restaurant’s chef. PRU stands for the love and respect for mother earth. Especially in these times (I’m writing this article in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis), it’s important that we learn to take better care of the planet we may live on. That is why Jim and his team choose to work with exclusively sustainable Thai ingredients. The team works exclusively with suppliers who stand by PRU’s values as much as the star restaurant itself.
Because PRU’s suppliers and producers care for their products with such reverence, it not only benefits our earth, but also the taste. And that from all corners of Thailand. For example, the deliciously sweet strawberries from Chiang Mai and its surroundings or the very best oysters from Surat Thani. All ingredients prepared at PRU are bought in the right season for optimal taste and freshness. PRU works with Thailand’s best products and you can taste that!
In our perspective, PRU Restaurant stands as an ideal example for many other restaurants in the world. Of course, there are many chefs who are already working in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious manner, but we hope that more will follow! From high-end chefs to home cooks… as yourself.
PRU is so far the only restaurant on Phuket that has managed to earn a Michelin Star, that already since 2018! The first year PRU received a Michelin star, PRU was the only restaurant outside Bangkok to win a star. Now, a few years on (early 2021), PRU has earned another Michelin star last year. It’s time for a second star Jim!
In fact, PRU Restaurant has been awarded two stars in 2020. A “regular” Michelin star and the Michelin Green Star of which PRU is the only one in Thailand to have achieved this honour. To “earn” a Michelin star is of course quite an achievement, but with the Green Star on top of that, it’s an exceptional and unprecedented achievement! A restaurant is awarded a Green Star when it actively strives to be as sustainable as possible.
From kitchen to suppliers and from management to the use of materials in the restaurant itself. By management, we mean among other things working in an energy-neutral way and combating food waste. In addition to its sustainable efforts, the restaurant is also of great value because of the example it sets. What an achievement and how proud we are (as Dutchies) that a Dutchman and his team have managed to achieve this!
The unique interview with Jim Ophorst, with questions that not only we but also several Michelin-starred chefs asked.
A Dutch cook who, as a youngster, goes to Bangkok to pursue his dreams with passion and persistence. Its sounds like a great book and it’s the story of Jim Ophorst. And mark our words this master chef has only just begun! He and his team are not only great cooks, the team is a true institution. In fact, guests around the world learn so much more about food and the wonderful products that are served in the restaurant when they visit PRU. Jim and his team are constantly on the lookout for special products from all over Thailand. Often, these wonderful products not only have a sublime taste, but also a beautiful background story. Thus, a dinner at PRU is not only a feast for the mouth, but also for the mind and the brains. Eating is so much more than just a bite…
DID YOU KNOW?
Jim, who grew up in Westland (Netherlands), did an internship with the famous Gaggan for six months. Of course, he gained a lot of experience there, but Jim chose his own path and with success!
PRU Restaurant itself has a very large piece of land on Phuket where they grow countless herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit. Everything that is cultivated on this Jampa farm is done as ethically and ecologically as possible. In terms of technique, they go back to the time when people were purely dependent on their own piece of land. This way of farming is called permaculture and stands for the most efficient and practical way of dealing with the land. Plant, Raise and Understand, exactly what PRU stands for!
At PRU restaurant in Phuket, you pay 6,000 baht (about € 165,-) for an amazing 7-course dinner. With matching wines, this ultimate culinary experience at PRU comes to 10,000 baht (€ 275,-). Every two or three months, PRU reinvents its menu. Curious about the latest menu? You can find the March 2021 menu here.
In a country like Thailand, we prefer to eat outside. At The Deck at Trisara, it’s exactly that. Eating outside with seaview and in good company. So take a seat at the teak wooden terrace and enjoy delicious (international) meals with possibly a good glass of wine. From Chicken Cashew to a pizza and from a Caesar Salad to Tom Kha Gai. And to finish, a delicious cocktail with the sound of the waves in the background, mmmmm holiday tastes good!
Lovers of fish dishes are in good hands at Seafood at Trisara. The various dishes are prepared by Trisara’s “mama”. The countless recipes have been passed on from generation to generation and finally ended up with this “mama”. In other words, enjoy a crab in a coconut cream or oysters prepared in a “secret” Thai way.
There are about 65 villas, suites and residences on Trisara’s grounds. Below, we will take a closer look at the different types of accommodation that can be booked here. Be warned, once you’ve been a guest at Trisara, you’ll definitely want to return!
The Signature Ocean View Pool Suite is a 230 m2 villa consisting of two rooms. From the living room and bedroom, guests have an amazing view of the Andaman Sea. This pool villa is a fantastic option for a family with two children.
This Ocean View Junior Pool Suite is “only” 135 m2 and offers couples all the comfort they could wish for! Of course this suite has its own private pool with a view over the sea.
The Ocean View Pool Villa and Ocean Front Pool Villa are equal in size (240 m2). They consist of a bedroom / living room area and offer fine accommodation for a family with children or a group of three friends. The only difference of the Ocean Front Pool Villa is that it’s located on the edge of the property. That is, on the rocks overlooking the sea.
There also is a two bedroom villa. And of course, this villa has a pleasant private pool and wonderful sea views. This enormous pool villa is 300 m2 and offers space for six people.
In addition to pool villas and suites, the Trisara Residences can also be found on the immense property. These are the very finest accommodations you can book while staying in paradise. The smallest options have two bedrooms with private bathrooms and a living room. The surface area is no less than 1,600 m2! That’is the smallest option…There are residences from three to eight bedrooms to book.
The Private Pool 8-Bedroom Residence is like a resort in itself. This residence of an incredible 8,046 m2 is really gigantic! Besides eight bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, there is a small cinema, gym, recreation room and much, much more. Of course, you also get a swimming pool with a length of 25 metres. Nice for your next company or bachelor party? You can accommodate 25 adults in this extraordinary residence.
Trisara & PRU represent the ultimate luxury holiday experience, don’t they? We could write so much more about spending some time at this heavenly resort with that fantastic restaurant! Tell you what, we’ll write more after we’ve slept and eaten here ourselves, deal?!
ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS IN THE NORTH OF PHUKET
- Chill out at Nai Thon Beach or learn to surf / rent a surfboard at Ohm
- Take that super cool selfie with an aeroplane at Mai Khao Beach
- Have a snack and/or drink at one of the best restaurants on Nai Yang Beach, Nai Thon Beach or Mai Khao Beach
- Take a stroll over the Nai Yang Fresh Market or visit the Turtle Village Shops & Cusine in Mai Khao
- A temple visit to Wat Mongkol Waranarm and/or Wat Mai Khao
- Seek out nature in the Sirinat National Park
- Walk (together) with bated breath over the Sarasin Bridge and have a drink or a meal at one of the nice restaurants
- Visit the “secret” beaches Nai Thon Noi Beach and Banana Beach near Nai Thon Beach
- Go kite- or wakeboarding, snorkelling or diving in the sea of Nai Yang and end the day with a nice massage
- Have a unique culinary experience at the Michelin-starred PRU Restaurant on the grounds of the luxurious Trisara
- Support the good initiatives Soi Dog Foundation and Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation by visiting them.
- See the various sculptures and other architectural art at the Phuket Gateway
- Have fun in the water at the Splash Jungle Water Park or play a round of golf at the Blue Canyon Country Club
ATMOSPEHRIC IMAGES OF NORTH PHUKET
Check out Picture This #34, which contains various images of the Sarasin Bridge, Mai Khao Beach, Sirinat National Park, Nai Yang Beach, Nai Thon Beach and Trisara.