12th October 2019, Finland. At The World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony, The Racha, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels Of The World, was announced Winner, ‘2019 Luxury Island Resort, Asia Region’.
Pared-down and eco-chic, The Racha resides by a powder -soft white sand bay with azure waters in one of the Andaman Sea’s most beautiful islands. Guests arriving at Phuket airport are whisked away in a Mercedes E-class limousine to the newly expanded Racha Chalong Bay Lounge for check-in. Then it’s onboard one of the resort’s speedboats and a 30-minute ride to the tiny island of Racha Yai.
Spread over 20 acres of verdant tropical grounds and built in low-rise harmony with the environment, 85 recently renovated whitewashed villas of eight category types provide for every creature comfort. Pool Villa guests luxuriate in ozonated (not chlorinated) water – gentle on the skin and easy on the environment.
Says Devan Bhaskaran, General Manager of The Racha, “Year after year, we are humbled and honored that our esteemed guests and peers continue to show us so much support. Our guests tell us that their favorite thing about The Racha is that they can spend their entire stay enjoying all that the resort offers, or simply doing nothing at all!”
The Racha serves up unique culinary experiences in its three signature restaurants. The contemporary Earth Cafe hosts an expansive breakfast buffet complete with sparkling wine. At Fire Grill, a recent Winner in the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards for Mediterranean Cuisine in Asia, guests dine indoors or under the stars. The casual, beachfront Sunset Beach Restaurant is the place to go for the catch of the day. Fresh greens are delivered daily to all dining establishments from the resort’s Hydroponic Farm. The Lobby Bar provides stunning sunsets daily and The Ice Bar is the place for late-night live music and karaoke.
The five-star Racha Dive Center provides personalized scuba instruction and trips to the Andaman Sea’s most captivating sites. The Water Sports Center assists guests with guided land and sea exploration, sports and craft classes.
Other resort facilities include three ozonated pools with underwater music, library, tennis and basketball courts, and a beach club.
The serene Anumba Spa, recently voted Top Luxury Island Resort Spa Winner, South East Asia in the 2019 World Luxury Spa Awards, encompasses VIP couple suites, steam rooms, meandering meditation paths, an oceanfront gym, yoga studio, and a bespoke boutique in its 25,000 square foot grounds.
Adds Devan, “The Racha practices the highest level of eco-responsible tourism. We are proud to share with our guests the lengths we go through to conserve and protect the environment with weekly Back- of-House Eco Tours. In 2018 & 2019, the resort was awarded EarthCheck Silver Certifications for environmental sustainability.
At The Racha, guests rest easy knowing that luxury does not come at a price to the environment.”