I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the less inclined I am to see live music and attend music festivals. It’s not about shifting interests. I still enjoy music as much as ever. It’s more that I’m busier and not so willing to give up that much-needed good night’s sleep.
Then there are the usual complaints about festivals: Long lines for the bathroom; potential rain; the overcrowded commute home and of course, there’s the hangover to consider.
That’s why I’m all for this trend of luxury hotels and resorts hosting music festivals, combining the best of both worlds. I recently travelled to Thailand to check out Baba Beach Club – a recent addition to Phuket’s landscape and an ideal tropical stay for music lovers who also enjoy the finer things in life.
Travelling around 20 minutes north from Phuket International Airport, Baba Beach Club’s unassuming street presence doesn’t do justice for the extravagance that’s found out within. Divided in two by the street, the beachside property is where you find the pool, bar, restaurant and villas, while on the jungle side is an estate housing multi-bedroom villas, private residences and a large clearing used for live music.
During my stay, I was put up in one of the stunning Gabana Villas. There are sixteen of these 145 square metre two-storey duplexes which have all the features and amenities of an inner-city apartment, combined with the relaxing vibes of a tropical resort. Each villa offers views of the pool and bar, and if you’re lucky enough to snag one at the end, views of the Andaman Sea.
Music lovers will appreciate that upstairs in each Gabana Villa is an iPod full of curated playlists for every mood connected to a Bose soundbar. Downstairs, a Marshall BT speaker handles the tunes. There’s a mid-sized kitchen, walk-in closet, bath and living space with floor-to-ceiling bi-fold windows that can be opened to transition for outdoor living. Each villa also has a private courtyard, but visitors should be wary, the morning gardeners were not overly concerned with my privacy.
The ice-creams, chocolate, snacks and soft drinks are complimentary, although you will have to phone out for alcohol. The most amusing aspect of these villas and every type of accommodation at Baba Beach Club is the mood lighting. A small panel in each living space has buttons for switching between “welcome, relax and sexy” lighting. Combine sexy lighting with a jazz playlist and bottle of red and you have the makings of a great night in.
Now I’m sure you can imagine the benefits of attending a music festival no more than 200m from one of these villas. Afterwards or between sets return to your villa for room service and drinks. Make use of your private and clean toilet. Take a shower, go for a swim or just be glad that you’ve made it home within minutes of the headliner’s encore. Of course, the only limit to a luxury music festival experience is how creative you are at pushing the beach club’s services.
On the music front, Baba Beach Club’s most recent festival was the Phuket leg of Circoloco, a staple of the Ibiza scene. The line-up of international DJs included Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Richy Ahmed and WAFF to name a few. The festival was open to both Baba guests and the public via ticket purchase. Around 2000 people were said to attend.
The next event commences this week. It’s the Colours of Love festival. Spread across five days, Colours of Love is said to bring together a line-up of International musicians and wellness activities for global travellers and holidaymakers. Colours of Love runs from March 27 to 31, so if you’re in Phuket be sure to check it out.
Between music festivals, Baba Beach Club is always hosting DJ sets, even on weekday afternoons. The live music is best enjoyed from the balcony of a Gabana Villa or from within the pool and its swim-in bar. The pool and lounging surrounds are complemented by what Baba Beach Club describes as one of the most impressive and top ten sound systems in the world.
If you’re travelling with a larger posse of music lovers, you may opt for a two bedroom pool villa. Showcasing a modern aesthetic, the two-bedroom villas are an ideal escape, providing guests with a private infinity pool, spacious living room, modern kitchen, pantry and dining table. The master bedroom overlooks the pool and private water garden. At the opposite end of the villa is a generous guest bedroom with en suite.
Even larger groups can opt for a five-bedroom beachfront residence. Each residence or holiday house has a massive infinity pool spanning the width of the property. A spacious sundeck is steps away from a grassy yard with private beach access. Inside, the two-storey houses have a real ‘at-home’ vibe with large modern kitchen, multiple ocean-facing bedrooms with private balconies, extravagant bathrooms with oval shaped baths and generous living rooms.
Each beachfront residence is a short stroll back to Baba Beach Club for the restaurant, bar, gym and day spa. The only downfall of this picturesque holiday destination is its seclusion. There is a grocery store down the road but nothing else within walking distance. You will need to grab a ride to get elsewhere.
Baba Beach Restaurant offers enough variety to keep everyone satisfied. Beyond the usual stamp of breakfast delights, there’s a combination of traditional Thai and Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Plus Baba Iki is the on-site Japanese option with an impressive selection of expertly crafted sushi, teppanyaki and yakitori.
So if you’re anything like me – a music lover tired of the festival atmosphere but also in desperate need of a holiday, Baba Beach Club Phuket could be the answer to what you seek. If you just want the chill holiday, check the events page and make sure there are no scheduled parties or raves.
Man of Many travelled to Thailand as a guest of Baba Beach Club.