On a rainy morning on the island of Phuket in Thailand, we managed to get access to an incredible hotel suite that was fit for royalty. Literally. We only had an hour to shoot this bikini before the princess of Thailand arrived to check-in to the luxurious abode. The Absolute Suite at Cape Panwa Hotel is completely private with its own lift and its own staff, making it the perfect place to take a break from palace life. But with its tribal accents and tropical tones, it was also the perfect place to showcase this zebra-print bikini by Brazilian swimwear label Vix.
I love animal print, black and white, and skimpy Brazilian cut bikinis, so this is definitely one of my favourite swimwear pieces right now. The fabric Vix use is really luxurious and not like any swimwear I’ve encountered before. It is delicate and silky to touch – it also dries super fast. The gold beads and tan leather detailing gives the bikini a luxe tribal vibe. I probably wouldn’t wear it in the surf, but it was perfect for lounging around in Thailand.
The Absolute Suite at Cape Panwa Hotel is not your average suite. It’s a sprawling penthouse that has 360-degree views of the Andaman Sea from every room. Over two glass-encased floors you’ll find two bedrooms, huge living and dining spaces, wooden sun decks, a private spa treatment room, your own lift and a full-sized infinity pool. The suite comes with complimentary massages, mini-bar access (that’s what I’m talking about!) and afternoon canapés. They also throw in a pimpin’ new Mercedes-Benz to cruise around in, and your own personal butler and chef. We got chef Khun Chulai to whip us up epic crab omelettes and fresh mixed juices (post shoot of course) that we ate around the pool.
We were in Thailand as guests of Cape Panwa Hotel – we had a pretty incredible suite ourselves, but this one was next level. The Absolute Suite isn’t as expensive as you’d think. Prices start at around AU$1,200 a night (depending on the season), which if you split between two couples isn’t that crazy.
Photography by Jamil Hassan.