Best of the island paradise
Sunday, 30 Aug 2009
Tropical sunsets, white palm-lined beaches, and warm blue waters are calling out to you. Get yourself a ticket and jet off to this world class paradise.
The pick of Phuket hotels
From budget to billionaire travellers, there is a wide range of digs in Phuket. If you love having your own private pool, book in at the new Anantara Resort & Spa or the deluxe 5 star SALA Phuket Resort & Spa. If you are keen to detox, head straight to the Six Senses Spa where you will find island meditation, bootcamp on the beach and even a gym in the jungle!
For jaw-droppingly fabulous accommodation book into Trisara, where you will find billionaire-lifestyle luxurious villas. If you love design, take a look at Indigo Pearl which has amazing architecture inspired by Phuket’s tin mining past. Bargain hunters head to Manathai or keep an eye on last minute deals at Twin Palms, if you’re lucky you might get the roof top pool suite for half price!
Finally if you are looking for the ultimate honeymooner, take a look at the Banyan Tree Phuket or head directly to The Racha Resort, found on the coral fringed island of Ko Racha Yai just 40 minutes off the coast.
Start the evening with sunset cocktails at Joe’s Downstairs, where you can stay for dinner if you get too comfortable. For open-air fine dining in a spectacular setting, we love Baan Rim Pa, where you can chilli out with a cocktail while enjoying the live jazz. Fall in love at Da Maurizio with the most romantic seaside dining experience and contemporary Italian cuisine to boot.
For casual atmosphere go to Rockfish restaurant with views over Kamala Beach, or head to Lim’s in Kalim Bay which has a funky modern theme. After dinner soak up the cool vibe in the converted Chinese house at Nine Lounge and Bar.
On Sunday, the brunch at the Oriental Spoon is a must. Then continue on at Catch Beach Club and chill out to the sound of the waves with a cheap and cheerful sun bed massage.
Things to do
Enjoy the spectacular scuba diving in the Andaman Sea. Serious divers might like to hop over to Phi Phi or to the famous Similan Islands. Sailing and yachting is also very popular, with the Phuket Race Week and Kings Cup Regatta, plus 4 marinas brimming with yachts. If you’re a golfer, head for the stunning Blue Canyon course for some time on the green.
For the fit and fearless, windsurfing, sea canoeing, or mountain biking might take your fancy. Or there is the Phuket Triathlon for those keen for a serious workout. If relaxation is more your style head to the Thailand Meditation Centre or one of the fabulous spas for some ‘me time’.
When to go
Soak up the sun from November to April or risk rain from May to October.