Multi-centre holidays are what it’s all about these days, because who doesn’t want to tick off more than one country in the space of one vacation? For us, we were looking for a destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong for a few days and knew that a beach break was exactly what we wanted and needed.
We chose Phuket because, firstly, it is only a short 3-hour direct flight from Hong Kong International airport but I can’t deny that the allure of Phuket’s fine white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and lively towns didn’t speak to us massively.
The island, the largest and most popular in Thailand, has something all tastes and all budgets, with hundreds of hotels to choose from, including luxury resorts and budget hostels, along with a huge choice of dining and activity options. Aside from the incredible attractions, made for all ages, you also have the option of taking a speedboat trip to a nearby tropical paradise, such as the Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga Bay.
With over 30 serene beaches to choose from, delicious local Thai food, buzzing night markets and luxury hotel resorts, read on to find out why Phuket makes for the perfect relaxing and romantic weekend getaway, where you should stay and what you must see and do with 72 hours on the island.
Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful resorts in Phuket, the hotel is the private paradise that we were searching for – with its long stretches of pristine white sand, natural and green surroundings – it is the epitome of serenity, but also just a 10 minute drive from the buzzing scene of Patong beach. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to Patong from 10.30 am-10.30 pm.
Featuring 185 luxury rooms and suites all designed with a contemporary and clean style on the inside and traditional Thai exterior, the rooms are allocated in three zones – beachside, poolside and hillside.
The resort’s dining and leisure facilities are fantastic and have something for all ages to enjoy, if you’re after a complete resort beach break, then Thavorn is the place as you won’t ever have to leave the hotel.
Thavorn Beach Village also boasts its own 450 m-long private beach, making it a superb snorkeling, sunbathing and private dining spot. Other leisure activities include one of the largest swimming pools in Southern Thailand (featuring its own swim-up pool bar), kayaking, beach-volley, yoga, and Thai boxing. For those wishing to learn something, there’s also Thai cooking classes, language lessons, and animal meet and greets.
Elsewhere, if food is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed. The resort has three spectacular restaurants and a swim-up bar; with my favourite being Thavorn’s Old Siam restaurant.
Serving up delicious and traditional Thai dishes, in a magical setting; with tables set right on the beach and lit by lanterns hanging in the trees, all whilst enjoying stunning views to Patong Bay. For poolside dining, there’s also the Marisa Terrace restaurant which serves a lavish buffet breakfast and at lunch and dinner, an a la carte menu is offered.
If you’re after further relaxation, then look no further than the Thavorn’s award-winning Nakalay Spa; filled with floral fragrances, the zen sounds of cascading water and the highly skilled and friendly staff, the spa offers a total pleasure of the senses with a variety of treatments to choose from that will leave you feeling brand new.