Phuket is the largest of Thailand’s islands and consequently has something for everyone. You can find white sand beaches, international chain hotels and a thriving nightlife, acclaimed restaurants and cultural attractions. It is also an ideal base for island hopping and longer adventures and escapes.
The Pavilions – this romantic resort is a lovely secluded place to stay in Phuket. Just 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from Layan beach it is the ideal location for convenience and relaxation. Enjoy a spacious villa with private pool and be sure to have a sundowners love potion cocktail at the 360 bar.
Surin Hotel – this sophisticated design hotel is located on the stunning Surin beach. A stylish boutique hotel with spa and restaurant, it is a blissfully tranquil place to enjoy an exotic holiday.
Raya – this renowned restaurant set in a 90 year old converted house in Phuket Town is always filled with locals, and it is advised to book ahead to ensure a table. The service was poor when we visited but the irresistibly tasty Thai dishes made up for it, try the moreish Morning Glory with pork, or brave a spicy but wonderfully fragrant and creamy red curry.
Som – with your feet in the sand enjoy authentic Thai specialities whilst gazing at the stars and listening to the nearby crashing waves on Layan beach.
Baan Suan Layan – an intimate restaurant set amongst exotic tropical gardens near Layan beach. Enjoy delicious flavoursome Thai dishes and have fun feeding the greedy carp fish in the giant pond.
Chalong Bay Distillery – for something a little different take a tour of this boutique distillery and learn how their award-winning natural white rum is made. For just £5 each you will receive a tour and a refreshing tropical mojito cocktail made with the Chalong Bay rum and fresh lime and mint. Tours run Monday-Saturday 4-6pm.
Gibbon Rehabilitation Project – animal lovers will love this conservation site which helps rehabilitate captured gibbons, in the hope that they can return to the wild. With so many gibbons abused on the beaches for the tourist trade, this charity’s work is definitely worth supporting, not to mention meeting these adorable creatures.
Phuket Old Town – This beautifully preserved old town is worth visiting for an afternoon. Stroll down Thalang road and have a coffee at Cake Box, explore the Indy market at Limelight Avenue, and take a photo of the historic Chino houses (Chinese – Indonesian coloured architecture) on Rommanee road.
Elephant Hills – those with a few days to spare should seriously consider a three day trip to Khao Sok National Park with award-winning company, Elephant Hills. Meet the playful elephants, trek through the rainforest, kayak on the lake and stay in the luxury floating camp.
Six Senses Yao Noi – Set in the heart of Phang Nga bay this sleepy island boasts breathtaking views from every angle. Six Senses is an eco-friendly, all-villa, ultra luxurious resort with no indulgence spared. When you have made full use of all the hotel’s dining options and facilities, book a private tour of the nearby islands, a beautiful and memorable experience.