A Blissful Stay in Phuket

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Once in a while I like to get out of the chaotic hustle of cities and stay in a nice, tranquil and peaceful resort. It is nice to get away from the loud disturbances from overcrowded streets and beaches.

  • Where: Phuket, Thailand
  • Month: November
  • For: 1 week
  • Suited to: Couples, close friends
  • Accommodations: 1
  • Activities: 4 inc. the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temple
  • Restaurant recommendations: 2
  • Cost (base): ~£700 pp (travel & accommodation)
  • Spending: £50/day pp (lunch/dinner, activities)

Flight

I flew from NYC direct to Phuket (HKT).

Phuket

I stayed for a week and as you'll see had a really good mix of relaxation, culture & cuisine!

Accommodation

Panwa Beach Resort

The resort has a beach away from the tourists and their sometimes polluted sand – it's truly the perfect place to relax and unwind since everything you need for the perfect beach vacation is right on the property.

Panwa Beach Resort

Not only is the room comfortable, but you will wake up every morning to either a stunning beach or garden view.

Panwa Beach Resort

The infinity pool, which overlooks the beach, is truly stunning.

Panwa Beach Resort

There is also a jacuzzi located inside a tikki style hut, which looks out to the ocean.

Activities

Beach: I spent most days bouncing back and fourth between the beach and pool area..

Spa: A great thing to do if you want a break from the sun is to head over to the spa. They even have a nice selection of treatments on the beach if you prefer. I needed to get the knots out, so I went for the Thai massage!

If you want to visit the nearby attractions (below), the concierge service can hire a driver for you.

Big Buddha: A 45m high Buddha that sits grandly on Phuket's finest viewpoint. Though it's a tad touristy, tinkling bells and flapping flags give this space an energetic pulse!

Wat Chalong Temple: Catch a glimpse of local life at Wat Chalong. The three-tiered salmon-pink temple is full of golden Buddhas, reclining and meditating around its elaborate exterior. Swing by in the early morning for a chance of tranquility.

Eating

Pool bar: The pool bar has smoothies and snacks that are more than sufficient enough to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Baan Thai: Baan Thai has a great variety of cuisines including French, Western and Thai. It was hard to choose!

Baan Thai

First I went for their croque-monsieur while staring out to a fabulous view!

Thankfully, I was visiting long enough to try several different options..

Baan Thai

[Top left] Since this is Thailand, a great dish to try is the Massaman chicken curry if you want something authentic. [Top right/bottom left] A salmon dish which was paired with a cold soup; I never had anything like it before! [Bottom right] My sweet tooth always gets the best of me, so I had to try the ahhhhmazing blueberry cheesecake as well.

Breakfast is included, so make sure you wake up in time to try the buffet..

There are many options such as fresh omelets and pastries, as well as traditional Thai breakfast food.

Drinking

Lantern Pub: If you want to spend the evening lounging, worth a visit for a lovely mojito and even a game of pool.

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