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Thailand PHUKET


Phuket


Best time to visit November to March


Transfer One hour flight from Bangkok


THAILAND’S MOST POPULAR resort has acres of sandy beaches, lively nightlife and family-friendly attractions. Whilst the most popular resorts are in Phuket’s southwest, the quieter east coast and the northwest (near the airport) have boosted their hotel offering in recent years. Phuket is a fantastic base to the


gorgeous islands and snorkel spots of Phang Nga bay or the deserted beaches of the Similan and Andaman Islands.


NEW hotels The Nap Patong, Phuket ~ Promising a calm, chic haven at the heart of Patong Beach, this minimal style resort describes itself as the ultimate hip hotel and has 79 room and villas with options including rooftop decks and private pools. Another rooftop spot, 76 Bar, offers dining and cocktails with a view. There’s also a spa and hammam. www.thenappatong.com


Paresa ~ Perched on a cliff top at Kamala, this resort has just 49 rooms and villas, all with ocean views, most with infinity pools. The villas boast separate living salas and the six Cello ‘residences’ come with personal chef and butler service. Non-invasive dental


treatment is available in the spa. www.paresaresorts.com


Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa ~ Located on Mai Khao Beach, the Renaissance offers 150 rooms and 30 suites across five categories on four storeys. Amenities include an outdoor pool – claimed to be the longest in south-east Asia - biking trail, Quan Spa, kids’ club and five food and drink outlets. www.marriott.co.uk


DID YOU KNOW? Phuket’s Gay Pride is...


...considered to be the best in South East Asia, including a grand parade and volley ball contest – (February 23-26 2011)


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Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa ~ Phuket’s newest hotel has welcomed guests from August 1. Located on Siray Island and linked to Phuket’s east coast by a bridge, the 261-room/suite/villa property offers ocean views and its own secluded beach. All rooms enjoy panoramic sea views, outdoor balconies, rainforest showers, a Heavenly Bed®, large LCD television, DVD player, and iPod docking station. Select rooms and villas feature private plunge pools. Amenities include three pools, spa, kids’ club and six restaurants and bars. www.starwoodhotels.com/westin


Phuket THINGS TO DO


• Visit Koh Panyi – a Muslim fishing village built on stilts in the nook of a limestone karst – great for seafood!


• Enjoy the glitz of the circus-style FantaSea cultural show or the Simon Cabaret extravaganza


• See the colonial and Chinese/Portuguese architecture of Phuket Town and the pretty pagodas of the important Buddhist temple Wat Chalong


Thanyachitra Retreat in Phuket ~ Thailand's newest independent boutique hospitality group has launched with the opening of the 38-room, three-star Thanyachitra Retreat in Phuket (and the five-star Thanyamundra Organic Resort in Khao Sok, located on a working organic farm). November 2011 will see the opening of the 77-room four-star Thanyachiva Lifestyle Resort, also in Phuket. The Phuket properties will be partnered with the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club. www.phuketinternationalacademy.com, www.thanyamundra.com, www.thanyachiva. com, www.thanyachitra.com


COMING soon Eighth Heaven Resort Phang Nga ~ Dusit is planning a luxury resort called Eighth Heaven, due to open in 2011 under its new Dusit Devarana brand. www.dusit.com


Four Points by Sheraton ~ A Four Points by Sheraton is scheduled to open at Makham Bay in January 2011 with most of the 200 rooms enjoying sea


Thailand's largest island offers up a huge choice of resorts to suit every budget, top beaches and a green interior waiting to be explored


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