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more desirable attributes, it remains open to debate as to whether Phuket would meet a purist’s interpretation of paradise. Patong, which is around 20 minutes walk from the hotel, is the main tourist resort on the island. Packed with hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs, it is a sight to behold, particularly at night, remaining popular throughout the year. If you want to be in the thick of the action and party hard you will not be disappointed by Patong, or Phuket as a whole. If you seek blissful serenity you would be advised to look further afield. Phi Phi islands, to the west of Phuket, provided the backdrop to Te Beach, starring Leonardo di Caprio, and must surely rank as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Ironically, and perhaps inevitably, however, finding the splendid isolation they sought in the film has become ever more unlikely since its release and visitors to


Tailand need to be ever more adventurous in seeking out their own personal eden. It may be a little boisterous for some


tastes, but Phuket certainly doesn’t want for attractions. Te virgin forest of the Khao Phra Taeo Wildlife Park, which is recommended by the hotel, is home to a gibbon rehabilitation centre and showcases more of the island’s


natural beauty. Snorkelling and scuba diving can also be arranged, for those inclined to explore Phuket’s beautiful coral seascape and exotic marine life. If the steps don’t tire you out, all manner of activities are at your disposal, from golf to rock climbing and elephant trekking.


Room prices at Amari Coral Beach Phuket start from £60 per night, dependent on season and availability. To book visit www.amari.com


Breeze Spa: Amari’s mood massages start from 1,400 Tai Baht (approximately £28). www.breeze-spa.com


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