We love Phuket. My husband and I have been to Phuket together many times - it was only a couple of hours away when we lived in Singapore so was the perfect weekend getaway.
My husband also has a golfing week here every year with some colleagues who still work in Asia. For us it has the right balance. There are some good golf courses, great small quiet beaches, a nice mix of fancy restaurants and excellent food stalls by the road and of course Thai people are always so friendly and welcoming.
There is a good range of accommodation in Phuket. You can stay in super luxury in a private villa, in a suite in a resort on the beach or in a cheap and cheerful 500 baht room in a small independent hotel. Over the years we have done them all, but this year we were meeting up with some friends and staying at their villa just south of Kamala and about 15 mins drive north from Patong on top of a cliff overlooking the sea.
The villa has a fabulous location. Occupying the highest point in a small estate the villa claims unblocked views of the Andaman Sea. You can see a video here.
When we landed in Phuket, we picked up a hire car (we always do this as we love the flexibility and also because we play golf) and drove 40mins to the villa. We were greeted by the 4 full time staff and all our things were quickly whisked away to our room.
Within 15 mins we were showered and enjoying the infinity pool while Khun Montha the live in housekeeper sped away on her moped to the market to collect ingredients for the dinner she would cook for us.
The Villa sleeps 10 people in 5 luxurious rooms, it has a TV room, a gym and a salt water infinity lap pool. As we were the first of our friends to arrive we got the pick of the rooms and chose the room below the pool that has a small outside sitting area and an outdoor Jacuzzi. We have stayed in this room many times and it has a bit of privacy away from the other rooms which is great if you are in a group and want an early night or don't want to be disturbed by anybody taking and early morning swim.
There is fast wi-fi available so I could happily tweet away whilst I was there, the rooms are beautifully decorated, the beds are made up with crisp white linens and the towels are big and soft....... Aesop toiletries are just the icing on the cake.
The Villa is amazingly luxurious.
The staff were telling me that many people often don't bother to go into the nearby towns for dinner and after tasting the home cooked food that evening I can understand why. Here are some photos of the food that was prepared for us over the course of the two weeks......
We had different curries, baked fish, steamed fish, fresh crab, fried rice, pad thai, satay sticks, prawn crackers, salt and pepper squid, fish cakes, garlic chicken, fresh fruit, creme caramel, baked pumpkin, pineapple cake and mango sticky rice.... and lots more.
There is even a bread machine so the staff can make fresh toast bread for breakfast...... we were feeling well and truly spoilt.
We simply selected from the menu (a range of European and Thai dishes) that we wanted to eat over the next few days and gave Khun Montha some cash and she would do all the shopping for us..... She even invited me down to the kitchen to show me how she made the Pad Thai noodle dish I love.
We did play a few rounds of golf while we were there, which was good as I think otherwise we were in danger of gaining too many kilos from the delicious food...if golf isn't your thing there is a gym room in the villa for dedicated fitness bunnies.
I prefer doing laps in the pool as a great way to use up some of the calories we were eating.
We had the villa to ourselves for 2 days and then our friends arrived and there were 7 of us. The staff were all delightful, always smiling and happy to work to make sure we had everything we wanted.
During the whole stay we felt thoroughly pampered. Not only inside the villa but also in some of the many massage parlors, where for 300 baht or 8 USD you can have an hour foot massage or Thai massage. After a day of golf there is nothing better.
Within one day of being in Phuket my husband had transformed into a completely relaxed, version of the person who had boarded the plane in Zurich.
There are lots of things to do in Phuket, especially if you like diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and all the other water activities. There are boat trips to some of the smaller islands and lots of beaches to explore. Even just a trip to the wet market in Patong is interesting with all the colour and smells of the fresh Thai ingredients we rarely see back in Europe.
We have been to Phuket so many times that we didn't feel the need to race around the island and this trip was all about relaxing with friends, but of course there are lots of other options available. If you are new to the island this guide to Phuket is a good place to start.
Its a very easy island to get around. There is a wide range of cuisines available and as I said earlier a huge range of accommodation to suit all pockets. Its an easy place to just turn up and find somewhere, so you can be flexible and go island hopping too or you can pre-book one of the islands many luxury villas for a family or friend group. A quick google search will throw up lots of options.
On this occasion staying with friends gave us an amazing luxury experience that I will remember for a long time.
Villa Getaways is the rental company my friend uses exclusively to rent out the villa we stayed in - Baan Santisuk.
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