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Magical Escape to Phuket
Our stay in #Phuket was paradise. It is the most stunning place to #relax in. The villa boasts a black-tiled pool with an infinity edge giving the impression that you can swim out to the Andaman sea's horizon. We also went out to explore the islands and the white sand #beaches and had amazing #foodanddrink. Phuket is a must.
Landing in Phuket we were greeted by a young man dressed in pristine white linen with our name on his plaque, he ushered us through an express queue to clear customs without hassle, a great start to our trip and definitely a plus for there were 8 of us travelling! We were whisked through with all of our bags already taken care of and into a large van with cool water and refreshing cold lemongrass scented face clothes at our disposal.
We arrived at Andara Resort & Villas, nestled on a hilltop surrounded by lush tropical jungle, located halfway down the West Coast of Phuket and overlooking the pristine Andaman Sea. This area is commonly referred to as ‘Millionaire’s Mile’, the Kamala beach and headland that juts out westward is nicknamed such for the array of luxurious resorts and private villas that dot the coast.
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After being welcomed into the lobby which was decorated with heavy and dark wooden tones with an airy feel, we were offered some scrumptious exotic cocktails and some more cold towels to freshen up after an arduous overnight flight. We were invited to jump into the hotel buggies waiting for us outside which then led us to our 5-bedroom pool villa nestled on a gentle hillside overlooking Kamala Bay.
As we made our way through the stone archway we noticed our suitcases had beat us to it, the silent trickle of water and hushed croaking echoed as we tiptoed past ponds filled with bright green frogs, floating lotus flowers and lily pads. The villa was vast, shrouded by the colourfully green and verdant foliage that surrounds the entire resort. Each suite has its own outside corridor leading to a private entrance. The interiors are modern yet comfortable, filled with interesting Thai artifacts, colourful silk pillows, polished black granite and floor to ceiling glass windows.
Walking out towards the sea the villa boasts a black-tiled pool with infinity edge giving the impression that you can swim out to the Andaman sea's horizon…
the villa boasts a black-tiled pool with infinity edge giving the impression that you can swim out to the Andaman sea's horizon
Cushy sala areas under pagodas nestled on opposite sides of the pool with plenty of space to relax and take in the Thai sun or find some shade. As I made my way to my suite I passed sweeping bright purple bougainvillea draped down the walls around us.
I had chosen the most private suite situated within its own floor underneath the pool, I passed a room with a felt green pool table sitting in hope to be played with, a private bar and tv screen.
After organising all of my clothes in their cupboards and my toiletries in my spacious marble floor, double vanity bathroom with large jacuzzi bathtub with its own sensational sea and beach views, I freshened up and made my way upstairs. Through the gardens and into the main dining room area I found our live-in chef was preparing some Thai delicacies for us to feast on.
My mouth watered as I took my seat noticing some freshly made chicken and prawn spring rolls readily on the table for us to try. They were crisp, decadent and flavoured with tangy lemongrass, spices and even sweet after dipping in sauce. Next up a spicy Tom Yum Goong for the adults, this was definitely a “welcome back to Thailand” dish as it had me and my brother waving hands at our mouths in no time! My father was delighted… Juicy beef noodles, delicate blue swimmers crab curry, soft shell pepper and garlic crabs, sweet chicken in coconut, steamed snapper and stir fry vegetables. We were soon slunk back in our wooden dining chairs left in utter bliss from the feast and feeling very satisfied indeed.
The hotel offered for us to take out their 35 metre yacht during our stay, we were dropped off at the port and hopped aboard. Cruising off into the distance we soon began to see a distinct outline of Islets and Islands of various sizes floating above the turquoise sea. Meandering rapidly through the different Islands, some with their own natural white sand beaches, they were completely desolate and dreamy…
Meandering rapidly through the different Islands, some with their own natural white sand beaches
We picked a beach to anchor off and the picked up our picnic to bring with us which had been prepared by the hotel. Bobbing up and down in the little dingy we had all squished into I dipped my fingers into the cool sea as we dashed through the waved and up the sand shore. Our toes touching the silky sand as we ran up and down the beach exploring what only few before us ever had… A komodo dragon scurrying within the shadows proved perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to be wandering off and returned to the others who had gathered under a bended palm with our picnic. We bathed like castaways on our private island until the sun began to set and we returned to the boat and to our hotel in the hills.
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There was so much to explore during our time in Phuket, we head down to Patong beach area in colourful rickety tuk tuks at night to wander about the market stalls, trying foods and getting a real feel for life here.
We had a fantastic time, an adventure filled with sun, tasty dishes, screensaver-like sea views and utter serenity...