Take me to Thailand
Enjoy a tropical getaway complete with cool culture and tasty cuisine
WHERE TO STAY SRI PANWA (SRIPANWA.COM)
The ultimate in luxury, this gorgeous cliffside resort offers ocean views like no other. Treat yourselves to a villa and enjoy your private infinity pool that overlooks the south-eastern tip of Phuket. And, if you don’t really feel like moving from your new haven (and trust us, you won’t), simply order an in-villa personal chef to serve up some delicious Thai treats. Gaze out at the incredible ocean views from your rain shower or jump straight into your jacuzzi bath before relaxing in your personal lounge room or on your own private sun deck (yes, really!).
Feeling a little more active? Sunrise yoga is held on the rooftop of exclusive bar Baba Nest, giving you 360-degree views of the ocean, as well as on the floating yoga deck to really test your balance. If cocktails are more your speed, head back there around sunset and soak up the gorgeous views from the rooftop as you sip on signature lycheetinis and listen to toe-tapping tunes from worldclass DJs into the night.
For newlyweds in need of some R&R, you’ll be glad to know the resort boasts one of the best luxury spas in Phuket – perfect for enjoying a couple’s pampering day. All of the luxurious treatments at Cool Spa are based on a fusion of local ancient healing rituals and modern practices. We recommend trying a soothing full body wrap or an invigorating, natural coffee scrub before settling in for a blissful traditional Thai massage. Heavenly!
As for other options, why not soak up some culture with a Thai boxing class, where you’ll learn the basics of the ancient art of Muay Thai and get an amazing workout while sparring with a professional boxing coach. Meanwhile, foodies will relish the chance to relive the honeymoon at home, thanks to the private Thai cooking classes on offer. You’ll get hands-on chefs showing you how to master traditional dishes, plus you’ll get to enjoy your creations after you’ve cooked them! Don’t forget! Before you pack up and head home back to reality, be sure to catch a traditional fire-dancing show – it’s totally mesmerising!
WHERE TO EAT BABA IKI, SRI PANWA
Enjoy the freshest sushi and tastiest Japanese delights prepared right in front of your eyes. This relaxed restaurant overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to unwind while enjoying a shot of sake (or three!).
RAYA RESTAURANT, PHUKET TOWN
Looking for authentic Thai cuisine that celebrities and locals love? You can’t go past this much-loved restaurant, which transports guests back in time thanks to its setting in a beautifully renovated early 20th-century mansion. Their crab curry is so good it’s said to be delivered by plane to customers in Bangkok!
Spend the day at the beautiful Koh Hae, or Coral Island, where you can snorkel in the aqua waters and go canoeing on Banana Beach. Cruise there by luxury boat directly from Sri Panwa and enjoy some time exploring the neighbouring islands. If you’re up for a bit of a thrill, why not try a spot of scuba diving or parasailing on Long Beach?
For couples wanting a dose of Thai culture, plan a trip to Old Phuket Town with its beautifully ornate shrines, cafes and preserved ‘shophouses’. Head there after dark to enjoy the many cool bars and restaurants, or wander around the markets on Ranong Road.
BEST TIME TO GO
Visit Phuket between December and March for tons of sunshine and calm seas – the perfect time for wedding season! Although March can get a little warmer, the crowds lessen at this time, so you can often snap up good deals and enjoy a quieter side of Phuket. If possible, try and avoid visiting during September and October’s monsoon season. Phuket is a tropical climate and gets loads of rain at that time – although it’s a good excuse to stay in your room!
Fancy waking up to these views?
Head to the Poolclub for sundowners.
Get a culture fix in Old Phuket Town.