Take me to Thai­land

En­joy a trop­i­cal get­away com­plete with cool cul­ture and tasty cui­sine

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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!

LO­CAL SIGHTS

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.

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