THE NAKA IS­LAND, Phuket

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Ex­treme Cui­sine They’ll have you at chicken co­conut soup and green pa­paya salad. Com­pli­men­tary cook­ing classes are the cherry on top of a stay at this exclusive is­land re­treat in the heart of Phuket’s emer­ald An­daman Sea. Culi­nary ex­perts guide guests through the in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing fresh in­gre­di­ents pro­cured at lo­cal mar­kets to cre­ate sev­eral au­then­tic recipes from Thai Curry to nu­tri­tious, de­li­cious smooth­ies. Sail by long­tail boat to Phuket, crowned City of Gas­tron­omy by UNESCO, to en­joy Per­anakan cui­sine in the res­tau­rants of the Old Town Dis­trict, which also fea­tures food carts serv­ing ev­ery­thing from jelly desserts, crispy crepes and tra­di­tional fare like Mee Hokkien, a fried egg on yel­low noo­dles. Stun­ning vis­tas are just the be­gin­ning of the ex­trav­a­gance at the Seav­iew Vil­las. All is airy and trop­i­cal as you breathe in the sea. Muted earth tones en­hance the nat­u­ral decor from wood fur­ni­ture to stone ac­cents. Pic­ture win­dows let the out­side in in­fus­ing the in­te­rior with tran­quil­lity and har­mony. The large out­door area with pri­vate pool, lanai and daybed finds you plan­ning your next ad­ven­ture or sim­ply curl­ing up with a good book. An open-air bath­room and court­yard nur­tures your wild side while calm­ing the spirit. Among the lush ex­otic land­scape, linger in the out­door soak­ing tub af­ter a visit to the steam room. Be as plugged-in or off-the-grid as you de­sire. Af­ter your ex­treme cui­sine ad­ven­tures, you’ll have mouth-wa­ter­ing recipes as me­men­toes to make when­ever you want to re­call the joy of the is­land. Recre­at­ing tra­di­tional Thai recipes is the gift that keeps on giv­ing. nakaisland­phuket.com

From top, airy and trop­i­cal Villa Bed­room; plan your next ad­ven­ture at the stun­ning Seav­iew Pool Villa Op­po­site, from top, lux­u­ryious, laid-back Kanuhura Grand Beach Pool Villa deck; gypset­ting chic at Kanuhura Cowry Club Bar

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