Se­cret cigar bars and a sump­tu­ous butch­ery at Phuket’s party cen­tral

Se­cret cigar bars and a sump­tu­ous butch­ery at Phuket’s party cen­tral

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Phuket’s Pa­tong beach has a rep­u­ta­tion for its revelry and colour­ful nightlife, some­thing that most up­scale re­sorts may shy away from - but Ho­tel In­digo has wholly em­braced the Pa­tong’s elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere, har­ness­ing it into a vi­brant bou­tique ho­tel with a host of ex­quis­ite gas­tro­nom­i­cal of­fer­ings. De­spite the fore­bod­ing name, Butcher’s Gar­den is a sur­pris­ingly con­vivial space, which makes best use of Pa­tong’s prox­im­ity to the An­daman sea and of­fers the day’s fresh­est catch for you to pick. The restau­rant is also, un­sur­pris­ingly, a butch­ery that serves up deca­dent cuts of meat hot off the grill, and has an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of wines for you to pair with your din­ner. If you want to soak in Pa­tong’s inim­itable at­mos­phere, ‘Pots, Pints & Tikis’ de­liv­ers a more ca­sual drink­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a rus­tic beer gar­den that of­fers a slew of tasty craft beers to sam­ple. The real draw of the In­digo is its se­cret bar and the town’s first and only cigar room. The caveat? It’s only ac­ces­si­ble with a ro­tat­ing pass­word - but it’s a place worth work­ing to get into. No Name Bar is tucked away in the re­cesses of the ho­tel, of­fer­ing an in­ti­mate and so­phis­ti­cated way to wind down - or kick-start - a great night.

From top, In­digo Phuket wel­comes guests with a dra­matic, glis­ten­ing lobby; its ab­stract rooftop bar over­looks down­town Pa­tong

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