I am very fortunate that my significant other and I enjoy travelling with my brother and his wife. We annually try to get away on an adults only vacation, usually somewhere hot and beachy, and just relax. And this year is no different.
We decided to try Phuket and originally booked for a week in May…and then realised it was Phukets wettest month, so just as quickly rebooked the flights and moved it forward to April..Phukets hottest month…and with it coincidently being my birthday in April, decided to celebrate in style.
Jetstar had some great deals going so we booked business class tickets and hunted around to find a resort away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Rd, but close enough should we decide to venture in for some interesting nightlife.
The Surin Luxury Beach Resort, is a member of Design Hotels and recognized worldwide as an independant boutique hotel group. The Surin, formally known as Chedi, is a 5 star sophisticated resort designed by Paris based designer Ed Tuttle. And the attention to detail certainly shows. A modern take on quaint beachside cottages, with amenities galore, a clean white beach and palm trees on mass. It is simply paradise.
The hotel lobby and restaurant is set high above the beach and cut into the surrounding hills, so be prepared to walk up lots of steep steps..however the view from the top is breathtaking and that is the reward. Lots of local natural products have been applied to the design fit out. Timbers, granites and white washed thatched roof tiles are keeping the local feel alive.
We arrived late at night and checked into our beach side cottage and fell into an exhausted sleep with the sound of the waves crashing outside. A peaceful start to this island break.
Day One – Breakfast is served high up the restaurant and the food choices available did not disappoint. A range of western style offerings, plus a full asian breakfast, a chef for fresh egg dishes and pancakes and waffles, all hot off the grill. After brekky we decided to explore the resort. A complete hi tech gym, a beach bar, a beach restaurant, plus all of the water sport amenities available, free of charge. So we headed straight to the beach for a morning swim in the turquoise warm water and spent the majority of the day shuffling back and forth from sun lounge to ocean. There are beautiful Thai ladies offering massages and foot scrubs etc, so I took advantage of lying in the sun and enjoying the peaceful surroundings whilst having the best foot massage Ive had in ages. Tough day.
My brother and his wife arrived late in the day and we took advantage of the beach bar for a pre dinner birthday drink and then it was off to the Catch Beach Club at the neighbouring beach.
An upmarket A-la-Carte venue, with a Eurasian style menu, it is hip, cool and very now. A DJ spins modern beats, the clientele is very European, Led lights softly light up feature fire pits, the staff are all dressed in crisp white and blue uniforms…Its a bit Mykonos, a hint California, on a little beach in Thailand. Not a typically authentic Asian start to the holiday, but we still managed to eat too much, drink way too much and all in all have wonderful first night in Phuket.
Plus it was my birthday. Bonus.