Girlie getaway in Phuket, Thailand

by Anna Streatfeild on 13 February 2012, 12:02PM Girlie getaway in Phuket, Thailand

Following an extremely busy few days in Bangkok for the start of our girlie break, we headed off for some pampering and relaxation in Phuket.

Thailand’s most popular island, Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea and is famed for its pristine waters and white sandy beaches. It’s just an hour’s flight away from Bangkok so it’s really easy to have both a city and beach experience to your Thailand holiday, meaning you can take advantage of the great shopping and nightlife and then move on to the beaches and do some serious work on your tan!

Our first home from home was the Centara Beach Resort, Phuket. This five star resort is located in a secluded part of the Karon area of Phuket. We chose it because they have fantastic accommodation offers, in our case we got five nights for the price of three, meaning it offers great affordable luxury.

The resort is family friendly, with a lazy river and water slide that are very popular with the kids, however, you can escape to the adults only pool. Located high up on the rocks to the side of the resort it was our favourite spot for our stay here as it’s hidden away and is really quiet, on some days we were the only people using it.

The rooms are spotlessly clean, spacious and have shaded balconies, perfect for sipping a G&T after a day in the sun. The views from the rooms were stunning- looking over the resort and out to sea and the commute to work in UK winter seemed a million miles away.

Our first couple of days were spent doing some seriously relaxing; we mixed it up slightly occasionally moving from the adult’s pool to the beach. Meals were spent at the hotel- the breakfast buffet is huge and sets you up for most of the day with the usual continental breakfast offerings, as well as a spectacular, and very popular egg station.

Mare restaurant serves mouth watering Italian food. We enjoyed a long, and delicious, meal there on our first night, the staff were wonderfully- attentive but not in-your-face and were particularly expert at filling your wine glass without you noticing, not that we were complaining of course!

One of the activities on offer at the resort is cookery lessons which I would definitely recommend. These take half a day and include a trip to the local food market where all the ingredients are purchased. Then it’s back to the hotel where you learn to cook a delicious four course Thai meal, and then enjoy what you have prepared along with a glass of local wine.

Our stay in Phuket was split between two different properties, the next one being the luxurious Paresa Resort where we had our own private villas.

Each villa sleeps two and boasts an infinity pool which is only shared with your villa neighbours, thus being a perfect choice for a group of friends, or families holidaying together as it’s pretty much only at meal times that you will come across any other guests.

With a slick design and containing all the mod cons you need (it actually took me a while to work out what switch did what), the rooms are both simple and luxurious and have plenty of storage which was very much needed for our group. The bathrooms are generously stocked with products and fluffy towels and the general attention to detail was second to none- for example, every evening you have a towel shaped into an elephant on your bed, plus you’re provided with flip flops and a large fan, which is just what is needed when reclining on your sun lounger by your pool.

Don’t expect to be able to walk around the resort as it is massive. Extending from the Kamala cliff tops, each villa is surrounded by natural woodland and has uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. Our villas were a good five minute drive from the main resort but when you need to get there, just call reception and one of the Paresa ‘Angels’ will come and pick you up in one of the resort buggies.

The main resort pool, which is also located on the side of the cliff, is a lovely place to while away a few hours with sun beds located in the middle of the water, giving it a super luxurious feel.  Just a few steps away is the spa, which should definitely not be overlooked. We all enjoyed a few indulgent treatments over our time at Paresa but if you’re looking to really treat yourself, the spa also offers a Wellness Retreat programme. Calling itself the world´s first self-actuated wellness retreat, PREMCHIT utilizes holistic natural therapies as a positive response to the ailments of modern life. A detox programme for example, is available in 3, 7, 10, 14, 21 and 28 day programmes.

Detoxing was definitely not something we were doing that evening, it one of our group’s birthday so after we’d donned our glad-rags and danced around our pool drinking champagne, we took taxis into Patong to Famous Nightclub. Located within a shopping centre, the club is on two levels with the roof top offering views over Patong, loads of seating areas and a pool, which you can look up into from the dance floor below. We had a fantastic night drinking, dancing, gossiping and laughing, a bonus to the night being that not one of us fell in the pool, unlike quite a few other people, much to our immense amusement.

Our last day in Phuket was a rather sedate affair after the previous night’s activities but there is no better place than at Paresa to completely and utterly relax. We enjoyed a fantastic last meal at Talung Thai, Paresa’s al fresco signature restaurant, framed by banyan trees and with the most spectacular ocean views it really was the most perfect ending to what was the best holiday you could imagine.

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