Relax in Style
As we descended into Phuket, we could see the reefs beneath the clear water even from hundreds of feet up in the air. We were met at the airport and whisked away to our resort in style. Since we visited soon after the tsunami, we arrived at a time when few tourists were visiting the island, and the prices at this time were rock-bottom. We got a great deal on a suite with all kinds of extras, including spa treatments at the hotel’s own facilities, which are good, but not great. I wouldn’t recommend paying for their treatments. We were greeted at Twinpalms with a string of flowers and a cool drink before being shown to our room, which had a private balcony, an extremely comfortable king-sized bed, and a huge bathroom with a tub big enough for two and surrounded by a glassed-in garden. We took advantage of the gourmet restaurant, private beach, and beautiful pool, which we could walk right into from the steps of our private balcony. This is a great reason to request a room on the ground floor! The restaurant offers a very good lunch buffet, with a good selection of fresh seafood and a well-stocked wine cellar. While I recommend trying out some of the local restaurants, a night spend in the hotel restaurant with a huge bucket of fresh crab, lobster, and oysters is not to be missed. Phuket’s reputation as an island paradise is well-deserved, especially if you manage to avoid the crowds, as we did. The food is wonderful, the beaches are gorgeous, and the people are friendly and accommodating. We ate at a little restaurant on the beach just across from the entrance to our hotel; it was really just picnic tables on the sand with palm-leaf roofs. We ate my moonlight, surrounded by sand crabs, and plied with beer by the owner and his wife, who were glad to see customers and eager to find out all about us. All of the locals had the same rapid fire questions ready: “Where you from? Is first time in Thailand? How long you stay? You want beer?” It was a great 5 days spent relaxing.