For years, the thought of partying through the night and shopping the day away in the world’s major cities New York, London, Paris and Berlin was my dream long-haul vacation. The slow, quiet and relaxing holiday wasn’t even on my radar.
Now with three kids my party days are pretty much over, all I dream about is a slow, quiet, relaxing days spent soaking up some rays on a secluded beach somewhere.
These days I find myself attracted to the beauty of Asia. There are certainly many destinations in Asia that meet my new found idea of perfection, but it seems Thailand has become my new obsession and more specifically Phuket.
I remember being a kid and watching the classic James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun amazed at the beauty of the scenery. And back in 2000 the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach showed off the beauty of the place as well. But only in the last couple of years have I really had a yearning to see it for myself.
Justine and I are definitely adding Phuket to our travel plans for 2012, and here are our favourite resorts (in no particular order) from the thousands of photos uploaded to the #roomcritic tag gallery by our Instagram friends.
A boutique resort nestled among lush coconut trees of Chalong Bay. The accommodation best suited to us are the H20 Suites and Residences. Over 2 floors with 2 bedrooms they look stunning and would be perfect for all of us. I love the thought of having the best of both world’s with amazing beach walks at sunset then cheeky adult night swims in our own private pool after the kids have gone to bed. More amazing pics can be found on Instagram at #serenityphuket.
Pictures by @nobriskov
High atop Cape Panwa with breathtaking views of the South-Eastern tip of Phuket Beach, Sri Panwa occupies the whole Cape Panwa peninsula. Having drooled over their website, the best accommodation for us would be a 2br Luxury Pool Villa. The private infinity pools and sunset pavilions are simply stunning. Search the tag #sripanwa on Instagram for a look at more amazing pics.
You can also find Sri Panwa Resort on Facebook
A deluxe island hideaway set on a pristine beach on Racha Island. The beautifully appointed and designed 2br Grand Pool Suite is our idea of pure heaven. The 10m infinity pool with underwater music system sounds amazing. Excuse the pun. We also like the thought of sitting back in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine at the end of the day. The pictures on Instagram are amazing check out the tag #theracha
I love these stunning pictures by @w00da_
You’ll also find more info from the Racha on Facebook
Now for the hard part. We have to do is decide which resort we want to stay at.