Last blog he focused on less visited areas: Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and the paradise island of Koh Kood. This week's blog looks at the more established destinations...
PhuketPhuket is perhaps not the most in-vogue destination right now. However, fashion goes in cycles, and when a hotel gets it right it can be a permanent classic.
|Classic beachside luxury - Amanpuri. |
More to follow in a later blog
And enchantment does not always have to be right on the beach...
On Thailand’s third largest island many of the newer properties are built on the hills (as there is no longer any beachfront land available to buy) above beautiful coves. This means incredible views and (because the land is considerably cheaper) more money to spend on the hotel itself. The trade-off is that beach access can be a little arduous with short transfers or a hilly walk required.
|Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary - spa pool villa|
|The lovely beach at JW Marriott Phuket|
part of Sirinath National Park
|Your own pool and privacy above the secluded |
sandy beach - Trisara
|Trisara - down at the beach|
So there is more to Phuket than you may have thought, and your choice of hotel is extremely important in getting the kind of experience that you are after. We suggest you share with your expert travel consultant what you expect from your holiday.
In the Thailand HOTEL CHECK blogs coming soon, we will take a quick look at some of the hotels.
Need to knowGetting there - 1 hour flight from Bangkok. Over 27 other cities have direct flights to Phuket including Stockholm (twice a week November – March).
Best time to travel - November to April sees very little rainfall and temperatures around 28c. Dec-March average only 4 days with rain per month.
Time to avoid - There is a significantly higher volume of rain in our summer months as well as rough seas causing many beaches close or swimming to be prohibited.
Why go - You can be as confident in good weather in Phuket Dec-March as any other beach destination in the world and you know you will experience great service from your hotel.
In some respect’s Bangkok is a city on the move and in others it is a city where everything stands still (a bit like it’s roads). The classic riverfront properties of Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula still have iconic boats ferrying well-heeled guests back and forth across the Chao Phraya river…often as not to eat in each others restaurants!
|View of the Chao Phraya river - highway for |
boats - from a balcony room at the Peninsula
Meanwhile the city’s (woefully inadequate) monorail is being expanded to cover more of the city, new hotels and restaurants are popping up all the time, and the ‘new’ airport has now been in operation for several years.
Some new properties have caught our eye for the detail and feeling that has gone into their boutique accommodation. Wait and see what we choose for our Select Collection.
Need to knowGetting there - Direct flights from almost all major cities in Europe and great links across Southeast Asia, Australasia, Middle East…
Best time to travel - November to April sees very little rainfall. Temperatures stay around 30c year round.
Time to avoid - There is a significantly higher volume of rain in our summer months and you will need to borrow a hotel umbrella if you wander out. March-May are the hottest and most humid months which can be unpleasant for dining out and sightseeing.
Why go - Great shopping (whether it is markets or malls), amazing food and memorable riverfront drinking and dining.