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Derived from the Malay word bukit, or hill, Phuket was long known to European traders as Junk Ceylon, and a rich source of valuable tin. After an attack by the rival Burmese navy in 1785, which was repulsed by forces commanded by a local widow and her sister, Phuket rose to prominence as a regional administrative center, charged with running the southern provinces of Thailand.
Today, Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and sports fine beaches, constant sunshine, and an enviable proximity to a multitude of attractions and dive sites - among them the Similan Islands, Koh Phi Phi, and the limestone peaks of Phang Nga Bay. While Phuket was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, it has since repaired the damage, and, thanks to its tourism revenue, become the wealthiest province in the country.
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Spend a day cruising through Phang Nga Bay, where hundreds of limestone karst peaks thrust up out of the sea in a variety of formations, towering over the turquoise water.
Koh Kai Nok
Have a lovely picnic lunch on a secluded white sand beach on Koh Kai Nok, and relax as you watch the waves roll in.
Take a speed boat to the Similan Islands, considered the top scuba-diving and snorkeling spot in Thailand and world renowned for their coral reefs and diversity of tropical fish. The eleven islands, which comprise a national park, are home to rare species of flora and fauna, such as the Nicobar pigeon, flying lemur and bottlenose dolphin.
Old Town Tour
Stroll through the Old Town of Phuket along Thalang Road, where you’ll discover beautiful buildings built in a Sino-Portuguese style, including the Standard Chartered Bank, Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion and Thai Hua Museum. As the style suggests, these buildings were influenced by Chinese architecture when they were built over 100 years ago and were later infused with Portuguese elements.
Visit local Buddhist temples, such as Wat Chalong, Wat Khao Rang and Wat Phra Thong. Wat Chalong is famous among Thais for its reputed healing powers. Khao Rang houses a large golden seated Buddha statue, while Phra Thong is known for its half-buried golden Buddha, Poh Phra Thong.
Sunset Visit to the Big Buddha
At sunset, visit the big Buddha on a hill. At 135 feet high, this large white landmark sits on top of Nakkerd Hills, one of the highest points in Phuket where one can see an almost 360-degree view of the island. Made of white Burmese marble, the statue is known as Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri, and it is one of Phuket’s most notable sites.
Phi Phi Islands
Cruise to the Phi Phi Islands, where "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed, or to James Bond Island, which was a location for the action epic, "The Man With the Golden Gun." Stop at snorkel and dive sites and observe local marine life in crystal-clear waters.
Thailand has it all – from towering mountains, vibrant corals, ancient ruins and powdery white-sand beaches. Enjoy a 10-day luxurious adventure through the diverse landscape of what’s known as the Land of Smiles. The hospitality along with the mouthwatering cuisine make this country a traveler’s favorite.
From 2 - 15 November 2017, embark on a journey of exploration, discovery and wellness with private jet transfers to some of Asia’s most historic countries. Adventure through mountains, jungle and beach; historic cities and landmarks, whilst your evenings are spent in the unrivaled luxury of unique Aman destinations.
Known for having some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches – the South of Thailand is home to endless white-sand beaches, vibrant corals and turquoise waters. Stay in the most luxurious of hotels as you beach hop and even enjoy a private aerial tour of some of the world’s least explored tropical islands.
Amanpuri, which means “peaceful place,” is a magnificent resort created by the architect who designed the Winter Palace of the former Shah of Iran. The resort has 40 secluded pavilions, each with a private outdoor terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea, and come with a personal cook and butler. Dining options include The Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine, and The Terrace, which offers Thai and European specialties. Amanpuri has a Beach Club, with windsurfing and hobie-cats available, a 20-meter lap pool and a starting point for diving, snorkeling or fishing. Other facilities include a business center, floodlit tennis courts, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Wifi is available in all rooms and public areas. The resort is 25 minutes from the airport in Phuket (HKT).
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort
Looking out over the sparkling Andaman Sea, this superb five-star resort is one of the most spectacular luxury retreats Phuket has to offer. Set within a peaceful bay on the island’s Western coast, an idyllic shoreline is greeted by crystal-clear waters directly in front of the resort, creating a secluded island sanctuary. It lies conveniently close to Phuket International Airport but far enough to transport guests to their own exotic haven. Anantara’s first-class hospitality is coupled with a collection of 30 opulent rooms and luxury suites as well as 47 indulgent pool villas. Guests can enjoy a balance of the serenity from the private stretch of beach and shoreline pool with the diversity of facilities within the resort, including exciting water activities, fitness center and spa. Days in Thai paradise are accompanied by some of the finest dining options in Phuket, with seductive settings and awe-inspiring island views to match. Professional and talented chefs create fresh and beautifully-presented dishes for exclusive dining experiences, where guests can sample the iconic flavors of Thailand.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Phuket is an island associated with sun, sea and sand, and there’s no better way to experience it by staying right on the beach in your own private villa. Every single one at Anantara Phuket comes with its own private pool, and total floor space starts at giant 1,900 square feet (that’s about four times more than your stand hotel room). When you’re not soaking in the terrazzo bathtub, sipping a cocktail on the private decking, doing laps in your own private pool, or making use of the long list of entertainment and gadgets in the room, Anantara Phuket has plenty to do elsewhere – that’s if you can drag yourself away from the villa. There are five dining options (including a rather beautiful ‘tree house’ venue), a poolside bar, cooking school and a luxurious spa to wind back after a long day of being busy… or doing nothing at all. Mai Khao beach, the longest in Phuket, is just steps from the villa and provides soft sand and warm tropical waters perfect for swimming.
The beachside Andara resort rests atop a lush hillside on the west coast of Phuket, offering sweeping sea views from its rooms, restaurants and an infinity pool. Andara’s accommodations include a variety of three- to six-bedroom Pool Villas and a mix of one- to four-bedroom Pool Suites, Terrace Suites and Pool Suite Penthouses. The Silk Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Thai cuisine focusing on locally sourced ingredients, as well as Western comfort foods and a children’s menu. Andara’s Spa has six individual treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms with jacuzzi baths, and a private steam room, with a diverse menu of therapies including Thai, Ayurvedic, Swiss, Javanese and Swedish massage, as well as a variety of scrubs, detox and body treatments. The resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center has the latest free weights and Precor machines and cardio equipment, and both group and individual yoga and aerobic classes are available as well. Andara is a 30-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
Iniala Beach House
Just 20 minute’s drive from Phuket airport, guests find themselves whisked into the secluded paradise of Iniala. Set amidst the dramatic limestone rock formations of Phang Nga bay, the beachfront villas stand on the sands of Natai Beach, looking out to the Andaman Ocean. Guests can absolutely unwind from the moment of landing; after being swept through the airport, the personal chauffeur service hands over to the private butler, ready with a glass of champagne at the beautiful oceanview accommodation. Just 10 bedrooms are spread over three villas and a penthouse, each individually designed by international creatives, for a sense of sumptuous and exclusive luxury. Three meals a day are whipped up by the resort’s head chef and available to be served in-room or on the beach. A stay at Iniala also includes the opportunity to dine at Aziamendi, on Michelin-starred gourmet delights. Well-being is central to the Iniala experience, with spa and fitness facilities, not to mention exciting excursions on hand.
Point Yamu by COMO
This ultra-luxury resort, perched at the tip of Phuket’s Cape Yamu on the island’s east coast, looks out over the crystal blue waters and picturesque limestone karsts of the Andaman sea. No detail has been left to chance here, with interiors by Paola Navone of Italian design fame, a five-star wellness retreat featuring a slew of treatment rooms, yoga studio, jacuzzi, sauna - the works, and two fine dining restaurants that offers guests a choice between a gourmet taste of Thailand at Nahmyaa, or authentic Italian at La Sirena. The hotel’s Aqua bar concocts everything liquid, from healthy smoothies to tantalizing cocktails that can be enjoyed poolside. And oh what a pool it is - with infinity edges, its waters blend seamlessly into the nearby ocean - a view guests can enjoy from one of the many plush sun loungers surrounding it. If that’s not enough, a fully air-conditioned, state-of-the-art fitness center, kids’ club, and meeting facilities are also made available to guests.
The Sarojin is located in perfect proximity to the white sandy beaches that Khao Lak Thailand is famous for. The boutique property has 56 residences housed in seven individual two story buildings. Many of the suites have private plunge pools and gardens. The rooms feature contemporary Asian architecture which effortlessly blends in with the exotic rainforest and tropical beach surroundings. The resort has two restaurants serving delicious Thai and Italian food and an award winning wine cellar. Guests may choose to spend their days relaxing by the pool, being pampered in the spa or exploring the local marine life and islands. The Sarojin is just 30 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport (HKT).
This boutique resort is located within a beautiful tropical forest over a private bay, just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, on the island’s quiet northwestern coastline. The resort’s 42 pool suites and villas, guest facilities and 12 privately owned residential villas all face the sea, many with absolute sea frontage. The villas and facilities sit within 40 acres of garden that rise between two private headlands, ensuring absolute privacy from any other developments. The resort’s restaurant and bar are set directly above the beach on a deck that extends out towards the surf. Trisara’s team of creative chefs prepare beautifully presented yet simple selections of classic Thai dishes as well as specialties from around the world. Other amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, tennis courts, yacht rental, complimentary gold club rental, the opulent Trisara Spa with its sea-view treatment suites, wi-fi and a business center.