Phuket: From $649 Per Person for a 7-Night Stay with Breakfast, Dinner and Flights at 4* Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa

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The Hotel: Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa

Resting just beyond the sandy shores of Phuket’s famed Karon Beach, the four star Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa is a haven for travellers seeking some fun in the sun. Tropical gardens and southern Thai architecture create a calm and peaceful ambience throughout the resort, while the lagoon-style swimming pool invites complete relaxation from all angles and vantage points. Groupies spread out in rooms with a pool view and kick back in comfy robes and slippers while enjoying the sea breeze on their balcony or snuggling up on their king bed.

Peckish sun lovers need only venture as far as the swim up pool bar for an ice-cold cocktail or poolside meal, while those in search of something more substantial head to the Smile Restaurant for a taste of local and international fare in an a la carte setting. Guests fuel up for days spent exploring or simply unwinding with a buffet breakfast each morning and are also treated to one Thai dinner during their stay.

Room Details

Superior Pool View Room

  • Bed size/type: King bed or two single beds
  • Standard occupancy: Two people
  • Maximum occupancy: Three people
  • Room features include comfy bathrobe and slippers, private balcony with pool views, satellite TV channels, and bathtub for soaking worries away

The Area: Phuket

A melting pot of religions, experiences and of course international tourists, Phuket combines everything that can be expected of a tropical island destination and puts it all into overdrive. Idyllic beaches and lush forests are juxtaposed against the hectic energy of Patong, often referred to as the party capital of not just Thailand but the whole of Asia. Patong is the island’s beating heart, a city of frenetic energy and bright lights surrounded by the gracious curve of glittering Patong Beach. Patong Beach is one of Thailand’s most famous where everything from sun lounges to jet skis are available to hire, and locals offer on-the-spot hair braiding and massages.

Just a short hop to the south of this lies the areas of Karon and Kata, famous for their pristine beaches and proximity to all the action of Patong without being in the thick of it. For something quieter and more picturesque, take a long tail boat around the southern headland to Freedom Beach, which is only accessible by water. By night, busy Bangla Road comes to life with bars, restaurants and nightclubs at every turn. The streets are closed to cars from 6pm and throng with people every night of the week. For something different, check out a Las Vegas-style magic show at the Joe Conrad Magic Theatre. During the daytime, explore the spectacular surrounding area with a tour to Phi Phi Island, a scuba-diving day trip or an elephant trek through the jungle.

Koh Pha Ngan: 2 to 7 Nights for Two People with Breakfast, Thai Massage and Discounts at Panviman Resort Koh Phangan

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The Hotel: Panviman Resort Kho Pha-Ngan

Panviman Resort is located on the idyllic island of Koh Pha Ngan, famed for Full Moon parties. Those who would prefer to relax and revitalise, rather than drink mysterious drinks from buckets on the beach, will be more than catered for in this retreat located among lush tropical forests, coconut fields and secluded beaches of this usually sleepy piece of paradise. Set on the pristine Klong Prao beach, guests will have access not only to tranquil shores but also an idyllic swimming spot from which to take in the magnificent sunsets.

Groupies will have at their disposal a range of facilities to make their trip one to remember. Those ready to commit to a period of complete inactivity can relax by the free-formed swimming pool with a hot tub set in a lush tropical garden, or head to Panviman Spa to pamper and preen. For more active sojourners, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and sightseeing trips around the island should do the trick.

Room Details

Superior Room

  • Bed size/type: King-size bed or twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: Two people
  • Maximum occupancy: Three people
  • Adding occupants above standard:
    • Third adult with extra bed and breakfast: THB 1,500 per person per night
    • Third child aged 3-12 years with extra bed and breakfast: THB 1,000 per child per night
    • Third child aged 3-12 years with no bed (sharing bed with parents), with breakfast: THB 300 per child per night

The Area: Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

While the magic milkshakes and whiskey buckets of the iconic Full Moon Parties may be the first things that come to mind when the words ‘Kho Pha-Ngan’ are mentioned, this impression is quickly becoming irrelevant as the island sees a change in reputation from wild party animal to serenity seeker. As the haze left behind by bucket-holding backpackers clears, it leaves behind a sleepy, secluded island with exceptionally pristine beaches and lush, tropical jungle. Sojourners can nab a beach shack on the northern end from 400B or a private bungalow on Hat Rin for just 1,000B when the Full Moon mania moves on.

The peaceful tranquillity of the island makes it an ideal destination for families and travellers seeking comfort and relaxation. Elegant resorts and luxurious beachside loungers make parts of the island feel like Ko Samui on a much smaller scale. A different kind of island-hopper is beginning to find all the right reasons to visit Koh Pha-Ngan, where ‘private plunge pool’ and butler service’ may soon replace previous destination connotations.