The Hotel: Blue Ocean Resort
Blue Ocean Resort blends the quiet relaxation offered by a tropical oasis with close proximity to popular landmarks. Patong Beach is a five-minute stroll away and the Jungceylon Shopping Mall is 10 minutes away. The Resort features 113 rooms, each with a private terrace area.
Travellers looking to kick up their feet have access to an outdoor pool, sauna, and a range of treatments at the Olana Spa, including massages and body scrubs. Refuel with a choice of Thai, Indian and European cuisines at the restaurant or enjoy a casual drink at the pool bar. With many prime sightseeing opportunities close by, the tour desk is available for recommendations and arrangements.
- Bed size/type: One king-sized bed or two twin beds
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- Rollaway available for $35 per night, breakfast included
- Features air conditioning, satellite TV, private bathroom with rain shower, minibar, and a private balcony
The Area: Phuket and Patong Beach
A melting pot of religions, experiences and 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.