The Hotel: Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa
Located on the cliff at the quiet northern end of Patong Beach, Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa is only minutes away from the centre of Patong with easy access to its attractions, shops and clubs.
The resort offers a choice of accommodation suitable for couples and families with options such as double rooms, ocean-facing suites and pool villas. Each guestroom comes with a complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and telephone.
Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa facilities include three large swimming pools and one children’s pool. There’s also a fitness centre as well as a spa specialising in pampering for singles and couples. Guests can enjoy barbecue dinners and regional specialities at the Tropics Lounge & Bar or dine on Asian favourites and international dishes while admiring the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea from the Blue Horizons restaurant.
Deluxe Ocean Facing Room
- Bed size/type: King or twin bedding
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people (the third person must buy a separate voucher)
- Additional child aged 2-12 years can stay free of charge on a rollaway or daybed with breakfast included
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.