The Hotel: Orchidacea Resort
Orchidacea Resort offers a peaceful retreat for travellers, enveloped by greenery, palms and a variety of flowers. The traditionally-styled resort is located on a gentle sloping hill, offering picturesque sunsets and glimpses of the ocean. Guests can relax in well-appointed rooms with large beds, tea and coffee making facilities, safety boxes, en suite bathrooms and private balconies, some of them boasting ocean views.
Holidaymakers can make a splash in the Olympic-size Olympic-size swimming pool and sample snacks and freshly-squeezed juices at the pool bar. In the evenings, they can feast on Thai, Chinese and European cuisine at the range of restaurants available nearby.
- Bed size/type: King or twin bedding
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people (the third person must buy a separate voucher)
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.