The Hotel: Manathai Surin Phuket
Long days spent snorkelling and swimming in cool blue lagoons combined with balmy nights spent drinking and dining by the sea means that holidays take on a dream-like quality at Manathai Surin Phuket. Located steps away from Phuket’s Surin Beach, lined with palm trees and trendy beach clubs, it provides the scenic yet vibrant base for soaking up the tropical sunshine of Thailand.
Accommodation is decorated with Thai handicrafts to convey an authentic sense of heritage, while modern comforts like air-conditioning, bathrobes and satellite television channels ensure guests feel well-taken care of. Groupies kick back in a Deluxe Room and start each day from sumptuous breakfast followed by lunch and a cocktail later on.
Staff are eager to show off the beauty and adventure offered by their motherland and are happy to arrange activities including island cruises, sea cave canoeing, temple tours and scuba diving trips to help Groupies make the most of their getaway. After a long day of exploring, guests get a taste of traditional Thailand in a cool, contemporary setting at Pad Thai, offering regional recipes passed down over generations and made with fresh local ingredients.
- Bed size/type: Double bed
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- Rooms offer plenty of natural light, comfy bathrobes, satellite television channels, and air-conditioning
The Area: Phuket, Thailand
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