The Hotel: The Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa
Removed from the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s main tourist hubs, The Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa offers guests a peaceful spot to refresh their senses. A series of villas set on a hillside of lush green gardens, the resort’s views stretch out over the grounds to the sea and across to neighbouring islands.
Coupled-up Groupies settle in Superior Garden Villa for seven nights of luxury accommodation. Designed by an Australian artist John Underwood, residences are accented with terracotta and teak wood with Thai textiles and luxury touches. Retreat to the open-air shower or chill in the hammock on the furnished terrace. Rooms also include Wi-Fi access and cable TV for guests’ convenience. Take a Discover Diving course where eager aquanauts can learn how to submerge safely.
With its bridges, fountains and free-form shape, the resort’s pool provides a choice place for relaxing any time of the day. Kick back under an umbrella or out in the open sun while taking in vistas of the gardens and beyond. The on-site restaurant features both Thai and Mediterranean menus, and plays host to several theme nights over the course of the week to give gourmands the chance to try new dishes prepared in local style.
Superior Garden Villa
- Bed size/type: One double bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- This room features a furnished terrace with a hammock
The Area: Southeast Phuket, Thailand
While being an idyllic island paradise, Phuket also has a reputation for being a nightlife mecca and buzzing mix of markets, tuk-tuks and neon lights. But for those who prefer serenity and tranquillity over energy-fuelled days, there is the south-east coast – a laidback area brimming with natural beauty and all the traditional Thai experiences. Lavish spas, seafood restaurants, and untouched islands politely compete for attention; while fishing villages let travellers explore a more traditional way of life.
Head to the scenic beach of Nai Harn, widely believed to be the best in the south and later visit Rawai for seafood on the beach or the busier area of Chalong Bay with its pier and myriad bars. From these points, adventurers can set off on a tour to smaller islands where they can swim, snorkel or just relax on the sand.
Pack a camera and head to Phromthep Cape viewpoint to watch the sunset, or drive up to the white marble Big Buddha for a picture-perfect moment.