The Hotel: The Village Coconut Island
Bask before the lazy sun rays reflecting off the 500m shoreline of this beach resort that sits on one of Phuket’s small archipelagos, accessible only via water taxi shuttle. Decked with sun lounges and a slide-complemented swimming pool across the beach-and-forest property, the five star resort buoys you into a personal tropical getaway with five-minute speedboat transfer, walkways, and balconies. Guests can relax on site and take advantage of a vast range of facilities, including restaurants, bars, a pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre, and steam room, or venture to nearby areas such as the uninhabited and unspoilt Koh Rang.
Couples will stay in the Outdoor Jacuzzi Suite, while groups of four can make themselves at home in the Two-Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa. Bright, airy, with a rich wood finish and equipped with all the mod-cons discerning travellers have come to expect, guests will find themselves not wanting to leave the room. However, they may want to do so to take advantage of the crystalline waters lapping the shores just a short stroll from their door.
Outdoor Jacuzzi Suite
- Bed size/type: Twin or double bedding
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- The suite features a spacious living area, outdoor terrace, kitchenette with coffee making facilities and a walk-in bathroom with bathtub and rain shower
Two-Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa
- Bed size/type: King and Twin bed
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
- The villa boasts a private pool, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, satellite TV channels, a safe, a kitchenette, a fridge/freezer, gowns and slippers
The Area: Phuket
Phuket has a diverse landscape made up of mountains in the central region that taper off into plains, becoming white sandy beaches and jagged limestone outcrops towards the coast. While most people spend their time here lazing by the beach and exploring neighbouring islands via longtail boats, the island has a host of cultural and natural attractions waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in nature at the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a sanctuary that preserves the native flora and fauna of the region where you can trek through the tropical rainforest to the scenic Tonsai and Bang Pae waterfalls.
Scattered around Phuket are Buddhist temples that form the spiritual core of the island, the most iconic one being the Big Buddha, a sitting Buddha made up of white Burmese marble located at the peak of the Nakkerd Hills, which is also a good vantage point to get a 360-degree view of the surroundings. If you time your visit to coincide with the Vegetarian Festival that takes place in late September to early October, you will get the chance to see how locals celebrate their version of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival with colourful processions and ceremonies that challenge physical limits like firewalking and body piercing.