The Hotel: Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa
Resting just beyond the sandy shores of Phuket’s famed Karon Beach, the four-star Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa is a haven for travellers seeking some fun in the sun. Tropical gardens and southern Thai architecture create a calm and peaceful ambience throughout the resort, while the lagoon-style swimming pool invites complete relaxation from all angles and vantage points. Groupies spread out in rooms with a pool view and kick back in comfy robes and slippers while enjoying the sea breeze on their balcony or snuggling up on their king bed.
Peckish sun lovers need only venture as far as the swim up pool bar for an ice-cold cocktail or poolside meal, while those in search of something more substantial head to the Smile Restaurant for a taste of local and international fare in an a la carte setting. Guests fuel up for days spent exploring or simply unwinding with a buffet breakfast each morning and are also treated to one Thai dinner during their stay.
Superior Pool View Room
- Bed size/type: One king or queen or two singles
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- Extra guests charge: $55 per night
- Room features include comfy bathrobe and slippers, private balcony with pool views, satellite TV channels, and bathtub
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.