After spending five days in the hustling city of Bangkok, it’s nice to get away. My friend and I joked and said Phuket is like our detox from the partying and late night disco adventures when we arrived to the Surin Beach area of town.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and fondly known as the Pearl of the Andaman, and it’s set in the heart of the Andaman Sea. While different, Phuket offers many contrasting benefits from Bangkok. The pace is much slower and not as heavily touristy as Bangkok, and most hotels and resorts aren’t far from the beach.
We stayed at The Surin Phuket for our first two nights in this beach town. The resort’s location is situated north of the Surin Beach headland, and on the island’s west coast Pansea Beach, which is still a hidden gem. Only one other luxury resort shares the private bay with its clear turquoise waters and pristine white sand beach with exclusive access for guests only. Let’s just say, we felt very special when we stepped foot on the resort’s property.
Immediately after getting to our room, we were both blown away by our private cottage. It is beautifully decorated. We were both in awe. The design maintains respect for both the local culture and the designer’s own architectural philosophy in ensuring that wherever someone looks, an interesting perspective can be seen. Guests are assured of an unpretentious and casual ambience complemented by high service standards against the unspoilt, lush backdrop that has remained unchanged through the years.
One of my favorite aspects of the room is that the bed allowed you to overlook the resort’s private beach. This resort is definitely made for couples.
Couples could spend their entire time in their room and just watch the sea and admire the landscape. Guests don’t have to interact with others since the resort is designed similarly to a private gated community with small homes (there are approximately 103 private cottages and suits).
The beach bar offers couples the chance to watch the sunset right next to the ocean with the sounds of the waves crashing. The Surin Phuket gives guests the benefit of a serene space while being within arm’s reach of the Patong Beach nightlife, which happens to be the epicenter of the LGBTQ community.
For those of you who may have previously visited Phuket, you may remember this hotel by a different name. Conceived in 1982, the resort was an early pioneer that brought a new level of luxury to the exotic tropical island that was relatively undiscovered at that time. Originally known as The Pansea due to its exceptional location along the fine white sand of Pansea Beach, The Surin Phuket has been revitalized over the years under the careful guidance of Ed Tuttle, one of America’s most renowned architects.
Whether you’re traveling solo, with your friend, or lover, The Surin Phuket offers a beautiful fusion of a tranquil getaway that’s within steps to a private beach. This is the hotel to book when you want to relax and enjoy your time admiring the splendor of this town.
If you’re looking for a nice romantic trip with your partner, this hotel should top your list. Hotel details below:
Pansea beach, 118 Moo 3, Cherngtalay
Tel: +66 (0) 76 316 400
Fax: +66 (0) 76 621 590