I took a solo trip to Phuket not too long after our family ski vacation in Verbier, it was one of those mommy needs a break after the family vacation type of thing! I really wanted to catch up with my well being.
The flight was long in the sense that local airline canceled all direct flights fm Taipei to Phuket after the Tsunami so I had to waste 3 hour transit time in BKK. However I did wish the 10 minute speedboat ride from the pier to the resort was longer as I always enjoy cruising under the sunshine with breeze after a long flight.
I love hotels on small islands although remote and the transfer can be a pain but there is something serene about hotels located on remote and isolated islands.
You are surrounded by understated luxury the minute you hop on the speedboat. The resort is beautiful and peaceful, the view is stunning and unforgettable, everything on the island has been thought of and attended to especially the details. Any resort by the ocean with sandy beach puts me in a merry mood but there was something more here, something about its surroundings, the perfect blend of nature and ecological setting that transcends a total relaxed ambience. Everyone took good care of me from the spa to the restaurant to the pool side, one thing about traveling solo is that every staff take very good care of you, makes you feel like a baby in s cradle.
This was meant to be a self heal/rest fully trip but I did expect to have some yummy spicy Thai food without realizing the hotel offers either vegetarian or raw food diet with no coffee nor wine so I decided to get on a 3 day raw food detox diet meaning fresh veggie juice blend and fruit and salad only throughout my stay. Im all about meat, Im not at all into raw or vegan diet but their dishes were tasty and creative and the most impressive thing is they have an air-conditioned room to keep the raw food fresh during buffet hours as if you are walking into a wine cellar.
I pampered myself to the extreme during the four night stay. I went with the flow of the philosophy of the hotel, promote relaxation through healthy diet, sleep and exercise! Massage and spa treatments filled my days with sun bathing by the beach and pool in between treatments, I kayaked and biked, it was a total immersion in letting go in every form!
Four night stay ended very quickly but enough for I miss my girls tremendously, sadly to say that this hotel was bought and is under new management, I wonder how it is now as I wish it had remained the same for I wanted to go back so badly!