Phuket is known among travelers as the enchanting tropical island that meets every need of holidaymakers, from the most affordable getaway to the ultra-luxurious and extravagant merrymaking. Apart from the opportunity to relax on white-sand beaches and gaze at the calm turquoise waters, there is a range of luxury activities for travelers to enjoy. This article details ten ways visitors can indulge themselves and experience something totally new while on holiday in Phuket.
There are a number of companies around Phuket Island where guests can charter their own yacht for those with sailing experience, or sail on a yacht with a crew, a captain and a cook. Crewed yachts offer guests absolute pampering and the chance to explore limestone cliffs, remote islands and exotic bays and inlets that surround Phuket. Companies such as Wahoo Luxury Yacht Charters in Chalong Bay offer fully serviced cruise packages on board top quality yachts.
2. Have a Spa Treatment From Top to Toe
Many of the opulent five-star resorts in Phuket such as The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa, offer luxuriant full body treatments from professional therapists, in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Hot stone massages, aromatic salt scrubs, manicures, and pedicures are specialties that can be found in many Thai resort spas. It’s not always necessary to be a guest at a particular resort to enjoy a spa treatment.
Alternatively, tourists can visit a stand alone day spa such as Cheraim Spa Village, which is situated across the road from Phuket City’s largest shopping mall. After a tiring day of non-stop shopping, guests deserve to relax and some pampering in a perfect place with beautifully manicured gardens, refreshing water features, and specialized spa services. Find out more about the high-end spa and wellness resort in Phuket here.
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3. Learn to Cook Thai Cuisine at Blue Elephant
The aromas and flavors of Thai cuisine are undeniably unique and attention drawing. What better souvenir to take home from a memorable holiday than a skill that you can continue to nurture and develop? The Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant in Phuket City is incredibly famous for offering and teaching expert cooking lessons on authentic Thai cuisine. Phuket visitors can enjoy a half-day course in the morning or afternoon, take a comprehensive five-day course or book private classes at their leisure time. All students who enroll in a cooking lesson will receive a Blue Elephant cooking set, including a souvenir apron and certificate.
4. Go Fishing on a Private Trip
Big Game Fishing has become an increasingly popular activity for guests that visit Thailand in recent years. Fishing charters travel to the deepest parts of the Andaman Sea searching for Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Trevally, Dorado and many other varieties of game fish that find their way in these waters. All game fishing equipment and expert advice are available to help guests reel in their first big catch. A number of different charter companies around Phuket Island offer fishing charters, some with more traditional Thai fishing boats such as The Phuket Fishing Tour on Thai Wooden Boat that operates out of beautiful Koh Racha. Tourists can also choose multi-day fishing tours with companies such as The Andaman Hooker Sports Fishing Charter, which is based in Chalong Bay.
5. Party on a Luxury Boat Club
Phuket is crazy famous for its opulent beach clubs. But nowadays tourists are more daring in having great party experience out on the sea – beyond the beach clubs. Guests can cruise the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Phuket while enjoying the five-star service, food and drink from the luxury boat club. Hype had their maiden journey at the beginning of 2015 and offers a six-hour day cruise on board their super nice boat club. The deluxe VIP package includes entry, sun lounger, sumptuous finger foods, cocktails and fresh fruits. Round trip taxis from any of Phuket’s hotels can be arranged through the company.
6. Explore Phuket from the Above
Seeing Phuket from an elevated vantage point is truly an exhilarating experience. The turquoise ocean, the shining white sweep of the coast and the lush greens of the jungle interior are incredibly spectacular viewed from a paramotor (motorized para-glider) or gyrocopter. Sky Club Asia located at Pa Khlok Airfield on Phuket’s east coast, offers tandem paramotor flights for guests wanting to see Phuket from this unique vantage point. Flying lessons are also available for those who have a little more time on the island and want to learn to fly solo.
7. Have a Sunset Cruise Dinner
Honeymooners and couples who are seeking a romantic getaway often choose Phuket primarily because of its idyllic environment and its excellent reputation for hospitality and pampering. What better place to watch the sun sink into the ocean than on board a boat? Vessels like the June Bahtra, which is a traditional Chinese Junk, offer a 5-course buffet meal, fine wine and a romantic sunset setting for the ultimate romantic date night.
8. Enjoy a Round of Golf with the Ocean View
Phuket has six world-class golf courses that take advantage of beautiful ocean views. Well-manicured greens fringed with palms or the thick jungle, stand out over the sparkling sea and make for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon on the course. Many of the golf clubs such as Mission Hills Golf Resort – which is about 30 minutes from Phuket City, offer luxury accommodations, spas, and upscale restaurants to relax after finishing 18 holes. Find out more about Phuket golf courses here.
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9. Mingle at the Beach Club
Day flows seamlessly into a vibrant night at Phuket’s world renowned beachfront clubs. Guests can relax on a sun lounger and party poolside, enjoy live or DJ music and socialize with the stylish travelers who flock to the island’s exclusive beachfront clubs, and all the while enjoying the magnificent tropical ocean views. Clubs such as Re Ka Ta on beautiful Kata Beach pride themselves on offering 5-star service and relaxed fun to the world’s jet setters. The quintessential image of a tropical holiday is lounging on a beach with cocktails on one hand while gazing at the beautiful horizon. And the beach clubs make this all a reality and up close. For more information about Phuket beachfront clubs, check out here.
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10. Get a Holistic Health Program at the Wellness and Spa Resort
A holiday is a perfect time to unwind, do some reflections on the side, detox and put some much-needed attention to health and wellness. The good thing about Phuket is that it has a number of holistic health retreats for guests who want to re-invigorate, get in touch with their spiritual side or enhance their lifestyle. Wellness centers such as the Atmanjai Detox Yoga and Wellness help guests to shake off the stress of their busy modern life and improve their well-being, keep a clear mind and focus on just being healthy. The ambiance exuded by the wellness centers is as healing and tranquil as the different programs and guests can idly wander along the shorelines or relax and meditate by the pool. Each wellness center offers different programs that meet and satisfy the guests’ needs and desires.
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