The Pavilions Romance Destinations - Phuket and Bali
 
Fall In Love With Phuket

Phuket is a delight for lovers and explorers alike. Its Sino-Portugese architecture is charming, delighting travellers as they wander the streets and markets. Local food is fresh and tantalizing – the lobster is heavenly here.

As for the island, what can we say? If you can tear yourselves away from your Villa, there are wonderful adventures and escapades in Phuket.

Here are our some of our favourites. Whatever you choose, ask our Concierge to arrange it for you.

 

Layan Beach

Our favourite place to spend a sun-kissed day on this beach,  just 5 minutes by shuttle from The Pavilions, at the northern end of Bang Tao beach where the beach meets a river and a lagoon. The area is home to many birds and other wildlife who enjoy the peace of the lagoon.

Bang Tao Beach Shopping

Some of the island's best finds for antiques and other treasures can be found at Laguna's Canal Village and in the rows of shops just outside the Laguna entrance. The open-air village markets are also worth visiting, if only to take in the sights and sounds of a typical Thai bazaar. A huge range is on sale including fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and fish, clothes, delicious local snacks, toys, shoes and more. Cherng Talay market is open on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Island Hopping

http://www.phuket.com/island/phiphi.htm

Phi Phi Islands are some of Thailand’s best known islands and a “must-see”.  Equally captivating above and below water, its six islands richly deserve their reputation as “The jewels of the Andaman Sea”.  A day tour from the mainland will take you to world-famous beaches such as Maya Bay, where the movie “The Beach” was set, the pristine white sand and turquoise water of Bamboo Island, as well as snorkeling in colorful coral gardens around Hin Klang and monkey Bay.

Phang Nga Bay

http://www.phuket.com/island/phangnga.htm

Phang Nga Bay’s spectacular limestone scenery has captured the hearts of movie makers, writers and romantics for decades.  Scores of beautiful islands rise up from the Andaman Sea, their tree-clad cliffs casting a rainbow of contrast to the bay’s sparkling Perrier-bottle hue.  You can easily discover Phang Nga Bay from different crafts: June Bahtra, a traditional junk-rigged schooner or speedboat either for private or group tours. On most of the day trips to Phang Nga Bay, you will be able to enjoy the following islands as well:

Panyee Island

 Many people flying into Phuket may have looked down on this village seemingly floating in the magical bay and wondered what it is like to live there.  If you would like to discover the true meaning of the phrase “a simple life” you should find a day to visit this place. Most of the tris to Phang Nga Bay will stop for lunch here.

James Bond Island

It is known originally and locally as Ko Tapu or Nail Island, but it found fame through the 1974 Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”.  The film starred Roger Moore and Christopher Lee but it was the scenic topography that helped make the film into a firm Bond favourite.  It also turned the previously unknown Phang Nga Bay into a major tourist attraction.

Koh Khao Ping Kan

 This unique sight appeared as well in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”. This is the rock formation which gives the island its name of Leaning Rock Island (Koh Khao Ping Kan.

Similan Islands (high season only)

http://www.similans.net/

Home to the best diving and snorkeling in Thailand, The Similan islands are home to a huge variety of marine life and incredible opportunities to see rare and endangered species.  Often referred to as one of the best dive spots in the world – you will probably agree after visiting.  While the underwater world may attract some people – there are also many varieties of birds and animals on the Similan islands and, of course, the long beaches.

Phuket Island tour – either take a taxi/our car or rent a car

Discover Phuket, stopping anywhere anytime: different beaches, bays using the coast road, go to Chalong temple, the big Buddha or the National Parks.

Elephant Trekking

Being escorted on a gentle giant through the jungle is quite an experience.  Let them take their time, allowing you to experience nature’s beauty.  Try it and you will know why Elephant Trekking is the most popular eco-tourism activity.  If you do not have much time there are alternatives in the Laguna area where the elephant ride will take you through landscaped parks, lined with beautiful casuarina trees and wading through the calm water of the surrounding lagoon.

Horseriding

Take an exhilarating ride along one of Phuket’s beaches, or trek on horseback in the jungle.

http://www.phuket.net/things-to-do/horseback-riding.htm

Helicopter Ride

Phuket may just be even more beautiful when seen from above, sweeping along glorious beaches and counting the jewel-like islands.

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Golf
http://www.phuket.com/golf/index.htm

Laguna Phuket Golf Club

Just about 10 minutes drive from The Pavilions. It is Phuket’s only resort-based 18-hole, par 71 golf course.  Designed by Max Wexler and David Abell, it measures 6,654 yards from the back tees and 5,464 yards from the forward tees.  Award winning Laguna Phuket Golf Club features a wealth of tropical scenic lagoons and undulating fairways set against a stunning backdrop of mountains and nearby sea.

Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort & Spa

About 25 minutes drive from The Pavilions.  The new world golfer’s destination, Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort & Spa has18 holes with ocean views and an ongoing 9 holes with bay views night golf course, designed by the world class Nicklaus Design. Measuring 6,806 yards from the back tees, the beach bunkers are outstanding features to challenge even the most conservative golfers.

Blue Canyon Country Club

About 30 minutes drive from The Pavilions.  Located on 720 acres of prime land and recognised as being among the most exclusive golfing establishment in the region. It is created from an old tin mine and rubber plantations, with both the golf courses moulded around the existing canyons and rubber plantations to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding natural landscape. Blue Canyon Country Club offers two award winning 18-hole championship golf courses: the Canyon Course and Lakes Course.

Scuba Diving (high season – Nov to April)

http://www.phuket.com/diving/index.htm

Phuket is often referred to as the “Pearl of the South”  and for scuba divers it’s certainly the crown jewel of the Andaman Sea which offers famous dive sites considered to be among the top ten scuba destinations in the world: the Similan islands, Phi Phi islands, Koh Racha and Sharkpoint. It boasts crystal clear water with an average water temperature of 28 degrees, spectacular reefs and rock formations, plus a colourful selection of marine life.

Surf (low season – May to Oct)

Enjoy a fun surf in uncrowded and friendly surfing conditions and make your holiday in phuket the best you've had yet. Some of the better known surfing beaches in Phuket are, Nai Harn, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Kalim, Kamala, Surin Beach, Nai Thon and Nai Yang. The best time for surfing in Phuket is from April to September.

http://www.phuket.com/sports/surfing.htm

Patong by night

Phuket’s moonlight playground, Patong,  is a great place to party. Catch some Thai boxing, play pool, visit the night markets. If you love to dance, there are fabulous nightclubs, or lounge and watch the scene from one of the restaurant terraces.

http://www.phuket.com/island/beaches_patong.htm

Sirinat National Park (90 km² of protected forest and beach)

The beautiful Sirinat National Park is about 30 kilometers from town on the northbound Thep Kasattri Road. Covering an area of 90 square kilometers, there is plenty to see including an uninterrupted 13-kilometer stretch of beach, and extensive mangrove forests. After a brief orientation by park officials you can take a guided hike, along marked tracks, through untouched landscape. admiring plants and flowers, and are always happy to share their extensive knowledge of the area. The coral reefs in the bay are some of the most pristine found in Phuket province.

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