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Phuket Luxperience: The Reopening of Thailand

Gentle whispers of coconut palms, crystal clear turquoise-hued waves, rainbows of endless fish colonies, pearly white beaches of powdery-soft sand and breath-taking views of towering limestone cliffs await your visit as a luxuriously tropical dream destination “Phuket” finally reopens for international travelers on July 1st, 2021! And yes no quaratine required! Check the latest details and update with Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Phuket is Thailand’s largest (48 km from north to south and 21 km from west to East) and arguably the most famous island! Blessed with more than 40 sandy beaches, not to mentioned those drop dead gorgeous neighboring tropical islands, rich Phuketian Culture, never-ending choices of activities to do on the island, and to- die-for World-Class-Thai-Cuisine. So where to start? We’ve got you all covered. This way!

 

“No quarantine”! Yes you heard that right! Phuket is officially opening on 1st July 2021 with no quarantine and minimum stay required (for those who wish to visit Phuket only, if you wish to travel to other parts of Thailand, you must stay in Phuket for at least 14 days) under the Phuket Sandbox regulations. So, who are eligible? All of the fully vaccinated foreign tourists (no less than 14 days before the travel date) from low to medium risk countries. For the latest update and information please visit the official website of Tourism Authority of Thailand https://www.tatnews.org/author/tatnews/

From beach front coastline retreats to glamorous jungle hideouts, private beaches to personal butlers, Phuket has no shortage of lavish resorts but here are our all-time favorites and top 3 in Phuket; Amanpuri, Rosewood and Sri Panwa. It was the first of its name in the collection that would go on and forever change the name of the game, the parameters, and redefine luxury travel all together and started a global trend of Aman Junkie. All said “once you’ve tried, there is no going back” and rightfully so, personally Amanpuri is unrivalled the best resort in Phuket. Period. Tucked away on the private peninsula overlooking the mesmerizing Andaman Sea, a well-kept promise for complete privacy, discreet luxury, exquisite attention to detail, otherworldly service, mouthwatering gourmet, and the authentic touch of locally inspired architecture that meticulously designed to frame their natural setting at its best awaits your discovery. Tips; do stay in the residential villa, the best villa is undeniably Villa 45, I would even go as far to stay it is the best in Phuket. This 9-bedroom villa sets the highest tip of the peninsula boasting 360-degree view of the Andaman Sea.

Next stop is Rosewood Phuket, the picture-perfect resort! You can literally grab your phone and snap away; every slot is guaranteed to look like it’s popping from a page in the magazine. One of those places that you see on a postcard which make you want to quit your job and live-in flip-flops forever. Even though Rosewood is located within an eyeshot of Patong Beach but feels like a world away as it is hidden away on the secluded emerald bay featuring a private beach – Sri Trang. Patong is actually one of the best, if not the best place to watch sunset as the sun sets right in front of you, with no blockage all year long. So, if like us, sunset is a big time for you, this is the place to be. The resort is fashionably designed and decorated using soft colors setting a feeling of a cozy yet luxurious home. The style is sophisticated yet minimal, the courtesy of Melbourne-based design firm BAR Studio.

 

Have I mentioned that the resort is pet friendly? So yes, you and your baby can enjoy holiday together! Additional charge of 1,500 THB will be applied per night per dog. Tips; Ta-Kai is one of the best restaurants in Phuket offering authentic Thai food and it is a part of Michelin Guide so be sure to give it a try.

At the very end of Phuket, sprawling across a jungle covered peninsula where guests can enjoy stunning views of crystal-clear water that laps the shore of Panwa beach lies Sri Panwan. The villas boast enormous picture windows (floor to ceiling) to let in all of the light and showcase the iconic Andaman Sea view. Dotted across its 40 acres ground are three pools, a beach, boho spa and Baba Nest; one of the most gorgeous rooftops in Phuket. If you are lucky enough during the beautiful clear day you will see the fiery sunset sky with its matching 360-degree pool reflection which is a sight to be seen. Rosewood and Sri Panwa are the only 2 luxurious resorts to welcome pets! How fantastic! At Sri Panwa each dog can be weighted up to 20 kg! The largest limit I have ever seen in Thailand! Additional charge of 2,400 THB will be applied per night per dog. Sri Panwa is absolutely one of our all time favorite resort to stay when in Phuket! We definitely will be coming back for more <3

So, what to do during your stay in Phuket? Discover the wonders of Phuket by taking a yacht trip is most definitely our first choice, tailor made full day trip or overnight trips can be arranged. Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations and its nearby tropical paradises are second to none! We recommend sailing under the sunshine to the famous Maya Bay and Phi-Phi Island or cruising around the James Bond made famous “Phang Nga Bay” or visiting the deluxe island hideaway, Racha Noi, an hour away from Phuket by motor boats. This snake-like-shape island looks so surreal that it could have been a real filming location of Jurassic World. The diamond beach located at the very end of the island is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen; the water is as clear as that of Maldives and Bora Bora! Dolphins, Manta Rays, big schools of Barracuda can be seen here! So what are you waiting for?

The time is now, pack your bags and we’ll see you in Phuket! Can’t wait!

Jibbie & Patrick

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