A true testament to a great hotel is it’s ability to provide an amazing holiday regardless of the weather.
I travelled to Thailand a few years ago, before I started Clutch & Carry-on and from that visit I knew I had to get back out there again for you guys. Thailand is such a great place to visit if you want to travel further afield without breaking the bank. There are so many things to see and do and the people are the friendliest in the world!
The flights are relatively affordable for the distance (we paid £480 return with Emirates) and once you are in Thailand everything is so much cheaper than here in the UK. Meals, trips, taxis everything is super affordable. The weather is warm all year round and the nightlife is always so fun and vibrant. I fell in love on my first visit and couldn’t wait to get back out there again.
Thailand is very rough and ready so you have to leave your inhibitions on the plane. Phuket especially is a little rough around the edges but travelling there is about experiencing the culture and scenery, it’s not an extravagant location so the best way (in my opinion) to enjoy Thailand to the fullest is ‘muck in’ and ditch the princess when exploring, but return home every evening to a palace. If you stay in a luxury hotel – you’ll have the best of both worlds 😉
I knew that I wanted to stay in Phuket on this visit to Thailand for a few reasons. One is that the flights tend to be more affordable to travel here and another, it’s such a perfect location to be based to explore the surrounding areas and see a little bit more of the amazing country and beaches.
I did some research into luxury hotels and the Amari Phuket caught my eye immediately. The location in the hills with this gorgeous sea view was exactly what I wanted to capture on Clutch & Cary-on. I am mostly lead by images when it comes to my hotel searches as I am always looking for that perfect photo moment, I’ll then look at the reviews of the hotel from like minded people. I love booking.com for reviews and of course, trip advisor.com. Both sites had glowing reviews for The Amari Phuket………….so off we went!
The hotel is stunningly located in the hills above Patong beach, which is the perfect location for a luxury hotel in Phuket. The views of the beach are spectacular and the hotel is so well designed that wherever you are at any given time you can always see the beautiful beach. It’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy nightlife and daytime antics of Patong but also just a 5 minute tuk tuk away 😉
The weather was unfortunately terrible during our stay, we had heavy storms for the entire week but there was one glorius morning of sunshine, so we made the most of it by frolicking on the hotel’s wonderful pier, as you do 😉 The pier was one of my favourite spots in the resort as the views were incredible. The hotel provides sun beds and there is a bar for refreshments, so in better weather I think this would have been me for the week 😉 I did try and get in the water in the hour of sunshine we saw as I was desperate to snorkel but unfortunately due to the week’s storm the visibility was too bad so the sea was murky, oh well, at least I managed to get in the ocean 😉
You can grab lunch, go for a swim or simply read a book whilst ocean gazing – it’s the perfect place to do all three in fact! Whenever the rain stopped we were straight by the pools. I have to say the hotel did such an amazing job keeping every corner of the communal areas clean considering how stormy the weather was. The staff were excellent at helping us with our things mid-downpour and keeping everyone’s spirits up despite the grey. I think it’s a true testament to a hotel and staff when it remains clean and presentable through a storm.
We stayed quite high up in the hills in the spangly new Luxury Ocean Wing, our room was in fact a suite complete with a living space, kitchenette, hugh bathroom and double bedroom. It also had a gorgeous outside balcony with sun beds and a breathtaking sea view 🙂
If you stay in the Ocean Wing you have daily access to the hotel’s clubhouse, which I have to say was my favourite spot of the whole hotel, so it’s well worth the upgrade! The exclusivity of the club house meant less people which is always a bonus in my opinion and it also meant a daily dip in this gorgeous infinity pool.
We spent as many dry (and some wet) moments as we could here. The view of the town in the distance and the vast sea in front of us was a truly special sight, especially as the sun goes down and the lights of Patong beach started to glisten in the stormy glaze.
The Clubhouse also has a great restaurnat above the pool that shares the same stunning views. The menu is great, we sampled quite a few of the dishes as this was one of our favourite spots to eat. The black cod is amazing and the caesar salad was delish!!
They have an evening happy hour here with yummy cocktails, soft drinks and snacks which is all complimentary, it’s such a lovely touch. The hotel manager greets everyone for a cheers and checks in on your stay, it’s always nice to have interaction with management when you are staying away from home.
The hotel also boasts a stunning spa with private rooms and sea view. We spent a few good evenings in here, being pampered whist the sun went down. The full body massage was my treatment of choice and it really was amazing. The therapist was so skilled I could have easily drifted to sleep with the sound of the waves – it was in this spa that I had one of those moments of realisation as to just how lucky I was to be able enjoy such wonderful trip – weather means so little when you have the hands of a goddess working away your knots 😉
The Amari Phuket is now also home to one of my favourite restaurants, La Gritta, an amazing Italian beachside eatery that has the most delectable spinach gnocchi I have ever had the pleasure of eating!
It’s located above the beach underneath the palm trees, the service is immaculate and the chef is fantastic. It’s a great spot for a romantic evening meal, watching the hustle and bustle of the town from a far, listening to the crashing waves on the shore, all the while devouring delicious Italian classics.
If you have been keeping up with my recent posts you’ll know that even though the weather was not on our side during our stay we still had the best time and that was down to our positive attitudes but also due to the fact that the hotel was so great. The team at Amari were constantly checking in with us, coming up with great ideas for us to enjoy in the bad weather and often navigating us through the storms in their handy golf buggies 😉 Thailand is known for it’s beaches but we were able to see so much more. I am going to be writing up another post next week to let you know what we got up to during our stay here, a guide if you like, detailing what to do in Thailand if it’s raining. I’ll also be sharing some amazing recipes with you from our cooking class here at Amari so I’ll see you back here next week 😉
In the mean time if you would like any more information on the Amari Phuket click here for rates and even more info on this hillside haven by the sea!I have to say a huge thank-you to the team at Amari for being so accommodating and friendly during our stay, Hills Balfour for organising such an amazing trip and Aimee Le Tourneau for being my ultimate storm buddy and photographer! x