Returning to Phuket was a dream come true. I remember the first time we visited Phuket – ten years ago – it was wonderful. My daughter and I were so excited to be returning. Not so much had changed, the beach was still clean and beautiful – the markets, however, were more crowded. We were joined by two friends from the UK on this trip. The moms would have ‘our time’ while the two kids had fun together. This getaway was not at all planned. Everything we did just depended on how we felt that day. Some days we simply stayed on the beach all day, swimming like fishes and relaxing on the pool deck at the resort.
The view from our hotel room was simply stunning – we looked out over Patong beach. The two things that my daughter wished for from this trip were to go to Phi Phi island to swim and to take an elephant ride. Both were so easy to arrange. We made all our bookings directly from the hotel. It only took an hour from Royal Phuket Marina to Phi Phi Island by speedboat – and cost about 2,500 Bath/person, including speedboat, tour guide, lunch, and snorkelling equipment. They also stopped at Pileh Cove and Bamboo Island. The views were simply gorgeous, especially Phi Phi Island. Needless-to-say, the kids just jumped into water right away. It was crystal clear with a stunning aquamarine colour. I can’t described how beautiful and relaxing the place was. Last but not least, we took a trip to Kata Island for an elephant ride. It was really enjoyable. Although it wasn’t my first elephant ride, i was still quite scared.
The hotel we stayed at, Amari Coral Beach Resort, was a totally relaxing place to be. Not just great food but the staff were so professional and friendly. We will definitely return to this hotel. If you stay there don’t miss the Wednesday night seafood buffet – first class.