The Port, Phuket

November 25, 2011

I loved this place in Patong.

We went our for dinner, and then stumbled upon The Port and decided to have dessert, cocktails and watch the amazing bands doing cover songs. It was so fun here.

They had one band doing all kinds of covers, you can request songs too. And another came on in kind of Jamacian inspired outfits and we thought it was going to be reagee but it was just a sort of almost-reagee take on songs. Weird. But the first band were great with several singers taking the lead on different songs. Our favourite were the Amy Whinehouse lady and the Tina Turner lady. They had the songs down, even down to the accent of the original artist. Loved it.

I also loved the cocktails.

If you like Pina Coladas…

And we ordered some desserts, the biggest portion of fried banana I have ever seen. We really struggled with this! Served with a chocolate and vanilla sauce.

Just amazing.

And in an effort to be semi-healthy some coconut sorbet, made with the young coconut.

If you go to Patong and want to see a show, I beg you not to go to Hard Rock (£16 for a rubbish burger) check out The Port, its right on the main strip close to the big hotels, and starbucks :(. You cannot miss the illuminated sign!

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Smile

November 21, 2011

Being in ‘the land of smiles’ I am very aware of how important it is to smile at people here, and to be smiley in general.

Back home we think nothing of stomping along with a grumpy face, or when concentrating on something having a hard frown, here it doesn’t happen.

And I am also realising how nice it is, and how much happier I feel with a smile on my face. Of course it helps I am on holiday but it is something I am going to try on carry on in my life when I return.

So go on, start smiling more, smile at other people especially, you might make someones day a little better.

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Lulu Guiness Luggage

November 20, 2011

Never been bothered about luggage before now…

But I really really want these.

I am going to get one, even if it’s just the mini one!

Available from the website

The Nap – Patong, Phuket

November 19, 2011

Another Hotel recommendation I want to share.

After our first night in Dewa wen moved to somewhere a bit more lively, with more to do. My husband is the restless sort and I don’t think he would have been able to handle the chilled-ness of the area surrounding Dewa for very long at all.

This hotel -in Patong, was our favourite so far. In terms of most things you want from a hotel this was amazing.

We had a great location, the hotel itself was beautiful, very modern, the facilities were great and the service our whole time was great.

As in most Thai hotels, the reception is a beautiful open space.

When we arrived as usual we were given cold towels and a refreshing drink, plus a plate of fresh fruit. This was mostly to keep us occupied as we were very early and our room wasn’t quite ready.

We see this bird all this time, I love them, no idea what it is but it hops around on both its legs, very cute.

And our room, we had a smaller room this time but still plenty of space. Very clean and modern design. My husband loved it. Plus the bathroom was amazing. Great big shower. Who doesn’t love a good shower.

Our view of the pool.

And then we grabbed some lunch, I have written a separate post about the food here, on Full as an Egg it was just so good. And the restaurant was just a nice place to be.

The pool, kind of a must for me when it’s so hot you need to cool down every so often.

This was my general position here!

And of course a great place to drink cocktails. I think I might be addicted to strawberry daiquiris, the fact that they are frozen is another cool down method (justification is a skill of mine)

Phuket is hot, so hot that a few times we have had storms. The great thing? They cool the air down and never last for long, just don’t get caught, you’ll get seriously wet; it’s like you’ve beens whamming. Fun though!

I am in love with hotel breakfasts, once again at The Nap you can have anything you want. Our favourite was the omelette station, where you go and pick what you would like in and watch them make it.

And every day they also brought around little treats, this is a mini bircher muesli.

The beach at Patong is busier than it looks being covered in sun loungers but its long and you can find yourself a spot thats not covered in people easily. It’s also clean, as the people running the little sun lounger spots keep it so, and the sea is great for swimming and there are lots of water sports going on all the time.

Patong was great for a short stay, there is a ton of restaurants and bars from nice date spots to loud drinking spots and lots of happy hours where at the moment with a bad exchange rate cocktails are about £2. Amazing.

So if you are coming to Phuket, do check out Patong and do stay at The Nap, its great. Well enough away from the main strip so you can avoid it if you wish but its there if you want it.

Also the robes were amazing, still kicking myself for not buying one.

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Wildfox Couture

November 18, 2011

I am obsessed with Wilfox tees, I really want them! All of them!

They are so cute!

I am sure you have seen them before, go check out their site HUGE numbers of wicked tees! Plus sweaters and more!

Eeeek I cannot look anymore, I am banned from shopping.

Wildfox

Dewa – Phuket

November 17, 2011

So at the risk of annoying you all I am going to start my honeymoon travel recommendations, you never know you might need these one day.

Starting with our first hotel in Phuket, Thailand; Dewa.

We arrived here after meeting in Bangkok after a month apart, I had been travelling for over 24 hours.

It was an amazing reunion.

After flying South to Phuket we arrived to a storm, with thunder lightning and heavy rain, not what we had in mind maybe! But it was about 8 o clock, so no matter.

We arrived at Dewa, picked by my Husband to a beautiful reception with some fruity welcome drinks and umbrellas to shelter us for the walk to our room.

I love turquoise pools at night, even in the rain I wanted to jump in.

The hotel has a mix of rooms and villas. The villas are all set around the middle of the resort and are quite sheltered giving all a lovely view.

Then we arrived to our room, right at the top of the hotel. We had a honeymoon upgrade. Score.

We had a little suite, with a kitchen, seating area, amazing bathroom and a beautiful bedroom. So much space!

My favourite thing about Thai hotels? The swan towels and fresh flowers.

Then we step out onto our balcony to find we also have our own private roof terrace! With an amazing view of the resort and more which we didn’t see until the morning. And we spot they have another, much bigger pool.

So we went to the restaurant to catch up over cocktails and pizza, both very tired and delicate we didn’t start on the Thai food tonight.

And the next morning took a proper look at our terrace. It had loungers, a shower to cool off and amazing views.

And back through a much drier reception and over the front pool we went.

Breakfast at Dewa is an amazing as we had expected, basically they have anything you could want. Seriously.

Our favourite thing had to be the make your own muesli bar. So good! A million different combinations.

Plus a ton of fresh fruit and yogurt, plus meats and cheeses, breads and pastries.

We didn’t even look at the hot breakfast menu.

Being healthy is easy in Thailand!

You want more? The next bonus is the beach immediately across a small road from the hotel.

Through a little bit of green…

You have this.

I know.

Ridiculous.

Loved Dewa, and if we weren’t on a long ‘see Thailand’ trip, I  could have easily stayed here for weeks, being pampered and enjoying the various choices for sunbathing, beach pool 1, 2 or roof terrace!

Its also very close to Phuket airport too and very geared towards families, with a crèche and lots of activities to keep all ages happy and away from boredom.

Ha!

So yes, if you are visiting Thailand for a nice luxury holiday you need to check out Dewa

Art on Silk Scarves

November 14, 2011

I would never think to pick up a scarf like this but they look great on.

Spotted on Design Love Fest