Sunday, November 17, 2019

Amari Phuket

Everyone knows Phuket as a tourist destination if you like to soak up the sun, sea and have lots of fun. But with so many accommodation choices, you'd be thinking where's best. And given that transport really isn't the cheapest, choosing a resort nearby the shopping, food and entertainment would be best choice, wouldn't it?

We checked in at Amari Phuket's Two Bedroom Suite Club Ocean View Balcony. The 112 square metres offers a king in one room and a twin in another and will fit a family or 4 friends perfectly. To be honest, the living room was so spacious, you really wouldn't have any trouble fitting a couple more friends in there as well.

Besides the spacious rooms with nicely fitted sheets, you also have a choice of a pillow menu that offers you different types suited to make your stay with them more comfortable. The wardrobe also comes with an assortment of hangers for the different types of clothing, as well as laundry services.

With a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a separate living area, throwing a party would be as simple as ABC, not forgetting the spacious balcony that overlooks lush greenery and the ocean, promising that you'll be waking up with Mother Nature every morning.

Both rooms come with their own ensuite bathrooms and the bathroom amenities smelt as if you were in a spa. The exclusive Breeze Spa amenities contain Lemon Verbena and has a refreshing island spa kind of smell to it, so much so showering three times a day wouldn't be a problem.

The Club Room also means that you are entitled to a more exclusive breakfast at The Clubhouse, as well as cocktails every evening. While you are still entitled to breakfast at the common area, we had breakfast daily at The Clubhouse because the view was just pretty amazing and you also get to pick from a selection of made-to-order dishes including pancakes, congee, eggs done the way you like it and of course freshly made coffee.

We also had lunch at Rim Talay, an all-day dining restaurant by the sea that serves up international a la carte menu. We had a couple of Thai dishes, but I think what stood out the most was the Tom Yam Going, Moo Ping Kati Sod and the Kao Pad Goong, also known as Thai Fried Rice with a protein of your choice. The prices are extremely reasonable, considering you are getting a taste of authentic Thai cuisine and with a view nonetheless.

Just a few steps from Rim Talay, you could jump into the pool or head over to Rim Talay Pool Bar for a drink or two. Amari Phuket has 3 different pools, located at different locations, so if you are the kind that loves exploring and trying out the different pools, I highly recommend you take an entire morning or evening to do so.

If soaking up all that sunshine isn't really your thing but you really really want a drink, head on over to Samutr Bar. This bar located at the lobby is one you cannot miss out on while staying at Amari, the view of the bar is not just amazing, I'd say it's one-of-a-kind spectacular. Just as the name suggests, Samutr means ocean, and an ocean view is exactly what you can expect. Sit down at the bar and watch the day go by, or perhaps the sunset - life will pretty much feel kind of complete.

Our favourite meal at Amari Phuket however, was our meal at La Gritta helmed by Chef Patrizia Battolu. We had high expectations because I was told by a friend that it's one the of the best, or perhaps the best Italian place in Phuket. And after trying a couple of dishes including their homemade pasta and Tomahawk, let's just say that I can fully agree with that statement. Our only gripe was that we didn't make it in time to catch the sunset, because the al fresco dining area allows you to dine with an unobstructed view of the ocean and the breeze in your hair.

At the lobby, there are also a couple of shops in case you need to grab some stuff that you might have forgotten to bring for your holiday. This includes a gift store to pick up souvenirs, as well as dive shop in case you need some diving or snorkelling equipment. We also heard that Amari Phuket offers snorkelling experiences, but were too bummed that we didn't have time to check it out.

We were also disappointed that we couldn't find time to check out Breeze Spa, their hilltop spa that offers some pretty amazing massage experiences. Truth is, we were so wow-ed by what Amari Phuket had to offer as a resort amidst all that greenery and all they had to offer. No guesses where we'll be staying the next time we are back at Phuket - it's pretty much a no brainer.

Amari Phuket
2 Meun Negen Road
Patong Beach, Kathu
Phuket 83150
+66 7634 0106-14

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