Phuket, an island off the Andaman coast of Thailand, is often touted as one of Thailand’s hotspots for a quick getaway. The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa (231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket; Tel: +66 7633 8000), located only 15 minutes away from Phuket Airport, offers the perfect setting for a restful visit.
Its exquisite tropical gardens tempt you into a tranquil stroll wandering down onto the 10-mile-long private Mai Khao Beach, adjacent to the Sirinat Marine National Park, where protected sea turtles swim up during nesting season.
The large Deluxe Sala Garden View rooms overlooking the gardens provided us with utmost comfort, with its traditional Thai décor and modern amenities. The balcony provided all-day sea breeze, a nice change from the air conditioning we’re so used to living in a concrete jungle. The beds provided us with a restful nights’ sleep, waking up refreshed and ready to partake in more activities.
The resort’s three pools offers something for everyone. From hydrotherapy beds to lap pools, the main feature, however, is the expansive main pool, measuring a whopping 107 meters. The North Pool provided privacy and serenity, blending in with the natural surroundings of the resort grounds. In addition, a number of outdoor activities are also offered, including windsurfing and sea kayaks, for those who enjoy venturing out for a few hours in the open Andaman sea. The resort also offers a fully equipped fitness center with state of the art equipment to continue your fitness regimen even whilst on holiday – much needed after all the tantalizing meals on offer.
The restaurant’s ten restaurants and bars offers you a large array of dining options, including Italian, Thai and Japanese. Kabuki offers delectable Japanese cuisine using the finest imported ingredients, and a fun dining experience with the theatre of their teppanyaki chefs. The casual Marriott Café, serving expansive breakfast options of international cuisine offers a great start for every palate.
Mandara Spa offered a tropical spa experience, with signature treatments such as the ‘four hands massage’, which saw two therapists work out all the knots gently through a combination of techniques including Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish, Balinese and Thai massage styles. The spa suites were relaxing and tranquil, with a private outdoor plunge pool/steam bath and shower.
Another not to be missed activity at the resort is their Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation. As previously mentioned, sea turtles swim up to the resort’s beach during nesting season. The onsite turtle shelter provides an educational aspect to your stay, with turtle feeding and viewing sessions on weekdays. Unfortunately, it is closed on weekends and public holidays, so we didn’t get an opportunity to visit.