Planning a Chinese New Year holiday in Asia is getting every year a bit more of a challenge as the number of Chinese tourists traveling abroad over the festival keeps rising (estimated six million this year), the top destination being Thailand. Believe it or not but this is where we’ve decided to travel to this year and I have absolutely no regrets!
Thanks to Marie Faure Ambroise (my travel dreams), my favorite travel-mum-blogger, we found the perfect hideaway on Phuket and spent a week of absolute farniente at the Andaman White Beach Resort. I hope reading this post will convince you to book your stay NOW as this is the golden rule for the Lunar New Year holidays: BOOK AS SOON AS YOU CAN!
Let me try to persuade you in 8 points:
Pure bliss! The hotel has an exceptional location on a secluded white-sand beach with endless views to the Andaman sea. Every hour of the day has its range of colors: the light pastel in the morning, the intense blue at midday and the warm fauve shades in the evening. Sunset is an everyday spectacular live-nature-show that you won’t want to miss!
Quiet! This hotel is incredibly peaceful. The fifty rooms and villas all face the sea and are nestled in lush nature. This is no big resort with exciting pools and sports or kids clubs. The one big pool is surrounded by colorful elephant sculptures and is a serene area where guests come to relax.
Back to nature! Days will go by rhythmed by walks and runs along the shore, long swims in pristine water, snorkeling in search of colorful fishes, canoeing and paddling to the neighboring coves, flying kites, building sand castles and chasing crabs.
Back to reading! You won’t need more than a couple bathing suits, pareos and tuniques (check our favorite brand Ydonis) so you can easily pack your suitcase with all the books piling by your bedside at home. Our children travelled with a bag full of Tintin and Asterix albums and that was a hit!
Treat your palate! We certainly are a foody-family and as such our mind was always set on the next tasty meal: gargantuan beakfast-buffet, fresh and healthy salads for lunch (and yummy pizzas), fruit plates and juices by the pool in the afternoon and spicy Thaï food for dinner. We also enjoyed going out for more fancy dinners at the scenic and gastronomic restaurant of the neighbor hotel Trisara.
Get pampered! The Dala spa is open all day and offers a wide range of exquisite massages and body-treatments.
So easy! Phuket is a 3h30 direct flight from Hong Kong and the hotel is a 20 minute drive away from the airport.
Light on the budget! This hotel is probably the best value for money on Phuket. You will find attractive deals on booking.com or even early booking offers on the hotel’s website.
NO SCHEDULE! That sums it all up and was the conclusion from our son: “How great to go on a holiday with no daily program!” I have to agree once in a while a “no schedule” holiday is a good treat for the entire family!