This post was written by Andy Davison
Phuket is a popular choice for Malaysian based expats seeking a break, and it is easy to see why. The stunning beauty of the natural vegetation, the glittering sea, and the island calm combine with easy access and proximity to Malaysia to make it a great place to escape to when city life gets too much.
To cater for the many that flock to this gorgeous island, there are numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes, but for the ideal balance of privacy and luxury, the Dewa Phuket is the obvious choice.
This small, attractive resort may be easily accessible from Phuket International airport, but no noisy planes will be roaring overhead as you relax. Indeed, there is next to nothing to break the peace of the Dewa Phuket save the lapping of the Andaman Sea on the quiet stretch of Nai Yang beach that the resort sits upon.
The lady responsible for maintaining the luxurious atmosphere is a Sarawakian woman, and she manages the resort with aplomb, ensuring that proper attention is paid to the quality of products and services to leave guests feel they are in capable hands.
From the moment of arrival, Dewa Phuket offers that escape so many visitors are seeking, and accommodation consists of either a pool villa or a suite. Taking their name from the private plunge pool that occupies the private garden, the one-bedroom, pool villas are enclosed behind high walls and large double doors for maximum privacy, and are beautifully furnished within.
The one – or two-bedroom suites, located in the main building, all boast views over the resort pool and the glittering Andaman sea from the spacious balconies. These are a great option for families, as the suites are roomy and well furnished, featuring a large screen TV and CD player as well as a fitted compact kitchen for those who want to prepare their own food.
That said, it will be hard to compete with the generous breakfast buffet on offer each morning at the Terrace Grill. Cereals, cold cuts, and fruit are available alongside individual, made-to-order hot dishes to start the day with indulgence, and while the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner, many will be more tempted by the prospect of that ultimate luxury so rarely found at a resort: a private meal.
Those in pool villas can enjoy their candlelit meal beside their own private pool, while any guests can book a dinner amid the lush vegetation of the Sirinath National Park that sits on the edge of the resort. Dewa Phuket also offers a special picnic menu for those who want to spend the whole day in solitude, and the stunning scenery of the National Park or the glowing beach are both great options for a lazy lunch with your nearest and dearest.
Afternoon cravings can be satiated at Bread and Butter Bakery thanks to the fresh pastries, cookies, and cakes baked each day, while the Bamboo Bar is the spot to head for an evening drink and some local Thai dishes. Guests who are keen to get offsite can choose from a good range of restaurants within walking distance from the resort, while a few local shops on the same stretch can be used for picking up a few supplies for the room.
Leaving the resort is, however, something of a wrench. While adults will adore the scrubs and massages available at the spa, kids are kept amused in the children’s playroom and a large lounge area with various board games. The two swimming pools are perfect for an invigorating morning dip or a cooling-off session, and the more active can choose between the gym, the golf course, or the sea sports centre for their day of fun, while biking, trekking, cultural tours, and even Thai boxing can be arranged by the patient, helpful staff.
My own experience proved that the high rating earned by Dewa Phuket on TripAdvsior.com is entirely justified, and my family were as delighted as I was with the charming resort. For a little slice of paradise amid a busy world, this small resort is a great option for holiday makers of all ages.
Visit www.dewaphuketresort.com for more details.
Source: The Expat January 2013
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