Most of us can probably agree that there are few other things that feel more relaxing and de-stressing than vacationing on an island. The fact that we’re surrounded by the ocean and that the accessibility is slightly limited often contribute to a more grounded and present feeling. We are somewhat dependent on nature, which often makes us feel more connected to it. When we combine that feeling of remote tranquillity with nourishing foods, energizing massages, turquoise water, and warm sun rays on our skin, we get the kind of getaway that could cure even the busiest mind, the most fatigued body, and the most yearning soul.
So, our recommendation if you want a vacation to disconnect and relish some time off, reconnect with and nourish yourself in every possible way is to explore some of Phuket’s Islands off the coast of breathtaking Thailand.
Island Escape by Burasari
One of the most exclusive and best hotels in Phuket this year is the brand new Island Escape by Burasari. Set on Coconut Island, just off Phuket’s east coast and a few minutes away by boat, this five-star luxury resort is both modern and sophisticated. You can either stay in a room in the main resort or in your own villa and choose from both a private pool or having direct access to the large deluxe pool.
Although it is relatively close to the mainland (which is perfect if you want to explore Phuket mainland for a day or need to be closer to the airport), you still get the feeling of being far away from civilization and you can turn on relaxation mode. Spend the day by the stunning infinity pool and then try their signature spa treatment in the evening. A must in the restaurant is their pomelo salad with roasted coconut and cashews.
La Moet boat tour
Cruising around Phuket’s archipelago and exploring empty beaches, secluded bays, majestic cliffs, and other hidden gems among the islands is the ultimate option for anyone looking for a half or full day getaway. Jump on La Moet at Chalong Pier and spend your time swimming, snorkelling, meditating on top of the boat deck, and watching the stunning surrounding nature. Make sure to stop at Hong Island and walk up to the breathtaking viewpoint. And after your hike to the top, take a refreshing dip in the emerald-green lagoon before continuing the cruise.
One of La Moet’s most popular trips is the Phang Nga Bay tour, which takes you through the national park Phang Nga, famous for its amazing views of hundreds of vertical limestone cliffs that have been created over thousands of years. Coral reefs, fishes, birds, and species of mangrove can also be found along the way, and healthy snacks, such as fresh fruits, salad, and local Thai food is served on the boat to keep you fueled during the whole trip.
For anyone looking for the most relaxing and luxurious wellness experience on a paradise island, a visit to one of Phuket’s most exclusive hotels, The Racha, should without doubt be on top of the bucket list. After going south for about 30 minutes by speed boat from mainland Phuket, you will reach the island Koh Racha Yai where this incredible hotel is located. Set by the white-sand crescent bay with crystal clear water, this eco-chic sanctuary offers barefoot luxury at its finest.
Although SUP-boarding, boat tours and snorkelling can keep you busy by the water, spending the day stretched out on one of the sunbeds by the beach with a freshly opened coconut and some fruit, just watching this picture-perfect view is an activity your mind and soul will thank you for. The sand is fine as powder and the bathtub-tempered crystal-clear water is filled with curious, colourful fish. Unwind here, watching the surrounding nature and the sun shining over the beach, to eventually see in a stunning and glittering show in the sky.
The spa at the resort offers a wide array of treatments, ranging from classical Thai and oil massages, to foot reflexology and facials, and you can even stay in a special spa pool suite. If you want an, even more, private and unique experience, book the 15 meters and five stories high lighthouse villa where you get your own jacuzzis, pool, and private sundeck, perfect for meditating or outdoor yoga. The tennis court and the fully equipped gym at the resort are other places to visit if you’re in the mood to move your body, or why not bring a mat to the beach or the sundeck by the infinity pool for a workout session with a view.
Whether you’re in the mood for a secluded experience during your whole trip or just a one-day escape on the sea, exploring Phuket’s islands will help you to disconnect in order to reconnect.
words by Matilde Wergeland