Words by Kirsten Durward
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)
For those looking for a day or afternoon of ultimate pleasure seeking, away from the beach, with preferences on the pampering and taste bud tempting side, we’ve put together a little sequence of joy for you to try. Monica and I enjoyed so many glorious times together in Phuket, but these are three of our favourites, and they are all so close together, we thought we’d just join up the dots for you. Enjoy this heavenly trip through some of the best indulgences that Phuket has to offer.
Start your trio of treasures with a day or afternoon of indulgent spa therapies at the magnificent Banyan Tree Spa sanctuary. With your own private Thai sala to relax in, let yourself float away on a cloud of bliss in the hands of experienced and professionally trained therapists. Complete spa addicts, and extremely fussy to boot, we both rank this as one of our best ever pamper paradises. Enjoy our full review of the exquisite treatment we received at Banyan Tree Spa and make it the first feature on your most enjoyable day of dreams in Phuket.
Arrive around 6 pm to make the most of the dramatic sunset views across the local countryside to the ocean beyond. Enjoy the freshness of the open space and the friendly charm of the bar staff in this hidden hilltop haven. Tempt yourself with one of the Signature Cocktails or Love Potions and live with no regrets. We rate the choice, quality and originality here as the best cocktail menu in Phuket. If you prefer wine for your sundowner, however, you’ll find no fewer than ten quality choices by the glass for your delectation.
Relax for a few hours with original and fresh tapas or feast on more sumptuous offerings from the grill. Chef Belinda is very humble about what she calls ‘very simple dishes,’ but we had ecstasies of joy over each dish of sexy finger food. Read the full account of our fabulous evening at 360° Bar and Grill and follow in our footsteps to simply the best chilled out sunset spot you’ll discover on Phuket.
We’d never have found the unique experience that is The Siam Supper Club were it not for local resident recommendations. It is one of the favourites among Phuket long termers who like their comfort food with quality and style. With the atmosphere of a Manhattan Jazz bar it’s a totally unexpected and almost surreal experience for a tropical island like Phuket. But we simply had the best evening experience here and loved everything about it. Very busy for dinner, we recommend that on your day of indulgence you aim to drop by about 9pm and have a digestif at the bar. If you’re lucky a seat may appear, and you can try one of their decadently simple desserts. All three I tasted went straight to the heart of this particular dessert lover. For a full raving on what these were, weave your way through our Siam Supper Club recommendation. Monday night is Jazz night, which makes it even more appealing.
Reasons to do it: The ultimate self-indulgent day out in Phuket! You deserve it; you know you do!
Banyan Tree Spa
+66 76 372 400
360° Bar and Grill at The Pavilions
+66 7631 7600
The Siam Supper Club
+66 76 270 936