I think I’m getting a little spoiled. You see, I’ve been to some pretty spectacular beaches over the past few years. And I’m starting to get a little uppity about my “beach” vacations. Now, unfortunately, every beach is held to the “Redang Standard” – mostly because when we lived in KL, we could get to Redang (a stunning beach in it’s own right) in under 1 hour on an easy charter flight leaving from an airport only 20 minutes away from our house. Basically it was an hour from our front door to the beach chair. When I found out we were moving to Thailand, I thought for sure I’d have that beat. I mean Thailand is known for it’s beaches, right?
Well, I’m starting to think I had it pretty good (by beach standards) in KL. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the beaches here in Thailand, but they’ve been pretty built up compared to Malaysian beaches. And I definitely haven’t seen that perfect powder white sand with crystal clear blue water yet. Maybe I still haven’t been to the right place, though…
Either way, we did have a great time in Phuket last week (pictures here). It was, by far, the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. We ended up staying at the JW Marriott because friends of ours are vacation club owners and scored us three nights free and a reduced rate for the rest of the week. The hotel has three gorgeous pools, a totally secluded pristine beach (sand was a bit grainy and water definitely wasn’t that perfect clear blue), phenomenal restaurants and an awesome spa.
The only problem is that it’s totally isolated. I mean totally. The resort is far enough from downtown that the shuttle-bus actually charges to take you down (what kind of resort shuttle bus costs money? I ask), and there is absolutely nothing around the resort. So basically we spent the entire week hanging out on hotel grounds. Which is quite rare for us. We never splurge on the resort restaurants – and definitely not for lunch!
Thankfully, we had the fantastic Marriott Gold Card (for Thai residents only) and everything was 50% off. Otherwise we would have gone broke from the meals alone. They were pretty fabulous meals though. The Italian restaurant was fantastic, and the deli had this breakfast sandwich… yum… I’m drooling just thinking about it.
So, we did a lot of eating. A lot. And a lot of sleeping. I actually read almost all the books on my list and I got two amazing spa treatments. We went on a nice snorkeling trip and got to play with the hotel’s baby elephant. Plus we got to hear the Marriott vacation club spiel, which I’m surprised to say, they were not able to sell me (and I really wanted to buy).
It might not have been the perfect beach, but it was a perfect relaxing vacation, that’s for sure! Now I just have to find that “Redang Standard” beach here in Thailand. Anyone have any hints?