Sad to leave The Sarojin in Khao Lak. I have an affinity with this hotel that goes way beyond the commercial. I regard the owners as friends, rather than business associates, plus I enjoy every minute at the hotel. I am so well treated at the hotel, but this also applies to the clients we send. They return home raving about every aspect.
With a very busy schedule, I set off to explore The Hidden Delights of Thailand.
On my journey I will travel across Phuket, Khao Lak, Koh Racha and Koh Yao.
Very high quality and something we are considering introducing, as it offers something very different in the area. Plus I like the location, just above the popular Bang Tao beach.
After that it was a long drive through to the centre of the island, right down to the south coast to revisit the Nai Harn hotel. This hotel really impresses me. It is great value in the deluxe category and they are constantly adding new faculties. I saw for the first time their spa, and on the roof they have just opened a scenic lounge bar overlong the bay of Nai Harn below.
Then it was a quick dash along the coast to Chalong Pier for my speedboat to Koh Racha. I arrived at the pier just as the day trippers were returning and it was manic. So many tour buses blocking the narrow streets and car park. Just caught the boat, and travelled for 35 minutes to reach Koh Racha. I had seen before, but not for 5 years.
The quality of the accommodation is superb, minimalist, and so easy on the eye with great attention to detail. The only problem is the beach is one of the very best in the region and attracts boats from about 10:30 through to mid afternoon. They limit access to the hotel which helps, but as all beaches in Thailand are public, there is not much else they can do.
After a very enjoyable night at Koh Racha, I caught the speedboat back to Chalong and then transferred by road for 60 minutes to the Marina on the east coast for the boat transfer to Koh Yao. First stop here was Paradise, some 50 minutes away from Phuket – Krabi is only 25 minutes. I had stayed here 2 years ago and I really enjoy the rustic, shabby chic style of the resort. Coming soon will be 25 outstanding Treehouse Villas on the land adjacent.
These are due to open in November this year. It will be adult only, duplex tree villas, highly innovative, with separate main pool and restaurant. We are proud to be one of the few chosen partners of the Treehouse Villas. They will provide an exceptional experience.
And finally arrived at Cape Kuda on Koh Yao. A new hotel for me, it opened officially in March this year. Just 51 rooms and villa suites, boutique in style and service. Very attractive accommodation and facilities. Contemporary combined with classic Thai elegance. Really enjoyed my overnight here.
Left Cape Kudu and traveled across island to ferry port. Scenic drive, you pass through small villages, takes about 20 minutes. Then boarded public ferry for journey to Phuket. Takes 30 minutes and followed by 20 minute road transfer to airport. I love doing things like this, only European on the boat and I was equally easy to spot at the Phuket ferry arrival.
DK – Chic Locations