I have honestly lost count on the number of times we have travelled to Phuket. The flight is less than 2 hours away, the beach view is awesome, you get cheap food and massages. What’s there not to like? The boy asked if I prefer Bali or Phuket and I said “Phuket” in a heartbeat because I prefer Thai food over Indonesia. I’m ruled by my stomach, yes.
We snapped this gleeful shot at one of the many booths set up by Singapore Airlines inside the departure hall at Terminal 2. As you can clearly see, we were rather excited to be going away without baby.
We were booked for 3 nights at Cape Sienna located at Kamala. It is an “adults preferred” concept resort which means the chances of having kids jumping onto your heads while you take a leisurely swim is minimised. Apparently, they do accept children during low season. I booked the ‘Sweet Escape’ package (how apt is the name) which included the following:
Upon arrival, we were picked up by one of the hotel staff which of course, got my name wrong AGAIN. Never mind. At least the car (a Honda Accord) was decent and the driver wasn’t a maniac. It took 45 minutes to get from the airport to the resort.
We were greeted by sunny skies and fluffy clouds on the day we arrived. In fact, we were lucky – the weather held up during our stay (save for a blink-and-you-miss-it drizzle). I’m not sure about you but there’s just something about staring into the wide open sea that puts one at ease almost immediately.
We were also asked for our preferred scent (we chose Cape Sienna Blend) so that it can be used in our room – each evening, the housekeeping staff would go round to each room to light up the aromatherapy oils so that when we returned from the day’s activities, the room would smell heavenly. A lovely touch!
Our room was on the 3rd floor – there are only 4 floors. It wasn’t a huge room or anything but it was comfortable. Importantly, the bed was firm but comfortable. They had a pillow menu where I requested for an orthopaedic support pillow but it turned out to be pretty rubbish. Probably explains why I couldn’t sleep the entire first night (!) but hey, I did pass out like a light on the second. Slept for more than 8 hours. SO DAMN GOOD. To be fair, maybe I shouldn’t blame the pillow. I was missing E and was a little worried that he might be crying his eyes out for me. Sniff.
We also quite enjoyed sitting at the balcony doing nothing much at all. It was such a luxury to just sit and stare, slumped on the chairs. Ooh, that rhymed.
Essentially, we pretty much sat around, ate, went for massages, ate some more, sat around some more, did a bit of shopping at Patong, and erm, ate again. See photo evidence below:
Ate my favourite roadside pancake with Nutella, dined at the beach while watching the sun set…
Lazed by the resort’s pool…
Eat some more…
Enjoyed a 90-minute massage at the resort’s spa
and the boy enjoyed a much-needed facial…
Ate at our favourite MK Gold Restaurant. All that food on the table? WE ATE THEM ALL. And yes, we bought ourselves a selfie stick. Ha.
We also discovered this spa place at Jungceylon called Pimnara Spa. This place is MASSIVE! There’s an escalator leading to it directly from the street level and once you enter, you can see many spa therapists sitting at the side just waiting to serve customers. There are also rows and rows of facial chairs lined side by side. It’s like the Walmart of facials. They also offer foot massages, pedicures, manicures and all sorts of facial treatments. Here’s the boy getting ready for a foot massage. Check out the place! Very tastefully decorated, I must say. All the therapists were also dressed neatly in uniforms with nametags. We went back 2 days in a row :)
Best of all (to us), the spa also offers free wifi (woot woot) so we took the chance to Facetime. Ha!
If you’re in Phuket, it is definitely worth a visit. Price-wise, they are between the resort spas and the by-the-roadside spas.
Although it was a very good break away from work (for the boy) and E (for me), I must say that I did miss him quite a bit and couldn’t wait to see him. In fact, I left the boy to collect our luggage when we arrived and
rushed headed out of the arrival hall to hug my baby :) I’m looking forward to the day when we can take him along on our breaks! I know it’d be tiring but better than leaving him behind and missing him loads.