Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Phuket Work & Play @ Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

On April last year, I went to Phuket for the first time. Read my experience at Patong Beach, Phi Pi Island and Sea Sun Sand Resort.

Who knows that one year later around this time, I was summoned back to the beautiful island again? Except this time it was a work trip.

One of the reasons I always choose window seat.

First day was free and easy. We checked into Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort (such luxurious 5-star treatment!) which was located uphill around 5-minutes drive away from Patong town.

A quiet and secluded resort. It offers a private beach which in my opinion is way better than what Patong beach has to offer, unless you prefer a tourist-crowded area with vendors passing by selling you stuff every 10 minutes. My only complaint is the quality of food which was far from 5-star expectation.

We were exhausted after that early flight. Didn’t want to explore the town before we could get any rest so decided to pay 600 Baht for the breakfast buffet (which is normally served free to the hotel guests wtf). Took as much as possible even though our appetite was only THAT big. Teehee.

Every guest including us were presented a welcoming ornament while being ushered to the lobby.

Our room was impeccably clean and spacious.

A balcony facing the forest and the tennis court.

See-through bathroom! LOL. No bathtub though which kinda disappointed me :(

Off to Patong town after my beauty nap! Shuttle van is available every 30 minute for 2-way journey back and forth from Le Meridien and Patong town (with charges of 70 Baht per head if I’m not mistaken). We wanted to follow our own timing so decided to pay a little extra for the hotel chauffeur (240 Baht for round trip).

Randomly picked a restaurant that was the least tourist-targeted looking along Patong beach in order to fulfil my Tom Yam craving! Food might be cheap at other parts of Thailand but never in Phuket. One coconut costs 80 Baht T_T

When in Thailand, must eat pancake!

Chocolate banana is the best.

A lovely sunny day for beach walk.

Walked all the way to Jungceylon, a big shopping mall at Patong and Bangla Road. No there’s no bangla there. It’s the name of a famous street at Patong where all the night bars are located. Can easily find strip dance or Ping Pong shows here!

Nah we didn’t go for any of that. Wasn’t on a vacation remember? Long schedule ahead the next day :/

More Thai food for dinner.

Mandatory Thailand-made beer.

On the following day, breakfast by the pool. TBH I enjoy having meals outdoor especially when there’s great view (but kinda sad la can’t do it with my boy cause he complains about sweating all the time FML). Wouldn’t want to confine myself to the air-conditioned room 24/7.

Huge swimming pool right before the private beach.

Unlike Patong beach that rents their beach chairs for 100 Baht, here you get countless of them available FOC.

The weather wasn’t so good that day. First it was gloomy, then it started drizzling. I couldn’t get enough of the sun! Pfft.

Anyway do consider Le Meridien if you’ve got the budget. The private beach is definitely a place worth visiting if you’re seeking for serenity! :)

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Address: 29, Soi Karon Nui, Tambon Karon,
Amphur Muang, Karon, Phuket, Thailand.
Tel: +66 76 370 100

Website: http://www.lemeridienphuketbeachresort.com/


Merryn said...

I like window seat for the view too but very difficult to go to the loo leh. Need to kacau those next to me often :(

Copykate said...

Merryn: that's true. tahan your pee!!! lol

Limz-ToxicWorld said...

Thailand again~