Text by Thomas Jones
For many tourists Patong is the centre of the Phuket universe, and whether you like it or not all roads eventually lead down to the white sand beach, where the shopping malls, the restaurants, the happy hours, the knock off designer wear and the exotic bar delights of Southeast Asia await with their own special allure of paradise. Yes, it is an interesting place and it’s certainly never dull. Love it or loathe it, every visitor to Phuket has been here at least once and, judging by the throngs of foreigners filling the streets and covering the sands and parting with their hard earned cash on services and momentos day in day out, it is very clearly the first choice of many a foreign holiday visitor.
“Stepping through the ornate entrance the madness of Patong stays at the kerb like a pair of discarded sandals.’”
Accommodation covers the widest spectrum; from the cheapest of backpacker haunts to the glitziest of five-star palaces, there are loads of fine establishments lining the waterfront offering high-quality good times. They can be at bit on the pricey side, but there is one place, however, that can make you feel like a high roller, without having to break the bank, the Burasari Resort. About half-a-minute back from the beach this charming boutique hotel offers guests who love the noise, excitement and exoticism of Patong, but who also want a peaceful and quiet slice of Thai paradise and hospitality to retreat to when the craziness gets too much.
Stepping through the ornate Northern Thai Lanna-style entranceway the madness of Patong stays at the kerb like a pair of discarded sandals and you enter a serene scene of Thai hospitality and culture. Named after the rare burasari flower that grows on the property there is no forgetting where you are in the world thanks to the tropical palms and flowers that line the gardens and the antiques and curios that fill the rooms and hallways. The hotel is inward-facing with two huge courtyard spaces, each dominated by a meandering swimming pool with plants and waterfalls that pull it all together like a Fantasy Island fantasy. Each room looks out over the water and has its own sala gazebo for lazing away any time of the day you choose to waste.
The hotel’s 186 rooms fall into the following collections: Classic, Premier, Elite, Honeymoon and Mood, and range from elegant classic northern Thai Lanna style, with antiques and wood carvings, to the more minimalist, airy contemporary Thai style. The fabulous one-of-a-kind Mood Collection rooms are truly unique and are designed in a range of nine different themes, ranging from romantic to artistic.
Facility-wise they offer a complimentary mini-bar (refilled every day) and Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, cable TV, refrigerator, an electronic safe, and beach towels so you don’t have to lug yours half way around the world. Kantok is their signature Thai eatery and gets a lot of attention from outside guests. There are two bars: a swim-up pool bar with TVs for sports fans and the Misty Bar for later in the evening when the hour is too late for swimwear. For the time in-between there is also a destination spa inside that gets four out of five from TripAdviser – in case you were wondering.
Burasari Resort Phuket
18/110 Ruamjai Road,
Tel: +66 7629 2929