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Great year-round things for Serenity guests to see and do in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   February 7, 2016   |   Entertainment   |   0 Comments

Things for families to do in phuket

Visit Phuket Island and find that there are many great, fun things to do and places to visit on your next family vacation. Phuket is probably the most accessible of Thailand’s island destinations and it serves as the gateway to the world famous Thai islands, national parks, and beaches.

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Boat Trips and Yachting in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   February 5, 2016   |   Sport & Activities   |   0 Comments

Boat Trips and Yachting in Phuket

The waters and scenery in and around Phuket are truly magnificent and are best enjoyed on board a boat of yacht. Taking a yacht trip to some of the spectacular sites like the National Marine Park of the Phang Nga Bay and Krabi is highly recommended. Other than these destinations be sure to check out Koh Racha lies to the south of Phuket Island. There are also many other water activities that you can enjoy as you discover the beauty of the Andaman Sea.

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Top Phuket Tourist Attractions

Edward Kennedy   |   January 30, 2016   |   Entertainment   |   0 Comments

Phuket Nightlife

There are some exceptionally phenomenal gems that you must not miss out on seeing while on your visit to Phuket. Whether it is shining or raining, Phuket’s biggest advantage is that there is always a lot to do on and off the enthralling island. From the magnificent to the seemingly prosaic, the range of places and activities to do is marvellous for a destination of this size. Here is a list of top attractions for people visiting Rawai, Phuket:

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What activities to do outside on your visit to Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   January 26, 2016   |   Sport & Activities   |   0 Comments

Outdoor things to do in Phuket

If you are looking for an adventurous holiday experience, then Phuket is your best bet. Whether you are an individual or a group of adventurous people, exploring Phuket can be the escapade of a life time as the Island has it all — beautiful beaches and lakes, vibrant parks and mountains, activities for all. If you are considering a trip to Phuket, you will need to prepare ahead of time. To help you choose the best outdoor things to do in Phuket, here are a few suggestions.

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Romantic getaway to Phuket for couples

Edward Kennedy   |   January 22, 2016   |   Expert Travel Tips   |   0 Comments

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Everyone likes to make great unforgettable memories, and with valentines day coming up, the desire is even greater between couples to enjoy a romantic getaway. Creating memories with a special person is priceless. If you have decided that Phuket is the place you want to start a memory-building journey with your better half, know that Thailand is ready for you. There is a cocktail of the most ideal destinations for couples and all you need to do is get your ticket and set off.

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2014 FIFA Football World Cup in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   April 21, 2014   |   Events & Celebrations   |   0 Comments

The Brazilian carnival atmosphere is coming to Phuket & to Serenity in June! Watch all the 2014 FIFA world cup football games live at our very own East 88 Beach lounge and Balu’s bar. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the action live with some very special food and drink offers throughout the 2014 Fifa world cup in Brazil, from 12 June – 13 July, 2014.

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The Top 10 Events & Festivals in Phuket

Edward Kennedy   |   March 15, 2013   |   Events & Celebrations   |   0 Comments

Top 10 Events in Phuket by GeeThinking about booking your next visit to Phuket? Not sure when to come? To help you decide, here is a mix of some of the coolest, most fun, most different and most interesting events and festivals coming up in 2013 in Phuket. Gee, our very own Events & Marketing Manager, is ‘in-the-know’ about all the best places to see and be seen in Phuket, from Traditional Thai festivals through to International shows and Charity Events. So, without further ado, here are Gee’s Top 10 Events & Festivities for the remainder of 2013 in chronological order:

1. Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) 2013 / Phuket Boat Show

When: March 21 – 24, 2013
Time: 11.00 – 19.00h
Where: The Royal Phuket Marina (RPM), Kho Keaw

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), this year celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. Located at The Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) in Koh Kaew, the boat show takes place in a purpose built exhibition area, overlooking the marina, with a selection of fine dining venues. PIMEX showcases a range of luxury yachts as well as marine accessories, equipment, yachting services and more.

2. Black is Back Fashion Event

When: March 24, 2013
Time: from 19.00h
Where: Da Vinci Restaurant, Nai Harn Beach

Black is back, perhaps the most fashionable happening this spring, is the 3rd charity fashion show at Da Vinci Restaurant, in Nai Harn, not far from Serenity. This glamorous fashion event features special collections from European and Thai designers and an excellent selection of Italian food. Designers, models, photographers, stylists and all the islands fashion followers will be there.

3. Songkran Festival

When: April 13 – 15, 2013

Songkran is a magical time of year, where Thailand celebrates the Thai New Year. Family and friends gather together to ‘liberally’ spray each other, and often passers-by, with water as an act of wishing good luck for the coming year. Songkran is a unique and wonderful festival and is great fun for families and friends alike. Don’t be surprised if you get embroiled in a water-fight though!

4. Phuket Bike Week

When: April 14 – 21, 2013
Where: Patong Beach

This year is the 19th Annual Phuket Bike Week, dubbed “ASEAN Ride Together” and is the biggest motorcycle event in Asia. Phuket Bike Week attracts more than 5,000 motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, with more than 30,000 visitors from 26 countries. Featuring Bike Exhibitions, live music, custom bike competitions, beauty competitions, motocross and more, Phuket Bike Week is a great event to see.

5. 2nd Rawai Nai Harn Health & Fitness Festival

When: 18-19 May 2013

Featuring activities, seminars, classes and a party, the 2nd Annual Rawai-Nai Harn Health & Fitness Festival kicks off on the 18th May. For the fitness enthusiasts amongst you, this is not to be missed.

6. Phuket Raceweek

When: July 17 – 21, 2013
Where: Cape Panwa Bay

The 10th Annual Phuket Race Week is a 4-day world class yachting regatta, with award ceremonies and parties after each day’s racing, with the races broadcasted to 140 million people worldwide. There are 7 racing divisions, with everything from small mono-hull yachts to large multi-hulls competing for honors.

7. Phuket Vegetarian Festival

When: October, 2013 (Date to be announced)
Where: Chinese Shrines on the Island

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful and unique event, usually held over a 9 day period, celebrates the Chinese communities belief that abstinence from meat and other kinds of stimulant for that period, promotes good health and peace of mind.

8. Challenge Laguna Phuket Triathlon

When: November 24 – 1 December 2013
Where: Laguna Phuket

The Challenge Laguna Phuket Triathlon, is Asia’s number 1 destination triathlon, with a 12 kilometer Run, 1.8 kilometer swim and a 55 kilometer bike ride, through some of the world’s most spectacular tropical scenery. Entrants come from all over the world and are from all different age groups and is a fun day out watching and supporting.

9. Loy Krathong Festival

When: November 17, 2013

Loy Krathong is Thailands ‘festival of lights’ and is held on the evening of the full moon of the 12 month on the Lunar Calendar.”Loy” which means to float and “krathong” which means a leaf cup or bowl, is a must see event for Phuket’s visitors and is a great evening for for families and couples. Krathongs are released into the ocean or rivers, at sunset, with a prayer, to promote good luck for the coming year.

10. Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

When: 30 November to 7 December
Where: Kata Beach

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, is Asia’s biggest and most popular Yacht racing event.Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the King’s Cup Regatta is more than just a boat racing regatta, with parties and events throughout the week.

 

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better local beaches that we didn’t mention? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

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Top 10 Bars and Night Clubs in Phuket!

Edward Kennedy   |   January 19, 2013   |   Food & Drink   |   0 Comments

Now that your ‘In-the-know’ about the Top local restaurants, its only fair that we dish the dirt on the best bars and nightclubs in the area. First of all you should know that Phuket is home to an eclectic mix of Bars and night clubs, ranging from the chilled-out nightspots, through to the downright bizarre…here, we will focus more on the former.

Balu's Bar Rawai Phuket

Once again, our in-house connoisseurs (Urs & Pascal) were consulted for their recommendations, so here they are, our local Top 10 bars and nightclubs in Phuket.

1. Balu’s Bar

What list of great bars in Phuket would be complete without Balu’s bar i hear you say. Balu’s bar offers friendly staff, a cool relaxing setting beside the sea and a range of unique cocktails, excellent wines and International drinks of all kinds.

2. O2 Beach Club

Chalong’s newest nightspot is the O2 beach club, a chilled-out beach club / night club, with a kids corner in the day time and lively music in the evenings. Popular with tourists, the O2 beach club is one of the larger beach / night clubs in Phuket’s south.

3. V Lounge at Da Vinci

The V lounge in the Da Vinci Restaurant, is an upmarket lounge bar with comfortable sofa seats and a large range of wines and cocktails. Offering a chilled out environment, the V lounge is popular for after-dinner drinks.

4. Timber Hut

The Timber hut in Phuket Town, has been one of the most popular night spots in Phuket for almost 27 years, popular with tourists and locals alike. Timber Hut has a live in-house band who perform a mix of Thai and International Pop songs.

5. Sofa Pub

Sofa Pub in Phuket town, is a modern style nightclub complex, often featuring live bands and even livlier DJs. Sofa is a late night night club popular with tourists and locals in Phuket’s town centre.

6. Sanaeha Bar

Sanaeha is a hip young bar in Phuket town centre, known as ‘old town’, with live music a few nights a week. Ideal for a date or a night out for a small group of friends, Sanaeha, offers an intimate and vibrant setting and a range of wines, beers and spirits.

7. Factory Bar

The factory bar in Patong is perhaps the most lively of our Top 10, set in the heart of Patong. The factory bar is a lively night club/bar with chilled-out sofa seats, popular with the younger tourist crowd.

8. Freedom Bar

Freedom bar in Rawai, is a lively local hang-out and a sports bar. Showing all the major sporting events, Freedom is popular among the younger visitors to Rawai.

9. Orange’s Irish Pub

The brand new Oranges Irish Pub in Nai Harn village, is the newest edition to the Nai Harn Bar scene, offering all the traditional Irish and international beverages.

10. Friendship Beach

Friendship Beach, Serenity’s neighbour, offers a chilled-out setting beside the sea, ideal for after dinner drinks, with it’s romantic setting and large range of drinks and cocktails.

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better local bars to visit in Phuket? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

 

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The Top 10 Local Restaurants in Phuket!

Edward Kennedy   |   January 5, 2013   |   Food & Drink   |   1 Comment

One of the most common questions we get asked by our guests, is which local restaurants we recommend. One thing that Phuket has a lot of is restaurants, with a huge selection, from Fast food all the way through to International standard fine dining.

East 88 Beach Lounge

Urs (General Manager) and Pascal (Food & Beverage Manager) are our resident (and in-corruptible) culinary experts, and were on hand to recommend a selection of some of their favorite local restaurants. So here they are…10 of the top local restaurants in Phuket, to help steer you towards the ‘Good’ food of Phuket, and hopefully avoid the ‘Bad and the Ugly':

1. East 88 Beach Lounge, Rawai

Perhaps we are being a little bias here, but no visit to Phuket’s sunny shores would be complete without a visit to East 88. East 88 offers a wide selection of International and Thai dishes, including fresh seafood and new takes on classic dishes.

2. M&Ms Pizza, Nai Harn

M&M’s Pizza is a bustling restaurant in the heart of Nai Harn Village, serving traditional Italian Cusine, with a wide selection of freshly made pizza’s, pasta’s and Italian delicacies.

3. Parlai seafood, Chalong

Those with a taste for seafood, should not miss a visit to Palai, a few kilometers north of Serenity, with a stunning range of the freshest seafood, offering fabulous value for money.

4. Da Vinci Restaurant, Nai Harn

Da Vinci Restaurant, is an upmarket International Italian fine dining eaterie, in the center of Nai Harn Village, not far from Serenity, with a selection of fine wines, pizza’s, pasta’s and meats.

5. Kan Eang @ Pier

Enjoy the marvellous view overlooking chalong bay and a wide selection of fresh seafood and Thai dishes, at the popular Kan Eang @ Pier Restaurant, 1 kilometer north of Serenity.

6. Saigon Restaurant, Rawai

The Saigon Restaurant in Rawai, provides an excellent selection of traditional and authentic Vietnamese food.

7. Wine Lovers Restaurant, Rawai

The Wine Lovers Restaurant in Rawai, offers Thai Fusion and International cuisine including a wide selection of wines.

8. Nikitas Restaurant, Rawai

Nikitas in Rawai, popular is foreign visitors, offers a wide selection of Thai and International favourites, located beside the sea on Rawai Beach.

9. Seafood Market, Rawai

Rawai Fresh Seafood Market, a favourite of the locals, is your spot for some of the freshest seafood around, offering great value for money.

10. Tamachart Restaurant, Phuket Town

Enjoy a slice of Traditional Thai food and unusual surroundings at the Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket Town, with a large selection of meat and seafood dishes.

 

Do you agree? Do you think there are other some better local restaurants to visit in Phuket? Think others would agree? Let us know your thoughts at blog@serenityphuket.com.

 

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