Seaside stories

If there was ever a time in my life where a five star resort holiday was needed, this would have to be it…and what a resort in which to live it up for a little while. We got a fabulous deal for the Indigo Pearl resort on Nai Yang beach and it is truly an amazing place to stay. The attention to detail, right down the tap fixtures, blew me away. The whole resort was themed around tin mining, an important aspect of Phuket’s past. Even the forks and knives (see below) were uniquely designed to resemble spanners and other tools.

We’d love to come back to the Indigo Pearl again, perhaps for Josh’s birthday next year. After the trauma of the burglary, meeting up with old friends and new ones was wonderful, and it was just so nice to have a change of scene. Being by the sea was just what I needed to soothe my frazzled nerves before coming back to Chiang Mai with new resolve.

I honestly had no idea just how enjoyable a five star resort experience could be, because I tend to go for challenging over relaxing holidays. But the four days we spent in Phuket has given me definite ideas about the form my 30th birthday in Bali will take. (We’ve already booked tickets if anyone wants to join us next year!)

Welcome drink at the Indigo Pearl
A welcome drink or two
The opulent Indigo Pearl lobby
The opulent Indigo Pearl lobby
Swimming pool
One of the 'adult' pools with a bar attached
The view from our balcony
The view from our balcony
Bathtub on the balcony
Did I mention we had a huge bathtub on the balcony?

The purpose of the trip was to coincide with Alan and his “three girls” celebrating his birthday. We’ve been friends since we were around 15 so a 30th birthday has been a long time coming. Was very happy to be there to mark the occasion!

Happy 30th birthday Alan!
Happy 30th birthday Alan!

The resort had great access to a beach I would highly recommend over some of the other beaches in the main part of Phuket. The sea was just so beautiful to swim in, because the water was really warm and there were few waves.

On Nai Yang Beach during the day
The Andaman Sea during the day...
Nai Yang Beach
...and when the sun was setting.

Naturally, we ate really well during our time in Phuket.

Breakfast at the Tin Mine.
Breakfast at the Tin Mine. Great buffet.
Our lunch in Phuket Town
Our lunch in Phuket Town, one of my all-time favourite (Chinese) dishes that is also popular with Thais and Viets. I miss my mum's cooking!
Dinner on the beach
Dinner on the beach
Relaxing for all involved
Relaxing for all involved. Alan and his three beautiful girls.
Lunch at well-known Chokdee Seafood
Lunch at well-known Chokdee Seafood
Frosty coconut shake!
Frosty coconut shake!

We also had a martini brunch on the Sunday — though it was more like lunch by the time we started — at one of Indigo Pearl‘s restaurants, the Rivet Grill, and it was probably the best buffet that I have ever been to. We certainly got our money’s worth with all the alcohol and seafood we got through. A couple who are friends of Janelle, a good friend of mine, also came along — I had met them back in March at said friend’s wedding and we talked about the fact that we would both be in Phuket at the same time. It was so nice to see some familiar faces from home, and the perfect way to end our last day.

Oysters, takoyaki, salmon, tuna, lobster, prawns...
Oysters, takoyaki, salmon, tuna, lobster, prawns...
Enjoying a martini brunch
Enjoying a martini brunch

But it wasn’t quite the end after all. On the way out it started to absolutely pour down with rain and we all got caught in it. And we were so wet that we decided that we might as well jump in the main pool and go for a swim — with clothes on and everything. The girls loved it! And it was nice for all of us to be more spontaneous for a change.

Going for a swim in the rain
Going for a swim in the rain
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