This time, we chose the quieter Kamala for a more peaceful and relaxing getaway and yet it was just 10-15 minutes drives from the touristy Patong when we wanted a slice of the nightlife and shopping. As this was a no-kids getaway for the 2 couples, we booked the Cape Sienna in Kamala. This hotel has a No-Kids-Under-12 policy and was voted the most romantic hotel in Asia by tripadvisor travelers' choice awards.
|Cold, refreshing tea and towel were served at the hotel holding area while waiting for our rooms|
|An fish-eye view of the sea from the hotel lobby|
|The hotel was designed as a retreat for the urban cosmopolitain|
|Not the most luxurious rooms that we have stayed but interiors are modern and the rooms offer stunning seaview from the balcony|
|Bed was scattered with rose petals and 2 cute "Towel elephants"|
|Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge - Located at the roof top of the hotel main building. Serves a wide variety of cocktails in a modern resort setting with a breathtaking view of the Kamala Bay.|
|We spent quite some time here at Vanilla Sky|
|View of the resort main pool and the Kamala beach in the background from Vanilla Sky|
|The Sky, Sea and the infinity pool at Sienna Rocks - Pool by the Sea. Can you see the dividing lines?|
|We love Sienna Rocks|
We spent quite a fair bit of the trip lazing at the hotel pool side, Sienna Rocks and Vanilla sky. But we did take up some fun activities and visited some interesting spots of Phuket including the Big Buddha of Phuket.
|We spent 3 hours on one of these All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) touring round the Phuket Town areas.|
Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, it is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope. The views, and the actual image itself are all breathtaking.
|The Big Buddha|
|View of Phuket Town from the one of the view points during the ATV ride|
|Another "Photo Stop" during the ATV ride. No idea what the temple at the background was?!|
|Phuket Premium Outlet|
While walking to Kamala Town from Cape Sienna, we past by this beautiful Andara Resort and were immediately captivated by the lush surrounding and majestic buildings. The resort staff was very friendly and gave us a tour of the resort although we were not the hotel guests.
We ended up having our best lunch of the trip at SILK - A fine Thai restaurant within the resort which was voted Thailand Best Restaurant in 2010.
|Andara Resorts and Villa|
|The resort was constructed with lots of natural materials such as stones and timber.|
|The passage way connecting the hotel front desk and the Villas|
|SILK - Award winning Thai Restaurant|
|Contemporary Thai setting|
|Yam Som O - Pomelo Salad with Tamarind Dressing and Crispy Shallot|
|Poo Ja - Deep-Fried Crab Meat, Carrot and Onion in Crab Shell|
|Massaman Goong Silk - Massaman Curry with King Prawns, Sweet Potato and Peanuts|
|Pla Thord Samun Prai - Deep-Fried White Snapper Fillet with Thai Herbs|
|Phad Kana Moo Grob - Stir-Fried Green Kale with Golden Crispy Pork|
|Gang Phed Ped Yang - Red Curry with Roast Duck, Pineapple, Grape and Cherry Tomato|
|Khao Niaw Mamuang - Traditional Thai Style Sticky Rice with Fresh Mango|
Other dining highlights of this trip include a Tapas Night at Vanilla Sky where free-flow of hot and cold Tapas were served with a bottle of wine per person.
|Bite-Sized Tapas Buffet|
|Chilean House Wine for the Tapas Night at Vanilla Sky|
|The Vanilla Sky @ Cape Sienna|
|Nothing beats a ice-cold beer on a hot afternoon. We had this for our first lunch at Kamala Town.|
|Fried Chicken Drumlets with Papaya Salad and Sticky Rice|
|Three Sauce Snapper|
|Deep-Fried Thai Prawn Cakes|
|Tom Yum Goong|
|We like the cold and sweet Thai Ice Milk Tea|
|Stew Lamb with Fettucine|
|A panaroma view of the Andaman Sea at Kamala Bay|
|The poolside with the Partial Blue Effect|
|The Partial Green Effect|
|Sunset at Kamala Bay|
|Colourful row of Bikes neatly parked along Kamala Beach|