As beautiful as it was, I was quite ready to leave Koh Phi Phi. I’d heard that Phuket could be similar but that didn’t put me off. We were staying near Kata Beach, away from the main “party beach” of Patong.
Our boat transfer from Koh Phi Phi also included a minivan drop off at our hotel. Only then did I realise just how big Phuket was. It must have taken at least an hour to get from the pier to our hotel. The roads were pretty hectic, too; not somewhere I’d like to ride a scooter around.
Arriving at our hotel (Sugar Palm Grand Hillside) was great. The staff were very friendly and, despite having to walk up a fairly steep (but short) hill to get there, it was close to the beach and the road. Our room was amazing, quite possibly one of the nicest rooms I’ve stayed in. We even had the option of swimming in any of the hotel’s 11 rooftop pools.
We only stayed two nights, so spent our first evening having a look around and a nighttime walk along the beach. Already it felt a lot less crammed than Koh Phi Phi. Even walking along the beach, we didn’t come across many people at all.
After a very comfortable sleep we spent our only full day in Phuket at the beach – it was our last beach day of the holiday! There were quite a few people but in no way was the beach crowded.
From my experience, Kata beach is an ideal area to stay in Phuket if you’re looking for plenty of restaurants around but also looking for something a little more relaxing. There’s an amazing sunset, too, which is always a plus. And, if you’re an active type, then even better! There was endless amounts of paragliding and surfer available. While we were at the beach there seemed to be a couple of peak surf times. Harry gave it a good go and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed. I chickened out of trying as all the signs about the strong undercurrent made me nervous… But I enjoyed playing with the waves anyway!
I’m sure there are plenty more places to see in Phuket but I can say that we definitely enjoyed our stay there, even if it was short but sweet.
And, Sugar Palm Grand Hillside, I definitely want to see you again!