For sure there is a lot of information being circulated now via Thai embassies and online forums to digest about the reopening of Phuket under the highly anticipated ‘Sandbox’ scheme.
Don’t get blind-sighted by it all and know that as long as you are fully vaccinated and have ticked all the boxes regarding paperwork and pre-covid testing, Phuket could be your holiday destination from July 1st. Phuket will be a test model for tourist destinations all around Thailand and the Southeast Asia region, so there is a lot of efforts and excitement to bring a semblance of normality back to travel.
For those who are returning guests to Twinpalms, or new to our hospitality brand, we have been busy in the last 18 months. Just before the start of the pandemic, we launched a sumptuously designed steakhouse ‘Wagyu Steakhouse’. This is in our Surin Beach hotel, with its own entrance on the main road too. The menu really is as good as the interiors, a touch of Manhattan class in Phuket! We have also opened a laid-back beach club next to Catch Beach Club on Bang Tao Beach, ‘The Lazy Coconut’. This really is a wonderful place to simply relax and enjoy the pool, graze on tasty cuisine, and enjoy the Phuket sunset in chilled-out style. ‘Palm Seaside’, our stunning restaurant on the southern tip of Bang Tao Beach has reemerged as a dining destination serving quintessential Southern Thai cuisine, do not worry, you can still find some of your seafood favorites on the menu, but now we focus on celebrating the authenticity of the region’s fresh produce and flavors.
BEACHES ARE OPEN
We’ve mentioned before that during the pandemic and with the drastic reduction of tourism, the beaches are just spectacular. Even in the ‘low’ season, the beaches are still a joy to walk and to take time to relax on. In July through to November, the waves are roaringly intense, so swimmers need to divert their attention to the hotel pools, but surfers can spend their days with nothing but rolling waves as company. There are still plenty of small ‘mom and pop’ beach restaurants and bars that you can enjoy and more importantly support, as well as the more established hotel venues and beautiful beach clubs, such as Catch Beach Club and The Lazy Coconut where you can forget that there is even a pandemic going on in the world!
If you book a trip with a SHA Plus certified tours provider, you can be whisked away for a day visiting smaller islets in the Phuket region. Island destinations include Ko Maprao, Ko Naka Yai, Ko Racha Noi, Ko Racha Yai, and Ko Sire, Andaman Cruises awaits you. All these small islands are fantastic snorkeling spots and incredibly beautiful. Scuba companies can also take you diving to some good dive sites around Phuket. You can spend time cruising sipping on cold beverages and enjoying an on-board barbecue with some of the swankier yacht charters or keep it real and enjoy local Thai food on the island and a spot of kayaking. There really is enough choice to enjoy either way.