I’ve been in this “baking sucks, photography goes not well, I hate everything so I watch netflix all day” phase for some week when I realized I need to get out of this. Step outside, doing something completely crazy without thinking about it for too long. So what I did is that I booked a flight to Phuket and in this blog post I like to share some words and predominantly a lot of hopefully fresh and inspiring pictures with you. This is part one and there will be a part two later this week. Hopefully, you guys enjoy! And don’t worry my chocolate-baking-Christmas mood is not lost, I will be back with new and fresh ideas!
So what I did is that I booked a flight to Phuket and in this blog post I like to share some words and predominantly a lot of hopefully fresh and inspiring pictures with you. This is part one and there will be a part two later this week. Hopefully, you guys enjoy! And don’t worry my chocolate-baking-Christmas mood is not lost, I will be back with new and fresh ideas!
This is part one and there will be a part two later this week. Hopefully, you guys enjoy! And don’t worry my chocolate-baking-Christmas mood is not lost, I will be back with new and fresh ideas!
The Slate – A design hotel I always wanted to visit!
The Slate is located 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport, on Phuket’s northern shore and easily reachable by taxi within 10 minutes. The perfectly comfortable way to start our vacation. As we arrived late night we went straight to bed looking forward to the next day and to be honest to breakfast as the airplane food was, ah well not that nourishing and filling.
Breakfast Tin Mine and the great infinity pool
It is amazing how much breakfast buffets have changed over the last year. The breakfast at the slate was a for eyes and belly. I still have that unique, intense coconut flavor in my mouth from the house made Coco Yogurt from which I may have had four, or not. There are several gluten-free and sugar-free options when it comes to corn flakes, granola or bread. I am more the “sweet” breakfast eater but Pad Thai, fried rice and Dim Sum totally cover every “savory” eater.
Day 2 at the Slate was ruled by our Spa treatment at Coqoon Spa and Dinner at Black Ginger! After breakfast and a gym session, we were very grateful to receive a back massage at the Coqoon Spa. Two young, lean ladies guided us into our authentic massage rooms and we could choose the massage oil flavor. They did not have chocolate so I went with coconut flavor.
If you know me well you’d know I am a big fan of massages. I can’t really say why. I love the feeling of how my body feels afterward. Relaxed and light as if I could fly. No back pain, no tension just soft skin and a happy body. And I took a nap after this. No judging, I am on vacation 😉
The best thing comes at the end…
Well in this special case it’s very true. As I heard that you have to cross a river to get to the black ginger restaurant, I was all excited about this place. We were not disappointed and I enjoyed my first Pad Thai on my journey through Phuket. Sous Chef Anongrat Meklai, made it vegan for me and even adapted the started because she noticed I ordered without meat. I really like that kind of attentiveness and of course that they only use the freshest locally-sourced ingredients and even some from their very own organic garden. Dessert was fresh mango and sticky rice pudding with coconut sauce.
Twinpalms Phuket – The most beatiful palms on earth!
Dream a little dream
A 5-minute walk from Surin Beach you find the Twinpalms Phuket hotel with its impressive entrance view. The pool was inviting me to leave all the luggage behind and just jump into it with all my clothes. But I stayed polite. At least until this point.
I am a belly sleeper…
After checking in, we were guided through the facilities of the hotel. At the library which is also the guest service point we could choose what kind of pillow we want in our bed (back,side or belly sleeper), the smell of the room and the flower decoration. Have I mentioned that I love to make decisions like that? 😀 We settled in our room and did a tropical fruit tasting in the hotels restaurant. Damn these mangos were so juicy, I guess I can’t eat tropical fruits in Switzerland for at least half a year.
Late evening we were escorted by car and had drinks and dinner at the Palm Seaside restaurant right at the beach, which is probably one of the most impressive locations on earth to see a sunset while sipping on a Virgin Mai tai and snacking on vegan summer rolls with an exquisite peanut butter sauce. The staff at Twinpalms is very friendly and they help you to fulfill any extraordinary wishes, if possible.
Sunsets and a colorful rice experience
So what’s really great is, that you can modify the menu however you want. I ordered the Pad Thai and the stir-fry green vegetables. They made the Pad Thai without egg, meat and fish and they substituted the oyster sauce on the veggies. It’s the dream of every picky person, believe me. And yes this, was my third Pad Thai in…yes three days, but I just believe that
“TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING CAN BE TRULY WONDERFUL.”
I learned so many culinary things from the lovely people working at the Twinpalms. If you ever make it to this place make sure you have dinner in the hotel and order a trial plate of four choices signature rice.
Butterfly Pea rice (Blue) – This was my favorite! Apart from adding a vivid blue color, it is rich in blue proanthocyanin, a natural antioxidant.
Pandanus rice (brownish) – The aroma of this rice is a bit nutty (perfect for any peanut butter lover!) It contains herbs that are said to have healing properties which can help to reduce internal inflammations and colds.
Turmeric rice (yellow) – Turmeric is my favorite winter spice but also her in hot Phuket I totally enjoyed it. the staff told me it helps detoxifying the organs and adds a nice yellow color to the rice.
Roselle rice – Roselle contains flavonoid, proanthocyanin, organic acid cellulose and vitamin C and D. I could not really get the flavor but it tasted nice.
Before we left the Twinpalms we had one last amazing breakfast before heading to the next place!
Sri Panwa – kòbkûn ká!*
From the Twinpalms hotel, we traveled east to cape panwa where we checked in at the beautiful Sri Panwa hotel. Sri Panwa is an oasis of calmness and luxury set in one of the finest locations on Phuket. I think every single point is a view point where you could make thousands of pictures. I had to change my memory card for the camera twice as I had to capture every flower and palm tree I came across.
There are many reasons why I will never forget Sri Panwa but one of the most memorable things were the people and the best green curry I’ve ever had. The people were friendly and extremely helpful (as everywhere I have been during this first weeks!) and there was this young lady working at the Baba restaurant, who gave me a cream and a spray for my mosquito bites after I told her that I am slowly getting eaten up by these beasts. The impact of the calming cream and the inner heat from my delicious green curry made me forget about my itching legs and arms.
With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
The next morning we started the day with a tennis game on the court that is on the property. It was already very hot so we just played for 1 hour and then headed straight to breakfast. The soy cappuccino is an artwork and the fruits were tasty as you can imagine!
The weather was amazing so we decided to chill by the big infinity pool and later watch the sunset in our private pool in front of the room. And yes, this totally was the moment where my happy feelings exploded and I jumped into the pool with all of my clothes like a crazy lady. The story was on snapchat but luckily it’s gone now 😉
With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls we slept 9 hours in our queen bed. I never felt more relaxed and would go back to this hide-away anytime!
This was my first week in Thailand, I hope you are curious to read my second part. I am happy for any comments on my blog or say hi on Instagram.
*kòbkûn ká means thank you. And this is what I am. I am grateful for every second of this journey. I am thankful for all the inspirational people I have met and all the midnight conversations we had. The world needs more cool people.
I got to experience these amazing places thanks to the great taste and excellent organization from the team at The Asia Collective – head to www.theasiacollective.com t