Just like anywhere else, these more exclusive beaches usually houses the best resorts of the island.
So, while I was in Phuket, I had made an attempt to view this area and one of its resorts. Our first attempt to this more exclusive beach area got us rather lost. But with the free handy map provided, we tried again the following day... I just had to see what makes a resort special,visiting one of the resorts there.
So, what makes a resort special?
1. Wooden warm reception
From the reception, it is similar to those holiday resorts with high rise pillars, windy and a stunning view of the sea. It immediately gives one a island-resort feel.
2. Stunning seaview - even at the restaurant
When dining, the food should be a mix of Western & 'tamer' local food (eg. that is not too spicy or too strong in spices). And apart from food, the view has to be fantastic - as it's not all about food, but food with a view!
3. Beautiful beach & secluded
Talk about the beach, and one is brought into a postcard view. The sand should be fine and not rough.
This is most likely one of the top reasons why people flock to such high-end resorts, and why these types of resorts grow like mushrooms.
And like any high end resort, a spa is always a must. And these spas usually must come with a lil walkway - something grand in a way, bringing the customers a walk through nature before the relaxing massage.
5. Go local creatively!
Sometimes making use of the local products/ handicrafts in another form, rather than what it was intended so. These local handicrafts give that local atmosphere - and usually some guests won't even know the difference!
We actually had local lunch here while waiting for the rain to stop and had a tour of the resort. It did remind me of the other resorts housed in the exclusive beaches of other islands... they look kinda similar, and I guess that is because they seem to have a certain formula that is working.
Won't it be nice to own one? :)