Escapade – Part 3

As with every holiday, there are too many photos to print out for the memories. Or in my case, to post on the blog.

In this post, I reminisce about the massages, the movies, and the massive pools. Here are our memories of the activities we enjoyed.

I balked a bit at the prices of the hotel’s Tea Tree Spa, which were akin to what you’d pay at a 5* hotel in Singapore. That said, they do have heavenly sounding packages, including some daily 2 hour sessions for a 3 day duration.

Budget-conscious me headed straight for the 500 baht an hour massage hut next to the beach. I’d call it the Casuarina Press – strong kneads to my aching shoulders and neck, the sound of lapping waves, the occasional birdsong and the lilt of Thai between the masseuses in the background, as casuarina branches swayed overhead. Ahhhhh……

Massage by the sea

The hotel also had free outdoor popcorn and movie night screenings – there were two shows scheduled in the four nights we were there, and a huge basket filled with salty popcorn packets that you can help yourselves to.  On movie nights, a cartoon is screened at 7pm, and a grown-up movie at 830pm. There are cabanas and beanbags for folks to get comfy in. 
We were a bit bothered by the mozzies and tiny tiny flies that fly in a cloud. So after half an hour each time, we’d pack our popcorn packets and head back to the air-conditioned comfort of our room.

The girls were thrilled that there were DVDs for free loan from the hotel lobby too – we watched 4 cartoons in the comfort of snuggling in our bed! The hubs was pleased to find Ironman 3 in the grown-up section. We were surprised that the girls actually sat through the whole show!

There was so much to do that the kids only went on the trampoline once. The hubs and I had a go too, and it was quite fun, haha!

The hotel had an infinity pool and various other smaller pools adjacent to that. K totally impressed us with stamina we didn’t know she had, by swimming almost 30 metres from one end to the other. 

It was nice that they has a large ankle deep section that B could wade in, and potter about with her sand bucket in.

Fluffy large pool towels were in abundant supply, and you can see from the photo above that they even had a table full of games and books that you could borrow. There were floats and water toys on sale too, if you forgot to bring some from home.

We had pizza and kids meals at Pesto, an Italian restaurant right at the edge of the beach.  There was so much to do that the girls didn’t even have time to explore the playground, only take a photo in front of it as above!

Ah. It was a truly enjoyable break from work and school for all of us. So near and accessible, relatively cheap, with yummy food.

The worst part of our trip I must say, was Thai immigration! I know we are thoroughly spolit by our airport and our civil service efficiency, but the chaos entering and exiting the Phuket airport was no joke.

Even infants (we saw quite a number) did not get priority and had to suffer the hour long queues. So be forewarned.

We saw some kids from an international school busying themselves with colouring and other activities alongside the queue, so we let the girls do the same. Activity books are lifesavers!

  5 comments for “Escapade – Part 3

  1. imp
    April 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Your massage by the sea is probably way more satisfying than in the spa. Considering this is Phuket, I’ve seen therapists at the beach called to the spa to help out or like…freelance when the spa gets bookings. Win. I’ll skip the extras and pop straight to the beach hut.

    • April 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Wow sounds like I made the right choice then! The masseuse I got was good!

  2. April 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Massage by the sea sounds VERY nice! Did you and the hubs take turns?

    • April 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Hubs doesn’t like massages so he babysat whilst I went. We took turns babysitting and he spent his alone time with a book!

  3. April 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I miss cheap massages!! The resort really looks like a great value for money place! Warrants repeat visits I’m sure!

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