Rest and relaxation in Phuket

Image by Richard Coombs.

For the first leg of our travels, we booked five nights at the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort. The Hyatt is located in Kamala, about a 15-minute drive north of Patong.

Rooms are built into the hillside providing beautiful ocean views. Image by Richard Coombs.

Rooms are built into the hillside providing beautiful ocean views. Image by Richard Coombs.

If you’re looking for a relaxed Phuket experience away from the hustle and bustle of Patong, Kamala is a great option and it’s why we booked accommodation in this area in the first place.

Apart from a small-town area with a few shops and restaurants, you will mostly find beautiful resorts dotted along the cliffs of Kamala overlooking the Andaman Sea.

We didn’t get out to see much of Phuket, we were focused on relaxing, swimming and reading. I read my first novel in over a year in just 3 days. The last time I read a fiction book that quickly was the last incredibly relaxing beach holiday I went on in 2013. Needless to say, I was overdue for a week of relaxation and took full advantage of it.

The week looked a lot like this. Image by Richard Coombs.

The week looked a lot like this. Image by Richard Coombs.

Like staying in any destination for more than a couple of nights, you start to get into a daily routine. From sleeping in each morning and waking up to a beautiful breakfast to reading all day by the pool, freshening up in time for sundowners and dinner overlooking the water — I felt more refreshed each day and rather content with the rhythm of things for this relaxing week.

While we didn’t do much exploring this week, a few highlights below will give you a good idea of the beautiful surroundings in Phuket making it a perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

A plunge pool on our balcony was the perfect place to escape the afternoon sun. Image by Richard Coombs.

A plunge pool on our balcony was the perfect place to escape the afternoon sun. Image by Richard Coombs.

Spoilt with beautiful ocean views. Image by Richard Coombs.

Spoilt with beautiful ocean views. Image by Richard Coombs.

Waited to watch the sunset here each day. Image by Richard Coombs.

Waited to watch the sunset here each day. Image by Richard Coombs.

Over this week, I realised how much I’ve missed going on relaxing beachside holidays. While I love getting out all day to explore new cities and countries, our relaxing week in Phuket was very much needed. It’s inspired me to try and do a little relaxing trip each year, whether overseas or not, as it will give us something to look forward to when things get hectic.

Do you have a destination you like visit solely for relaxation? Let me know in the comments below.