This was our first time to actually stay in Kamala, on the beautiful Thai island of Phuket. I have been there once when over for Kev Mc’s birthday celebrations and we took some motorbikes to visit, we ate at OhLaLa, popped to see Kev’s mate for a coke, went to see his ex-house and stopped for some beers at the beach, well just around the corner from the main beach. So a very limited experience to date of Kamala.
How did this happen. Well Gordon and Thes booked up already. I had to await my leave being signed off, and due to work commits could not go the same dates as them, BUT we managed to get all signed off, booked flights, confirmed with the hotel (more on that in a minute) and off we went three days after G&T left Singapore.
So VERY excited and early in the morning we gathered the gang together. Bags packed and ready to go. And literally 3 hours later, travel to airport/flight/arrivals/airport transfer, we’re walking in to the hotel saying Hi to Gordon & Thes sat on their patio, ha ha.
So to the hotel as mentioned. You HAVE to come here. Royal Embassy in Kamala. Run by such a lovely family Phil and Ari (sorry for spelling Ari), and supported by a great man – Henri. I suggest you contact them direct to save some money on booking and to have the personalized experience they are so so good at.
I mean, just look at the place. Bit overcast on arrival, but did we bring the weather or what for the rest of the stay, it got up to 36 degrees one day – man that is hot, had sweat on sweat!
It is a beautiful hotel/resort, small and therefore so so personal. Only 20 “rooms”, and I say rooms in inverted commas as single rooms are actually stand alone villas, and we had a 2 bed apartment (as above) with living room, dining room, kitchen, American style bar, 2 beds, bathroom and beautiful private patio – and without giving the price away it was so very cheap/value for money for what you get.
Just a wonderful experience and thank you so so much to Phil and Ari. You should be proud of what you have, it’s exceptional.
It, as a location, is so close to all else on Phuket. We took day trips out in tuk tuk and private car, to go exploring, eating, shopping, beaching – more on that in a moment with photos to support the experience. It’s a perfect location, a little sleepier than Kata/Patong/Karon etc. but all of those are 10-20 minutes away if you want the bustle, the big markets and the like.
First day in the pool, and hey why not. Landed, unpacked, ate, chilled, let’s get in and get wet and have some fun – OK apart from the girls doing model pose on sun beds. “We don’t want to catch the sun!!!” Er ladies you’ve already got quite a healthy tan.
First lunch on the trip – OhLaLa, and boy does the name do it justice. Owned by Swiss French and doing a menu of that food style and Thai authentic. What a place, a MUST for all that happen to swing thru Phuket – it is WORTH A TRIP.
Onne night, Phil, the Manager, offered up a private BBQ at the hotel – so off we went to the wet market in Patong to get fish, prawns, pork and came back with that in eski for the chef to prep and cook for us al fresco around the pool under the stars. Absolutely delicious and so fresh. None of the food here – go food blog readers (sorry). Here we all are, happy days readers, happy days!
MerBabies – need I say any more really ………………………
This is on arrival, the “fake” Thai temple, which is actually a facade to a HUGE stage where the show is held. Check out Amy, Sawadeekap Amy.
This is the inside of the main temple. A temple that you can climb up 3 flights of stairs to the very top and look around at the site and the surrounding scenery.
It was 36 degrees outside this day, but because of the marble architecture it was nice and cool within.
A very very impressive place, vibrant colors throughout as you’ll see from the photo.
One passing comment to tourism Phuket – could we please have English translations to understand the meanings of the statues, artifacts etc. Pretty please.
Can you tell??????
Nai Harn Beach
Part of the day trip was to go from Buddha, to Temple, to lunch at Small Viewpoint to chill out time on the beach. So way down South to another new place for us, Nai Harn Beach. What a gorgeous spot this was, quite busy, lots of Russian and other Eastern Europeans – lot’s of different shapes and sizes, brothers and sisters called Su & Mo – get it??? – yes some VERY large people, wearing swimming costumes they probably should not wear. Almost like walking bean bags with heads, dear me, some sights and scared statements from us of “oh God please don’t bend over …………………..”.
But great fun here. As you can imagine the kids went mad in the surf and then this fast flowing knee deep river thing that flowed from lagoon to sea. Boiling hot, beautiful views and some cold beverages from local joint across the river that yours truly traversed a few times to gain refreshment, as we sat and sweated and watched the kids fill their shorts, hair, arm pits with sand that we had to power shower out later. Great fun and a lovely chill out after running around doing touristy stuff.
PopEye’s – yes we found it, about a mile from where we were looking last time. Gordy found it on travels to get a massage with Thes. SO glad he found this place, yes yes yes, traditional Thai and some dishes never experienced before – like fried minced chicken with Tamarin (yep already had a go at making this one – not quite there yet re the replica, but good first attempt to date – more of that to come on foodie)
The last swim of the holiday – Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo
A very sad time as we really did enjoy this trip. Stepping in to a boiling hot, luke warm like bath water, swimming pool, chatting, playing and laughing, but sad underneath that that was that, and in 3 hours we’re gone back to Singapore – not that that is a bad thing, but that we were saying goodbye to Thailand. Still lovely photos (maybe not the one of yours truly catching some rays – and allowing gut to cast some much needed shadow for the kids to play under!)