This is going to be your first time in Phuket, Thailand, one of the world’s most dazzling beach destinations. Think pristine white sand, swaying palm trees, shimmering waters, and lively coastal towns soaked in cultural flavours. Phuket offers an exciting array of experiences—from local attractions steeped in tradition, parties at a seemingly endless line of bars and clubs, and a host of nearby islands for a taste of tropical paradise. Regardless of your agenda, one thing’s for sure: your Phuket getaway will definitely be one to remember.

To fully prepare yourself for the best of what Phuket has to offer, answering the often asked questions of what to do and where to stay in Phuket is an important step to ensure a memorable vacation. Here are some of our suggestions to make your first time in Phuket absolutely unforgettable.

Enter a world of mystical grandeur, Wat Chalong


Thailand is known for its mythology, spirituality, and a myriad of temples, also known as Wats—an important place of tradition for its locals. Phuket holds its own, with some of the country’s most famous temples situated on the island itself. Temples like Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, and Wat Khao Rang are very much revered and often visited by locals and tourists alike. Their intricate architecture and unmistakable religious motifs are reasons why locals and tourists alike never fail to visit these pivot points of Thailand’s traditional beliefs. As a first-time visitor to Phuket, this will definitely be a memorable sight to behold.


Delight in new finds at the Lardyai Street Market


Unlike Bangkok, shopping isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Phuket. However, the island boasts a fine selection of unique shopping possibilities. Enter markets like Chillva market and Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod) where shopping is as much a social event as a commercial one. Expect to find everything from secondhand items to boutique handmade crafts, as well as an impressive range of gastronomical delights—exotic snacks like deep-fried insects included. For a more refined shopping experience, one can visit malls such as Central Festival Phuket and the Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong to seek out modern retail favorites like cosmetics, electronics, and international dining outlets.


Live it up at Patong Beach, Phuket


Speaking of Patong, this is where Phuket truly comes alive at night. Revel in a jamboree of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues where the drinks never cease to flow and the music plays on loud. Bangla Road is a neon-lit 400-meter stretch of lively street performances, discotheques, and go-go bars.


The pivot point of adventure, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas


The base at which your adventures begin is absolutely crucial to your Phuket Experience. If being right at the heart of the best Phuket has to offer is something you’re after, look no further than Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas. Within walking distance of Patong and the Andaman Sea, this property is an idyllic retreat in the thick of action that encapsulates the finest in Thai hospitality. Ideal for all from adventure seekers to families on vacation, one can relax in sumptuous rooms that are comprehensively equipped with excellent amenities, on-site restaurants boasting international fare and iconic local dishes, as well as a spa and fitness center for a holistic wellness experience.


Revel in beachfront bliss at Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach


Although most first-time visitors to Phuket would probably like to explore the hustle and bustle the island is famous for, there is a serene side to Thailand’s west coast for those who seek a peaceful island getaway. There is nothing quite like getting off a flight to a place you’ve never been before only to be greeted by endless skies and rolling waves. Meet a luxurious retreat—surrounded by the glistening seascape of the Andaman Sea—in Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, a sensational beachside resort for those who seek a tranquil respite.


Find complete relaxation at Dhatri Spa, Pullman Phuket Aracadia Naithon Beach


The last thing any first-time traveler seeking a peaceful getaway would want is to fuss over the hassle of shortlisting experiences. With a curated host of experiences within Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach itself, one can experience the cultural character of Thailand while luxuriating their stay away within the compound. Embark on a journey of flavour through the HERB garden with Thai cooking classes in the day. Savour the nightly events where the colour of Thailand’s street food markets are brought to you, or catch a unique movie experience at our float pool under the stars. One can also experience the finest Thai massages at Dhatri Spa—only the best spa in Phuket. For those who chase a peaceful escapade, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach should definitely be considered for its idyllic combination of luxury meets culture.



With these suggestions in mind, you are now ready for your tropical island getaway. Bask in the finest experiences from dawn till dusk. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. And one thing’s for sure: your first time in Phuket will not be your last.

Fancy a Phuket getaway? From now till 15 September 2019, enjoy 33% discount for stays until 14 May 2020 when you book direct on our site using your Mastercard®.  

Participating Properties:

All Seasons Naiharn PhuketGrand Mercure Phuket PatongAvista Grande Phuket KaronAvista Hideaway Phuket Patong, MGallery by SofitelNovotel Phuket Kamala BeachNovotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & SpaNovotel Phuket ResortNovotel Phuket Surin Beach ResortNovotel Phuket Vintage ParkPullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort



What do you think about when Bali is mentioned? Is it the splendour of its mountain landscapes, its seemingly endless coastlines, or its glorious beaches caressed by rolling waves? No matter the imagery that comes to mind, one can be certain that Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise on Earth. Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is the most popular island in the Indonesian archipelago, and home to an ancient culture with its own unique philosophy of life.

While millions of tourists flock to Bali for a myriad of reasons—a massive nightlife scene that keeps its parties going from dusk till dawn, its magnificent cuisines based on traditional recipes and international influences, and the ever-fascinating Balinese art found in every nook and cranny of the island—Balinese sunsets are one compelling reason to look towards new horizons. Here are some of our favourite spots for you to chase your perfect sunset.


Meet an unforgettable sunset view at Uluwatu, Bali.


Built atop the cliffs of Uluwatu, Pura Luhur Uluwatu holds the purpose of protecting the island from evil spirits. Beyond its holiness, it rewards visitors with a majestic panorama of the horizon—and can be considered to be one of Bali’s best sunset spots. One can also watch the famous Kecak Fire Dance, a cultural performance of ancient scenes from the Ramayana, coloured with intricate costumes its performers adorn while enacting a riveting fire dance to the tune of mesmerising chants.

Perfect from every angle – view of Mount Agung from Nusa Lembongan in the late evening.


If you are the kind of person who prefers watching the sunset while kicking back to vibes of a social atmosphere, the establishments along Nusa Lembongan would be right up your alley. Noteworthy places to check out would be The Deck Cafe and Bar, Mainski Bar and Lounge, Panorama Bar and Restaurant amongst many others. On rooftop bars, beanbags on the beach, or fancy restaurants alike, one can expect the sun going down in fascinating fashion to the trendy beat of chic. Absolutely perfect for pictures to make all your friends jealous on social media.

A sky of colliding colours during sunset at Seminyak, Bali.


The most popular experience amongst tourists to experience a sunset in Bali would be the ones that are well lauded by the ceaseless traveling contingents over the years. Along the beaches of Kuta, Seminyak, and Jimbaran one can find a throng of great spots to unwind while the sun sinks into the depths of the Indian Ocean. Laze on the beach, or lounge on a high stool at a beachfront bar—a kaleidoscopic sunset is guaranteed. One should definitely check out La Plancha at Seminyak to feel the pristine soft sand under your feet in this Caribbean inspired bar, while sipping on an ice-cold Bintang beer as the sun sets to the sights and sounds of the tropical island.

Wherever you are in Bali, and whatever sunset it is that you chase, Bali offers you a sundown adventure unlike any other.

Wondering when’s a good time for a Bali escapade? From now till 15 September 2019, enjoy 33% discount for stays until 14 May 2020 when you book direct on our site using your Mastercard®.  


Participating properties:

The Kuta Beach Heritage HotelIbis Styles Bali BenoaIbis Styles Bali LegianIbis Styles Bali PetitengetMercure Bali Legian, The Royal Beach Seminyak BaliNovotel Bali Nusa DuaNovotel Bogor Golf Resort, Pullman Bali Legian BeachSofitel Bali Nusa Dua