Usually when your job requires you spend the night in…
Rev up the romance with the ultimate Thai beach break at The Sarojin hotel, Phang Nga, which likes to play Cupid with seductive suites, a come-hither pool and spa, and white-sand shores. Sitting pretty on a sublime stretch of coastline, it’s the perfect place to unwind in style with your Valentine.
Why this week? The Sarojin’s heart-shaped ‘Shipwrecked with your Valentine’ package spoils you with a Valentine’s offer on six-night stays until 29 April. As well as à la carte daily breakfast in bed with sparkling wine, you and your partner can enjoy a sunset cruise on a private yacht with delicious canapés and cocktails, a private dinner for two on a tropical island, and either a Thai cooking class or a banquet à deux beside a waterfall. Return private land transfers from Phuket Airport, an hour’s drive away, are thrown in for good measure and Smith members also get a pampering 90-minute Thai massage.
Our favourite bits We like the Sarojin Suites, with their enormous onyx bathing pools sunk into the terraces – ideal for a late-night glass of bubbly while soaking under the stars. Fringed with palm-trees and manicured lawns, the turquoise-tiled infinity pool (above) is also wow-worthy, flaunting pavilion islands with seductive sun-loungers.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Everything at the resort, from the tailored off-site activities – scuba diving and jungle safaris are popular – to the well-stocked library, appears to be carefully considered. Pathways, the Sarojin’s temple to indulgence, has won plenty of spa awards so we were desperate to check it out. Having perused the breathtaking list of therapies, we book a two-and-a-half-hour session each. Just an arms-length apart, Mrs Smith and I more than enjoyed our massages and body treatments. It is fair to say that I have found my new happy place.’ Read more about The Sarojin, Phang Nga or find more boutique hotels in Phang Nga.
You say… ‘The Sarojin has an additional area of beach that is more secluded than that directly in front of the hotel. Turn right and after a lovely five-minute walk you arrive at a pretty, more private section of sand. You are still provided with iced towels and water and can order lunch on the beach itself (above).’ (Beth, BlackSmith, stayed March 2009)