I have always been a hostel-loving kind go traveller, but as I (inevitably!) get older, I have started to appreciate a little bit of luxury a lot more. If I do stay in hostels during a long trip, I always try to mix it up with a few really nice hotel stays along the way, like the incredible boutique hotels in Krabi I stayed in a few weeks ago.
The more time I spend in nice hotels, the more I realise just how much I love my creature comforts; privacy, clean sheets, my own bathroom, fresh towels and best of all….a free breakfast! While the chance to stay in any nice hotel is always exciting, a recent stay at Pier 42 Boutique Hotel in Phuket well and truly started what is set to be a life-long love affair with boutique hotels.
While the last two months have taken me to some of the most luxurious hotels in Asia, from a string of five-star properties in India to hotels in Thailand which I never wanted to leave, Pier 42 Phuket remains my favourite stay of all. It’s taking me a long time to actually write about it, mainly because I was having difficulty pinpointing exactly what it was that made it so special.
Here’s the thing…I have never really been the really the biggest fan of Phuket, but this hotel has magically shown me that if you stay in the right place in the right area, your impressions of a destination can be entirely transformed. From the moment my friend Coral and I arrived at Pier 42, it felt like we were escaping the madness of the island and had been transported to a quiet oasis. As we walked through the lush garden and private courtyard, full of an array of hanging plants and smells to calm all the senses, we knew we had chosen a special place.
The lady showing us around had perfect English, and when she opened the door to our room, I instantly fell in love. Not just with Pier 42 Phuket, but with boutique hotels the world over. The room was brimming with character and the bed was one of the biggest I have slept in. There was a big bean bag for chilling out in and the thing I adored the most was that there is a small gift box for each guest, full of samples from the hotels spa. Gift gold, in my opinion!
Our room had a view down to the pool and jacuzzi area, which is exactly where we spent the rest of the afternoon. I loved the mini waterfall feature in the pool, the wooden deck chairs and how it honestly felt like we were staying in our own private haven in the middle of a jungle rather than in the middle of a busy district of Phuket!
Coral and I decided to treat ourselves to some spa treatments, especially as the staff were kind enough to give us a 20% discount! I had a full body message and was so relaxed throughout, thanks to the soft smells and calming music, that I ended up falling asleep on the massage table and had to be woken by the end of it! It was the little touches, like the fresh pot of herbal tea waiting for us in the garden after our massages, that really made the difference. While the massages were more expensive than all the other one’s i have since had in Thailand, I still think it is worth your money as the quality was really high and the settings adds to the experience.
This hotel has started on ongoing love affair with boutique hotels, and if I ever return to Phuket I know exactly where I’ll be staying. If you are looking for a great new website to book amazing hotels like this one, why not try out Travel Ticker.