Phuket Beach Hotels & the Island’s Local FoodAmy Van De Casteele
Two of Phuket’s greatest merits are, undoubtedly, its beautiful white sand beaches and its delectable cuisine. If you want to enjoy a holiday which combines these two tempting aspects of island life, why not check out HotelTravel.com’s unbeatable selection of Phuket beach hotels and get the low-down on the Pearl of the Andaman’s mouth-watering local dishes.
For 5 star accommodation overlooking the tranquil stretch of Nai Thon Beach opt for a room at the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, which boasts well-appointed guestrooms, internet access and a fitness centre. On Kata Beach, Impiana Private Villas Kata is a small but lavish 5 star hotel that provides all of the must-have luxury facilities, such as a spa and business centre, while in Nai Harn the Two Villas Holiday Oriental Style Naiharn Beach offers tasteful 4 star accommodation in a picturesque setting.
When it comes to Thai food there are a few particularly iconic dishes that visitors to Phuket will probably want to sample, if only to see if they can handle the heat – these include spicy tom yum goong, a hot sour soup made with fresh seafood and herbs which is healthy, delicious and liable to make your eyes water. Other favourites include the milder green curry – gaeng keaw wan – which is made with a rich coconut milk-based sauce, your meat of choice and two different kinds of eggplant, and Massaman curry, a southern speciality featuring hearty chunks of beef and potato in a nutty curry sauce.
Other Phuket delicacies include kuey tiaow, noodle soup, and pad ka-pow, which is a meat dish spiced up with plenty of chilli and some holy basil. Topped with a fried egg – kai dao – this piquant meal will both tantalise and anaesthetise your taste buds with its spice and exotic flavour.
When it comes to dining out in Phuket you could go to a restaurant for lunch and dinner every day of the year and not visit all of the island’s eateries. Make a trip to one of the isle’s weekly markets and sample the various foods they have on offer, grab a snack from a street vendor or settle down for a lavish meal in one of Phuket’s many excellent restaurants – both budget and luxurious – which include the likes of Natural (Thammachart) in Phuket Town and Baan Rim Pa, overlooking the sea north of Patong.