- Marina Phuket Resort
- 47 Karon Road - Karon Beach
- Phuket 83100 - Thailand
- +66 (0) 6435 92636
- [email protected]
The unique Hotel located at Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand. One reason so many people return again and again is the comfortable, friendly ambience, which includes an exceptionally relaxed relationship between staff and guests. Marina Phuket has achieved a friendly and relaxed village atmosphere that's both upmarket and unpretentious. The resort is just the right size - small enough that the staff can remember your name, big enough to provide all the privacy you want, Guests choose how sociable they want to be. They can stick to their bungalows, each its own private tropical retreat. On the other hand, the pool area, including the bar overlooking the pool, and the bar lounge in the reception area all make for a warm family feeling, especially given the many return customers. Guests can also visit Sala Thai or On the Rock, two of the island's favorite restaurants among locals and visitors alike.
Where traditional Thai elegance meets modern comfort and convenience. Beguiling fragrances. Visitors are also delighted, in their explorations of the grounds, at the fragrances of exotic flowers and intriguing scents from all sorts of medicinal herbs and other plants.
Over the past 16 years, Marina Phuket has painstakingly integrated tropical nature and traditional Thai culture to create the ideal village resort. It combines some of the finest sea views on the island with a truly extraordinary jungle garden. Formerly a coconut plantation, the grounds occupy 64,000 square meters and the coconut palms are now part of a lovingly tended tropical jungle extending right down to the sea.
Much of Marina Phuket is hidden away in lush greenery, with a web of wooden walkways providing easy access to both sea and jungle bungalows. Guests also enjoy direct access to the beach, where they can swim and snorkle right in front of their bungalow.
Jungle and sea - Phuket has two main natural attractions: the beautiful Andaman Sea and lush green forest. Marina Phuket, where the jungle meets the sea, combines some of the finest sea views on the island with a truly extraordinary jungle garden. Formerly a coconut plantation, the lofty palms are now part of a lovingly tended tropical jungle surrounding the bungalows and pool area and extending right down to the sea.
Heart of the Culture - With its remarkable adaptation of traditional Thai architecture and its splendid views of jungle and pool, this is one of Phuket's most famous restaurants. At night, diners can also enjoy fine Thai cuisine to the accompaniment of traditional Thai music and dance in airy, open spaces defined by beautiful woods, tiles and carved panels.
With its remarkable adaptation of traditional Thai architecture and its splendid views of jungle and pool, this is one of Phuket's most famous restaurants. At night, diners can also enjoy fine Thai cuisine to the accompaniment of traditional Thai music and dance in airy, open spaces defined by beautiful woods, tiles and carved panels.
At 540 km sq., Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, about the size of Singapore. Conveniently situated in the heart of Asia, Phuket is just over 1 hour flight from Bangkok and Singapore, and has daily connections to most major cities in Asia. With its international airport, Phuket also caters to long haul flights direct from Europe.
Phuket is on the West coast of Thailand and is located in the Andaman Sea. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Andaman”, Phuket’s white beaches and idyllic tropical getaways are combined with a sophisticated and highly developed infrastructure, making it the perfect place for a short break or a long relaxing holiday.
The Andaman coast has abundant deserted beaches, uninhabited islands, crystal clear waters, magnificent underwater life, intriguing cultures and great food. Phuket is the ideal starting point for exploring the coast, and also the perfect finishing point.
Phuket has undergone a number of name changes over the years. One commonly used was Junk Ceylon, which can be found on most old maps.
On a major trading route and a port of call for many over the years, Phuket has been influenced by passing merchants some of which have remained to shape the islandinto what we see today, a cultural melting pot. Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Burmese, they have all left their mark on the culture and religious make-up of Phuket and also in its architecture, as can been seen in the old sector of Phuket Town and the Chinese temples and Muslim mosques dotted around the island.
Probably Phuket’s most significant event was the stand by Phuketians against an invasion from the Burmese. Khunying Jan, wife of the recently deceased Phuket Governor, and her sister, Mook, assembled forces, mainly women, and held the Burmese off for over a month, until they finally left on 13th March 1785. With a small male population at the time and lack of weapons, the women cut their hair short to look like men, made “fake” weapons and created the illusion of a sizeable army. As a result of this, King Rama I bestowed titles of nobility on the two sisters. Today on the bypass road north of Phuket Town south of Thalang, you will see a monument in memory of the two sisters and their bravery. This is known locally as the heroines monument and is an island landmark.
The 19th century saw the arrival in numbers of Chinese immigrants. They came to work in the tin mines, a booming industry, and later established businesses and their own community on Phuket. Signs of Chinese influence can be found around the island today, with the older communities still in Phuket Town.
Due to the multi-cultural nature of Phuket people, there are numerous festivals from a variety of religions and cultures throughout the year. Today, the majority religion is Buddhism, with significantpopulations of Malay Muslims, Thai Chinese Buddhists and Christians from the early Portuguese presence, but more recently from expatriates who have made Phuket their home.
Renowned for its spiciness and interesting flavour combinations, Thai Cuisine is known the world over. It is one of Thailand's greatest exports with most major cities worldwide having at least one Thai restaurant.
It's popularity is a compliment to its quality and international appeal. Thai Cuisine has evolved over time, being influenced by many other cuisines and cultures. Famed for itsliberal use of chilli, chilli is not native to Thailand and was in fact introduced in the late 1600's by Portuguese missionaries who had acquired a taste for them while serving in South America.
Extensive use of herbs and the general tendency to use fresh ingredients wherever possible, has resulted in Thai food being labelled a healthy cuisine. During your time in Phuket, immerse yourself in Thai food. It is not only a cuisine but a way of life and an intricate part of Thai culture.
Not all dishes are spicy and if you prefer it to be toned down, ask for it “mai pet”, meaning not spicy.However, if you ask the waiter if the food is “pet” or “mai pet”, he is likely to say “pet nit noi”, a little bit spicy.
Take this comment with a pinch of salt. Little to them may be a lot to you if you are not used to spicy food. If you are a seafood lover, there is no better place to be. Phuket's seafood restaurants offer some of the best and freshest youwill find anywhere.
While hotel restaurants serve beautifully presented food in elegant surrounds, you must also experience Thai food the Thai way. There are local eateries on the beach and some of the best (and cheapest) food can befound at local vendors.
At first glance you may be wary of these mobile stalls on the side of the road with fold up tables and plastic stools, but don't fear. They use fresh ingredients bought that morning at the market and most dishes are stir-fried at very high heats, resulting in fresh, delicious food at unbelievably low prices. If variety is the spice of life, then Thai food is the definition of variety.
To leave Phuket without trying Thai Cuisine or the succulent seafood it is sofamous for would be a mistake. However, if youare not a fan of Thai food orwould like a change, don't fear, the island has restaurants offering everycuisine you can imagine. Italian, Indian, French, International, Mexican,Vietnamese, German, Swiss and even traditional English Sunday Roasts if that isyour fancy.
Look around, pick up one of the many free guides on the island and you will see the listings of restaurants and cuisines available. There is something for everyone and the prices are very reasonable too.
Phuket has a tropical climate and is warm throughout the year. There are really only 2 seasons: dry and wet. The local weather is dominated by seasonal monsoon winds, which change direction and bring with them a corresponding weather pattern.
The high season in Phuket is November - April when the Northeast Monsoon prevails, bringing with it hot, dry weather. Daily temperatures range from 27 to 36 degrees Celsius.
The low season is from May - October and the temperatures are generally cooler, though by no means cold.This period is quite humid due to the combination of rain showers and heat. The rainy days are interspersed with sunnydays and when it rains it's a tropical downpour, and will likely clear up only to repeat itself later the same day.
The months leading up to the change of seasons can produce unusual and unpredictable weather patterns, and some of the most spectacular daytime cloud formations and sunsets.