It’s where Thailand meets Africa. And it is the ultimate escape for couples wanting to get off the beaten track and get some serious holiday bragging rights.
Elephant Hills Jungle Safari is in the Khao Sok National Park, the largest area of rainforest in southern Thailand. Adding a visit here as part of your Phuket couples holiday is a sure-fire way to make special lasting memories. When you sit around the dinner table and share your stories from Elephant Hills, your mates are guaranteed to be green with envy.
Inspired by Africa’s luxury tented camps, Elephant Hills is a blend of limestone cliffs, rainforest-covered mountains and an up-close personal experience with Asian elephants.
Hoot Holidays offers one, two and three-night holiday packages (starting from $590 per adult) that pick you up from your hotel and take you on a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the region from Phuket. All meals are catered for as part of the package.
Guests get the privilege of helping to feed and bathe the elephants, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Then a guide will take you on a canoe ride down the Sok River (make sure your camera is ready) or a jungle trek through the rainforest.
From your luxury safari tent you can sit and look into the surrounding jungle-covered mountains, or drop into the Jungle Explorer’s Club Bar for a cocktail, or two. The tents have comfortable beds, reading lights, western-style toilets and mosquito-netting to keep the insects out.
Thailand is the ultimate destination for loved-up couples who enjoy the castaway-island vibe.
There’s a real spoil yourself feeling at most Thailand hotels, where couples can choose from indulgent spa treatments, learn new skills at traditional cooking classes, or just grab a seat at a beachside bar and let the hassle of normal day-to-day life disappear.
Here are three fantastic hotels that really understand how to cater for couples on holiday:
The Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa Merlin Beach is just three kilometres from Patong Beach and about a 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. For food lovers, there are five restaurants to choose from including D.O.C.G, serving fine-dining Italian cuisine. If it happens to be your honeymoon, the hotel will guarantee a double room with a king-sized bed, complimentary fruit basket and in-room flowers on arrival.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of southwest Phuket, you will find the Cape Panwa Hotel. The resort is about an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport. This hotel is perfect for adventurous couples who like to windsurf, paddle the ocean in canoes, sail catamarans, and snorkel over the bright, colourful coral reef. With five restaurants and five bars, guests are spoilt for choice. Why not follow a meal of fresh, succulent locally caught seafood at the Top of the Reef restaurant with a cocktail nightcap at The Light House and then finish the evening listening to the groovy in-house band.
It doesn’t get much more beachfront than the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. The secluded Karon Beach is just at your hotel room doorstep. The rooms are decorated in a Sino-Portuguese style, and if you want to truly treat yourself then why not book a 209 square metre villa, with its own private plunge pool on the terrace. The Spa Cenvaree has won numerous awards and offers a luxury three-and-a-half-hour honeymoon retreat for two people which includes body brushing, mochaccino mud wrap, succulent strawberry scrub, a soothing massage of vanilla shea butter, a Thai herbal facial and drinks. All that for $485.
To book, phone your Hoot Holidays specialist on 1300 300 594 or check out our couples Bali packages.