Escape the maddening throngs of Patong and head for the peaceful, jade coloured waters found on the south eastern side of Phuket. When the Evason Resort & Six Senses Spa was redeveloped by a feng shui master, his aim was that guests would enter via a tunnel, leaving all stresses of everyday life behind as they entered the striking over water lobby. It certainly worked for us.
There's something about walking through that tunnel, checking in at one of the salas that sit on the tranquil pond with a cool towel and tropical drink, that immediately makes you feel you're on holiday.
Dispersed amongst five low rise buildings in a lush tropical garden setting, there are a total of 260 accommodations consisting of guest rooms, suites and pool villas, including a one of a kind honeymoon villa at Bon Island - all to yourselves. Most rooms have an open-style bathroom, and all have private balconies. It sounds like a lot of rooms but the layout is very clever meaning you'll never feel that the resort is overcrowded.
There are also several great restaurants, including Into the Thai, Into the Med and Into the View. We loved dining at Into the Med, with its whitewashed walls and candlelit tables, on the Mediterranean inspired menu with a modern twist. The Six Senses Spa, spread over three levels, is also incredible.
Our home for the week was a private Evason Pool Villa Suite, a spacious one-bedroom pavilion with separate living room pavilion, its own infinity pool, outdoor shower and alfresco bath in a lotus pond. A discreet butler was on hand to meet our every whim and from the outdoor sala, we watched the long-tail boats ferry guests between the jetty and the resort's own private island.
There's also the incredible honeymoon suite so couples can escape to their own private island for the night. Built on stilts hidden in the jungle with clear views of the Andaman Sea and the surrounding Islands, it feels a little like staying in a romantic tree house. Yet this is no rustic experience. There's every conceivable luxury inside while outside you can also take an alfresco bath together on the balcony as you soak up the gorgeous seaviews.
The resort has everything you could want if you didn't want to venture back down that tunnel and out into the outside world, however, dinner at the eclectic and quaint Ka Jok See, set in a nineteenth century shop house in Phuket Town, is a must. Just remember to pack your dancing shoes!