Phuket Travel Diary

Living in Singapore, long weekends would typically consist of a quick trip to paradise, Phuket. Going about once a year for a while, it’s become one of our home away from homes. After our last trip, I decided it was finally time to sit down and share all the things I love about Phuket with all of you. I will leave all the links down below and hope you venture out to this little gem of an island in South East Asia!

Hotel:

After staying at a bunch of different hotels and resorts, we finally found our favorite and go-to place to stay: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. While it is about an hour drive from the airport, the resort sits only ten minutes away from the downtown area (Patong and Karon) making it super easy to get around. The resort is sprawled out over a huge piece of property with it’s own private beach, tennis courts, an amazing spa, two tropical pool, multiple eateries/bars and stunning, comfortable rooms. While the rooms may be a little older than others, they’ve been kept really well and feel modern with a vintage twist. The private beach is only a few steps away from the pool area and are lined with lounge chairs and bean bags, while crystal blue water and really clean sand. They offer a range of water activities from jet skiing to kayaking and surfing. In the middle of the day when you’re looking for a quick bite, you can just head over to Ton Son out by the pool to order anything from Thai to Italian and American. You can also head over there for before-dinner drinks where they offer classic cocktails as well as tropical/Thai cocktails. One of my favorite things at the hotel was the energizing shots they had at breakfast. Every morning they had a couple different kinds to really get your body working and wake you up. My favorite was the watermelon-chili shot which was just to die for. And what’s a trip to the beach without some relaxing time at the spa? Le Spa offers different treatments from massages to scrubs and facials, all beach and tropical themed. Our time at Le Meridien is always made even better by the super friendly and helpful staff. We absolutely LOVE staying at Le Meridien and cannot wait to spend more nights there.

Food:

Like I mentioned above, the food at the hotel is not like any others. It’s very different and authentic, but still really good. However, I love spending time around Patong and Karon exploring other places to have meals. One of our all time favorites is Eat. Bar & Grill in Karon. Priding themselves on incredible service and hearty, rustic food, the little bar/restaurant serves burgers, steaks and other unique dishes. After going there four times over our past two trips, I’ve had some of my favorite dishes there. Some that I would recommend are the burger and fries, the chateaubriand (steak), the beef tartare, the lobster cappuccino, and most importantly the mojito bucket (5 servings of a mojito in one big bucket, photo below). This year we also went to Baan Rim Pa, which is one of the only “fine dining” restaurants in Phuket serving authentic Thai food. We had the chicken and crab Thai dumplings, grilled eggplant salad, minced pork with noodle crackers, green curry with chicken and stir-fried morning glory, and a really good passion fruit mojito. The food was all really good and some of the best Thai food I’d ever had (and I’ve had a lot of Thai food). Other than those two places, we also love going to different seafood restaurants along the water front and trying different dishes. As most of you know, my family LOVES food and one reason we love going back to Phuket so often is because of the huge variety of amazing restaurants to chose from.

Getting Around:

While you can have your hotel arrange a car/transport for you, one way I love to get around is by taking a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is motorcycle powered vehicle with seating for passengers attached to it. They’re commonly found around South East Asia and are open air. I love driving back to our hotel at night after dinner with the wind blowing through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore in the background. Depending on where you flag one down, a 10-15 minute drive can be anywhere from 10-12 SGD, which may seem a bit pricy but is normally much less than having your hotel arrange transport for you. If you are around Patong or Kata beach, it’s really easy to walk around. Whether you’re beach hopping or looking around the market, I always say that walking around is one of the best ways to explore a new destination. And the excitement of Phuket nightlife makes the evening a lot more fun and interesting.

What I Wore:

When I go to the beach, my absolute must-have is a ton of bikinis. I love mixing solids with solids and solids with prints from different brands. Some of my favorites for bikinis are Cotton On, Victoria’s Secret (now Pink), She In and Hollister (and Jolyn for suits that won’t budge). I don’t like wearing the same suit more than once a trip (I know, I’m a snob), so I love having variety in my suitcase. In addition to suits, I wear all different kinds of cover-ups and summery rompers and dresses that work at both the beach and a casual meal out. For sunglasses, I personally don’t love wearing nice/high-end glasses at the beach because I love spending time in the water and body surfing waves so I’m always paranoid that I’m going to lose a nice pair. I typically have a couple cheap pairs of Cotton On sunglasses that are perfect for the setting and look bomb in all those insta photos. For a more in-depth look, check out my summer beauty post (linked below)!

I always love a good beach getaway, and Phuket is the perfect destination for a stress-free and relaxing weekend away. Have you been to Phuket? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there? If you haven’t what’s your favorite beach getaway destination? Comment down below!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will talk to you soon!

Hotel:

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Restaurants:

Eat. Bar & Grill

Baan Rim Pa

Airline:

Scoot

Other:

My Summer Beauty Post

Life Through A Lens #18- Campus Life

Santa Monica beach views of the Georgian Hotel and beautiful palm trees.
A break from campus with a night out on the town. Emily Saliers concert at The Troubadour was amazing!
First meet of my collegiate career! I don’t know what was better, the experience or the view ❤
Views from the top of the Pepperdine campus.
Malibu at sunset is nothing less than breathtaking.
My beautiful campus part 1…
…and part 2…
…and finally part 3.
Cotton candy skies make any day better. Still can’t believe that I live here!

Life Through A Lens #10- Phuket

We’re back from our spring break beach vacation in Phuket. Here are some photos!

be be be be beachin’
no complaints here!
our hotel had a private beach enclosed between green hills
definition of lazy: me on this trip
tropical drinks part 1
amazing amazing dinner at EAT. restaurant and bar
no vacation is complete without a couple lush bath bombs
my favorite beach time activity
picture perfect resort
tropical drinks part 2
this view for 5 days;)
EAT. part 2–yes we went back!
tropical drinks part 3
the beautiful entrance to our hotel at sunset
happy hour with a view:)

Life Through A Lens #5- Southern Cal Adventures

the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am
the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am
the morning crowd- Newport Beach
the morning crowd- Newport Beach
the dock- Newport Beach
the dock- Newport Beach
I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach
I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach
the obligatory "I'm under the pier" picture- Newport Beach
the obligatory “I’m under the pier” picture- Newport Beach
nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach
nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach
picture perfect views- Newport Beach
picture perfect views- Newport Beach
world's best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport
world’s best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport
beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California
beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California
this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California
this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California
hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California
hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California
dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California
dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

Life Through A Lens #4- SoCal

Palm trees on palm trees on palm trees!- Oceanside Pier
Palm trees on palm trees on palm trees!- Oceanside Pier
The Boardwalk- Oceanside Beach
The Boardwalk- Oceanside Beach
Beautiful waves crashing on the beach- Oceanside Beach
Beautiful waves crashing on the beach- Oceanside Beach
Good old Cheesecake Factory lunch (mmmm!)- Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Good old Cheesecake Factory lunch (mmmm!)- Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Downtown Pasadena- 1pm, the most gorgeous time of the day
Downtown Pasadena- 1pm, the most gorgeous time of the day
First night back in beautiful Claremont- 6:45pm early June
First night back in beautiful Claremont- 6:45pm early June
Talk about shopping with a view!- Ontario Mills
Talk about shopping with a view!- Ontario Mills
Nothing better than sitting on a beach with a sun-kissed nose and sandy toes- Laguna Beach @ 11:30am
Nothing better than sitting on a beach with a sun-kissed nose and sandy toes- Laguna Beach @ 11:30am
God bless America for the best shopping malls, beaches and the prettiest flag- Fashion Island, Newport Beach
God bless America for the best shopping malls, beaches and the prettiest flag- Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Greek at the Beach

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Pizza Bar/Akropolis

After a fun day at the beach, everybody craves refreshing beverages and delicious finder foods. 2201 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach is home to a cute little Greek restaurant, Pizza Bar (previously Akropolis), which serves delicious Greek Pizza, small crunchy falafels and ice cold. My family and I stumbled upon the Akropolis last year after a day beach hopping, and went back this summer after another day at the beach.

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An Extensive Menu

Starting with drinks, my parents ordered the Akropolis signature ShockTop, beer with an orange tang, which was light and refreshing, while my sister and I ordered a simple lemonade, which was perfect after being out in the sun all day. With an extensive menu, it was difficult to limit ourselves to ordering only 4 dishes. We decided on an order of Calamari, Hummus and Pita Bread, a Greek Salad, and a Gyros Plate with Beef/Lamb and Falafel.

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Shock Top- Orange Beer

The Calamari cane out first and was a huge hit. Its light, spiced batter nicely coated the fresh squid; both the rings and the tentacles. It came with a delicious spicy honey mustard sauce to dip, which only made it better. On the side, it was served with a small Greek salad and thick-cut fries which were to die for. Lightly salted and fluffy in the middle, the fries were gone in a flash.

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Calamari and Thick-Cut Fries

The Greek Salad was served soon after that. Filled with fresh lettuce, Lebanese cucumbers, baby tomatoes, sweet red onions and crumbly feta with Greek vinaigrette, the salad was a light and refreshing pairing for the deep-fried calamari. The sweet onions added a nice crunch to the soft crumbly feta, which was fresh and not too salty. Overall, one of the best salads I’ve ever had.

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Greek Salad

The Hummus and Pita was yet another great dish. The hummus was filled with creamy chickpeas, paprika, garlic, parsley and olive oil. It left a smooth texture on your tongue and was delicious with the fluffy pita. Also served with a small side of Greek salad, the dish was devoured.

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Hummus and Pita

Last but not least was the Gyros Plate. This dish was the cap to a great meal. We ordered a Gyros plate with Beef, Lamb and Falafels, but also came with thick-cut fries, tatziki, pita, and a side of Greek salad. The Beef and Lamb mixture was just a tad caramelized and which enhanced the light flavor of the Greek spiced coating. A hard, crunchy mixture of breadcrumbs, spices and herbs coated the three big falafels’ smooth, fluffy inside. Alone, the falafels were bursting with flavors of parsley and Greek spices, but dowsing it with the fresh tatziki added another layer of flavor. The tatziki, made with julienned cucumber, paprika, parsley and fresh Greek yoghurt, went really well with the falafels, the beef/lamb and the thick-cut fries.

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Gyros Plate with Beef/Lamb and Falafels

Our meal at Akropolis/Pizza Bar was once again incredible. We walked out the doors satisfied and stuffed. Topped off with a gorgeous view of Balboa beach, it was a great meal. Akropolis/Pizza Bar is definitely a must-go for those spending the day at Newport or Balboa beach!