As many of my friends know, I love Thailand and so many of it’s glorious islands – just not super touristy Phuket which is the largest one. As we had 3 free nights at a Marriott resort expiring, it made sense to give Phuket Marriott Nai Yang Resort and Spa a chance to prove me wrong – especially since we have not yet explored this pocket of Phuket. Located a few miles from the airport my expectations were reasonably quite low….
Driving from Phuket airport on the north west end of the island we started to wind south through the verdant coastal jungle forest of Sirinat National Park. Arriving at a secluded cove of Nai Yang Beach I was gobsmacked. Before me was a huge cove with the softest white sand expanding as far as the eyes can see with clear turquoise water as warm as a bathtub. How can this beauty be in Phuket and within 3 miles of the airport?! I was definitely proven wrong.
This resort is set in a large private sheltered bay surrounded by the trees of the park. Even though we were told that the hotel was at 97% occupancy during our stay, the cove seemed empty. It was absolutely delightful to frolic and lounge in the crystal clear water with no one in sight. I felt like I was in Bora Bora – the water was that beautiful, warm and clean.
Walking north on the beach we found many cute cafe’s and villages with good restaurants, shops and massage places. We really enjoyed the ambiance and food at Mama Nang Restaurant. Located right on the beach, the cooks customized a few dishes to suit my vegan diet. Their spring rolls were amazing!
Just a bit past the Nai Yang Village, is the airport which is located right on the beach. Crowds gather on the sand to watch the sunset and planes take off and land above their heads. Quite a sight.
The cove of Nai Yang is truly spectacular and is now one of my personal top 5 beaches in the world – it is that good! So good that we are coming back for 2 weeks next January.