Pictured: Beach Heights Resort
Growing up, my grandparents would ask my cousins and I, “if you could go anywhere this summer, where would it be?” I remember yelling in unison with my cousins Sam, Andrew, Claire and Rachael, “DISNEY WORLD!” So summer 2000, my grandparents took us on a road trip from east Texas to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The following summer, my grandparents asked us the same question, except it was my British cousins’ turn to pick and their answer – Phuket! My thirteen year old self was so confused. I had never heard of Phuket (and I was really pulling for the American Girl Museum in Chicago), but it was their turn to pick, so I could not disagree. Unfortunately, I was not included in their Phuket trip, but the memory always stuck with me. So here I am fourteen years later, and I have finally made it to Phuket, and what a dream it has been! Especially since Ryan and I were invited to spend our time at the Beach Heights Resort at Kata Beach. As you can see from the photos below, the Beach Heights Resort is jam packed with vibrant colors, textures, prints and charm!
Checking into the Beach Heights Resort was a breeze, literally. The large open air lobby provided a reprieve from the Thai humidity, and once checked in, we were driven in a golf cart to our room (what a luxury!). Once settled into the room, we checked out the beautiful cafe on the property. An American-style continental breakfast is served in the morning, plus a fruit selection that would put any American hotel to shame!
We stayed in a second floor room over looking one of the many pools on the resort property and I must say, the bed is so comfortable! After staying many nights in hostel beds that were so hard, it was so refreshing to sleep in a comfortable bed. You cannot put a price tag on a refreshing night’s sleep and that is exactly what we got.
The Beach Heights Resort is about a 10 minute walk from Kata Beach and on the same street as two of our favorite restaurants in Kata Beach. The resort is also about a 20 minute walk from Karon Beach, another low key beach to spend your day.
1. Red Snapper (Japanese and Italian…I know a random combo but so delicious) – try their spaghetti carbonara
2. Sugar and Spice (authentic Thai) – do not miss their spicy coconut yellow curry
3. Red Duck (authentic Thai) – amazing pad thai
THINGS TO DO:
1. Rent mopeds for the day – typically it is about 200 BHT/day and you leave your passport with the rental agency
2. Visit the Big Buddha – by taxi or moped
3. Visit the night market – Open Mondays and Thursdays
4. Two Sea Tour – Visit James Bond Island with the best tour group in Phuket! Will elaborate later this week
5. Oriental Spa & Massage – you cannot go to Thailand and not get a massage
Overall, I have read several blog/travel reviews that have not been the most favorable to Phuket and honestly, in terms of the beaches, I completely agree. The Kata and Karon Beaches are not the most beautiful that I have seen in Thailand. However, if you are coming to Thailand for a place to affordably relax in luxury, enjoy resort facilities but still be close to authentic Thai culture, Kata beach is your answer.
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*thank you to the Beach Heights for hosting us while in Phuket.