Friday, January 4, 2013

Phuket Adventures: The Marriott in Mai Kao

In early December, we took a week's vacation to Phuket, Thailand. I know what you're thinking, "why on earth would they need a vacation with all those public holidays?" Anyway ...

We flew direct to Phuket from Abu Dhabi on Air Berlin and stayed at the Marriott Beach Club in Mai Kao, which is about a 20 min drive from airport. The place is gorgeous! A huge resort, but the way they've tucked things into the massive tropical gardens makes it seem much more cozy and small than it really is. Here are a few pics of the resort and our stay.

Our first evening, we hung out (pun intended) in one of the bars overlooking a beautiful pool. The service was amazing and we got our first taste of Thai hospitality.
This is the lobby area. It was a bit weird to see the Christmas trees in the 90 degree heat and humidity, but it was nice to be reminded that it was the holiday season.
One of the three pools on the resort grounds. It figures that the two days we spent at the pool were overcast and a bit rainy. Still a relaxing great time, but we didn't come back with any tan, that's for sure!
One of the gorgeous sunny days walking around the resort gardens.
A view from the lobby looking out toward the beach area. 
Part of the beach area. We had hoped to go out on one of the hobie cats, but never got around to it. Maybe next time.
Can you see the baby elephant? He was hanging around the beach areas most days with his handler. You could go up and pet him and feed him fruit and get your photo taken - probably for a small fee, we didn't try so I'm not really sure what the deal was.
Another part of the resort - did I mention the place is HUGE?
We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa that included daily cleaning service. These little towel creatures greeted us when we came back to the room on most days. This one is a sea turtle that was on our bed.
A seashell on the edge of our jacuzzi tub.
And the elephant family. The momma elephant was there when we arrived and she was joined by the baby the next day. Such a cute touch.

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