We stayed on Bo Phut beach in the north of the island, in the Anantara resort which really deserves its 5-star rating... The hotel has great facilities, and we were particularly impressed with its beautifully decorated library and garden pavillions. They have several restaurants, including a great Italian restaurant with probably the best desserts on the island...
The resort is designed with a monkey theme, and you see nice touches everywhere. In addition, the Anantara resort supports a elephant sanctuary in the north of Thailand (they charge $1 extra per night as donation to the sanctuary), which is another good reason to stay at one of their resorts.
Our room was on the third floor and our balcony was right in the canopy of the trees. We could see the squirls and birds in the morning - a good start of the day!
We spent our days lazing on the beach, swimming, working on our tan, and getting Thai massages - yes, it's a tough life!
Bo Phut beach is much more laidback than the popular beaches of Chaweng and Lamai (where we stayed previously). We rented a motorbike to go back to Chaweng and Lamai. Not much has changed in the last couple of years, and it was good to be back there.
All in all, it was a great weekend break, and definitely something to be repeated!
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