Wearing: 1/ Equipment shirt, Dior sunglasses, Topshop denim shorts, Asos sandals, Asos hat. 2/ Cos T Shirt (similar here), J Brand jeans, Seed espadrilles (similar here), Proenza Schouler bag. 3/ Asos off shoulder top, Topshop denim shorts, K.Jacques sandals. 4/ Eberyjey bikini. 5/ Asos strapless dress.
I first visited Phuket, Thailand in the very early stages of my blog, back in 2011. To be completely honest I experienced no connection with Phuket at the time, and decided to fly home early from Asia as a result. When Melissa and I were at Hong Kong Airport this past May after not being able to fly to our original destination of Hanoi, Vietnam (see this post for explanation of our VISA issues) we had to think fast for an alternative destination. Suddenly, Thailand sprang to mind. I had heard endless recommendations to visit Krabi in the past few years, and with Phuket being the easiest entry point I suddenly decided to give it another chance.
I’m extremely thankful for Cathay Pacific and their sister airline Dragonair for getting us on the alternative flights to Phuket within 3 hours, and for Cape Panwa for hosting our exhausted selves after arriving in the dead of the night. When we woke at sunrise we were able to see where our last minute decision had taken us, and it was paradise. The beautiful staff made me Pad Thai for breakfast (I love eating dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner) while we sat by the pool watching thunderstorms roll over the palm tree lined mountains. The smell of rain and the ocean had us sure we had made the right choice.
We spent the next few days exploring our enormous villa and hotel grounds, swimming, reading, doing yoga, taking photos, catching up on work and with each other. Cape Panwa took us out to explore nearby islands on their private boat one afternoon, and just as the sun started to set a pod of dolphins came swimming and playing beside us. Although I didn’t get out to explore Phuket town as I did years ago, having our beachside hideaway treat us so well as a restful introduction, and an access point to Thailand that made me so happy I came back.
Photos by Melissa Findley