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Em Rusciano on her favourite holiday ever. And we're not jealous. Not. At. All.

Late last year I was asked if I wanted to take a brief trip to Thailand to stay in a glorious resort and be treated like the princess I am in my mind.

I said yes and then packed, six weeks early.

The day finally arrived and my best friend Lyndon and I found ourselves on a Thai airways purple and yellow themed jet plane. Here we are looking extremely relaxed, that is largely due to the fake tan regime we had been on in the lead up to prepare for the amount of time we were planning on spending by the pool.

Poolside cocktails, choice eats and sneaky bikini shot.

We arrived in Phuket and were created by our diver, the humidity was incredible! I’m a sweaty person as it is so I just embraced the weather straight away and vowed not to wear tray for my entire stay.

Lyndon and I arrived at Kamala Beach resort (a Sunprime resort) which we discovered was literally ON Kamala beach with direct access the warm crystal blue waters. We were shown to our rooms and they were HUGE! He and I were very keen to get out by the pool, have I mentioned the pool yet or should I say pools?! There were 4 of them, pristine and there were also some swim up bars involved.

Hands up for Thailand!

I LOVE the concept of the swim up bar, needless to say we utilised it heavily and by the end of the 3 days the staff knew our names and our “usual” cocktails. The daiquiris were $5 you guys, you understand it would have been rude not to drink them.

We’d be smiling too.

The resort is only 12kms from busy Patong aka SHOPPING. We got on the shuttle bus provided by the resort and headed in. Patong beach transforms into a chaotic, noisy, colourful night bazaar every evening. Stalls line the streets selling silk scarves, leather goods, sunglasses, computer games pretty much anything you can think of.

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If you’d rather not go the haggling route there is an upmarket HUGE shopping complex called Jungceylon shopping mall. The 200-plus other stores in this shopping  heaven but it is also a great entertainment centre with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day.

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Patong bargaining at its best.

We shopped long and we shopped hard, my advice when in Patong is to remember to bargain however you should also keep it light. It is easy to get caught up and realise with the exchange rate between the dollar and the bah that you are haggling over $1!

“Good morning price for you, good morning price for me” was said many times with a smile in our time at the Patong beach bazaar!

Starting the day off right with watermelon and notes.

Did I mention that our resort was adults only! No-one under the age of 15 is allowed to check in, I love my children however I love this concept as well. Want to travel with friends who have kids? No worries! Right next door is the Kamala Beach Sunwing resort that caters specifically for families! I had a tour of it and I can tell you that they’ve thought of everything, the kids won’t have time to annoy you or be bored.

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The food was OUTSTANDING with special mentions going to the Prime kitchen by the pool. They had themed buffet nights that blew out minds. It was all so delicious and fresh, we ate far more then necessary.

But what will everyone else eat?

The whole vibe about the place is relaxing, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I recommend you grab a friend or your other half and give yourself a few days there.

I’ll be going back, I think I am going to make it a yearly gift to myself.

What was your best-ever holiday? 

The author stayed at Kamala Beach resort (A Sunprime Resort) in Phuket for the purposes of this review. If you are interested in accommodation for a leisurely escape in Phuket you can book online here.

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