Phuket Challenge: My Arrival at Paresa at Sirin Beach

I arrived at the hotel well past midnight. I was happy to see a bottle of white wine on ice and a basket a fruit awaiting my arrival. A couple of glasses of wine later, I was off to bed. Oh, what a comfortable room to fall quickly asleep in! As usual when staying at …

Phuket Challenge: How Not to Gain Weight at Five Star Resorts

Despite my sincerest efforts not to overindulge when I travel – I go easy on the breakfast buffets and avoid desserts with a vengeance – I always seem to put on weight when I am away from home. And as anyone with weight management issues will tell, it goes on a whole lot easier when …

Phuket Challenge: Is It Possible to Stay at Five Star Resorts and Not Gain Weight?

 Michael Taylor is flying to Phuket in Southern Thailand, where he will spend eight nights at (mostly) five star hotels and resorts.There will be one exception. Just to keep his feet on the ground, he will stay at one hotel that is targeted at the mass market for two nights during that stay. Is it …

Luxurious New Resort Opens in Phuket

A luxurious new retreat has opened along Phuket's tony Millionaires Mile. The Andara Resort & Villas Phuket, owned by Hong Kong-based restaurateur Allan Zeman, is nestled amid the hills overlooking Kamala Beach on the island's Western shore. It affords stunning views of the Andaman Sea. There are 37 residential suites and 26 pool villas. Measuring …