Phuket Challenge: Arrival at Paresa

I departed from Hong Kong International Airport on a Friday evening. My arrival in Phuket was delayed by nearly one hour because of heavy traffic. Oh, what a long and tedious flight . . . Nobody bothered to make an announcement about the delay. But it explains why – just as we were expecting to …

Phuket Challenge: My Adventure Begins

I departed from Hong Kong International Airport on a Friday evening. My arrival in Phuket was delayed by nearly one hour because of heavy traffic. Oh, what a long and tedious flight . . . Nobody bothered to make an announcement about the delay. But it explains why – just as we were expecting to …

Phuket Challenge: Is It Possible to Spend Eight Days at Luxury 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 …

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 …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Four and Five

I fell into a comfortable routine. I would awake early, stroll over the the Love Cafe, and partake of a healthful breakfast. Because I overextended myself during a hot yoga session on my third day, I had to give up yoga, but I continued with my daily laps for the rest of my stay. Following …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day One

I woke up earlier than expected. After showering and shaving, I headed to the Yoga Centre, where I took part in Pranayama, or meditation, yoga for 30 minutes. I had my first detox drink while waiting for a consultation with a wellness consultant, who conducted a kinesiology priority check, took my blood pressure, and measured …