As much as we loved Koh Phi Phi, we eventually had to say goodbye and go back to Phuket for one last night before flying back to Australia. We didn’t like Patong, where everyone had told us to stay, and we just wanted a really nice place to continue our relaxing journey. I’d come across a few places through various websites and we found The Surin on Surin beach looked amazing. We couldn’t wait to arrive and just lay back and take in all its glory!
After a two hour boat ride from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket, we were whisked away by a very luxurious taxi along winding roads and past all the tourist spots to our resort. Tucked away in the jungle was our little getaway just waiting for us to relax. We were greeted by a few of the hotel staff and welcomed with flower bracelets and local juices. The staff gave us a run through of the facilities and explained that the pool was currently undergoing renovations. Though it didn’t matter to us, they apologized profusely and gave us a room upgrade, complimentary Thai massages at the spa, and a four course Thai dinner for two at their restaurant. We were already off to a great start!
Since we arrived a bit early, our room was not ready yet and we decided to walk around the main area and see what this place had to offer! We first stumbled upon the library which offered an amazing view and a wide selection of books to thumb through. The space was open and inviting, and of course, fully air conditioned.
We then decided to head downstairs to the Sunset Café to have some lunch while we waited for our room. The wait staff was unbelievably amazing and took very good care of us. We were offered delicious complimentary bread with a divine olive pate and some oil.
We proceeded to order an appetizer of delicious chicken satay skewers served with a great peanut sauce and small onion salad, all topped with cilantro.
And for our meal we ordered a delicious pizza topped with eggplant and gorgonzola cheese with a thin crispy crust.
After we ate it was time to check in really quickly before our massage appointment! We were escorted down an elevated walkway through the jungle to our little hillside cottage. Every cottage has a little patio with lounge chairs to relax and take in the views of the ocean and it was absolutely breathtaking.
We then walked into our room and were speechless. This 32 square meter cottage had everything! A big, comfortable bed, a little lounge area to gaze at the sunset, a massive bathroom complete with rainshower shower head, and of course, air conditioning! It was the cutest and most beautiful room I’ve ever been in. The staff was incredibly accommodating and brought our luggage and even a few snacks throughout the day. We honestly never wanted to leave our little cottage!
We were then again whisked away to our massage appointment by a little golf cart. Up the hills and into the jungle we went to the most tranquil and quiet place at the resort. We were greeted by two lovely ladies who gave us more juice and walked us through the massage process. Then we went to our own private room and received and hour of deep Thai massage that may hurt at times but in a good way!
After our massages, we wanted to continue our relaxation process and made our way down to their private beach. Complete with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and tropical palm trees, I couldn’t believe that I found heaven. Though the day was a bit cloudy, it didn’t ruin our beach experience at all. The waves were small and enjoyable, and the chairs very comfortable. Who needs a pool when you have a private beach waiting to be lounged on!
We relaxed until the gorgeous sunset and then made our way back to our little cottage to get ready for dinner, which I was so excited about. I had previewed the menu earlier in the day and was so ready to try the incredible selection of food they had to offer, most of which we hadn’t tried during our month in Thailand as this was a bit more traditional. The restaurant was big and open and offered views and sounds of the sea.
We started out with the appetizers which go from left to right: Yum Tua Ploo, spicy wing bean salad with seafood; Laab Gai, spicy salad of minced chicken with toasted and ground rice in lime vinaigrette; and normally it would be Goong Sarong which is crispy shrimp wrapped in vermicelli but because I’m allergic to shrimp I got a spring roll (they were so accommodating to my allergy for this set degustation menu and I am so grateful for that!).
We then moved on to the soup which was supposed to be Tom Yum Goong but I ended up getting a Tom Yum Gai which is with chicken. This is basically a hot and sour soup with mushrooms, shallots, and lemongrass with a roasted chili paste and either chicken or shrimp. It has a bit of a kick which I love!
Next we move on to the mains and they almost killed us there was so much food! The Goong/Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang-Hinmpan which was sauteéd shrimp (or chicken in our case) with cashew nuts and dry chilli. Not too spicy but really juicy and delicious. I loved the cashews to add a nice crunch to the dish.
Then we moved onto the Gaeng Phed Ped Yang which was my favorite dish of the night! It was a red curry with roasted duck, cherry tomato and pineapple to give it a nice sweet bite. This curry was so flavorful that I wanted to eat the whole thing alone, which I almost did!
There was also the Pla Sam Rod which was a deep fried sea bass fillet with three flavor sauce. This was Dan’s favorite dish because the sauce was sweet and sour and he loves that. I, however, am not a huge fan of that but this fish was actually pretty good.
Last, but not least, the healthiest part of our meal was the Phad Pak Ruam which was fried mixed veggies in oyster sauce. Despite how simple it was there was so much flavor in this side dish and I really liked it.
To top it all off, and almost die from stuffing ourselves, we had a really delicious and traditional Thai dessert, Kloy Tod Kab Aisa Khrim Kathi. This was deep fried bananas and coconut ice cream which was the best way to end a delicious night of Thai degustation.
We managed to roll away from the restaurant and plopped down on our comfy bed for a well deserved night of rest after the most relaxing day ever. We had to be up very early the next morning to catch our flight to Bangkok but there was still one thing left for us…the buffet breakfast! Now usually hotel breakfasts are bleh and no one gets excited about it but this breakfast was so on point I can’t even begin to describe it. I didn’t manage to get a picture of it because it was 6:30 in the morning but there were just endless tables of meats, cheeses (which is really hard to come by in Asia), bacon, cereals, omelette and waffle stations, juices, and more! It was all so delicious it was hard to look at it without getting full.
Sadly, right as we finished our breakfast our taxi came and took us to the airport. I won’t lie, I shed a tear as we were pulling out of paradise and I will never forget the amazing night that we spent at this resort. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Phuket if you want to relax and stay away from all of the touristy areas!