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NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

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NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

As SPG members we just received an email about the new SPG Naka Island hotel (I have read from previous psosts it took over the Six Senses resort) and their Nov opening specials running until March 2012. We are planning a trip in March and we had scratched Phuket off our list because we had heard it was extremely touristy and we want a little more low key, but not TOO low key. Is Naka Island TOO low key and remote? Does it get you out of the touristy hotel after hotel area? We arent exactly laying on the beach all day kind of people and wanted a nice mix between activities and some low key. Any input on staying on the island is much appreciated!

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1. Re: NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

Seems like Naka is a very quiet island with not much going on apart from some luxury, high end resorts. You might think about Khao Lak which is 75 minutes drive north of Phuket, much more low key than Phuket, but with plenty to do, restaurants and accommodation choices.

Here's the write up on Naka Island from AsiaWeb Direct's website:

Naka Yai features only one small village on its west side, but in a very short space of time, the island is changing from a fishing village into a fairly exclusive resort location.

Most of Naka Yai's beaches are broad and sandy, and along its eastern shores the views out across Phang Nga Bay are simply breathtaking. The longest beach on the east side has chairs and umbrellas for rent, plus a small snack counter. It fills up in the afternoons with daytrippers.

There's not much to do on Naka Yai except swim, sunbathe and take strolls along the beach. It's recommended to bring your own food if you're planning to stay the day.

Naka Noi is known as the 'Pearl Island', as it's a site where rare South Sea pearls are cultivated. Any trip to Naka Noi will inevitably include a tour of the pearl farm - a good chance to see how these luminous beads are developed and extracted.

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2. Re: NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

Thank you this is most helpful and tells me that Naka is not for us. I appreciate the rec. for Khao Lak and will look into that area. We will likely be in Chang Mai and I am looking at the non-stop flights to Phuket from CM without connecting in Bangkok.

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3. Re: NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

Thai Airways now run direct flights in both directions.

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4. Re: NEW SPG hotel at Naka Island and questions about Naka Island

AirAsia also.

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