Hubby and I are looking to spend our 2nd wedding anniversary abroad and are keen to visit Phuket. We're looking at doing 10-nights in August and I've started thinking about whether to break it up to 5-night stays in two different locations.
We definitely know we want to do Patong; and at the moment I've been looking at the Merlin Beach Resort, but I'm keen for any alternative suggestions.
Not sure where else to spend the other 5-nights. I was thinking Karon but then not knowing the area, I don't know if it's going to feel like we've just shuffled down the road or if it will feel like another place entirely.
Activity wise - we like the idea of doing a day trip or two out to the islands, and maybe a cooking class, but we also enjoy just lazing around so like the idea of pools, spas, swim-up bars etc.
We prefer not to get stuck in places that are heavily infested with small children (our honeymoon in Fiji felt like we were at a 5-stay daycare centre instead of a resort..)
Budget wise, we'd prefer not to spend more than say $1,500AUD (roughly 45,000THB) on accommodation. As it stands, if we go with the Merlin Beach Resort for 5-nights it's looking at around 20,000-25,000THB.
Just looking for any suggestions, searching through hotels for the Phuket area in general and then trying to narrow down to Patong, Karon, Kata, etc is just a little overwhelming and it's hard to really nail it down.