Wow, did we pick this one right! After traveling for five weeks in Bangkok, Delhi, McLeod Ganj and Kathmandu, and staying in hotels that we just felt ripped off in, this place is a slice of paradise, with the most wonderful, gracious and caring hosts one could ask for.
We were picked up at the airport (12:30 at night!), by our driver Mr. Sukan, after a long day of travel from Kathmandu, and taken through the dark streets of sleepy Phuket (the drive is about 30/35 minutes from airport), and once at Rising Sun, we were greeted at our villa by Khun Wipa who made us feel so welcomed.
Since we were staying for 12 days, we chose the package deal, and we were so happy that we did.
In the morning, we realized what a gem we found ourselves in. A beautiful property, immaculately landscaped, with beautiful three bedroom and one bedroom villas nestled throughout the hillside.
We stayed in one of the one-bedroom villas that opens onto an exquisite pool, with a delicious fresh fruit breakfast prepared every morning for us (from a selection of different types of breakfasts: American, Asian or yoghurt and fresh fruit with croissant) and fresh coffee made with a Secco espresso machine.
The Welcome Massage, part of the package, was actually one of the best that we had during our stay on Phuket, so good in fact that we requested the same masseuses at our villa for another massage.
The Rising Sun Residence offers a cooking class, and although we did not choose to do it this time, we did have dinner at Wipa’s Thai Cuisine, and found the food to be sublime and beautifully prepared, the dishes chosen for us personally by Wipa and prepared by her chef, which she based on our previous stated preferences when looking for restaurants.
This area of Phuket, above Chalong Bay, has very special qualities that lend itself to a peaceful, restorative vacation. Most of the beaches on Phuket are crowded, with tourists crammed into the rented chairs under umbrellas, although we did find a beach that was not very crowded and had great oceanside fast food restaurants.
We preferred to stay away from the crowds at Patong, Kata Beach, etc., and this place is perfect. Mr. Sukan, our driver, was very professional, safe, conscientious and friendly, and available when we wanted to sightsee, go to the beach or go to dinner.
The owners, Khun Meetee and Khun Wipa, made us feel as though we were home. A place we plan to return to again and again.
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- Also Known As:
- Rising Sun Residence Hotel Chalong
- Rising Sun Residence Phuket/Chalong, Thailand