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Robe Report: Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon

2Mag escapes rainy Bangkok for a weekend in Phuket.

July 11, 2017
Robe & Room:
Sitting on the room’s balcony daybed in a Pullman Phuket robe and slippers, it’s easy to enjoy the ocean view with a glimpse of Naithon beach to the south. The robe, dark grey with dark blue details, doesn’t look like much at first—it’s neither plush nor fluffy as one might hope—but this sturdy cotton robe is exactly what you need: perfect to protect you from hot and humid seaside breezes, it’s actually an ideal all-around beach resort robe with its soft yet denim-like exterior and nice, smooth against your skin interior.

While we always advise wearing something beneath your robe when exploring beyond your room, thanks to its lack of fluff and dark tone, this robe can be worn as an accompaniment for various excursions, including jaunts to the float pool or the Dhatri Spa, just as you would wear a kimono. Back at the room, it’s great for keeping you cozy from the sea-salt spray of the pounding surf below the balcony of the ocean-facing rooms, which are great for those who love to listen the the waves lull them to sleep.
On cooler winter nights, the balcony can be kept semi-open with sliding screen doors keeping mosquitoes at bay. The effortlessly sleek rooms also feature “jungle” showers (separated by glass from the great outdoors) and bathtubs, not to mention ginormous, not-too-hard and not-too-soft beds. Beside the robe, you’ll also find a wicked/weaved beach bag, pre-stocked with beach towels, which is quite handy if you’ve forgotten to pack your own.  

Food & Drink 
Aside from the robe, a litmus test for any fine resort is the quality of their club sandwich, and the Pullman Arcadia Club Sandwich with sourdough and creamy brie cheese makes this classic both tasty and presentable. The accompanying crescent-shaped chips were fried to perfection but the bacon was unfortunately fatty and crisp-less—unlike the ultra-crispy breakfast bacon. Speaking of breakfast, this is a buffet not to be missed, including not only a pancake station but also a mix-your-own Bloody Mary bar: a great addition to a vast breakfast buffet.
We have to confess that we might be biased about the rest of the dining experiences, as we were invited to a five-course dinner to celebrate the launch of Pullman’s new art initiative, Artist Playground: that said, Restaurant Vero, the in-house Italian restaurant, definitely deserves a visit.

With the weather so fickle this time of year, we were curious what General Manager Brett Wilson’s favorite drink would be on the first sunny day after a week of rain: “Definitely a mojito with Fine de Claire oysters,” which sounds delicious might we add. Such tapas and other treats are available at the pool, pool/bar, and lounge bar areas, as well as the poolside patio and dining room at Elements Restaurant.
Activities & Attractions:

- There seemed to be a lot going on here at Pullman: we were only adventurous enough to discover the walking path from the hotel down to the public beach where surfboards and bodyboards are available to rent. Note that the waves are best at high tide and swimmers should stay between the lifeguard flags.

- A visit to the Dhatri Spa, which has great massage therapists and an interesting selection of treatments, is a must! Thirapan Bella Naroongkool, Pullman Marketing & Communication Executive, highly recommends the Red Wine Body Treatment, and so do we. For men, she suggests trying the bamboo body scrub.

- If you’re planning a trip to the Chalong Bay Distillery, expect to stay two or three hours at least—excluding the hour-long taxi ride. Great tapas-style lunch, a wonderful staff, and of course, great rum! For rainy days, sign up for a cocktail mixing class.

- Check the recently-launched Artist Playground, Pullman’s new art initiative, inviting international artists and designers to freely create an exclusive collection of artworks that are then put on display in the hotel. The first rendition features work by Oliver Schibli, a Swiss artist whose collection, “Faces of Siam”, is on display until September/October 2017.

- We don’t have kids, but we were impressed by the kids’ club: it looked really cool and it offers daily activities including numerous artistic and cultural ones. We imagine you almost wouldn’t have to see your kids for the whole week and they would be happy with that decision too.
 
Tips & Tricks:

- Definitely get a room with an ocean view; it makes all the difference! If you are with a big group, such as your family, opt for a villa near the Float Pool.

- Make sure to venture up to the Float Pool. Get there early to get a floating beanbag chair: you will thank us for this tip.

- The lower pool bar closes at an early 5pm for food and drinks, but the lounge bar by the reception offers smallers bites, cocktails, and live music beginning at that time.

- Don’t miss out on taking a ride in the car without any doors. Great breeze and you don’t have to brave the steep hills.

- Don’t forget to pack your sunblock!


Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
22/2 Moo 4 Tambon Saku, Amphur Talang, 83110 Phuket, Thailand
www.pullmanphuketarcadia.com