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Rainy-day resort retreat at Outrigger

It’s officially green season again, hotel occupancy and room rates are down. Those of us who call Phuket home certainly love good opportunities to enjoy the local, luxury offerings favoured by guests from all corners of the globe.

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By Steven Layne

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 07:00PM


Looking to bring in some more local clientele to keep their joyful staff busy this rainy season, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort invited my family and me for a day and night. 

Located on a picturesque lagoon bank in Laguna, near Bang Tao Beach, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort certainly lived up to its reputation as a luxurious, familyfriendly
seaside tropical haven – and I say this confidently despite the rainy weather keeping us mostly indoors for the stay.

We were pleased to get booked into royally-spacious quarters affording views of both the lagoon and the beach, literally a stone’s throw away from our window, which, when left open, invited a soothing symphony of crashing waves, conducive for a much-needed nap in between holiday feasting.

If you’re looking to keep fit, Outrigger has it covered with plenty of rainy and sunny day recreational activities for the whole family. The list of options is overwhelming – yoga, pilates, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, SUPing, Thai boxing, cooking, Tai Chi, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, and then some... Many of the activities are free for guests, and also available as part of a day pass (see end info).

Indeed, there was so much we could have, would have, should have done, but our room was just too comfortable to leave, other than for meals of course (though if you really intend on being a hermit, there’s in-room dining service available!).

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We did manage to make it to the postcard-worthy swimming pool, where my 10-year-old was exhilarated to have a few rounds on the 55-metre water slide, while my 6-year-old nephew splashed about in the shallow end, oblivious to the incoming storm. Certainly no complaints about the seafood buffet dinner, which though is typically held at their beach-side restaurant, Edgewater, due to the rain during our stay, dinner was moved to Locavore, where we were charmed by the pleasant tunes of the jazz piano-singer duo, accompanying a fine meal, which highlights included rock lobster, grilled jumbo shrimp, smoked salmon and a delectable dessert menu...

Another key selling point to note this season is the formal launch of The Voyager47, an exclusive lagoonside ‘Club Lounge’ for guests staying in Club Rooms, One-Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Villas, facilitating a variety of privileges, including personalised guest reception and check-in, breakfast buffet, daily snacks, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages all day and evening cocktails and chef’s tasting menu, as well as special rates at the nearby Angsana Spa.

The final highlight of our stay was Sunday Brunch at Metzo’s. After indulging in generous servings of hummus, moutabal, mouhamara, labneh, falafel, fatouch and other timeless mouthwatering treats, I can honestly say I struggled to make room for the main course, a grilled seafood platter
which I opted to share with my wife. (The tapas alone were really filling, and I’m a big eater!)

Expats needing their own escape from Phuket, without actually leaving the island, should consider signing up for Outrigger’s Lifestyle Membership Card, which is free and offers members a 20 per cent discount on accommodation for friends and family, as well as all food and beverage at Locavore, Icon Terrace and Lounge, Metzo’s and Edgewater, and deals on other resort activities including the Pool Day Pass for only B500 (adults) and B350 (kids) from the normal price of B1,200 and B600, respectively.

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is located at 323 Moo 2, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay, Thalang, Bang Tao Beach. For more information, call 076 360 600; or email reservation. phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th and at lifestyle@outrigger.co.th or visit www.outriggerthailand.com/lifestyle

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