Monday, 13 January 2014

SUN,SEA and SAND

If you're in need of relaxation I can not imagine a better way of recharging the mental battery than having a vacation on a tropical island to soak up some sun and get a refill on vitamin D for bone strength, lounging around the pool and enjoying the abundance of fruit in season, cleansing the mind and body all at once. Our destination is the Kalima Resort & Spa on the eastern side of Phuket island, away from the hustle and bustle of Patong beach, but close enough to hop onto a Moped or take a taxi to shuttle you into the humdrum of madness with hundreds of tourists and cruise passengers stalking the shops and malls, each on his own mission to find a treasure. Haggling is a way of life if you propose purchasing anything at the many street stores where virtually anything can be purchased. The general way to dress is very casual with flip flops and scketchers dominating the scene, no stilettos here girls! Comfort takes preference as even the winter temperatures never drop below 25 celsius. With so many options of beachwear and casual attire, one could easily travel without luggage and fill up your coffers with new finds here. You have to be mindful of the fact that nothing purporting to be of designer origin and sold on the street, is authentic. Designer copies are sold everywhere and most young girls sporting these so called labels, seem oblivious of it's origin, or perhaps they are just acutely obessed with branded goods. The food options are huge, with the dining venues varying from local street vendors, small cafe style eateries, franchise stores for those who are less concerned with user unfriendly artificial flavourants and additives, to sophisticated restaurants where the finest Thai food is served. Very few venues if any, are formal, and gladly accept patrons to be seated in very casual resort clothes. The country is known for it's high end spa venues, and with Kalima having it's own corner of heaven, I'm off to be be pampered from head to toe......