Phuket by Sam & Drew | Exploring 3 of Phuket’s Most Luxury Gay Friendly Hotels

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Follow Sam and Drew as they explore the luxury side of Phuket visiting three incredible 5-star hotels.

sammcdougall & drewelphick spend six nights in Phuket visit three unique hotels showcasing the different parts of the island. They started in Patong, the island’s party hub and key beachfront city. Patong offers a mix of city attractions, great restaurants, nightlife including some popular gay clubs and nearly 3km’s of white fine sand. The second stop takes them to Mai Khao Beach on the northwest coast of Phuket. This peaceful beach stretches 11km and is undeveloped except for a handful of luxury resorts. Their final destination is the island of Naka Yai, a short 10-minute boat from Phuket. The island is home to just one exclusive resort. Sam tells us more about his time in Phuket below.

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PATONG, PHUKET’S PARTY TOWN

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Millennium Resort Patong Phuket

Millennium Patong Phuket was the first stop of my Thailand getaway, and I couldn’t have asked for a better start. My flight got in late and we arrived at around midnight to check-in, thats when the friendly team at Millennium showed us to our beautiful room which they had upgraded to have private pool access. Millennium is perfectly located in Patong which allowed for a short walk to the beach, the best shopping and also the famous Bangla Road. On top of it’s great location, the resort itself had an amazing pool (with bar!) and gym facilities we used every day, and the buffet breakfast was also a highlight.

Staying at the Millenium as a gay guest, we felt more than welcomed and comfortable. By the end of the stay, all the staff knew us by name and were giving us advice on what to do, including making dinner reservations with the best seats in the house at Joe’s Downunder, a must do for a good meal and best view of the sunsets. Honestly, the highlight of our stay was seeing how excited the team at Millenium were that we were enjoying ourselves so much.

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    QUIET LUX AT MAI KHAO BEACH

    Renaissance Luxury Gay Friendly Resort Phuket
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    Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

    The Renaissance Phuket was the second stop on our Thailand trip, and it did not disappoint. The Renaissance is away from the hustle and bustle in the Thalang District and is only 20 mins from Phuket Airport. From the moment you arrive into the property at Renaissance we were blown away at how beautiful it was. Located right on the beach (stunning white sands and crystal blue water which we basically had to ourselves), we spent our time here doing nothing (literally nothing) but relaxing. The location down by the waterfront right next to the amazing pool is a must for afternoon drinks (try the berry margaritas!) as well as the most beautiful buffet breakfast you could ask for, situated on a big deck over a pond where you could easily sit for hours and just keep eating.

    To top of the stay at the Renaissance, the staff were kind enough to upgrade us to a private villa which had its own private pool which our bedroom opened up to, and to be honest we spent a lot of our time relaxing here. I would also highly recommend visiting the spa (you will understand when you see it – it’s incredible) and taking advantage of the free activities that the hotel hosts every day (we did Thai boxing each morning with a trainer which we loved!). Overall, Renaissance get’s a 5 star rating, a must do if you truely want to relax and be pampered.

    The Renaissance Phuket were more than accommodating and some of the kindest people in Thailand. The privacy and luxuriousness are second to none, and the activities on offer each day (boxing, fitness, stand-up paddle-boarding etc) were really fun and a good way to break up your day of doing nothing but relaxing.

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      HONEYMOON VIBES AT NAKA YAI ISLAND

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      The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket

      The Naka Island was one of the great highlights of this trip. A short 10 minute boat ride off the mainland, we arrived to Naka on the jetty where we were welcomed to island by ringing a gong (a tradition on the island when arriving) and greeted by the most beautiful staff. We were driven around the resort and shown all the facilities, and then taken to our villa. When we opened the doors and were shown into our villa my mouth literally dropped. I have stayed in some nice places in my time, but nothing had compared to this. The trip turned from a holiday to what felt more like a honeymoon. Words won’t describe how beautiful the villa was and how luxurious we felt. We decided to stay an additional night at the Naka because we literally just did not want to leave.

      We would start each day with a run around the island, exploring the jungle, the beaches and the small town in the centre, we’d would take advantage of the amazing buffet breakfast (get the pancakes, trust me) and then either lay by our private pool or wander down to the main pool. One morning we were lucky enough to be served a floating champagne breakfast in our own villa pool which was incredible (see the pictures for proof!), and we also took advantage of the hotels activities including Thai boxing, the gym, Thai language classes and also canoeing through the mangroves (a must do!). The staff also arranged for day boat trip to a few of the surrounding islands, including the famous James Bond Island which is another must-see (especially just before sunset).

      Overall, words can’t describe how amazing the Naka Island stay was. We will definitely be back. And for anyone looking at an overseas wedding, or honeymoon spot …. Naka Island is it!

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        Bachelor of the Week | Yok, Phuket

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        Yok used lived in many cities around Asia (Singapore, Ho Chi Minh & Shanghai). He has settled, for now, in Phuket. He is a real expert in all little corner of small islands and up to find the best secret non-touristy spots around Phuket. Be ready to follow him and his buddy, Tin Tin, to all their adventures. Ready?
        “My way of life is simple, listen to my heart & I follow my passion. I know by heart I would live happily here in Phuket. I started to “live” the life I want to live and it’s been 6 years now. I build & run a couple of my own businesses following my passion & hobbies (wake boarding & rock climbing).”

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        BASIC

        1. Living in?

        PHUKET

        2. From?

        Thailand

        3. Profession?

        ENTREPRENEUR

         

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        ABOUT

        4. Three apps which you are addicted to?

        WHATSAPP, BLUEMAIL
        & INSTAGRAM

        5. Favorite part of your body?

        MY FINGERS – I CAN ACTUALLY DO PULL-UP WITH TWO FINGERS – PART OF MY ROCK CLIMBING TRAINING

        6. Which part of a hot guy catches your eye the most?

        His EYEs

         

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        LUST

        7. Three things which will get you into bed?

        1. A MINUTE PASS MIDNIGHT
        2. A MINUTE OF SCROLLING THROUGH FACEBOOK FEED
        3. A BOTTLE OF RED WINE

        8. Your weirdest turn on?

        BEING WITTY

        9. The strangest place you have done it?

        ON TOP OF THE ROCKY CLIFF, LOOKING OVER THE CITY IN BROAD DAY LIGHT

         

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        LOVE

        10. Three qualities in your perfect boyfriend?

        1. SMART with PASSIONATE & goal
        2. EXTREMELY ADVENTUROUS (COUPLE WHO PLAY TOGETHER & STAY TOGETHER)
        3. LOVE TO EAT (BECAUSE I LOVE TO COOK & EAT)

        11. Dealbreaker (Something he does which prevents you dating him)?

        A GUY WHO IS GLUED TO HIS HANDPHONE

        12. How long have you been single?

        LONG ENOUGH 😉

         

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        TRAVEL PHUKET

        13. Three reasons to visit?

        1. WHITE SANDY BEACH AND CRYSTAL CLEAR BLUE WATER
        2. THAI FOOD – “RAYA” IN PHUKET TOWN FOR BEST RESTAURANT IN TOWN
        3. SURROUNDING ISLANDS

        14. When is the best time to visit?

        NOVEMBER, MARCH – JULY ( DEC. – FEB. IS WAY TOO CROWDED. AUG. – OCT. IS WAY TOO RAINY )

        15. What’s your recommended must do attraction?

        1. GET HALF NAKED ON A MOPED & RIDE AROUND THE ISLAND, ROAD AND SCENERY IS AMAZING
        2. STOP BY ALL BREATHTAKING VIEWPOINT & BEACHES
        3. EAT ALL YOUR CAN, as well COCONUT drink
        4. STOP FOR A BEER ON THE CLIFF LOOKING OVER THE OCEAN SUNSET AND END THE DAY WITH A THAI MASSAGE 🙂

         

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        DRINK PHUKET

        16. Favorite night to party?

        PHI PHI ISLAND

        17. Where would you go?

        PHI PHI ISLAND IS ONE OF THE KIND, IT HAS EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE, ONE AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO KNOW IS THE LOCAL TIPS OF HOW TO AVOID ALL THE TOURIST & ALL THE SECRET SPOTS – WHICH I CAN HELP 🙂

        18. What’s special about it?

        SCUBA DIVING, KAYAKING, ROCK CLIMBING, ISLAND HOPPING, MAYA BEACH, CLIFF JUMPING, BEACH PARTY, SUNSET CRUISE PARTY & KONG SIAM LIVE-BAND

         

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        SLEEP PHUKET

        19. Which neighborhood is best to stay in?

        KAMALA Beach

        20. Whats special about that neighborhood?

        1. IT IS A PERFECT MIX OF LOCAL VILLAGE VIBE & TOURIST VIBE
        2. LAID BACK BEACH WITH ENOUGH THINGS TO DO AROUND
        3. NOT FAR FROM EVERYWHERE IN CASE YOU NEED A GOOD NIGHT OUT IN PATONG WITH YOUR FRIENDS

        21. If you were a tourist visiting which hotel would you stay in?

        PARESA resort

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        Paradise Complex Patong | Phuket’s Best & Only Gay Street

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        Paradise Complex Patong is a short street where you get it all from drag shows, dancing and gogo bars, to massage parlors. Patong town is Phuket’s main tourist destination and it’s located 5 minutes walk from Bangla Road (Phuket’s biggest nightlife and entertainment spot) the area is full of gay bars and restaurants. All gay bars on Paradise Complex street host nightly shows which are free entry but guests are expected to buy at least one drink.

        The general areas get busy around 10 to 11 pm and until 2 am (even 4 am depending on the crowd) with many of the bars putting on street performances to attract the guests. By midnight most of the gay bars are crowded. Boat Bar and Zag Bar are two of the most popular venues in Paradise Complex.

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        LocationPatong Beach
        Open Hours8 pm – 4 am, Daily
        Review Updated19 Aug. 2019

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        Paradise Complex Patong – Phuket’s Gay Town

        Patong’s nightlife may be best known for Bangla Road but there is also a mirror-opposite part of the city at the Paradise Complex aka. Phuket’s Gay Town. It’s a short street where you get it all from drag shows, dancing and gogo bars, to massage parlors.

        Music: Across the Paradise Complex bars mainstream pop is most common. Expect current chart hits and even the odd bar streaming YouTube.

        Crowd: Phuket’s gay town is visited by a mix of mostly tourists, professional working men, and local guys.

        Dress: For Paradise Complex casual clothing is fine. Flip tops and tank tops seem to be the uniform for most of the guests.

        Directions & Contact

        Paradise Complex Patong

        Paradise Complex is located is Patong town (the main town on Phuket island). Paradise Complex is the center of Patong, behind Patong Hospital. The area is known by most taxi drivers and locals if you require directions.

        Paradise Complex (The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa)
        Rat-U-Thit Road
        Patong, Kathu
        Phuket 83150 Thailand
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