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Phuket, pronounced (roughly) "pu-ged", is Thailand's largest island with lots of gorgeous beaches.
It's 48km long and 21km wide at its widest point and is in Southern Thailand, on the west facing Andaman Sea coastline, suspended from the southern tip of Phang Nga Province by a pair of short but substantial road bridges.
The island has some absolutely stunning beaches and some awesome views of the magical limestone islands that were made famous in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun.
However, once you get to Phuket there's a helicopter ride (5 minutes) or motor boat trip (60 minutes) still required to get you to our hand-picked spa resort at Yao Noi But at least you'll arrive in style!
If it's health and fitness training you're after, we would recommend the great value Thanyapura which offers pretty much every conceivable sport, fitness and health option that anyone could want.
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Weather and when to go
Due to its proximity to the equator there is little variation in temperatures throughout the year with an average annual high of 32°C and a low of 24°C. Phuket has a dry season that runs from December through to March and a wet season that covers the other eight months.
There are no direct flights from London to Phuket. Connect in Bangkok after a 12 hour flight - or enjoy a night or two in the city before flying on - and then it's about an hour to fly down to Phuket.
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Trisara, in Sanskrit meaning the "Third Garden in Heaven" is one of South East Asia's most intimate spa resorts with a superb selection of villas and private residences. Hidden on a lush tropical jungle hillside, overlooking its own private bay, all the accommodation offers private pools, dramatic sea views and a true sense of privacy.view