I recently spent a long weekend at The Village Coconut Island in Phuket, Thailand and fell in love with the resort (and its all-inclusive food and drink package!). This place is perfect for a romantic getaway or with a group of friends, and it’s also family-friendly. With fantastic facilities, top-notch food, and great service, there’s no excuse not to go! The Village works wonders if you’re in need of a weekend away and want all of the luxuries of a high-end resort without the massive dent in your wallet.
After a quick flight to Phuket (if you’re already in South East Asia), either hire a taxi or book a car from the resort to pick you up and take you to the Royal Phuket Marina where you will be whisked away on the resort’s complimentary boat transfer. In only ten minutes you’ll arrive at the pier where paradise awaits. There are frequent boats running to and from the Marina so if you do want to leave the resort for a day you can do so with ease.
The Village has almost everything you could ask for in a weekend getaway at a resort. They have two large pools, one of which is right on the beach, and two water slides that are perfect for kids and those who are kids at heart. The spa offers a comprehensive list of packages including treatments, massages, scrubs, and nail services if you’re in the mood for a pampering session. Food-wise, there are three restaurants to choose from (a deli, a Japanese restaurant, and a Thai restaurant) and a beach bar to quench your thirst throughout the day. The resort has a gym, albeit a very small one, and a little market if you’re staying in one of the villas for awhile and want to do a bit of cooking. If you’re not into the whole beach-bum thing, there are water sports and fitness classes you can join.
I can’t say what the other rooms look like, though I’m sure they’re stunning as well, but our four bedroom beachfront villa was absolute perfection. The second we opened the door, our mouths dropped open at the sheer size of the villa (living in a flat in HK is basically like living in a shoebox, so I’m completely mesmerized by large living spaces) and we proceeded to run around the villa squealing with glee.
There is a full kitchen and dining table when you first walk in and the lounge area is equipped with an incredibly comfortable couch that faces the sliding glass door, just steps away from your own private pool overlooking the beach. Three of the bedrooms are upstairs – I literally can’t remember the last time I climbed up stairs to go to my bedroom (exciting stuff, I know) and two of them have their own balcony looking out at the beachfront. And bathtubs galore – a true luxury when you live in HK. I cannot say enough positive things about the villa. The only thing that was slightly annoying was the dodgy wifi and, since we went the all-inclusive route, you couldn’t take drinks or food to-go and eat it at the villa.
As previously mentioned, there are three options for dining, but if you go the all-inclusive route you have access to only two restaurants. Not that it was an issue, seeing as how I basically ate and drank my weight in delicious food every day. The menus are comprehensive and offer a solid selection of Western and authentic Thai dishes. Every Thai dish I ordered was right on point and the presentation was applause-worthy. The Western food was surprisingly really good too – I’m a huge gnocchi fan and it’s quite hard to come by in Hong Kong, so I figured I’d try the four cheese gnocchi here and it was literally some of the best gnocchi I’ve had!
We can’t forget about the free flowing drinks (this is the part where you really appreciate choosing the all-inclusive route) including beer, wine, cocktails, pop, and coffee/tea. For the all-inclusive guests, the menu for both food and beverage is not quite as extensive as the a la carte menu, but there are still lots of tasty options to choose from.
Overall, my experience at The Village Coconut Island was extremely positive and I would definitely go back if I was looking for a little luxurious getaway for a long weekend. Perfect for couples who are wanting a romantic trip, families who want a fuss-free vacation, and large groups who want a little bit of luxury without a massive price tag. The Village Coconut Island is the perfect escape from your normal routine!
The Village – Coconut Island