Guests staying in room category Grand Deluxe and up will also get their own club lounge on the premises (in the works upon this reviewing, August 2016).
If and when one prefers to enjoy the most of one’s accommodation the 24 hours in-room dining service comes in handy.
Certain dishes are available from 10 pm until noon the following day, including: Tom khai gai (the sweet-and sour spicy chicken soup classic, Fried rice, or the other Thai favourite Phad thai gai/goong (chicken or shrimp). Food can also be selected by elements, such as organic; including Caesar’s salad or Pumpkin risotto; Grill element; or Tuna Thai element.
However, at least a few visits to Vero, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach’s Italian flagship restaurant on the island should be obligatory on any visit (open for dinner). This Italian Trattoria and Wine Bar offers an array of speciality dishes providing a unique culinary journey through various provinces of Italy. You get to choose from sumptuous pastas and oven-baked pizzas as well as traditional Italian salads and main course choices.
Vero has a well-placed red Vespa placed by its entrance door and inside the floor-to-ceiling glass walled dining room décor consists ironwork chandeliers, tropical wooden flooring, furniture made of wood and black iron – where a long table takes centre stage.
But if weather allows, opt for a table on Vero’s alfresco platform – it’s a truly stunning scenery, usually with a nice breeze from the ocean and of course often awarding you with magically inky skies… Add to that Italian cuisine at its best and you have a top-notch dining experience! This is the setting made to impress you and your company! Romantically inclined dining? You bet! Italian dining with good friends? Oh, yes indeed.
An infinity water pond is curved around trees rising high from below frames the dining sets on the outdoor platform – as we sit down to try the ‘Italian Summer’ menu.
This special menu include: Smoked Marlin with Green Apple, Celery salad, Walnut powder and pickle green pepper; Home-made potato gnocchi, truffle butter, baby carrot, spring green pea and edible flower; Herbed sous-vide duck breast, cauliflower puree, sautéed radicchio and orange-infused garlic confit; or the Pizza estate mozzarella with fresh stracchino (cow’s milk) cheese, rocket and San Daniele ham (only in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, in the hilly area around the town of San Daniele in the province of Udine).
The pizza comes out thick and with very fresh rocket salad sitting on top. Another main course from the main menu is Seared king prawns with chickpeas puree and rosemary, where three shrimps stand erected as if being small rocky islands among the sea of sauce!
Some other antipasti choices on the menu are: Italian burrata cheese with cherry tomato, basil and olive oil, Rocket salad with goat cheese and caramelized walnuts and lemon dressing, or Roast tomato soup with creamy mozzarella and roasted bread.
For main course choose from, among others, Risotto with crispy speck and burrata cheese, Seared cod fish with braised onion, fennel, raisin and marsala reduction, or Poached sea bass in tomato sauce with caper and olive.
And no Italian dinner is complete without the dessert, paired of course with another glass of wine or aperitif! How about some Chocolate pudding with Amaretti and caramel? Or Peaches tart with rum-raisin ice cream? Or Licorice and peppermint ice cream...
Other outlets at the hotel are Deli and Elements, where the latter is the must-have all day dining (where also the breakfast is served), showcasing a ‘fine fusion of traditional Thai and Western cuisine and delicacies’. For Lunch, the restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu filled with variety for all palates.
The buffet breakfast includes a healthy choice corner, including Beetroot salad. Among the other noteworthy buffet choices are tortilla, freshly baked Danish pastry with blueberry jam, and the Thai “snake fruit”, or sala.
Not to be overlooked the resort also offers the Deli, serving indulgent chocolate, fresh baked croissants, imported cheeses, old and new world wines – indeed an ideal selection of delicious bring-to-room items to enjoy on your balcony (open until 10 pm).
The resort is really the destination here, though of course excursions on the island can take you to adventures and places, even as far as Phuket town as a day trip for exploring culture and shopping.
In terms of Discover & Adventure excursions choose from Phang-Nga Bay Tour, Walking the rainforest, Snorkeling Tour, or Sunset by Long-tail Boat, to mention some.
Remaining on the resort Float is the centre of family pleasure during daytime, serving kids favourites in the family resort area that has been created with the children and their parents in mind.
And under the tagline: ‘Our Resort. Your Playground.’ there is something for everybody. Browsing through the ‘Green Season Adult Activities Program’ one can find a selection of some free and many fee-bases activities including: Yoga for beginners, Abdominal exercise, Muay Thai, Hatha Yoga 400, Arke training, Thai language training, Pilates workout, Full body stretching, Balance exercise, Personal trainer, and Elastic exercise.
On the cultural side you have Thai cooking class.
And under ‘Creative Kids’ choose from: Kids aerobic, Kids stretching, Kids yoga, Umbrella painting, Batik painting, Card making, and T-shirt painting – plenty of activities to keep the kids busy so you can get some rest on a daybed by the pool. It’s vacation-time after all…
Text and photos: Joakim Persson