07 Jun Phuket – Luxury Villa by the Sea
I had the most magical birthday ever. Looks like turning 25 turned out to be better than I imagined. 25 is a great age to be. We’ve been out in the corporate hellhole for a few years now, just beginning to enjoy spending a little of the money we’re earning.
H and I wanted to plan a romantic weekend getaway to either Bali or Phuket and eventually decided on Phuket as most of the villas that we shortlisted were fully occupied when we wanted to book in early January for February (this is what you get for procrastinating, I kid you not). We knew we wanted to book a private villa. H told me about The NAKA after doing his homework and almost immediately, we decided that it was perfect.
First off, let’s start with flights. I panicked slightly when we wanted to book our tickets in December because I didn’t realise that my passport was slightly short of 6 months validity, which is required for any travel out of the country.
Booking on Jetstar does not require a valid passport to book a flight. Yes it’s true. So we ended up booking our outbound flight first. Hurray! We were praying really hard that the flight we wanted on Tiger Airways would still be available after I managed to renew my passport.
Side tracking a little – it is possible to renew your passport online provided you have a usable photo that meets the guidelines. It’s a simple step-by-step process and I managed to make an e-appointment to collect my passport about a week later!
Our outbound trip was via Jetstar as we were looking for an early (but decent) morning flight out. We arrived about 9am and had arranged for a car to pick us up from the hotel. It took us about 50 minutes from the airport to The NAKA.
When we arrived at The NAKA, we were greeted at the reception area, which was located at the top of the hill separated from the individual villas.
Waiting at the reception area.
They brought everything over to us at the sitting area and checked us in without any hassle! Although they did ruin the surprise beach dinner H was planning for my birthday when they gave me a few menus to choose from. I was slightly confused like… Huh we just got here? H specifically explained in his email that it was a surprise birthday dinner, but it was no big deal to me. I’m not a surprises kinda girl but I can imagine it is quite a spoiler considering that he went to such lengths to plan this surprise.
Look at this view from reception!
We then had a buggy drive us to our villa because it is quite a walk and all the villas look the same so it would be confusing to locate your villa number. But after getting sent there, we had no problems for the rest of the trip getting out and in of our villa.
After looking at photos online of the villas, we were extremely excited and couldn’t wait to see the room for ourselves!
Our very own private pool.
Entrance to our villa.
One for me, one for H, because we are romantic like that and love the idea of brushing our teeth together (lol jk)
No holiday is complete without a selfie!
Toiletries were amazing we didn’t have to use our own!
Bottled water were replenished a few times a day.
This leads to the living room, and bedroom on the next right.
Natural lighting brightens up the entire villa! (Movies were a plus too)
The bed was amazingly comfortable! And huge too, so you won’t get whacked when you sleep :p
Nothing gets better than a view from the bed.
After snapping photos and settling down, we realised we were starving so we ordered room service. First meal in Phuket has got to be Thai right?
Food took about 30 minutes to arrive. We ordered the usual fare – Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong and a snack platter to share! We couldn’t ascertain if the food was delicious because it could have been due to the fact that we were hungry, but it was pretty good! Wouldn’t say the best but food came quickly so we weren’t complaining!
After lunch, we decided to explore the beach that was by the common pool. Yae Beach, The Naka’s very own private beach was about a 5-minute walk from our villa. The villas are on slope so if you get a villa higher up, that would mean more privacy but also a longer walk to breakfast and the beach.
Empty and clear waters – perfect for a quick dip!
We came back to the room and were greeted by a nice surprise! This came with the honeymoon package that H booked. The cake reads “Happy Honeymoon” but don’t worry guys, this is not our honeymoon. It’s just because we booked the honeymoon package so the entire time we were there, the resort assumed we were married and on our honeymoon.
Apart from this nice surprise, the honeymoon package also comes with a 90-minute massage at The NAPA Spa.
The NAPA Spa
The NAPA is located in a 5 storey tall building, close to where breakfast is. You can see the building from reception! The NAPA Spa made a good first impression. When we arrived via buggy, they welcomed us at the door, offered snacks and tea, and then proceeded to sit us down to introduce their spa menu, which included services from massages, to body scrubs and facials. These menus are available in your villas. We got to take a whiff of the 4 blends of essential oils available. H chose the Deep Sport Massage while I chose the Invigorating Massage. The masseuses were professional and focused on problem areas that you highlight before the massage.
Rooms were clean and private with facilities to wash up.
Be sure to call in advance to secure your desired time slot!
Opening Hours: 0900hrs – 2200hrs
Some people might be wondering if it’s worth heading out of the villa into the city centre. I wouldn’t rule that out.
We took the free shuttle bus from the hotel lobby which leaves every 2 hours to Patong and then took a tuk-tuk back to the villa after dinner. Do check with the hotel the exact timings so you can plan your day! Also, it’s best to call the receptionist to book your slots on the bus as they might get full at a particular timing.
On other nights, we stayed in the villa. If we were paying so much for the villa, we want to enjoy the villa as much as possible! There are a few options at The Naka so you don’t have to worry about food.
THE MEKA: Sky Lounge
This is sky-bar located at the top floor of the building where the spa is. Relax, you don’t have to walk from your villa. Just ring the concierge and a buggy will be arranged to take you there. This place is perfect to take in the view of the entire villa
This leads to the entrance of the restaurant.
When we got there, only one other table was occupied (family with the most adorable baby I might add). We ordered our drinks and breads were served to get us started.
WARM BREAD YUMS
Laab Tuna and Smoked Salmon Tartar – Diced Salmon & Tuna, Avocado, Mixed Greens, Sesame Tuile, Cucumber (THB380)
The Meka Seafood Cakes (THB280)
The food took quite long to arrive – we’re talking about 40-45 minutes. The food eventually arrived and we lost interest (hence no photos) but the food was decent I must say. I would recommend this place for their yummy fusion appetizers and drinks. They are a lounge after all so maybe having a full meal here wasn’t the best idea. And they close late so if you’re looking for a chill place to relax and have a drink, this would be it.
Opening Hours: 1600hrs – 2300hrs daily
THE WIWA: All Day Dining Restaurant
This restaurant is where breakfast is served daily. One side of the restaurant faces the common pool and the beachfront is parallel to it! This is where the best dinner of my trip was prepared too. Remember when I said the receptionist the accidentally divulged the romantic surprise that H planned for my birthday dinner? Yes this is one.
Our romantic dinner by the beach was supposed to be on Friday night. We could see them setting up the table on the beach from our room and we were beyond excited!! H and I were just dolling up, getting ready to head to the beach when the hotel called to ask if we could postpone the dinner to Saturday night as the skies looked threatening and it would be such a damper (literally – ha) if it rained halfway through dinner.
We were lead from the entrance of the restaurant to the beach where everything was set up so nicely. They started us with champagne.
Very pleased with photos!
We pre-selected the menu before we even arrived. H sent me 3 different menus to choose from. The 3 menus all looked very appetizing. One of the major deciding factor for me was the Tom Yum Lobster soup!! (No surprise there.) The main courses were different across all menus so it depends on what meats you enjoy!
The sun started to set slowly. The view was amazing from our table. I mean, if you’re sitting in the middle of the beach with a glass of champagne and your loved one, very little could go wrong, no?
We had a bit of time between champagne and our first course to take a few more photographs. The sun set was beautiful and it felt like a dream. Just before the sun set completely, they started rolling out the food.
Amuse Bouche: A small savoury item, usually the chef’s choice, that is served as a starter before the appetizer. It reminded me a little of the Otak-Otak we have in Singapore, made out of spicy fish paste. The fish roe that accompanied this starter was a nice burst (no pun intended ha-ha) of flavour.
Appetizer: Deep Fried Rock Lobster Spring Roll with Mango and Plum
Salad: Tuna Ceviche with Thai Herbs and Avocado served in Rice Paper
The salad was quite interesting. Tuna was fresh, the mixture of herbs and the citrus flavour from the lemon made the dish quite refreshing, which was a nice contrast from the fried spring rolls.
Soup: Tom Yum Phuket Lobster
The soup looked so fancy! When the waiter carried the soups from the restaurant over to our table, I thought he was serving more than just soup because the dish looked pretty elaborate. The soup bowl was served on a separate plate that was garnished with rocks (sugar crystal?), chilies, leaves and ginger. The soup itself wasn’t too spicy so H wasn’t suffering, the seafood was fresh and the broth was authentic but I would have hoped that it was slightly more spicy than sour.
They served sherbet in the middle of the meal! I’m not a fine dining person but I half guessed that this was to cleanse our palate before we started on the main course. I don’t know why I was surprised by this. I should have remembered this from choosing the menu, silly me. Sherbet was tangy and enjoyable in the breeze.
Main Course 1: Wagyu Beef Steak stuffed with Foie Gras – Served with Roasted Potato, Fresh Vegetable Selection and Red Wine Jus
The beef steak wins the lobster (Main Course 2) hands down. I’m not a fan of Foie Gras so H polished that off the plate. The meat was tender, full of flavour and the size of the steak was pretty petite, which worked out well as we were already starting to get full.
Main Course 2: Phuket Lobster in Black Pepper Sauce – Served with Rice and Vegetables
What I liked about the lobster was that the meat was removed from the shell so it made it easier to eat, and the flesh was fresh. I wished that they didn’t deep fry the lobster though. I think the steamed lobster would have gone with the black pepper sauce better. They tasted good on their own but when eaten together, it was a little confusing for my taste buds.
By the time we got to dessert, we felt like we’ve eaten enough for a week. When the main courses were served, we were only finishing up about 70% of each dish so we’d leave some stomach space for dessert (which is super important btw!)
Dessert: Banana Fritter with Coconut Ice Cream
My favourite course of any meal! The banana fritter is basically what we know in Singapore as “Goreng Pisang”. The light and crunchy batter was not greasy and the coconut ice cream was soooo creamy. Sadly, we were too full to finish the our dessert as well 🙁
Just a tiny note: they served two portions of each course except the main course. H and I swapped our main courses halfway so we got to taste both. The portions worked out great and we ate to our heart’s content.
Little touches that made the dinner especially romantic.
My man lookin’ oh so fine ~
A little surprise at the end of dinner! (This is the second cake they’ve given me in 3 days by the way.)
I would rate the food 3 stars out of 5. One thing I must say, is that service is amazing. We had a wait staff assigned to us for the whole night. He was polite and ensured we had everything we needed. They provided mosquito repellent, which was so thoughtful! One tip: you’re going to get sand in your shoes so slippers would be the best choice. The ambience was extremely romantic, weather was cooling and company was perfect.
Opening hours: 0700hrs – 2300hrs
ROMANTIC RETREAT PACKAGE*
“Spoil your loved one with a passionate honeymoon experience. Whether indulging in a romantic dining experience on the beach or pampering with spa treatments together. Exclusive splendour for two. For a minimum of 2 nights’ stay, you both can experience the best of our romantic offerings.”
- Two nights’ accommodation in a suite or pool villa
- Daily Breakfast
- One romantic dinner on the beach
- One 90 minutes of Massage
- One bottle of sparkling win
- Honeymoon cake
- Flower vase arrangement at villa upon arrival
- Complimentary 4pm late checkout (subject to availability)
- 15% Discount on Food & Non-alcohol Beverage and Spa treatments (A la cart menu)
- Daily replenished minibar
- Welcome tropical fruit plate
- Welcome drink and cold towel upon arrival
- Free daily shuttle service to Patong
- A Romantic Retreat Awaits at The Naka Phuket
(*Information found on the website)
You can find them @:
Address: 1/18, 1/20 MOO 6, KAMALA; Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150
Tel: +66 76 337 999
This package is only for 2 nights but because we wanted to book for 3 nights, H emailed them to get a quote, which they responded quite promptly.
Special thanks to The NAKA for their hospitality & also to my man for putting this together!
Till next time!