Karon is the ultimate in r&r, beach side. It is on the island of Phuket, Thailand. Our hotel, Baan Karonburi, is situated along with many other resorts across the road from the beauty of Karon Beach with white sand beaches and the shimmering waters of the Andaman Sea. This resort lended to the kicking back, soaking up the sun this blogger is always seeking. We were greeted on check in with chilled fresh pressed fruit juice. We were led to our room by the bellman who showed us the main pool with swim up bar, surrounded by tropical plants with an abundance of lounge chairs. Our room was spacious with king bed and sliding doors that led to a patio with Adirondack chairs and end table which was adjacent to a lap pool. Across the width of the pool, the decking was lined with lounge chairs. This style of “private pools” we discovered by chance last year in the region. I had no idea we were going to have this luxury here. It was a surprise from my honey! This style of roomside pools really adds to the feeling of luxury. The room was well appointed with a divan next to a picture window looking out to the pool. There was hot pot and refrigerator, large closet, desk and tv. The bathroom was large with separate shower stall and oval soaking tub. We were very comfortable. Most days you could find me at some point right outside the doors of the room enjoying the time to read and write and the warmth of the tropical sun.
Much of our time in Karon was spent lazing by the waters of the pool or at the beach. This is serenity to me. Give me some good reading material and glorious sunshine with a regional beer thrown in between my bottled water and fresh brewed coffee and I am happy as a clam 😉 The Secret and The Four Agreements I like to review annually “to keep my head on straight”. Throw in anything fiction and as long as it grabs me in the first chapter I enjoy it. Right now, I’m focused on my writing program from Great Escape Publishing and a program called How To Blog For Profit. Positive use of this time to travel…education in lieu of work makes me feel like I’m not just a bum 😉 We regularly start the day nice and slow with pressed coffee of the region and fruit from the vendors we grab the night before. My honey has his own research project he works on daily as well as a consulting project or two that are on the back burner as well. I’d like to get him a page of his own on this blog site but I’m not sure I will convince him of that. I think you’d enjoy it though. If it were up to me, it would be called: What Is It Leading Us To? Discussions of the Mandela Effect and Other Noteworthy Phenomenon Finds. There are days I believe he may drive me crazy with these insights. I have to say it’s because I like my world copacetic, everything “coming up roses” style. I admire my man’s intelligence and can tell you his daily rants get my mind churning and sometimes even flustered. Again, I must say, I feel strongly you would enjoy it and learn a thing or two here and there as well. You should take the time to chime in with a comment! Maybe we could egg him on together.
Thursday the 16th marked our 21st Wedding Anniversary. We both had to agree with the old adage, “Time fly’s when you’re having fun”. The day brought what just may have been the onset of the rainy season. The most serious storm these islanders had seen since the end of last season. We decided this called for spa treatment. Haircut, shave and Foot scrub/pedicure were my hubby’s choice and I did my simple favorite of fresh manicure and pedicure. After, the skies were clearing and we dressed for our evening. Reservations my honey had made when we were still watching the snow fall in Idaho back in January. The spot was a surprise for me, we had found it on our last visit here. Rated as the #1 steakhouse in Thailand we grabbed a tuk tuk to Sam’s in Patong. The beauty of Karon is it’s solitude, yet easy access to nightlife off the deep end, a 20 minute ride away, in Patong. Sam’s sits aside the courtyard at the Holiday Inn. It’s motif is simply stated elegance in creams and tans with dim lighting and glass wine rack lined walls. The greetings from staff were warm and welcoming. A wooden plaque with our name on it sat at a table mid dining room. We were seated and presented with drink, wine and food menus. In celebration mode, we started with aged (15 year) scotch rocks and seabreeze for me. Our appetizers consisted of shrimp and scallop duet,tastefully seasoned and prepared and served sizzling side by side on heated stone. The bread basket was a delightful mix of lavash, wheat and rye breads. We enjoyed a crisp saugvignon blanc with this course and followed it with Caesar salad prepared tableside, mine was garnished with grilled prawns and the hubby’s by sliced duck breast. A palate cleansing fresh lemongrass sorbet came next. Our entree was Chateaubriand, wonderfully prepared and seasoned with Rosemary, presented and sliced tableside accompanied by baked potato, steak fries, onion rings and sauteed mushrooms. This course we paired with a dirty red Spanish wine we had never had before, perfect. After dinner this hotel does a steamy (dry ice) chocolate