Well the day finally arrived and I’d been awake most of the night like a kid at Christmas!! We set off on our Emirates flight from Manchester via Dubai (We were going there for a few days on our return leg) which was very comfortable and relaxing. We arrived at Dubai and had a bit of time to kill before our next flight so had a wander round. I was a little taken aback at not only how busy the airport was but also how many people were flat out asleep on the floor, they were everywhere…literally!! Anyway there had been some doubt as to whether our luggage would be checked through to Phuket as our Bangkok Phuket flight was with Thai, the week before we left we contacted Emirates who said they couldn’t see the flight so we would have to collect our luggage and check in again at Bangkok (I wasn’t too pleased at this prospect but hey ho) so we changed our connecting flight to Phuket to a later one. We arrived at Phuket and could’ve made the flight after all, moreover our luggage had been checked through and we could’ve gone to the transfer desk. Anyway, got the later flight which got us into Phuket for 6pm ish. Our driver was waiting to wisk us to LRM and boy were we ready for it!!
We arrived at the hotel and asked if we could have a 2nd or 3rd floor room (based on previous advice on here) we were allocated room 278, which was in the Spa wing and was brilliant, great balcony complete with view for those evening dinks both pre and post dinner!! Can see what people have said about the ground floor rooms, don’t think I would’ve liked the ‘jungle feel’ quite so much!!
The first few nights we went to different restaurants in the hotel both of which were lovely, the Bamboo bar was especially good with Tiger prawns to die for! After we had found our feet we got the courtesy bus into the town and ate at Khao Lak Seafood, Jai, The Fishermans and D Time. There weren’t loads of places open but what was open was excellent, both in terms of food, service and atmosphere. Just to give people an idea of price we had 3 (very large) tiger prawns, crab fried rice and a deep fried snapper (enough for 2 people) in the hotel complete with about 4 beers this cost about 2500 baht (I think) when we were in town this cost us about 1100 baht – quite a difference! We thought that Jai was the best whilst we were there, they were consistently good night after night, we never had a bad meal or a meal that we weren’t that fussed on. Though this was equally true of all the restaurants we ate at.
I hate to say it but we didn’t do a great deal – but that is what we wanted we had been run ragged at home and literally wanted a nice bit of ‘time out’ and boy did we get it! We ate and drank and our diet consisted of Red snapper, tiger prawns, steamed Jasmine rice or Pad Thai, although we did alternate to a Grouper every so often! Our drinks consisted of Singha, Singha, Singh and a few Mai Tais’s thrown in for good measure!!
A couple who were staying at LMH went to Phi Phi and were very disappointed, they said it was very commercial with boats arriving from every direction, which put us off going there as this was one of the places we wanted to go. We’d been to Phuket before so we had already done James Bond Island etc.
The sea was rough for a few days with reasonably high tides which prevented us going very far on the beach. We generally got as far as the rocks to the right of the hotel and you couldn’t get past. There seemed to be a building project going on up the embankment by the rocks – it seemed like there was a house being built. In town there was building work and it does seem like there will be quite a few new places ready for the high season later this year. We tended to go to D Time for a few drinks after we’d eaten which was very funny; there was a guy in there who wasn’t sure if he was Aurthur or Marther (sorry but you know what I mean - not wanting to offend anyone) but he was lovely and very very funny he generally had everyone in there laughing every night. One night he took a shine to my shoes and wanted to try them on, but he couldn’t get his big toe in them hubby was kind of looking at me as if to say stop encouraging him – but he didn’t need any encouragement at all. He ended up trying to give me a pair of shoes he’d bought but that didn’t fit him. I politely turned the offer down but bless him – this was typical of the locals!!
Only complaint and it is a minor one LMH put a family ( a very noisy one) in the room next to us in the Spa wing I would have thought that they would have been in the family wing especially as the hotel was so quiet, but this was our last night so it wasn’t too bad.
We then flew to Dubai which was a very different type of holiday and a whole other story!
I won’t go on and bore you all to death (if I haven’t done already) suffice to say the location and hotel was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect. Just a pity that its now becoming a distant memory. I think we’ll be looking at planning next year soon…