For a while now, I’ve been fighting Phuket’s corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn’t offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them:

1. It’s easy and relatively affordable to get to with an international airport offering direct flights to Europe, Middle East, Asia and of course lots of places in Asia.

2. Albeit crazily overrun with traffic (hey, this is Thailand!) and somewhat saturated in peak season, Phuket has infrastructure and resources. We’ve been able to get computers, cameras and phones fixed very easily (and cheaply!) while living or staying on the island.

3. It’s the perfect launch pad to the rest of Thailand and to many beautiful islands on the Andaman coast side of the country. I personally recommend Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Racha.

4. It’s Thailand! Die-hard fans of the country will argue that the food is too farang-friendly and that many of the Thai traditions we all love about the country are being diluted by tourism, but trust me, you don’t have to look far to find Thai smiles and charm in Phuket.

My last visit to Phuket also revealed a fifth good reason to go to the island: Kata Rocks.

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Although it’s been open less than a year, Kata Rocks is already widely considered the most luxurious design resort on the island, and after staying there for three nights as part of our babymoon in Phuket, I’m not going to argue with this opinion.

We wanted something that was going to blow our socks off – well, kinda, because let’s face it who takes socks to Thailand? – and the uber-cool, contemporary design and over the top luxury of Kata Rocks absolutely delivered.

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You don’t just stay in a room in Kata Rocks, you stay in an apartment. You know, the kind of apartment that is three times the size of your own place at home. (Let’s all sigh together, shall we?) You’ll also find this spacious apartment filled with the mod cons, finishings and furnishings you associate with houses on TV’s Grand Designs, not in a holiday resort. It sort of felt wrong that we had so much comfort and luxury at our fingertips inside the apartment, when all we wanted to do was go outside and make the most of what was, without a doubt, the true highlight: our private pool and balcony.

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And lying on the sofas outside or taking a dip in the pool was pretty much the only activities we did do during our stay. That, and wandering down to the poolside restaurant for breakfast and dinner. I say “down” because that is literally the only direction we could go in. Kata Rocks takes its name from the beach it is near (Kata Beach) and the fact that it is built into the rocky coastline. We could see fishermen standing on these rocks at the foot of the resort from our balcony, which was west-facing so yep, we were spoiled with incredibly sunsets every night.

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With a kitchen in the apartment we could have cooked for ourselves but once we saw the breakfast menu we knew that wasn’t going to happen. Likewise, we’re well aware we can’t cook Thai food half as good as the locals can so we enjoyed dinners out. With Kata Rocks having quite a steep price tag per night (rates begin at around €500 a night depending on the season) I was nervous at how much meals would cost in-resort, however, I was pleasantly surprised that they were reasonably good value. Of course, they were nothing like the prices you pay outside of a resort but they didn’t make us wince. Furthermore the food was really excellent, especially the breakfasts. I mean, what’s not to love about a menu that offers you Tom Yum Benedict, a delicious fusion mix of the popular Thai dish and my boyfriend’s favourite brunch. Me? I just overdosed on fruit. And yoghurt. And more fruit. And some muesli. And more fruit.

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A couple of things worth knowing before a stay at Kata Rocks. It is also a residential resort, with some apartments being owned and/or lived in by ex-pats. This creates quite a nice relaxed atmosphere and means that facilities were well-maintained and generous, like the gym, which was definitely above average in size and equipment. It also, however, meant that there were some events and activities taking place in the resort that were more catered to residents or other Phuket ex-pats than for guests. For example, over the Easter weekend we stayed there, there was a brunch and a BBQ hosted down by the main pool. Because we were too in love with our private pool we didn’t want to leave it, but unfortunately the loud music from the DJ carried up to us so it was like we didn’t have much choice. However, when we phoned up to ask if there was any chance of the music being turned down, we were advised it would be and we were apologised to repeatedly by many staff members. Some people love these all-you-can-eat style brunches with music and dancing, so this could be seen as a positive. But even to those who don’t – like us – it didn’t interfere with our holiday at all.

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The question I really wanted to answer by the end of my stay at Kata Rocks was, is it worth it? It’s not a cheap holiday by any stretch of the imagination, but we thought the gamble was worth it because as we’re expecting our first baby we wanted to splash out on the kind of luxury we won’t be able to afford or possibly enjoy in the same way again. My answer is that yes, Kata Rocks is worth it. I’m sure the photos show you that it has the design, the style and the architectural appeal all under control, but what isn’t so easy to show from the photos is how friendly and helpful the staff were. It’s also a little tricky to convey how a lot of extra details are thought of in the way the apartment is set up and the way personal requests are obliged very willingly and quickly (e.g. we asked for extra mangoes in our daily fruit basket, and also on Easter Sunday we were given hot cross buns as an extra for breakfast and we also found a few chocolate eggs on our pillow after turndown service). You’ll also have to take my word for it that as amazing as the views look in these photos they were 100 times better in real life.

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I suppose the best way to summarise how “worth it” Kata Rocks was is in the fact that I would describe those three and a half days we spent there as the most relaxing holiday I’ve ever had, and believe me when I say I’ve had more than my fair share of relaxing holidays. (Don’t hate me! Remember, I have a baby coming, this will end soon and you can boast to me about how relaxing your holidays are.)

And if that hasn’t convinced you then I’ll leave you with another photo of that sunset, featuring cocktails (alright, one cocktail and one mocktail) lovingly made by Kata Rocks and smugly, relaxingly enjoyed by us.

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This post was written by Frankie Thompson who was a Travelette from 2012 – 2015. Originally from London, UK, Frankie was nomadic for several years before settling in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lives with her Australian partner and baby boy. She spends her time buying vintage dresses, riding a rusty old bike around the canals and writing books inspired by her travels. Frankie blogs about travel, writing and motherhood at As the Bird flies blog.