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There are 3 beaches within walking distance of the villa: Surin, Laem Singh and Bangtao. The closest beach is Surin and all 3 have fine white sand lapped by the tides of the Andaman Sea. Pan Sea beach is also just around a rocky promontory adjacent to and just to the north of Surin Beach. To get to Surin Beach from the villa, go through the tropical gardens of the Hilltops Hotel’s upper suites on the left hand side of the road, just after you turn right to go down the hill. At the hotel’s entrance turn right and then after about 100 metres turn left. The beach is straight in front of you just 100 metres away. Alternatively, take a 1-minute complimentary ride to and from Surin Beach on the Ayara Hilltops ‘Songthaew’, a Phuket-style transport buggy.

One way to Patong takes about 20 minutes by road. The Ayara Hilltops transport service desk operator offers a shuttle service to Patong and Phuket Town from the resort. Phuket Town is approximately 30 minutes away. Alternatively, there are taxis in front of the Ayara Hilltops Hotel on the other side of the road, otherwise our villa manager can organize your own self-drive or chauffeur driven rental car.

Naturally beautiful Surin has other top-end celebrity haunts: the Amanpuri, Twinpalms and the Chedi being just three of the resort hotels there. The Twinpalms Hotel has a vibrant and very popular cocktail bar and restaurant called Catch Club that sits right on the beach and where the music plays late into the night.

Consequently, the promenade at the top of Surin Beach has recently become endowed with a number of other popular al-fresco fine dining establishments offering world class Thai and Western cuisine, or you can sit at a number of beach side bars sipping cocktails watching the sun dip over the horizon of the Andaman Sea. Alternatively, there are a number of simpler beach side Thai restaurants serving authentic and fresh Thai seafood.

Golf in Phuket

Phuket has six fine golf courses, all of which have been designed to take full advantage of the island's tropical trees and abundant water. Many visitors come solely for golf, but accompanying family members rarely complain about being left to laze by the pool or on the beach. The most convenient golf club from the villa is the Laguna Golf Club at the Banyan Hotel just 10 minutes drive away. More details can be found in the “Golf” section of our web site.

The most famous golf club on the island is the Blue Canyon Country Club just 30 minutes drive away close to Phuket airport. Set on 730 acres of land in a secluded valley overlooking Phuket's famous hills, is one of the premier courses in Phuket. Host to the Johnnie Walker Classics in 1994 and 1998 Johnnie Walker Classic, and the Honda Invitational in 1996, the club offers 2 courses. The world championship canyon course has won a number of international awards, including "Asian & Pacific Golf Course of the Year 1999" (Hertz International Golf Travel Awards) and the Top 500 Best Holes in the World" for its par 3, 7th. hole.

Phang Nga Bay, Phang Nga - North east of Phuket

Phang Nga Bay is unique. A day out here is an unforgettable experience that will definitely get you thinking. A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. These islands are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.

Old Phuket Town - Phuket Town

Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket's sleepy provincial capital. Phuket town offers much more than you think with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible quaintness makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don't forget your camera.


Simon Cabaret Show - Patong Beach

Simon Cabaret - probably the biggest transvestite cabaret show to be found locally. This show features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world famous ladyboys of Simon Cabaret. See for yourself - guys, can you tell the difference? And ladies - wouldn't you just die for a figure like that? Fabulous costumes, glitzy and fun.

Bangla Road Nightlife - Patong Beach

There are few things in this world to prepare you for an after-dark stroll down Patong's Bangla Road. However, a sense of humour and an open mind are prerequisites if you're looking to have some fun. In fact, there's only one undeniable and obvious fact about Bangla – it's nothing like home. With its ladyboys, exotic girls, enchanted westerners (mostly male) and enough extroverts to fill a Disney cast of thousands, shopping or sipping on a beer at the outside bars on the Bangla Road at night is a definite 'Dear Diary' moment.

Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples - Chalong

Wat Chalong is one of Phuket's most important temples and visited by thousands each year. It's beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas. On special holidays Wat Chalong hosts 'country fairs' with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart's content. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and is Phuket Island's spiritual centre. You haven't seen Phuket if you've never visited this fascinating temple.


Big Buddha - Chalong

Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island. The image stands on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost 30 million baht to construct and is 45 metres high. Next to it stands a smaller, golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site's car park. The drive up to the Big Buddha takes you through the 'real' Thailand and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many, many sights.

Spend a Day (or two) on Phi Phi Island - Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. It's the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.

Phuket FantaSea Show - Kamala Beach

Just 10 minutes away from the villa, at Kamala is the FantaSea Show. It's wacky but fun, very professionally done and ideal for children. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You'll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing.

Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) Patong Beach - Rawai

Rapidly gaining popularity all over the world, Muay Thai is an electrifying spectacle to watch. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts. Or try Patong Beach, where you can also see the skill and dexterity of these super-fit fighters. Tradition and courtesy are at the heart of this dangerous contact sport and a good Muay Thai participant is ultra-disciplined in spirit as well as body. Join the spectators and feel the rush. to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts.

Phuket Viewpoints Kata - Nai Harn - Panwa

There are many viewpoints looking out over east and west Phuket affording sunrise as well as sunset views. Ok, so everyone goes to Promthep but it doesn't make it any less spectacular. There, you'll get fabulous views over the ocean stretching as far as Phi Phi Island on a good day. Check out Phuket's other viewpoints such as the 'Three Beaches' hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata or sip a cocktail at the After Beach Bar (also on the same road) while the golden ball slips into the western horizon.

Scuba Diving in Phuket

Diving in Phuket and liveaboards in Thailand, the Andaman Sea offers dive sites considered to be among the top ten scuba destinations in the world. It boasts crystal clear water, spectacular reefs and rock formations, plus a colourful selection of marine life. Check our information book found on the shelves behind the bar, where we recommend Monique’s dive shop at Kamala, just 10 minutes drive away. She speaks fluent German and English, is great with the kids, and will come to the villa to discuss your requirements.


In Asia, and Thailand in particular, the spa has evolved into a concept focussing on the spiritual and natural, drawing from traditions of meditation, respect for nature and the desire to achieve physical and mental well being. The Ayara Hilltops Hotel offers a full range of spa facilities and they provide very attractive discounts for visitors to the villa. Just tell them where you are staying when you phone or visit them and they will provide you with a door to door Songthaew (tuk tuk) service. Alternatively, you can wander to the beach and opt for the simpler but clean massages found all along Surin Beach.


The tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkelling - clear, calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life. Snorkelling can be done year-round in Phuket, but the best time of year is November-April. At some beaches it is possible to rent snorkelling gear for the day, and many shops around the island sell a range of masks, snorkels and fins. The rocky outcrop between north Surin Beach and Pansea Beach has particularly vibrant marine life.


In case you didn't know it, Phuket's West Coast is gaining a reputation as a surf destination. Okay, so this is no Waikiki, and surfers here would be the first to admit that, but the island's West Coast aais the best place for surfing in Thailand. There are three main annual surf contests in Phuket.

Thai Boxing

One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand is the martial art of Muay Thai. Exciting enough on TV - the furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks and artful feints are even more riveting when seen live. Phuket has a lot of training camps open to all ages and genders. The training programmes cater for those who simply desire to improve their health and boxing skills.

Phuket Cable Ski & Wakeboarding

Phuket Cable Ski & Wakeboarding near Kathu Waterfall is one of the most fun and challenging activities in Phuket. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy many exciting rides from water skiing to kneeboarding and wakeboarding on a large freshwater lake.

Splash Jungle Water Park

Unmatched in southern Thailand, Splash Jungle Waterpark at Mai Kao Beach offers a great day out on exciting water slides, rides and more all in one themed water park. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for an exciting and invigorating day out, Splash Jungle is the perfect destination.

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing is presently one of the fastest growing extreme sports in Phuket and the island has all it takes to be a popular location for many kitesurf enthusiasts. Beginners appreciate the shallow waters and gentle breezes of the southeast coast while over at Nai Yang and Layan beaches in northwest Phuket, more practiced kitesurfers really let rip with acrobatic stunts.