The Phuket Planners’ Paradise Trip saw Masala, alongside several local wedding planners, experience some of the finest wedding destinations on the island.
Aiming to shine the spotlight on their many gorgeous event venues and luxurious guestrooms, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa and Splash Beach Resort invited some of Bangkok’s top Indian wedding planners and MICE organisers on a special familiarisation trip from September 21st to 23rd to get a peek at happily ever after in true Phuket style.
Arriving just before lunchtime, our lively group was greeted by Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa’s General Manager Markus Kosch, where we were also treated to an enchanting Thai traditional dance and drum performance. After checking in, we were swiftly led on a full site inspection, covering all types of rooms and suites, as well as the numerous gorgeous outdoor and indoor spaces.
With five outdoor pools and multiple function rooms all set in lush tropical paradise with jaw-dropping mountain and ocean views, it was easy to imagine hosting a wedding here. The luxurious Grand Ballroom at the end of the tour provided a more in-depth insight into the resort’s wedding capabilities with colourful table set-ups to inspire reception ideas.
At the same venue, we participated in a Krathong-making competition, in honour of the upcoming cultural Thai festival, Loy Krathong. Just before dinner, we also indulged in sunset cocktails at the Ocean Beach Club, another stunning location overlooking Karon Beach. Our night ended on a high note as we were told to make our wishes and float our handmade Krathongs in the resort pool.
The following day, we made our way to Splash Beach Resort, formerly known as the Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket. After a one hour drive up north, we were treated to refreshments and a satisfying buffet lunch at the all-day dining restaurant Splash Kitchen. Managing Director John O’ Shea gave us a short introduction, and we were once more taken on a full inspection tour to view the various types of accommodation on offer, including private pool villas and two-storey penthouses, all with stunning scenic views.
Besides having direct access to the Splash Jungle Water Park, the resort also boasts a Thai pavilion style restaurant called Baan Thai, set on the banks of a tranquil lagoon, where we enjoyed some delicious cocktails as the sun set. Finally, we ended our trip with a magnificent candle-lit dinner at the resort’s lavish Convention Centre, known for being one of Phuket’s most spacious function halls.
Masala would like to thank both hotels for their kind hospitality in ensuring such a memorable trip.