The Racha Thailand

So my last update was on Christmas Eve morning, as we sat on Chalong Pier, awaiting the speedboat that would whisk us to Koh Racha for three nights, where we would be staying at The Racha, a rather glorious beachside island resort.

racha anumba spa
(The Anumba Spa at The Racha.)

Our activities on Racha can be neatly summed up in: swimming, beach, hiking, massage, sleeping, doing bugger all.

It was bliss incarnate.

The Racha Thailand

The first thing we did was head to the Beach Cafe to eat  festive Pad Thai for our Christmas Eve lunch. (Photo at top.) Wow did that Singha taste GOOD after some thirty hours of travelling.

And then we flopped.

racha anumba spa
(The Anumba Spa.)

I booked a massage in the excellent spa to unknot my shoulders after all that luggage hefting en route to Thailand combined with sitting at the back of the plane, and Rach headed to the infinity pool.

The Racha Thailand

Later that evening we eschewed the hotel’s open air, £70 a head Christmas Eve celebrations, complete with neon snowmen – really designed for large family groups, and people for whom the words ‘international buffet’ are a magnet, and slipped off after a few glasses of Champagne across the white sands of the small bay to the backpacker resort on the headland to eat plates of Thai food instead.

When we got back to the resort a few hours later the party was still going strong, but we decided it would be a great idea to go late night swimming in the lit up garden pool by our villa. It was one of the high points of our stay, as we swam gentle circles in the warm night, chuckling away and putting the world to rights.

The Racha Thailand

Pudding afterwards was a somewhat tipsy duvet picnic in our villa, courtesy of room service.

The Racha Thailand

On Christmas Day we woke at 0530 – jetlagged – and headed to the infinity pool for a long swim, as the sun came up.

The Racha Thailand

Here I am somewhat dopey with time lag, just after the sun came up.

The Racha Thailand

I took my first outdoor shower of the trip after swimming laps

The Racha Thailand

This was Christmas Day lunch. Soft shell crab in yellow curry for Rachel, festive green curry for me and an also green coconut. There was so much chilli in both of our dishes that our noses ran, our faces blushed and I think steam may have poured from our ears.

The Racha Thailand

racha anumba spa

On Boxing Day we woke up mindful of the ten year anniversary of the Tsunami.

The Racha Thailand

hiking koh racha rawa

At 10am we went for a hike up to the viewpoint over the island.

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hiking koh racha rawa

hiking koh racha rawa

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Utterly wiped by the forty-five dress slope we hiked up at marching speed in the humidity for forty minutes, we spent several hours in a blur of massages (me) and body wraps (Rach).

racha anumba spa

racha anumba spa

We also changed rooms to a beachview Deluxe Pool Villa (as planned), which had its own incredibly spoiling plunge pool.

The Racha Thailand

On our last morning, the 27th, we got up early to swim in the crystal clear sea before the daytrippers arrived at 10am, and then took a  very good free yoga class in the excellent studio in the spa.

The Racha Thailand

The Racha Thailand

The Racha Thailand

The Racha Thailand

Washing my feet clear of sand outside our villa after yoga.

The Racha Thailand
The Racha Thailand

As we sat and gazed over the beach, waiting for our 1130am speedboat transfer back to Phuket, we were rather sad, dull food notwithstanding, to be leaving our island fastness.

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Hi Sasha

Warm greetings and hope this mail finds you well.

Your blogging about the resort was passed on from my former colleague Mr. Michel Sheffer who is working at the Shangri La Hong Kong as Hotel Manager. I trust you had a wonderful holiday with us.
Please do stay in touch and if your travel plans brings you back to Phuket then please do contact me directly.

BTW – we like to add you in our Facebook link.

Best regards
Devan Bhaskaran
General Manager
The Racha

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