A ‘spiritual blessing of love’ at a Buddhist temple, a soothing massage in the resort’s holistic spa or a sunset dinner for two under an ancient banyan tree are amongst the range of indulgent treats included for newly-weds honeymooning at Phuket’s five star hideaway Paresa Resort Phuket.
Translated as ‘Heaven of all Heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa is built into the cliffs of Kamala on Phuket’s ‘millionaires’ mile’. Surrounded by tropical virgin forest, it features 48 individually designed suites and villas, each of which has breathtaking 270 degree west facing views over the waters of the Andaman Sea.
As a special way to mark the start of their marriage, couples can take a sunrise visit to one of the resort’s favourite local pagodas in nearby Kamala where monks traditionally accept alms from the local community. Here, the couple can offer a small basket of items prepared by the Paresa chefs to the monks and in return he shows his thanks with a spiritual blessing. The monk presents a small dish of holy water, gently pouring it over the couples’ hands to cleanse the spirit whilst chanting ancient Pali-Sanskrit mantras. The remaining holy water is lightly sprinkled around as part of the ceremony.
Couples can also enjoy a soothing complimentary 45-minute body treatment each in the resort’s Thai inspired spa - The Spa at Paresa. Using the natural, healing properties of local ingredients and products from the resort's own hydroponic garden with traditional Thai therapies, the ethos of the spa is to promote a feeling of well-being and sense of nourishment and rejuvenation.
Alternatively foodie couples may opt for a complimentary set dinner under the canopy of a majestic Banyan tree overlooking the Andaman Sea at the resort’s Thai restaurant ‘Talung Thai’, where popular Thai dishes are blended alongside rare southern Thai family recipes by Executive Chef, Luca Mancini.
During their stay couples can also savour the legendary Andaman sunsets, which are amongst the most spectacular in the world, with a 20% discount on a romantic ‘Infinity Pool Dining’ experience. Surrounded by the twinkling lights of a fibre optic lit pool and Phuket’s star studded sky the culinary team at Paresa will create a special, personalised three course dinner for a unique and memorable dining experience.
Accommodation is in one of the elegant Talay Suites with its own spacious balcony to take in the balmy Thai evenings, with shared access to a luxurious infinity edge swimming pool looking out over the Andaman Sea. The room is set with flowers on arrival together with a chilled bottle of Paresa sparkling wine just waiting to be opened.
Destinology (www.destinology.co.uk 01204 821419) offer this special 10-night honeymoon package at Paresa Resort from £1,955 per person, saving £567 per person travelling 11 January – 30 April 2016 (for bookings before 30 November 2015). Cost includes flights from Heathrow, 10 nights BB accommodation, return airport transfer and all stated honeymoon benefits http://www.destinology.co.uk/holiday-offers/paresa/37266
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