In the words of Miss Ross, “I’m coming out” to Phuket, one of the most popular and gay friendly destinations in Thailand. Rainbow flags at the ready! Grab your closest “dancing Queen” and prepare to experience the colourful, fun and eccentric nightlife of Patong beach.
The island’s gay scene is most prevalent in the west coast town of Patong, where gay venues including restaurants, clubs and bars are dotted along Patong beach. There is a ‘gay beach’ section of Patong beach, which flies a rainbow flag and attracts many expats, locals and tourists. Situated on a secluded section of the beach in the southernmost corner, the recently renovated Amari Phuket offers stunning views of Patong Bay and the Andaman Sea from a quiet corner of paradise, whilst being within walking distance to buzzing Patong town.
In the words of leading gay icon, Madonna: “Strike a pose”. Amari Phuket is showcasing its new look following an extensive makeover. There is a new contemporary design throughout, even the dining outlets have received the A-list treatment and are braced to welcome the stylish elite of Phuket at this year’s Pride festival. La Gritta, fine dining Italian restaurant has an impressive seafront location and has been reimagined to become a chic destination restaurant sure to wow the senses. The terrace above is a stylish venue for enjoying premium wines and accompanying tapas. And newly launched Samutr Bar offers a place to lounge by day and look fabulous by night, with its panoramic views of Patong Bay and creative cocktail inspirations.
When to go: For eight days in April, Phuket will be flying the rainbow coloured flag even higher than usual during the biggest Pride Festival in Asia, taking place from 20th to 27th April. The festival consists of a series of events open to all, the highlight being the Phuket Pride Parade, which consists of floats, street entertainment, fantastic costumes and music. Passers-by can marvel at the parade as it makes its way through Patong to Loma Park, where there will be live entertainment including local bands and international DJs.
Amari Phuket is currently offering a five night super saver package for just 42,318 THB. Available for bookings until 31 October 2014. Package includes five nights in a deluxe ocean view room, breakfast, round trip airport transfers, a party friendly late checkout at 4pm and a set Thai dinner for two persons at Rim Talay.
For more details of packages available at Amari Phuket, visit www.amari.com/phuket/hotelpackage
For more information on the schedule of events for Phuket Pride 2014 and for new events still to be announced, visit www.phuket-pride.org