To finalize the occasion, pick a bottle or two from Trisara’s Wine Spectator award-winning cellar, recently recognized with the 2012 Award of Excellence. Swap your wedges for a casual flat mule sandal at China Inn Café, a homey establishment in the Old town. Savor the red duck curry slowly to properly enjoy its spicy tamarind sauce. Set amid colorful décor and creative lighting, this place truly demonstrates creative, individual style (a trait we forever try to emulate!). As much as we love to kick back and relax on a beach getaway, care and makeup free, every girl craves a hint of elegant indulgence to truly complete a vacation. In Phuket, your answer is Diavolo, the elegant Italian restaurant at Paresa Resort. From the moment your Ferragamo sandals hit the dark wood of the sweeping deck, you’ll be speechless at the view of the sea below shimmering against the interior hues of read and gold. We know a seasoned jetsetter can be hard to impressive, but take our word that Diavolo is among the most spectular dining Phuket as to offer along its stunning coast. When it’s time to cut loose, you’ll find support among the clientele at Ka Jok See. Make a reservation, as this popular joint has had its fair share of celebrity sightings (Kate Moss has given her stamp of approval). The unusual, artistic, and fun atmosphere celebrates individuality, so don’t shy away from letting your truest self and funkiest style shine through. Time to break out that daring vintage piece or sport an eclectic local purpose, because after 9pm party turns up to the tune of bongo drums and tambourines. If you find yourself dancing on a table before night ends you at least surely won’t be alone. LIM’s Pop-Up Kitchen is known to attract an in-the-know crowd of chic partygoers to its al fresco dining room decorated with lush tropical foliage. From colorful throw pillows to velvet sofas and eclectic artwork, LIM’s style is unusual yet tasteful, somewhat like that of forever-icon Carrie Bradshaw. The food is modern thai, but ditch the noodles tonight and sample the deep fried sea bass with mango salsa, or any of the fresh daily specials. We all love a good home-cooked meal from time to time, and at Royale Nam Tok you’ll get just that, though likely just a touch more upscale than our own home kitchen creations. The restaurant is literally set inside a Belgian couple’s home-turned-restaurant, featuring an interior that is soothing and discrete, fusing tranquil, Flemish designs with the surrounding Thai Tropics. Interestingly, the menu is mostly French with hints of Asian influence—we recommend starting with the beef carpaccio with delicious homemade pesto. White Box is as sleek as it sounds, known for its eccentric, exceptional design, set in what used to be a modern private home. The chef hails from the Mediterranean, making for a menu reticent of the French Riviera mixed with Thai influence. If you can’t make it for dinner, White box is an ideal locale for a sunset cocktail or final nightcap at the rooftop bar, offering a stunning beachfront view of Patong bay. One of Phuket’s oldest and best-known restaurants, Kan Eang@Pier cooks from the heart. The ambiance epitomizes Phuket culture in its relaxed yet effortlessly lovely setting of al fresco dining by the sea. A simple sundress and sandals is all you need here to enjoy the famous barbeque spread, from fresh lobster, to massive tiger prawns, and vast curry selection. If you’re sensing a home cooking theme here, you’re not wrong, but we would be remiss to exclude the famous Raya from our list. Visited by locals and travelers alike, Raya is known for its traditional fare and setting (specialties include the crabmeat curry and steamed pork). The atmosphere is quite charming, decorated with fine china and antiques and set in an old home so well-preserved it can feel like eating in a museum. Dress up a notch above your standard casual sundress, but not need to go over-the-top (unless you so desire). How about dinner in a mansion? I think yes. Blue Elephant is literally set in a Sino-Portuguese mansion that was one the home of the Governor of Phuket. Atmosphere aside, with menu items like crab soufflé, massaman lamb, and foie gras tamarind sauce, it’s no surprise that “royal” is the adjective most commonly used to describe Blue Elephant. Break out your best ensemble for this evening—you’ll want to look top-notch for your inevitable photo shoot on the mansion grounds.
Home to Asia’s longest swim-up pool bar (35 meters), Xana Beach Club always makes for a good time. Sink into a pristine white day bed and soak in the seaside view, but prepare to liven up when the sun goes down and the state-of-the-art sound system beats pick up. Phuket’s original hotspot, Catch Beach Club, has reopened and it better than ever, reclaiming its leading position in the Phuket club craze. Sample Asian tapas in your poolside sala before picking up a daiquiri at the canopy-covered beach bar. Everyone loves a good rooftop bar, but one glance at the 360° views from the 360° infinity pool at Baba Nest and you’ll understand why this legendary hotspot has been voted among the worlds best rooftop beach bars. Located at the Sri Panwa resort on the southern tip of the island, Baba Nest is not the easiest to get to, but hey, for the best sunset on the island it’s only fitting to have to put in a little work.