Sleep is the holy grail of motherhood. It is the one thing that moms search for from the moment that their little bundles of
sleep-stealing joy arrive. We want it even more than chocolate, quiet, or losing that baby weight. SLEEP! Am I right?!
It was in search of uninterrupted sleep, eating without having to tell someone numerous times not to pick their nose (and eat it), and getting some quality me time, that I asked Chad for a night away for my birthday present last month. He was awesome and gladly obliged (he definitely gets the ‘Best Husband’ award!). My night away was set for a few weeks later.
A ‘Mom’s Night Out’ can be had anywhere, but here in Phuket, Thailand it may be a little different. For example, currently the (decrepit and slightly gross) Motel 6 in Santa Rosa, California is about $76.00, or 2700 baht per night. Here in Phuket, you can stay in a 4-star hotel like the Burasari Phuket for a few dollars less a night. The accommodations here are amazing and much cheaper than many other places in the world. So there are more options for budget-oriented moms.
However, I did not stay in the Burasari Phuket resort, it was a little more than I wanted to spend. I ended up choosing a less expensive, more centrally located resort called the Kata Palm Resort and Spa. I paid $50 US (1700 baht) for one night. I chose Kata Palm because it was within walking distance to a few different spa’s, about 500 meters from Kata beach, and had a FREE BREAKFAST, which if you have been reading my posts for a while, you will know that free food is always the way to my heart.
My Moms Night Out Begins….
Chad dropped me off at Kata Palm Resort around 1:45 p.m., I was unaware that the check-in time was 2:00 pm (seriously when did check-in times get so late in the day?!). I sat in the beautiful reception area and was served tea and a WiFi password while the lovely front desk clerks verified my reservation and registered me.
About five minutes later, one of the clerks informed me that my room was not yet ready and could I wait just another 15 minutes. Instead of waiting, I took my opportunity for some immediate pampering! I told her I would be back in an hour and checked my backpack with the bell boy. I was off to find a spa!
Inexpensive spa treatments are another way that Phuket (and Thailand in general) is better than many other places in the world to have a ‘Moms night out’. In Phuket, one can get an hour massage for around 400-500 baht for an hour ($11-$15 USD), a pedicure for around 350 baht ($10 USD), along with pretty much anything else one could think of. Many salons even offer temporary false eyelashes and tattooed makeup (nope, I would never do this!). A mom can really get pampered on the cheap!
I walked a bit down the road, along the way being asked if I wanted to buy a suit numerous times, almost as many times as I was asked if I needed a taxi.
Side Note: A great phrase that everyone should know if visiting or living in Thailand is, ‘Mai Ao Ka/Krop’. This means ‘I don’t want’. As soon as sales people/taxi drivers hear you use this phrase, they usually won’t push it any further.
I passed a few massage places and salons, but none of them drew me. I wasn’t looking for a 5-star spa, but I was looking for one that looked clean and organized. I found it a couple of blocks down, the Darin Massage and Beauty Salon. It was three or four stories tall and was set up with pedicure massage chairs ready for the taking! I walked in and handed my nasty old feet over for a much-needed pedicure.
The only problem was that the power was out! So they could not use the jet’s in the pedicure chair. Regardless it was a fabulously and professionally done pedicure and I decided that I would come back to Darin’s for my massage the next day.
After my toes were looking fabulous, I walked back to Kata Palm to check into my room. As I walked up to the front desk they recognized me, handed me my backpack and one of the bell-boys showed me to my room.
WOWOWOWOWOW! What a room it was! Instead of telling you about it, I have made a slide show for you, so that you can see it. It was so worth the $50 a night (and then some!).
I settled into my room and did my Thai class homework for a bit. Then I put on my swimsuit, grabbed my book and headed down to the pool. By the time I was at the pool, it was already almost 4 p.m., so there was only a little sun left. Well, enough sun to read a couple of chapters in ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ by Henry James while enjoying a couple of whiskey sodas with lime. It was so relaxing!
As the sun was getting lower and lower behind the resort buildings, I began to get a bit chilled sitting out in my bikini (yep I am completely acclimated to the Phuket climate) and so I trundled up to my room and took a long shower. The shower had one of those rain shower heads. It was so damn enjoyable taking it without being called from another room every five minutes. This ‘Moms Night Out’ was turning out to be absolutely amazing!
My goodness, I am getting wordy while I am healing from my other nights away, I am going to continue this next week!
To Be Continued…
*Disclaimer-I was not asked to review or write about Kata Palms Resort and Spa or any other business I mentioned in my post today. I willingly paid for and enjoyed every last thing without any sponsorship and just wanted to share it my opinions (that are all my own) with you! For more information on our legal stuff, check out our Disclosures.*
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