You know that a holiday destination is good when Mother Nature decides to be the polar opposite of what you had dreamed of, and yet you still enjoy your time there.
With a week’s vacation planned at Sri Panwa, a luxury resort west of Phuket, in my mind’s eye I knew how everything would turn out. I’d wake up to views of the islands of the Andaman Sea, have a light breakfast before sauntering down to the beach for a few hours sun and surf. My afternoons and evenings would be spent either on the same islands I could see from my bed or somewhere within the Sri Panwa resort, perhaps on the tennis court or the roof Baba Nest bar. Mother Nature had other plans.
Instead of picture-perfect skies, I checked in to Sri Panwa on an overcast day whose clouds soon heralded in a storm so fierce some might describe it as a hurricane. The beach I had hoped to lounge on played host not to myself but a ship that the storm had washed ashore. The tennis court was washed out. The rooftop bar… I still drank up there, storm be damned. All of Sri Panwa, despite the storm, despite the wind, remained beautiful. My water-side view never dissipated. The infinity pool seemed all the more relaxing as rain peppered its surface. And when that rain finally did subside, the experience of leaving the resort for scuba diving across several islands was all the more exciting.
The only disappointment? It’s harder to photograph grey skies than it is to photograph blue ones. But there’s still a beauty to even the greyest of days, some of which I hope is captured in the following photo diary from around Phuket and Sri Panwa. You’ll find more, along with some videos, on my Instagram. My photo diary from the nearby Aleenta Resort has also recently been published.