Patong’s newest boutique hotel looks to Phuket Town’s Sino-Portuguese culture to create somewhere elegant and different. Mai House Patong Hill
) is an alluring blend of turquoise walls, opium den-style daybeds and dangling steel lanterns.
Couples need to splash for the Grand Deluxe Rooms (B5,000 versus the standard Deluxe, B4,000), which feature bathtubs in the bedroom, or go one step further for the Grand Deluxe Jacuzzi room (B6,000), which has its own outdoor Jacuzzi hidden behind a veil of tropical foliage overlooking Patong Beach.
More Peranakan culture gets served up in the 19th-century Chinese-style Opium Den bar, as well as the dishes of Kathu Mining Co. restaurant. Check their website to get the two-nights-for-the-price-of-one rates starting from B4,750 for a Deluxe room.