As we focus on health and well-being this week, we are strongly drawn towards eating more vegetables, practicing meatless Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays -- and ok this week our refrigerators have been pretty bare in the meat department. Along with being healthy, running away to the nearest slice of heaven, quickly jumps high on our priority list. Luckily, we didn't have to look hard to find this beauty, and we definitely find ourselves at odds. Stay in Hong Kong, or go for a quick vacay in amazing Thailand? Hmm... :) .
From September 24-October 2nd, Five-Star Resort Paresa offers a “Vegetarian Street Food Festival” package for two. Explore the tastes, smells and traditional rituals in the beautiful island of Phuket. Priced from THB30,000 (approximately USD933) for two nights, staying at an amazing and exclusive resort sounds like the perfect way to treat yourselves, while being healthy.
Accommodation includes two nights in the deluxe Aqua Pool Suite, with its own private swimming pool, breakfast included. The package not only includes a guided tour of the festival in Phuket’s ‘Old Town’, but also a vegetarian street-food cooking class. The highlight of cooking with a trained chef, includes a visit to a colourful local market, accompanied by Paresa’s chef, to select fresh ingredients.
Paresa’s vegetarian street food cooking classes embrace two entire menus that guests can learn to cook and re-create at home. Dishes range from Poh Pia Pak Tord (deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls) to the traditional Phad Thai (stir-fried noodles & bean sproutsin a tamarind dressing.) Som Tum Jay, a spicy green papaya salad is also offered on the cooking class menu, along with Gluay Tord, authentic crispy bananas, and Khao Nhiao Mamuang, a sweet mango sticky rice.
The resort’s celebrated fine dining restaurant, Diavolo, is also paying a culinary tribute to the festival’s tradition, with a traditional Thai vegetarian menu of its own. It features dishes from Tod Man Khaopod, a deep fried curry corn cake, and Yum Makuea Yaw, an eggplant salad with mushroom and lime dressing. A traditional fried noodle with mixed vegetables, Guay Tiew Song Keung, and dessert of glutinous rice flour in sweet coconut milk, Bua Loy Sam Sri, are also part of the Vegetarian promotion menu.
More perks of the package include roundtrip airport transfers by luxury SUV, being located on Phuket’s most sought-after address along ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ - high above Kamala Bay, along with complimentary WiFi, refreshing towels, cold fresh fruit and water.
Sanskrit for “Heaven of All Heavens”, Paresa is situated on a hilltop high above Kamala beach, the island’s most sought after address known as “Millionaires’ Mile”.Just 30 minutes fromPhuket International Airport, Paresa’s inspiration isderived from Southern Thai homes combined with a respect for nature, whichis reflected in the resort’s contemporary reinterpretation of traditional designs and itsuse of local natural materials.With the preservation of its green surroundings, Paresamaintains its natural and exclusive beauty. In 2014, Paresa has won the following fame and awards:
- Thailand’s Best Hotels & Resorts Guide 2014
- World Luxury Spa Awards 2014 (Best Luxury Resort Spa Country Winner)
- Thailand Tattler Best Restaurant 2014 certificate for “ Diavolo “
- Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner
More details on www.paresaresorts.com