THEY call it James Bond island – the iconic landmark that was as much the star of 007 outing The Man With The Golden Gun as sardonic superspy Roger Moore and creepy Christopher Lee.
The limestone tower islet of Ko Tapu rises 66ft from the sea in the Phang Nga Bay north-east of Thailand’s Phuket, and won a worldwide audience when the ninth Bond film was shot in and around it in 1974.
It’s one of those places that inspires a sense of awe without the movie connection but which, once seen at the cinema or on TV, will always have you thinking: “What a great location for a Bond movie…”
Now, luxury boutique hotel The Sarojin has launched a holiday package for 2021 which includes the chance to get up, close and personal with Ko Tapu on an adventure out on the Andaman Sea.
The ‘Sarojin Cares Adventure’ offers the opportunity to explore Khao Lak’s jungles, waters, wildlife and communities at the same time as travelling more consciously and giving back during your break.
Guests can opt in to join The Sarojin team on their regular ‘Sarojin Cares’ volunteer days in the community or take part in the resort’s ongoing beach, coastal and mangrove and environmental care activities.
The package combines a luxurious stay with excursions including a bamboo raft jungle safari, longtail boat experience and a personalised tour to discover a more authentic glimpse of local Thai life.
Star of the show is a ‘Just For Two’ Sea Adventure in Phang Nga Bay, which departs early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise.
A morning aboard a traditional fisherman’s longtail boat is followed by a sea cave canoeing experience amongst the region’s iconic limestone karst rocks and a stop at Tapu Island. Keep your eyes peeled for Bond!
After lunch at a local restaurant in the Sea Gypsy Village the excursion ends with a visit to Wat Thamsuwankuha and a Monkey Cave Temple.
Guests can also experience a Jungle Adventure to Khao Sok which includes a canoe or bamboo raft safari through the National Park, a chance to learn about the care and welfare of Thailand’s gentle giants during a visit to a local elephant sanctuary and a gourmet safari-style lunch.
There’s also the ‘Glimpse of Local Life, Day in the Life of a Local’ experience where the resort’s expert guides take guests on a custom-made tour offering a rare and more authentic insight into genuine Thai culture.
You can visit producers, farmers and fishermen to learn about life in a rural community, sample a local food market, visit the Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park, a Buddhist temple or visit the Camillian Social Centre which cares for disabled children.
Back at The Sarojin there’s plenty more options for adventure, from the use of complimentary mountain bikes to sailing catamarans, sailboats, sea kayaks and windsurfing boards out on the water.
Garden Tours are also available, showcasing the area’s local wildlife including The Sarojin’s endearing resident squirrels who love to be hand-fed bananas. Who doesn’t?
A team of personal guides and “imagineers” delights in creating tailor-made experiences and offers a wide variety of private and unique excursions into the surrounding national parks and areas of outstanding beauty.
Outside of the package, how about romantic dinners by a candlelit jungle waterfall, secluded white sand beach or private sand bar isle, or a rejuvenating spa massage lulled by the sounds of the Andaman Sea?
There are Thai cooking classes, gourmet lunches on spectacular river banks or in jungle settings, and private charters on the resort’s own luxury yacht.
The five-star hotel boasts 56 bedrooms, and seven nights for two in a Garden Residence, including the featured excursions, is from THB 79,295 (around £1,972) between May 4 and October 24, 2021. All day a la carte breakfast served until 6pm with sparkling wine, and private transfers are included.
For more information see www.sarojin.com