Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa
Photo by Courtesy of Akaryn Hotel Group
The Sword in the Stone
Over 40,000 temples are found in Thailand. On the island of Phuket lies what is purportedly one of the oldest in the south, Wat Phra Thong. Within its hallowed halls sits half-buried golden Buddha, Luang Poh Phra Thong.
As the legend goes, a kindly old farmer was dismayed to find his son and cow had passed away in a field for no discernible reason.
Upon revisiting the site, the half buried Buddha relic was discovered. Although countless community members attempted to unearth the golden rendering of the god in its entirety, none were successful and upon each who touched it befell a curse. To protect the artifact and those who came to cast their eyes upon its gleam, a temple was erected around it.
No worthy visitor has unearthed it since the discovery centuries ago. For those who deem themselves a modern-day King Arthur, the sole soul able to lift the curse, there are ample accommodations nearby.
One option is the Akyra Beach Club Phuket set to open in December 2016 or the exclusive private residences at the Aleenta Phuket.
Finally, the Aleenta Phuket manages exclusive, billionaire-owned villas. These villas feature entirely original artworks and design, private secluded beach-front salas, entertainment rooms, butlers and a private chef on call 24-7 and more.
By Rachel Peace
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33 Moo 5, Khok Kloi, Phang Nga, Phuket 82140, Thailand
+66 2 514 8112