We are looking to spend some quieter days Dec 26-29 at somewhere dynamically scenic, hopefully close to the beach. We would prefer the scene not be as crowded or loud. We are okay with spending more these days on lodging as we will probably spend more time at the hotel relaxing, but, of course, considerations in your advice for affordability is always appreciated. Food is definitely important! Also we'd be keen to take a day trip somewhere. We love snorkeling! Cheap spa amenities in town or in accommodations would be rad.
For Dec 30-Jan 2, we'd like to stay somewhere probably on Phuket to be situated around there for New Year's Eve. Something conveniently proximal to parties for the weekend but not too overwhelmed by development would be ideal (too good to be true?). Local food is still important for this period too! We'd again like to do a day trip or two from here as well.
I appreciate in advance recommendations for general locations to stay at and for day tripping as well as specific lodgings and restaurants. Pros and cons would be very helpful especially for region recommendations and lodging. We are both barely 30 and are keen for some adventure, but would also like to relax a little more fancy-like since it's our honeymoon. Let me know if you need more info on us. PS, my dad works for Starwood, so we get their discount (but there's nothing for the holidays at that rate), and Marriott's chain discount too (tba soon!).