We spent a fantastic week at The Surin. Perfect weather and location. The Great Bits: breakfast, beach, gym. The Good Bits: room, staff, pool. The Bad Bits: the stairs. Breakfast was great each day with an impressive range of local fruits. Few reviews commented on the stairs from the beach to the reception. Our cottage was level with breakfast area and reception. So you can walk easier out of the resort to nearby local restaurants but get you get a work out each time you go to the beach. But it's not that bad in fact it's perfect for burning off those wonderful curries. The beach was perfect and largely private for the 2 resorts on the beach. Yes the family which runs the "private" beach bar are fantastic. We will return.
We did a day trip with Phuket Sail Tours: Phang Nga Bay in a speed boat which was great and a thai cooking school with Phuket Thai Cookery which was excellent. You start with a wet market tour was very interesting.