I am staying in phuket from 10th august 2006 for 10 nights. Only problem i have just found some photos of phuket kata beach august last year and am completely turned off - what happend to the crystal clear, blue water - the crashing waves and dark clouds replaced them. I am starting to panic as my partner cant swim and we were hoping for beautiful paradise blue beaches with calm water - is this impossible or can someone suggest a nice 3.5-5 star hotel for us to stay on in august. we are also going to ko samui and are wondering whether to just spend 3 weeks there?. We were looking at staying at the andaman white beach hotel and twinpalms but are now worried they are closer to the choppier water. Picturesque with calmer clearer warm water beaches is what we want.