Phuket cuise: Margaret Lee at Le Meridien Resort, Thailand
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 Margaret Lee, a Five Star Fantasy

For those lucky enough to stay at Le Meridien's five-star resort in Relax Bay, on Phuket's southwest coast, there is an added treat in store . . . the availability of a beautiful 65-foot cruise boat, Margaret Lee 

Le Meridien is one of Phuket's premier vacation destinations and as such endeavours to provide its guests with the best service and facilities available. As you drive along the road from Karon to Patong, Le Meridien comes into sight as a stunningly designed, tropical retreat on its own stretch of uninterrupted beach.

With clientele from around the world, Le Meridien has one additional feature: its own private cruise boat. Recently restored and refit to the highest specifications, Margaret Lee is in a class of her own. Although the hotel offers all forms of watersports; diving, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing etc., but the opportunity to take a day trip or evening cruise on this vessel is one not to be missed.

Margaret Lee is a 65-foot cruise boat originally built by the British Royal Air Force in 1932. Spending most of her time in the harsh climatic conditions of the North Sea, she was ably equipped with a three-propellered engine enabling her to travel at great speed. Although her original name is a little military, Margaret Lee sailed some of Europe's most hazardous waters, working as a rescue and back-up vessel for the RAF for a number of successful years.

After European hostilities cooled, Margaret Lee found herself in Singapore, where she acquired her present-day name.

In 1970, she came to Phuket as a sea-mining vessel until she was retired over three years ago. Since then she has undergone a complete overhaul and been refitted to very high standards.

With a pleasant and efficient cruising speed of 12-15 knots, she is the perfect craft for a day trip around the island, to outlying islands, or a sunset cocktail cruise. The boat has a fully-equipped galley, bar and comes with a well-trained crew. Her well-travelled skipper can advise you on destination options and availability of extras such as diving apparatus and instructors.

Activities on board can basically be as relaxed or energetic as you wish. Whether it's swimming, snorkelling and diving or sunbathing, reading and spending time in the air-conditioned lounge, the choice is yours. One of the most popular trips is a day trip to Rang Yai and Koh Kai, leaving the hotel at 8am and returning at 5.30pm. Phang Nga, with its towering limestone peeks is also popular especially as the weather remains mostly calm and bright year-round. Sunset cocktail cruises are to be especially recommended, as there is no better way to finish off the perfect holiday than to spend an evening cruising in Phuket waters, possibly with some newly made friends, sipping a cool drink and watching the scarlet sun sink into the Andaman Sea.

For more information, please contact Guest Relations at Le Meridien (66 76) 340 480 ext. 5213. E-mail:


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