Dorinda Rose Berry
Owner of Roseberry New Age Center and Life Guide
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU MOVED HERE?
Setting up and managing spas in England. I began at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden, London, 25 years ago. I attended and studied healing, and all aspects of well-being. Before I came to Phuket it was all about spas in city environments. [Then] I visualised living on a warm sunny island and here I am.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED ON THE ISLAND AND WHY DID YOU MOVE HERE?
I have lived here since 1994 .I originally came to set up the Banyan Tree Spa in Phuket. I was blessed with such an amazing project that just seemed to grow overnight.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING HERE?
Nature, the beaches, the constant growth of vegetation, and the energy of the people of Thailand. I love the energy of Thai people and the great patience they have. Their ability to be so in the moment.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
Quiet time. Meditation, settling down with a cup of tea and looking out at the trees. Massage and loads of it. Crystals healing my body as I nap.
WHAT HOBBIES OR SPORTS ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?
I love yoga and daily walks on the beach. I love the gym and cycling.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
Holidays with the family.
FAVOURITE FOOD OR DISH?
Tomatoes and all vegetables, especially roast vegetables.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTO?
I love music for inspiration, that’s soft and relaxing, like Deva Premal and Dewa Che.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIP YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE MOVING TO PHUKET?
Know that it takes time to settle in. Go to local markets and supermarkets to find things you need and want. Ask people who have lived here where to source what you need. Watch the sunset every night!
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE LIVING ON THE ISLAND?
The thing that comes to mind is coming home on New Year’s Eve 11 years ago, 15 minutes to midnight, dashing in to grab my bag, had a few drinks, on my way to meet friends for the countdown.
As I walked in, there was vomit everywhere on the floor and my cats were pacing around the biggest, hugest snake I have ever seen, coiled on the floor. I took the dustpan and scooped up the snake, which weighed so much, threw it into the rice field and ran to the car, off to meet my friends.
WHERE IN PHUKET WOULD YOU TAKE SOMEONE ON A FIRST DATE?
To the beach, to Lamsing or Promthep for the sunset...
FAVOURITE PLACE ON THE ISLAND, AND WHY?
A beach with trees full of shade. I feel so relaxed and connected to the universe when I can lie down and look at the trees with the sun peeping through.