Located on Koh Yao Noi Island, just a few miles away from Phuket, 9 Hornbills Tented Camp is the latest addition to the Koh Yao Island Resort. Glamping has been in vogue for the past few years and it was time for us to experience it once again, but this time, with magical views of Phan Nga Bay. It was a wonderful and exceptional experience for travelers looking for an original beach retreat. Where authentic simplicity meets an Eco-conscious spirit with a sense of relaxed adventure in mind. The idyllic location in the remote jungle with the million dollar view of James Bond made famous stunning limestone isles rising from the ocean of Phang Nga is unmatched by non others in Thailand and that of South East Asia. This is most certainly the ultimate tropical island dream that one shall experience once in a lifetime. Get ready for luxurious pampering among the great nature where soul soothing is guaranteed.
“Welcome to Amanpuri”; the voice echoed as a beautifully handcrafted fragrant heart-shaped jasmine bracelet slipped onto your wrists as soon as the car door opened. With the sight of endless coconut palm trees shooting out from the horizon, just like the fireworks but in a full broad daylight. The sound track of whispering ocean as the calming wave kisses the shore. The dramatic staircase leading the way to the seemingly infinite stretch of powdery white sand beach with a mesmerizing backdrop of crystal clear turquoise Andaman sea, and the view of the stunning 40 villas. All designed to echo the Buddhist Zen and architecture of ancient Ayutthaya, gently cascading down the oceanfront hillside. We know we have arrived here in heaven on earth. A true place of peace, living up to its name, “Amanpuri” in Sanskrit.
It is so good to be back, the last time was 8 year ago when we were celebrating our 1st year anniversary together. Despite the long gap between these visits, Soneva Kiri has always been one of our top favorite three resorts in Thailand. In fact, Soneva is also one of our top favorite chains; we have been to every single property ever built. At Soneva, we always find the simple life at its very best; the kind of barefoot luxury meets secluded lush green tropical paradise. One of many things we like about Soneva Kiri is the swift and the ease of the travel, with 80 minutes direct flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnnabhumi Airport on the resort’s private jet. Time flew by so quickly, we hovered over many different beautiful islands of the Gulf of Thailand, the scenery that you normally would never see from Bird’s eye view (as there is no flight to Koh Kood or even our neighbor islands like Koh Chang or Koh Mak. After cruising down the turquoise clear water via our private speedboat, upon our arrival on this idyllic island, we were welcomed by our Miss Friday (as butlers are called here) on the jetty. She said, “Welcome back”. Let the holiday begin!
Hidden away in the splendid location of this private cove, nestled among the lush green tropical forest and charmingly manicured garden with its very own private beach, multi-tired reflection pools, and endless palm trees that stretch as far as your eyes allow it. This 40 -acre piece of land is nothing but a pure paradise boasting its jaw-dropping ocean front vista from every direction possible. All of its 41 villas and 39 private residents comes with the Superior Pure Ocean Front View of Andaman Sea that is visible from the bedroom, villa’s multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, and large private infinity pool. Unlike other big luxury hotel chains, Trisara is co-managed by its owners, ensuring impeccable experience and unparalleled service for guests first handedly. Hence, Billionaire Style Luxury, Utter Privacy, and Personalized Service are guaranteed. Both the interior and exterior perfectly marry Authentic Thai influence with Western contemporary design, making the resort a hard one to beat. The villa types go from 1 bedroom to that of 7, perfect for anyone from honeymooners to family seeking extravagance retreats. Each of the residential villa is one of its kind, all elegantly decorated in different style with different design, which is giving the extra charm to the property. Trisara is undoubtedly the ultimate pearl of the Andaman Sea, are you ready for it? If you are, follow us this way.
A truly true five-star journey always begins with an airport pick-up and Park Hyatt Saigon did nothing but constantly exceeding our expectations; starting with our chauffeur, Mr. M.Y. welcoming us on board to our private black S-Class Mercedes. Park Hyatt Saigon rises nine stories above District 1, city’s most expensive address, flanked by top designer boutiques including Christian Dior, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo, and Christian Louboutin and just few steps from Saigon’s main tourist attractions and iconic landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House, the Central Post office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, the Fine Arts Museum, and Ben Thanh market. Built with elegant French-Grand-Colonial-Era-Ambiance making Park Hyatt Saigon blended in perfectly with its historical landmark neighbors as if it has always been there. Park Hyatt Saigon is undoubtedly the ultimate luxurious hotel in Ho Chi Minh City with the afternoon high teas under sparking crystal chandeliers and soaring ceiling of the elegant Park Lounge, a soothing escape in the beautiful outdoor swimming pool tucked away from the city’s bustle and hustle in a spacious landscaped garden, world class spa treatment at Xuan, Italian Alfresco Dining at Opera, and tasty signature cocktails at this Tres Chic bar and Saigon’s nightlife hotspot “2 Lam Son Bar”.
A home to one of the eighth wonder of the world, The Angkor Wat, and a living proof of Khmer Empire’s glorious era and flourish civilization with impeccable geometry, extraordinary architecture, and unmatched designs, Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a Star Attraction and a city that is truly like no others. It is a kind of place to be seen by your very own eyes only. Truly magical and forever sensational to both of us! We are so excited to be back, always have ton of fun shooting here as unlimited amount of fine photography is being made despite numbers of our visit. The Temples of Angkor have the grand scale of The Great Wall of China, the majestic beauty and delicacy of Indian’s Taj Mahal, and the strong resemblance of Egyptian Pyramid, all combined into one; making its European castle counterparts blush. Akin to that of Egyptian Pyramid, they both provoked an obvious question “How were they built? (Especially when It was build almost a thousand years ago, in 1101”). These irresistible authentic Cambodian charms, unanswered wonders, and endless inspirations luring us to make our repeat visit to Siem Reap. As we have always been very fond of how Park Hyatt flawlessly and exquisitely blends chic modern vibes together with that of the charm of local authentic heritage, we have chosen to stay at Park Hyatt Siem Reap. It is exactly what we thought and hope it to be, an ultimate 5-star oasis located at the very heart of the vibrant, Siem Reap. It totally is a perfect & long waited holiday, a little break from GMAT. Ready to explore the enchanted Siem Reap and its spellbound temples of Angkor? Come this way! Quick!