The Kingdom of Lanna, bordering Myanmar and Laos, is blissfully calm yet blessed with rich culture, mouthwatering cuisine and breathtaking landscapes. Mountain valleys, the dreamy sea of mist at sunrise, flower fields of all colors, and the breezy weather. Many of the reasons why we like it so much here. The capital of Lanna, Chiang Mai, is Thailand’s second largest city and is definitely a destination not to be missed. One of the best places to stay here is undoubtedly Four Seasons Chiang Mai, which is why we are staying here again. We are so happy to be back and oh did we mention that it is pet friendly here as well! Yeah! Checking into our Pool Villa 7, come with us this way.
Tucked away in one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket and our favorite, Pansea Beach, a nearly-private beach with crystal clear turquoise blue water and golden sands which can only be reached via long-tail boat, or through the two hotels that share this beach, Amanpuri and The Surin. We are so happy to be back here again, this time at The Surin. The surin showcases a serene beachfront location between rolling hills and towering coconut palms, making it hard to believe that it is just 45 minutes from the airport! Our beachfront villa is right in front of the sunset on the beach, we are breathing in all of the gorgeous views!
Along the west coast of Phuket, the most celebrated island on Andaman Sea, lies a lush green tropical resort that features luxurious all-pool villas nested around a beautiful saltwater lagoon and surrounded by the enormous grounds that are richly manicured with whispering coconut trees and lush floral garden. Banyan Tree Phuket is definitely an oasis of peace and tranquillity with world class spa. Upon arrival we were swiftly escorted to our beautifully spacious 1500 sqm Double Pool Villa, with our names both written on the wall! Special touch of attention to detail! As we walked into our villa our jars dropped; our infinity pool was fully and marvelously decorated with countless fresh floating white and pink lotuses. One of the prettiest flower pool decorations we had so far. A tower cake, a bottle of sparkling wine, and a welcome handwritten card from the GM were a warm gesture welcoming us to the property and we knew this is going to be a great 4 days 3 nights stay.
“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!
Sweet dreams are made of this; coconut trees stretch as far as your eyes allow them to, crystal-clear turquoise blue water reflecting the endless horizon above, where pure white satin sand beach is your private playground. This is definitely a homecoming, to our all-time favorite brand, Four Seasons. Koh Samui is where we call home for the week to celebrate our 8th year anniversary together on this romantic getaway.