“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.
Bali, a surreal tropical state of mind. Get ready to pamper yourself with a fantasy within a reality. A place where free gypsy spirits and authentic sense of luxury perfectly blended and merged into one. Located in “Valley of Kings”, Viceroy is nothing short of a hidden private paradise making us feeling like true King and Queen of the Valley. The sight of lush green forest stretches as far as your eyes allow it. Wanting to arrive in style at this sanctuary of serenity? No problem, Viceroy’s private on-site helipad is here to serve you. Undoubtedly, Viceroy is the best of Ubud has to offer and the ultimate sweet spot is none other than our “Viceroy Villa” or “The Presidential Villa”, The Crowd Jewel and one of its kind. If you are ready for a check-in, follow us, this way!
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.
As soon as the boat pulls up to the balcony of our ultra-luxe 250 square meters’ overwater villa home “Crusoe Residence No.5”, we wanted to jump out into this endless crystal clear turquoise water and blue lagoons, plant both of our feet in the sand, then swim out to our private overwater hammock along with incredible underwater wildlife friends, and lay there from sunrise to sunset. Then stay right there without moving as we watch the stars coming out at night, each one of them blazing out so brightly across the sky, like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Yes, our overwater villa home can only be accessed by boat, that is how exclusive this paradise is. This is by far the best overwater villa we have ever stayed in here in Maldives. Gili Lankanfushi or the formerly known as Soneva Gili Lankanfushi runs with one rule and one rule only “no news, no shoes”. Making it feel so damn good leaving the rest of the world behind as this place leaves us breathless and makes us believe we can walk on water, an ultimate barefoot luxury. Not only that they are a home to the world’s Overwater Villas (Yes! All of those you now see in Bora Bora is the imitation of this) but they also are a home of The World’s Largest Overwater Villa “The Private Reserve” 1,700 Square Meters. It is not often you found yourself in a place that its real life beauty surpasses that of magazines and advertisement you have ever seen. Gili Lankanfushi is a resort beyond any words and expectation. Something truly to be experienced by oneself.