The car pulled in passing what looked like a ten feet tall Moroccan-influenced castle wall in deep purple hue. As the car stopped, we stepped out into a grand open-air Thai pavilion that literally sits on water and to make it more surreal, we were surrounded by 2000 candles that are all fully lit up. Each step we take walking from one stone to another is like walking on water; at the end the full hospitality team of Ritz Carlton awaits to give us a personal warm welcome to the property. “Welcome to Ritz Carlton Phulay Bay” where the mountain meets the sea, the voice echoed as the beautifully handmade flower garland made fresh purple orchid is being gently into our wrists. Then our butler quickly escorted us to our stunning Royal Andaman Sea Villa. Welcome to our home for the next 3 nights; come with us this way!
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.
Sitting at the heart of a stunning peninsula on the edge of Krabi National Marine Park, in Railay, Krabi, Rayavadee is nestled in between lush green tropical gardens, surrounded on not-one-not-two-but three sides by pristine white sand beaches (Railay, Nammao, and Phranang Beach), crowned by dramatic limestone cliffs, crystal clear turquoise water of Andaman Sea, and exotic caverns and caves. Undoubtedly, this is one of Thailand’s finest beachfront properties and no need to say one of our all-time favorite. Waking up to the sound of monkeys, hearing the soft sounds of the waves touching the shore, feeling the gentle outdoor breeze as the sun warmly touches your face, pampering your style with sumptuous 75 mins spa, sipping Pina Colada as the sun kisses the horizon goodbye with the last beam of the golden hue, enjoying the romantic all candle lit dinner for two under the cave by the beach, and falling asleep under the stars to the sound of a thousand chirruping crickets, if you are ready for the all-out tropical indulgence, checking in this way.
Oh Roma Roma, World’s capital of grand history and endless romance. This is an eternal city where you can literally feel the love in the air as you explore these ancient opulent ruins, inspiring mastery pieces of art, ultra-vibrant streets, and mouth-watering gourmet (be it pasta, pizza, or gelato). Westin Rome is a romantic dream, this 1906 hotel is rich in history and is cutting a stately figure on the famous “Via Vento”, the original backdrop of Fellini’s 1960 Classic “La Dolce Vita”, giving us the full taste of its definition of “The Sweet Life”. Westin Rome is also just few steps away from these Italian Made World Famous Landmarks; Trevi Foundation, The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Colosseum. Offering you the full “Roman Explorer” experience, the true luxury that comes with the old-world charm. Upon our arrival, we heard the voice echoed “Mr. and Mrs. Gouret, Welcome to Westin Rome, we will escort you to your “Grand Luxe Suite”. Follow me, this way.
Bali, the island of god, is rich in culture and heritage. One of few places on earth that uber luxuriously opulent resorts are standing shoulder to shoulder. Of them all,c. A true jaw dropping cliff hanger, perched high on Bukit Peninsula. The ultimate show stopper is none other than its Worldly Famous Panoramic Infinity Pool which stretches as far as our eyes allow and seamlessly merges itself, the Indian Ocean, and the horizon into one. If you are ready for the luxurious-fun-in-the-sun retreat follow us, this way!