Tuscany Ballooning was our most magical morning in Florence, watching the first rays of sun paint Tuscan cypress-studded hills, vineyards, ancient castles and renaissance villas in solid hues of gold. We had to pitch ourselves to make sure that what we were seeing was not a painting but a reality! If you would have asked me what is the one thing to do in Florence, this is it. Flying high at the altitude of 6000 meters and going wherever the wind takes you! It was such a free and magnificent feeling.
Gentle whispers of coconut palms, crystal clear turquoise-hued waves, rainbows of endless fish colonies, pearly white beaches of powdery-soft sand and breath-taking views of towering limestone cliffs await your visit as a luxuriously tropical dream destination “Phuket” finally reopens for international travelers on July 1st, 2021! And yes no quaratine required! Check the latest details and update with Tourism Authority of Thailand.
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.
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!
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.