Travel Specialist, Laura Long, travelled to Thailand last year to check out some of the luxury hotels and resorts we offer our clients. Here's what she thought of her trip...
Our first stop was the bustling city of Bangkok, we arrived at the great international airport where we were met by a representative Destination Asia; a service we offer to all clients. I would fully recommend this service as we had a swift and smooth arrival and were on our way to our luxury hotel in no time!
The Peninsula, Bangkok, is so impressive that it's almost overwhelming! The grand entrance and lobby lead directly through to their beautiful fine-dining restaurant, Mei Jang, and impressive views over the river. For the perfect stopover I would highly recommend this hotel. It has great location, sophisticated charm and a flagship wellness centre with luxury spa facilities. This tranquil oasis is a hidden gem in the big city, and I'd recommend at least a 2 or 3 night stay, so you have chance to savour all that Bangkok has to offer. Sunday Brunch at the Lobby Restaurant here is an absolute 'must', which an amazing array of delicacies on offer, so ensure you arrive hungry! For a truly unique experience set your alarm early and experience sunrise yoga on the Helipad on the rooftop of the hotel - it's something I'll never forget!
From Bangkok's delights we travelled on to Koh Samui, where we were totally wowed at the arrival to Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. Everywhere you go in this luxury Thailand resort, there are breathtaking views over the Gulf of Siam to take in! We were lucky enough to experience a meal at the chef’s table in the Koh Thai Kitchen restaurant, which I would highly recommend as a special treat during your stay. In addition to the amazing food, Four Season’s top sommelier will share her vast knowledge of some of the best wines from around the world to complement each course.
For something more active and no less authentically Thai, learn the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing with your private trainer. After this you'll definitely need a well-earned relax, so kick back on the hotel's golden sandy beach. The Pla Pla Restaurant is located nearby, and is prefect for a cheeky afternoon cocktail.
Our next stop was Banyan Tree Koh Samui, another top luxury resort with more of a Thai inspired décor and impressive ecological credentials. The luxuriously spacious villas are staggered up the hillside with large sunken day beds. They are perfect for relaxing watching the sun melt away into the sea whilst listening to the crashing waves. The Rainforest Spa Circuit is an experience not to be missed; the Banyan Tree Group are famed for their luxury spa experiences.
From quiet Koh Sumai, it was on to the fun and vibrance of Phuket. This iconic Thai destination may have a rep as a party island, but after touring it myself, I can definitely say there were experiences, resorts and moods to suit everyone.
Trisara was my favourite hotel on Phuket. It has a stunning beach with elegant pool area, great food, and well-appointed rooms and suites, which all boast sea views. I especially liked the lovely extras in our room such as the homemade cookies and woven beach bag. The style of Trisara is a lovely blend of Thai influence and a contemporary, fresh feel. It caters very well for families due to the various suite and villa options, yet the location of the rooms are private enough for the ultimate honeymoon getaway.
Thailand is known as 'the land of smiles'. After my trip I now understand its attraction and why so many clients visit time after time. It’s a truly beautiful, fun and exciting destination, full of contrasts. I love how much it oozes culture, friendliness and the Thai’s genuine hospitality and generosity. I will definitely be back!
If you'd like to know more about any of these hotels, or the destination in general, you can call me or one of my colleagues on 01244 355 600.