Country: THAILAND

What is it? Beachfront resort Will set you back: From $225 AUD p/n When we arrived at Anantara Layan in Phuket, there was a smiling, multi coloured elephant greeting us at the door. We later found out this 1.5 metre statue (didn’t we mention that?) was painted and bedazzled for the annual Elephant Parade – … Continue reading Anantara Layan Phuket

What is it? Boutique resort Will set you back: From 8000 THB p/n If you know anything about the Thai resort scene, you will know the competition is stiff. Layana Resort & Spa has an outstanding reputation, so our expectations were up there when we arrived at this eleven-year-old resort. Discretely tucked away down a long, … Continue reading Layana Resort & Spa

An evening arrival could not be more fitting for Phuket resort, Twinpalms. A gorgeous, open foyer with a peaked roof greets you at the entrance and so begins the beginning of what I can guarantee will be a memorable stay at this Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Low-lit lighting works in absolute synergy with the beautiful design, all wood and warmth – perfect for the tropics. In what seems to always be the case in Thailand, the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and this is evident straight off the bat. They ask us to rest on one of the comfortable seats in the foyer before bringing us a complementary welcome cocktail… they had me at “hello”, and yet to top it all off we find out they have upgraded us… I’m never leaving.

A one-of-a-kind destination. The Racha is on the small island of Koh Racha Yai, one of the Andaman Seas’s most beautiful islands and is accessibly only by sea – a James Bond-esque 30 minute speedboat trip from Phuket, arranged by the resort and exclusive to Racha guests. Before you even make it to the boat, though, you are off to a luxurious start during the check-in process at Krabi. You are welcomed by Racha staff, and asked to select your favourite from three beautiful fragrances, which will become the scent that will be used in all of the bathroom products in your room at The Racha…