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Find a slice of paradise off the coast of Phuket at The Racha.  Located on picturesque Racha Yai, The Racha is the ultimate in private barefoot luxury.  From their decadent VIP lounge to the stunning  boat ride, your welcome to the beautiful resort will be unforgettable.  We were in instant awe upon sight of crystal blue waters and abundance of colourful fish dancing through the Andaman Sea.  Our toes dipped into the white sand and we relaxed in the open air lobby before being taken to our sumptuous pool villa.  The sea facing villas feature large king size beds, comfortable lounge areas, gigantic infinity pools boasting ocean views, and a bathtub large enough to fit the whole family.  Our days were spent snorkelling through the clean and pleasant waters or lounging on the powdery white sand.  As sunset descends on the beach we grabbed cocktails and juice for the kids and relaxed in the breezy hammocks to take in the colourful view.  The restaurants served up mouthwatering Thai and Western fare and the fresh daily catch was a highlight at every meal.  Ever and River loved every minute of their stay from the piping hot pizzas and pastas to fun swims in the beautiful sea and splashing in the own private pool.  The isolated resort gives you plenty of privacy and allows you to forget the worries of the world during your stay.  We can’t recommend this stunning island paradise more, and it’s at the top of our list of best beach resorts in Asia.  

May 5, 2020 0 comment
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Sail on a traditional longtail boat across the calm turquoise sea and arrive in a picturesque, idyllic paradise far from the noise of the world.  KoYao Island Resort is located a short ride from bustling Phuket, but seems worlds away from the tourist Mecca.  Tucked in a private corner of the island the rustic and welcoming resort is set right at the heart of nature.  Surrounded by sweeping palm trees, crystal clear water, and views of the famous limestone karsts you can’t ask for more in a beautiful location.  We settled immediately in our comfortable and spacious beach villa, only steps from the sandy beach and refreshing infinity pool.  Our children loved skipping from the spacious pool to collecting shells in the sand and we felt fully relaxed and immersed in the beauty of the island.  Each day started at their semi-outdoor restaurant overlooking romantic sea views and ended with magical sunsets while swinging in the ocean breeze.  We couldn’t get enough of the local seafood and traditional curries served in the restaurant, and the children loved the gigantic bathtub set in our breezy outdoor bathroom.  If you’re searching for relaxation and an escape from reality you won’t find a better place than KoYao Island Resort.  Bring your family and connect with nature and Thailand’s stunning scenery at this charming and friendly resort.  

 

https://www.koyao.com

April 17, 2020 0 comment
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Book the Family Getaway Package at SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort and treat yourself to a memorable and luxurious getaway with your loved ones. From the minute we stepped into the tranquil entrance at SALA we knew we were in for a unforgettable stay. The welcoming and friendly staff made us feel right at home and introduced us to our beautiful One Bedroom Pool Suite. We were able to choose our preferred pillows and scents for soap and lotion while settling into the decadent space. Our suite incorporated a sumptuous bedroom, cozy separate lounge which could be converted to a kids’ room, immaculately designed outdoor bathroom, and large private pool. Our days were easily spent swimming in the refreshing pool, soaking in the deep and decadent bathtub, or exploring the grounds of the five star resort. Our villa was only steps to the sandy beach, and as part of the Family Getaway Package we were treated to a lavish beach picnic in a secluded corner on the scenic strip of sand. The Family Getaway Package also included free children’s meals, 2 hour complimentary babysitting service, roundtrip airport transfers, and a design your own adventure experience. For our “adventure” we chose to spend the day at Phuket Nature Reserve where we were able to learn and care for the beautiful rescue elephants. Every aspect of the day was arranged by SALA including a personal driver who ensured we got to and from the reserve safely. The day was one of the most memorable from our trip in Thailand and thoroughly enjoyed by our children. Our evenings were spent soaking in the colourful sunsets before a mouthwatering dinner at their stylish and delicious main restaurant. Every meal at SALA was carefully prepared with fresh ingredients and we loved the varied choice ensuring everyone in our family was satisfied. We were truly made to feel right at home throughout our stay and can’t wait to return for another visit. If you are looking for a luxurious family holiday and picturesque pool villas, SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort is an ideal choice.

 

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Family Getaway Package

 

Round trip airport transfer from/to Phuket Airport

Special kid’s amenities

Kid eats free, for lunch and dinner at SALA Restaurant (from the special kid’s menu)

Design your own adventure – SALA Resort vehicle for 4 hours with a driver

2-hour complimentary babysitting

One-time beachfront family picnic lunch

THB 5,000 per package on top of the room rate for two adults with one child, and only applicable for stays of five nights or more.

 

April 15, 2020 0 comment
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Step into the enchanting old city of Chiang Mai and discover your inviting home away from home at Chala Number 6. From the moment we arrived the staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. The buzzing location ensured we were busy from day to night with stunning temples at every corner and the famous night market each Sunday. We loved the tranquil pool after a day of sightseeing and my worries were long forgotten after one of their signature aromatherapy massages. The Chala Grand Suite is ideal for families with views of the vibrant city, a grand separate bedroom and gigantic bath as well as cozy separate lounge and large entrance. Make sure to check out the food at their restaurants with plenty of mouthwatering local specialities on offer. We created so many memories during our first stay in Chiang Mai thanks to this traditional yet luxurious boutique hotel. A great choice for those who are looking for optimal location and local charm.

March 31, 2020 0 comment
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Grab your friends and head to Seoul for a fun filled weekend of shopping, feasting, and exploring in one of Asia’s most quirky and modern cities. Check out my list of must do activities during your stay.

-Shop at the cute and stylish Stylenada Pink Pool Cafe.

-Grab the perfect cappuccino at Blue Bottle Coffee.

-Feast of on traditional Korean BBQ in Myeongdong.

-Buy a lot of kimchi and instant noodles to take home at Seoul Station’s Lotte Mart.

-Eat spicy Korean ricecakes at Gwangjang Market.

-See the changing of the guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

-Stock up on sheet masks and other K-beauty goods at Olive Young.

-Get Michelin recommended noodles at Myeongdong Kyoja.

Stay:

Fraser Place Central Seoul is ideally located for all of the hotspots on my list. You’ll be within easy walking distance of Myeongdong and Seoul Station as well as various subway stations to connect you to the city. Their modern serviced apartments offer all the amenities you would require including a large separate bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and washing machine, 24 hour gym, fun kid’s playroom, and the friendliest staff to assist you during your stay. We loved the city views from our cozy suite and the airport bus stops right outside, so you won’t lose your way upon arrival.

Getting There:

Hong Kong Airlines flies direct from Hong Kong to Seoul.

February 24, 2020 0 comment
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Treat yourself to a luxurious city break at Four Seasons Seoul, where you’ll be treated like royalty at the centre of the vibrant city. The palatial five star hotel is the ideal inviting space where you’ll be spoiled with fine dining, grand guestrooms, personal service, and unbeatable location. We were instantly greeted upon arrival and prepared with everything we would need to enjoy our time in Seoul. Only a few minutes walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace, we had plenty of beautiful and historical sights at our front step and a handy local map to lead the way. Our days were spent strolling through the nostalgic Buckchon Hanok Village, stopping for fragrant artisinal coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee before feasting on Korean BBQ at the highly recommended Maple Tree. Four Seasons Seoul is in close proximity to plenty of local markets and shops where we could snack on street food and buy souvenirs to our heart’s content. Cozy evenings were spent at their decadent Executive Lounge where champagne and delicate bites were always flowing, and dining at Four Seasons Seoul was true highlight. Boasting a variety of delicious restaurants, we loved the creative Japanese fare at stylish Akira Back and the traditional southern Italian dishes at Boccalino.

Our beautiful Palace View Executive Suite was fit for a king, with sweeping views, a grand lounge, dreamy marble bathroom, and an indulgently comfortable master bedroom. I couldn’t get enough of long baths gazing at the calming view and slept like a baby each night after the staff executed a detailed turndown service. One of our favorite evenings during our stay was spent at their ambient and stylish speakeasy, Charles H., enticingly hidden within the hotel. We couldn’t fault any aspect of our relaxing and luxurious stay and highly recommend Four Seasons Seoul to anyone who values consistent five star hospitality and true luxury at the heart of Seoul.

February 13, 2020 0 comment
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Indulge in the city’s famous bubble tea and onion pancakes, wander through quirky streets while visiting impeccably designed coffee shops, cycle around the lush green Daan Forest Park and check out their huge playground, and finish the day with a warming hotpot dinner. Taipei is one of our favourite family friendly destinations with amazing food, plenty of child friendly playrooms, parks, and museums, and unique culture in a variety of night markets and temples. Kimpton Da-an Hotel is a perfect choice when looking for luxury at the heart of the city. We loved the welcoming staff and modern yet cozy rooms. Upon checking in, we were immediately greeted with a detailed map entailing everything to do within the area and popular sights around the city. Their inviting lobby is perfect for work, socializing, and relaxing after a long day, with a daily social hour where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and canapés in an ambient setting. The Tavernist, their in-house restaurant, is one of our favourite date night spots with locally inspired modern cuisine and some of the best cocktails in town. Don’t miss the tranquil rooftop for a decadent breakfast spread each morning and the best part is everyone in the family is welcome, even your pets. Nestled in Taipei’s popular Eastern District, Kimpton Da-an Hotel is The Kimpton brand’s first location in Asia Pacific and was expertly designed by world renowned Neri & Hu. It’s truly an urban retreat at the center of one of our favorite cities and an ideal choice when looking for comfort and luxury in Taipei.

January 29, 2020 0 comment
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Tucked in a picturesque corner of Vietnam’s stunning Phu Quoc island is Green Bay Phu Quoc. The private and rustic resort offers anything you would hope for in a quiet and relaxing escape. We fell instantly for the spacious pool villas ranging from one to three bedrooms, including plenty of traditional charm alongside five star amenities. Imagine romantic outdoor bathtubs nestled in the trees, slanted wooden beams, sweeping sea views, and private pools big enough for a large family. The resort also boasts their own private beach with calm, crystal clear waters and easy water sports for the whole family. Their two main swimming pools are perfect for resting under the sun and are never busy at this tranquil resort. The two restaurants served mouthwatering fare and gave us plenty of opportunity to delve into local dishes and flavours. Green Bay Phu Quoc was a welcome introduction for our family to the beautiful island where we experienced a satisfying mix of fun, luxury, local charm, and welcoming ambiance.

January 28, 2020 0 comment
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Phu Quoc, a stunning tropical island set off the coast of Vietnam, is the perfect tranquil oasis for a family getaway.  Set in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc boasts pristine clear waters, white sand beaches, and an abundance of lush greenery.  The local reastuarnts serve mouthwatering fresh seafood at competitive prices and the idyllic island has yet to be overrun by over tourism.  Long Beach, the most populated area of the island, is a 20km stretch of sandy shores and vibrant water.  You’ll find high-end resorts, quaint beach bars, insanely cheap massages, and delicious local eateries.  We were shocked by the lack of crowds and were always able to settle on a patch of secluded beach all by ourselves.  Ever and River chased crabs and fish, built sandcastles, feasted on seafood fried rice,  swam in the sea while the sun set into the horizon, and made friends with a variety of locals (dogs and children included).  For unforgettable panoramic views head to their 8km long cable car, the longest in the world, and soar to Pineapple Island for fresh seafood and deserted island beach vibes.  For lovers of island hopping, hop on a private boat and explore the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of the An Thoi islands in the south.  We truly enjoyed this travel gem and were excited to find an Asian beach destination boasting both great food and laid back vibes.  If you’re looking for a tranquil, non crowded side of Vietnam this is it.

Check out some of our tips below from our three week stay on Phu Quoc.

Where to Stay:

Best Western Premier Sonsea Phu Quoc

Novotel Phu Quoc

Sonasea Phu Quoc is a newly developed area boasting restaurants, resorts, and set on stunning Long Beach. Our favourite resorts in the area include:

Novotel Phu Quoc: We loved the modern and spacious rooms, variety of swimming pools including an infinity pool with sea views, and five star amenities.  Kids can stay in the fully staffed kids club where there’s a schedule of activities to suit all ages, while parents enjoy a relaxing massage at the luxurious spa.  The private beach is ideal for long days under the palm trees or watching epic sunsets with a cocktail in hand.  Wake up to mouthwatering breakfast buffets which include local and western specialities and a even dedicated kids dining area fo mini guests.  Seafood lovers can enjoy fresh local catch at Phu Quoc Seafood in the evenings, and you won’t miss a good nights’ sleep on the decadent beds and tranquil rooms.

Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc:  We couldn’t believe our large, spacious villa complete with three ensuite bedrooms, kitchen and dining area, and a refreshing private pool.  This resort is ideal for families, especially those travelling with grandparents or even groups of friends.  The beachfront location allows for stunning sunsets and dining by the water, and a daily shuttle is available for those who want to visit the night market.  The rooftop bar is spacious and airy while offering panoramic ocean views, and the staff are ready to go above and beyond for the guests.  They also have a small kids club if you need childcare for a few hours and the outdoor playground was a huge hit with our children.  We highly recommend if you’re looking for large modern villas at an affordable price point.

The Palmy Phu Quoc

Famiana Resort & Spa Phu Quoc

Long Beach: These resorts are located in a central area of Long Beach and more affordable than the five-star luxury of Sonasea.  You can’t beat the location surrounded by beach bars, cheap massages, plenty of local restaurants and street food, as well as supermarkets to stock up on necessities for the kids.

Famiana Resort and Spa: This rustic resort is oozing local vibes and hippy design.  The comfortable private beach chairs are great for long days at the beach and our kids loved the mini golf under the sun.  They offer both pool villas and rooms with terraces facing sea views.  Their restaurant is great for traditional Vietnamese fare, and you can’t beat the prices for their private pool villas.  The resort is slightly older than others but still very clean and comfortable.

The Palmy Phu Quoc Resort and Spa:  A classic boutique hotel, The Palmy Phu Quoc is perfect for couples or families looking to be near the action.  Each room is designed with stylish accents and feature private balconies.  Our sea view facing room allowed us a beautiful sunset view each evening and we loved the beach swing set at the front of the hotel.  Their affordable spa is a great spot for a relaxing massage and major bonus points for being surrounded by a variety of local seafood restaurants.

Green Bay Phu Quoc

Green Bay Phu Quoc:  If you are in search of seclusion and local charm alongside five star luxury this is the ideal choice.  We loved being surrounded by abundant greenery, uninterrupted sea views, and a peaceful calm that is evident throughout the resort.  The private cove beach is suitable for young swimmers and both pools offered a relaxing sanctuary throughout the day.  The pool villas are the absolute highlight featuring rustic stylish open spaces, large exapnsive patios, and generous private pools.  The one bedroom with an outdoor tub is perfect for romantic honeymooners, and families can’t beat the large three bed villa with full size private pool.  Make sure to check out their waterfront Vietnamese restaurant for local flavours beside the pristine ocean.

What to do: 

Phu Quoc Night Market

Sao Beach

Night Market: The Phu Quoc Night Market is a must for foodies visiting the island.  Choose your own lobsters, crab, red snapper, giant prawns and shellfish for a fraction of the cost in most other cities.  Select a cooking style and you’ll be served with a feast.  We highly recommend their seafood hot pots and no meal is complete without a few ice cold Saigon beers.  Stop by one of the ice cream stands afterwards for a sweet treat.  There are also souvenirs and a chance to buy the island’s famous local fish sauce and pepper while you’re there.

Phu Quoc Cable Car:  Phu Quoc boasts the longest cable car in the world, offering spectacular views of the clusters of islands from above.  Ride to Pineapple Island for a look at a smaller local island complete with white sand beaches and crystal waters.

Sao Beach:  Arguably the most talked about beach on the island, you’ll feel like you’re in Thailand surrounded by towering palm trees, powder soft white sand, and photo worthy turquoise water.  The beautiful cove offers postcard worthy views but has been a slight victim to irresponsible tourism.  This means only the beach directly in front of Club Paradiso is clean and swimmable.  Make sure to map to the entrance of Club Paradiso where you’ll be spoilt with friendly service, decadent sun loungers, and a yummy menu of relaxed beach fare.

An Thoi Islands:  Grab a private boat or hop on a tour and explore the small cluster of islands surrounding Phu Quoc.  There aren’t many facilities on these islands but if you are looking for unforgettable scenery and a castaway style experience this is the perfect way to spend the day.

How to get there:

VietJet now offers direct flights from Hong Kong at seriously affordable prices.  Otherwise the best way is to connect through Ho Chi Minh or a boat from Ha Tien.  Phu Quoc is near Cambodia and Thailand so it’s a great stop on a backpacker checklist if you’re in the area.

January 11, 2020 0 comment
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Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Europe’s first Marriott, was recently renovated by famous Dutch interior designer, Piet Boon revealing a luxurious, upscale hotel at the the centre of the city.  We loved the cozy and welcoming ambiance and friendly staff ready to accommodate us during our stay.  The new family rooms are ideal for those travelling with young children, featuring plenty of sleeping space, a small lounge/dining area, and spacious bathroom.  We loved the central location, only steps to the beautiful Vondelpark and famous Rijksmuseum.  Their restaurant, Midtown Grill, is a must visit for those seeking the best steaks in town and we loved spending evenings in the comfortable Executive Lounge after a long day of sightseeing and exploring the city.  Our children were spoiled with welcome packs, plenty of treats, delicious kids meals, and smiling faces ready to guide them to the nearest playground.  We throughout enjoyed our time in the insanely lively and stunning city and loved our home away from home at trustworthy and luxurious Amsterdam Marriott Hotel.

December 24, 2019 0 comment
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