Our Director Oliver mixed work with pleasure in December, travelling all over Thailand to visit new hotels to offer our clients.
The highlight of which was a short stay at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses, read on to learn more…
Being a travel agent, I like to have my own holidays very organised and my December visit to Thailand was arranged way back in April. Various trade shows, conferences and events later, my hotel visits had tripled and our relaxing winter sun break had changed into a hop around Thailand, packing in as many new hotels and resorts as possible. Of course I had no reason to complain, the hotels I would be visiting are amongst the top in Asia and as someone who has grown up being toured around properties all over the world, it is in my nature to check out what’s new!
We started at the new Le Meridien in Bangkok (bedroom pictured below), right opposite the Patpong night market, in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city. A contemporary hotel with a flair for using modern art, the rooms gave superb views over the city and it was a real oasis amongst the smells and sounds of the street sellers.
The highlight of the trip however was most definitely the final resort we visited. After many frantic phone calls trying to arrange a bed for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, the confirmation came through. We were to make our way back to Bangkok, connect with another flight to Trat, be transferred by 4x4 for 40 minutes, wait 2 hours and then be taken by speed boat for 50 minutes to the island of Koh Kood to stay at Soneva Kiri. I should note here that our clients would only have to take a simple 1 hour flight by private 8 seater plane direct to the resorts very own landing strip – a much simpler journey! For me however it was a jaunt and a half, but well worth it! Rumour has it a certain prime minister was originally booked in to stay over Christmas but cancelled at the last minute, maybe this is why we could be accommodated!
Soneva Kiri by Six Senses really is a cut above the rest. Covering a large area it is suitable for families and romantic couples alike who can enjoy the breathtaking setting and experiences on offer. The Six Senses brand is all about respecting their local cultures and using eco-friendly materials wherever possible. They also offer visitors many local ‘experiences’ and the highlight for me was their ‘Tree Top Dining’. We were hoisted up into the trees hanging in a purpose build giant basked and served a traditional Thai feast for Christmas dinner, by our waiters who zip-lined to us! We were also taken down the coast just 2km and into a rivers mouth where we moored up at a local restaurant funded by the resort and taken through a 7 course taster menu to taste the delights of South eastern Thai cuisine.
Although our trip was short, it was truly memorable and a 5-7 night stay would be recommended as part of your Thai adventure. The service offered throughout Thailand was second to none and I will most definitely return.
To view pictures of my trip visit www.robertbroadtravel.co.uk/gallery. For further details on these hotels please visit www.robertbroadtravel.co.uk/thailand.