The Thailand Experience!
Thailand is one of those very special countries, from its idyllic coastline to lush rainforest interiors that captives my senses totally and utterly. So when I was offered the opportunity to visit a selection of its finest properties and a chance to fly business class with the fabulous Ethiad Airlines, I jumped at the chance.
Flying in the Pearl Class business cabin meant I was treated to the flat bed seats, a truly delicious menu and fabulous entertainment, so that when I arrived into Bangkok I was totally relaxed, refreshed and ready for my whirlwind tour.
The first stop was the Banyan Tree, Bangkok and what a hotel it is! The rooms - even the lowest categories are fabulous. From the newspapers outside your door each morning to slippers by your bed at night - your every whim and need is catered for. The hotel is also in a great location, with the Palaces just 40 minutes and shopping just a 15 minute taxi ride away.
The hotels staff are fabulous and 'Max', one of the concierge team is a joy. You must visit this hotel just to meet him. One of the real highlights is the Vertigo restaurant/bar on the 61st floor, not for the faint hearted it is an exhilarating experiences that has to be tried to be believed!
We moved on away from city life to the stunning coastal retreat that is Banyan Tree, Phuket , a magical experience from start to finish.
The villa we stayed in totally spoilt me but once again, all the room types offer total privacy, the double pool villas are something you would dream about - step out of your bedroom into your own private pool - or even sit in the water at your very own sunken table and chairs. Take a ride around the resort on your own cycle that is provided with each room.
The good news is you can also dine around the 'lagoon' too, at other properties and sign meals back to your hotel. The staff - so helpful, friendly and could not do enough for you. After our spa treatment it was very hard to leave the hotel.
The fabulous Banyan Tree, Koi Samui was the next property we visited and it was a real first for us all, as it only opened in August and we were some of its initial guests.
Rooms were a joy - very well designed, large and spacious and of course brand new. We enjoyed the 'rainforest' experience in the spa - a must while you say here. The Saffron restaurant - The ambience here was lovely and this was one of the best meals I had on the trip. Presentation, taste and service were second to none.
I loved the Thai cooking class, what a great idea, didn't realise there were so many ingredients in Thai cuisine and it was scary to know we had to eat what we had prepared, luckily all tasted perfect even if I say so myself.