Hansar Samui Resort & Spa

Introduction: Hansar Koh Samui is situated just 10 minutes from the Island’s International airport, on the tropical stretch of golden sands and turquoise waters of Koh Samui’s up-market Bophut Bay, which offers a front seat to island life. A leisurely stroll down the quaint cobblestone ‘walking street’ adjacent to the resort, is the vibrant Fisherman’s Village, with its antique wooden shop fronts, chic cafes and atmospheric seaside bars.

The name Hansar is taken from the ancient Sanskrit language and translates to mean happiness and joy. The concept and philosophy of Hansar Samui is to deliver an luxury resort and spa experience to each guest that is happy, memorable and enjoyable. Hansar Samui is about living life in full colour and finding joy in every moment.

Hansar Samui offers luxurious, beachfront and spacious accommodation with unobstructed sea views from every room, and supersize private balconies and oversize daybeds for outdoor living and entertaining. Open plan yet intimate, each room has been artfully finished with teak floors, terrazzo bathrooms and local textiles to provide a sense of place. Chic custom furnishings, large flat screen TVs balance the design’s natural touches with a modern flair.

Our facilities are outstanding and include the stunning Luxsa Spa Koh Samui and H Bistro for Koh Samui's finest dining. We hope to see you soon at our Luxury Resort and Spa.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome with a drink and towel before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The design, the staff and food.
What about the food: The food exceeded my expectations by far and in the end why I liked Hansar more than the other resorts I stayed on Koh Samui. Most luxury resorts I have stayed in Asia, as lovely as they are, are unfortunately failing when it comes to food. Especially European food. Hansar Samui has a Canadian chef (Stephane), that used to be the private chef for the King of Jordan. My Thai lunch was very good, and the French-styled dinner comparable to a Michelin restaurant in Europe. Excellent imported food such as the French sea bass I had for main course.
What about the service: Most of the staff are really wonderful, smiling, helpful and I only found a few that would need more training. The resort is well-managed and things works. If they don't work, they staff will fix it immediately. The resort could be a great addition to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World-collection as it's a truly great resort in all areas of the hotel.
What about the rooms: Beautifully designed rooms with freestanding bathtubs with flowers and bathsalt. My room also had separate rainshower and comfortable bed, all in a beautiful modern design.
Number of rooms: 74.
Website: www.hansarsamui.com
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Koh Samui, Thailand.
Facilities: Swimming pool, spa and gym. The spa is beautiful and I had a great treatment from the well-trained therapist.
Complimentary internet: Yes. Had a problem, but the resort fixed it and it was fast and stable afterwards.
My overall impression: Great+ experience. The high ranking is well-deserved and Hansar is my personal favourite among the luxury resorts I visited during my recent trip to Koh Samui.







Read More »

Evason Hua Hin

Introduction: Evason Hua Hin is located in the peaceful area of Pranburi to the south of Hua Hin Township and provides calming views of the Gulf of Siam.The resort is set amongst 20-acres of landscaped lush tropical gardens with lotus ponds. King Rama VI built a palace in Hua Hin in 1926 and it remains the Thai Royal Summer Palace to this day.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome with drink and towel before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: The Six Senses standards and DNA all over this resort. Despite being big and quite cheap, it is a wonderful experence. I love the Six Senses design, attention to details and the staff. Wonderful experience and some of the best value in the world, especially in the summer.
What about the food: Great Italian restaurant for dinner with imported ingredients. Attentive service as well. The breakfast buffet is very good and with many impressive details. The General Manager managed Soneva Fushi in the past and I was surprised to see such high quality at a resort with rates as low as this one.
What about the service: Truly great and attentive service from well-trained staff. They went out of their way to help me with my requests during my stay.
What about the rooms: Lovely minimalistic rooms with Six Senses standards. I stayed in a pool villa and even after 1,000+ luxury resorts, I was amazed. Beautiful design everywhere, with attention to details and fully up to the standards of resorts with 10 times the rates as this one. The natural bathroom amenities and ultra comfortable bed made the room just perfect and I was sad to leave the following morning.
Number of rooms: 185.
Website: www.sixsenses.com/evason-resorts/hua-hin/destination
Type of property: Resort.
Location: 30 minutes from central Hua Hin. The resort operates a shuttle three times a day.
Facilities: Swimming pool, gym and a beautiful Six Senses spa.
Complimentary internet: Yes, medium speed. Just enough for YouTube and Skype.
My overall impression: Great+ experience. Would probably be "fantastic" if all guests could stay in the same pool villa as me. The standard room called Evason Room is still lovely with the minimalistic design, but is small and only has a standalone shower. That being said, even if you book the Evason Room, you will have a truly wonderful experience at this resort.











Read More »

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

Introduction: Along the vibrant Chao Phraya River lies a unique, attractive landmark that is a fascinating destination - Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.

Your extraordinary experience starts with a smooth 35-minute ride in our chauffeur driven hybrid limousine from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Upon arrival at the hotel, you are greeted by a porter with a warm smile and unexpected gracious Thai hospitality. The hotel's spacious lobby, luxurious rooms and suites, which offer a mix of traditional Thai style and modern comfort, and spacious balconies create a memorable “home away from home” experience.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: A little wait to check-in, but top professional followed by an escort to the room.
What I loved: The service which is the best I've seen from Shangri-La so far.
What about the food: The breakfast buffet is extremely crowded as you would expect in a hotel with 802 rooms. Some of the buffet was very good, but I missed high quality imported food.
What about the service: Most staff are very professional and well-trained, but the receptionist that was escorting me to the room just left me there without offering a room orientation. A long wait to check-out, but this is a very big hotel, so it was the expected downside of staying at this hotel. The service is some of the best I've seen from Shangri-La, but the many rooms make you feel more like a room number than a guest. Nothing is personalized, but when you need service, it's professional.
What about the rooms: Beautiful rooms and the second best I have seen from Shangri-La, just behind Lhasa. My standard room had comfortable bed, working desk, separate rain shower and a bathtub. The amenities found at most Shangri-La, including this one, makes showering an unpleasant experience. I hope they would change to L'Occitane like their property in Chengdu. I would recommend bringing your amenities, but you might of course have a different opinion about them than me. The rooms are a selling point at Shangri-La, but the main reason to stay would be the top professional service and great facilities in a hotel that works.
Number of rooms: 802.
Website: www.shangri-la.com/bangkok
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, gym and business/meeting facilities.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
My overall impression: Great experience.





Read More »

W Bangkok

Introduction: Play, relax, indulge, and revel amid jet-setters, fashionistas, exotic designs, mystical elements, and up-and-coming artists in an innovative spectrum where fashion meets culture. Located in North Sathorn road is the W Bangkok, a stylish icon of Asian chic. Welcome to the new playground of jet setters and fashionistas.

Unwind in 403 spacious guest rooms and suites amid inspiring designs, motifs, fabrics and custom furnishing. Relax and recharge with every comfort and amenity you’ve ever dreamed of: 24-hour concierge, AWAY® Spa, FIT gym, WET® Deck, WIRED® Business Center, W The Store, Whatever/Whenever® service and more.

Savor from laid back indulgences in the W Lounge to inspired bites at The Kitchen Table and The Kitchen Pantry to singular sips at W Terrace or WOOBAR®, we fuse colorful cuisine with dynamic settings for an avant-garde experience.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome from several staff members before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: That I couldn't fault anything. A W experience exactly as expected. It's not my favourite hotel brand, but it's very different from your typical hotel experience and I like it.
What about the food: Great breakfast buffet. A lot better than in W Beijing a few weeks ago, just to compare.
What about the service: Great attentive service everywhere in the world. Well-trained front desk and no language barrier. Easy to communicate with all staff including housekeeping. One of the best W city hotels I have stayed.
What about the rooms: Ultra contemporary rooms as expected. My Studio Suite had the ultra-comfortable W Signature bed, Bliss products, rain shower and freestanding bathtub with beautiful views of Bangkok.
Number of rooms: 407.
Website: www.whotelbangkok.com
Type of property: City hotel.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, gym, swimming pool and meeting/business facilities.
Complimentary internet: No. Guest can choice from a chargeable 5 MB/S and 20 MB/S-connection.
My overall impression: Great experience.





Read More »

Soneva Kiri

Introduction: Koh Kood is Thailand as it was years ago. Untamed jungle, pristine beaches, fishermen going about their business. Ancient Siam, at peace with itself.

One hour’s flight from Bangkok by private plane but oh so peaceful. Our Thailand resort offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, environmentally friendly design and unforgettable, authentic Thai experiences.

Twenty-four of the largest resort villas in the world and eleven private residences, are vast in scale. Located on the idyllic beach or sunny slopes in the rainforest, all have stunning infinity pools, impossibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers.

Highlights include the open air Cinema Paradiso, Benz’ mangrove restaurant, the Chocolate and Ice cream parlour, the Observatory, The Den and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod.

Barefoot Intelligent Luxury at its best.

No news, no shoes, Thai style.Soneva Kiri is committed to the Soneva Group’s SLOW LIFE philosophy: Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: The experience Warm welcome from Ms. Friday, before being escorted to lunch. After a great lunch and conversation with Gabriel, the South African chef, I arrived at my villa where we did the check-in.
What I loved: The entire experience. This is a world class resort. What impressed me most was probably the high priority on food, the level of privacy and of course the extraordinary design and concept.
What about the food: Like it's sister hotel, Soneva Fushi, Soneva Kiri has a high priority on food. They do very little import and produce a lot on the island itself. The South African chef Gabriel has worked at Fr├ęgate Island Private in the past, and it was a pleasure to meet him again on Koh Kood and hearing about the concept of Soneva Kiri. The food not at Michelin-level, but it certainly exceeded my expectations and some of the best I've had at any of Asia's top resorts. Make sure you try one of the 60 different kinds of homemade ice cream!
What about the service: Ms. Friday is a personal butler to take care of everything day and night. Mine did a good job, but although I loved the experience at Soneva Kiri, the service did not meet my expectations. Many of the staff must improve their English level, and a few service details should be improved. An example is I had to go for dinner before 9 pm as the housekeeping doesn't work after this. I wanted a late dinner but wasn't possible if I wanted turn down service. I also didn't like the rip-off mini-bar. They charge you THB230 for a Coca-Cola you can buy at any supermarket in Thailand for THB10-20. Nobody likes to get ripped off, and it's something even the most wealthy people in the world don't like. As a result, many of the world's best resorts offer complimentary mini-bar, and it would be great if Soneva Kiri would follow. Another problem was a cat at the restaurant. For lunch, the cat begged me for food, and for dinner it suddenly touched my legs. Despite having things to work with, I loved Soneva Kiri and with some service improvements, it could end up being one of my favourite resorts in the whole world. Based on my one-night stay on June 30th, 2015, I'll call it a fantastic experience with an outstanding concept.
What about the rooms: A perfect combination of luxury and eco-friendliness. Fantastic, soft beds, complimentary internet and world wide phone calls. Two outdoor showers, a jacuzzi, natural bathroom products and a large private swimming pool in a villa located right on the beach.
Number of rooms: 35.
Website: www.soneva.com/soneva-kiri
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Koh Kood, Thailand.
Facilities: Six Senses Spa with excellent facilities including sauna, steam and an updated gym. Public swimming pools and a library where you can send complimentary postcards.
Complimentary internet: Yes.
My overall impression: Fantastic experience. The overall impression is easy. This is a world class resort with an outstanding concept.






















Read More »

Amari Vogue Krabi

Introduction:Imagine opening your door and stepping out into a tropical paradise, where the horizon merges with the sea and every sunrise is a burst of colour. Amari invites you to Krabi, one of Southern Thailand’s most beautiful beach destinations.

Situated on the sandy white shores of Tub Kaek Beach beside the tranquil blue of the Andaman Sea, Amari Vogue Resort is an intimate 57-room resort with elegant Lanna-inspired architecture in beautiful garden setting.

The hotel boasts comfortable accommodation suitable for any holiday, from romantic weekend getaways to family vacations, including the indulgent Spa Suites and Ocean Villas for a truly exceptional holiday experience.

Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.

Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.

My arrival experience: Warm welcome with a cold drink and exotic lemongrass drink before being escorted to the room.
What I loved: Their Italian restaurant, Bellini.
What about the food: I checked out very early in the morning and can't comment on the breakfast, but their Italian restaurant, Bellini is one of the best in any Asian resort I've stayed. I enjoyed a great pizza with Italian ingredients. The service was attentive and quick.
What about the service: Mostly good. Some staff could need more training, but overall good and satisfied keeping the low summer rates in mind.
What about the rooms: This is the downside. The standard rooms are a bit too basic, despite having updated them a bit, like replacing the Tv's in recent years. The flatscreen Tv's and separate jacuzzi tubs are nice, but there are no rainshower, unimpressive products, and with an overall quite basic feel. This is from someone that has stayed in 1,000+ luxury hotels, but if you only travel once a year and rarely stay in luxury hotels, you will most probably be very satisfied.
Number of rooms: 57.
Website: www.amari.com/vogue
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Krabi, Thailand.
Facilities: Spa, gym and swimming pool. All guest receive 15-minutes complimentary head and shoulder massage.
Complimentary internet: Yes, but around 1 MB/S isn't much and also experienced a few connection problems.
My overall impression: Good+ experience. I liked this resort and was very impressed with their Italian restaurant. The rooms, the beach and smoking allowed on the balcony are the downsides. I would still give it good+ as the resort is up to good standard with a nice spa, great staff, a high priority on good and great value for money in the summer.





Read More »