What can I say? This place is beautiful.
I am lucky enough to be currently residing at a blissful haven in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Banyan Tree resort overlooks the stunning Lamai Bay and the setup for complete relaxation surely couldn't be much more ideal. The elevated villas are dotted in the lush green hills around the horse-shoe shaped bay providing for breathtaking views.
Following our flight from Hong Kong, we were greeted on arrival with a sweet refreshing drink and a phuang malai - a traditional Thai floral garland offered as a welcome gift.
We were then driven by buggy up into the hills to our villa. It was none too shoddy either! It was a great size, modern, meticulously clean with a fabulous pool and the best sunbathing spot I think I've ever seen!
I didn't waste much time getting all settled in.
Oh how I don't miss the cold London weather!
As the resort is rather on the steep side and the villas are so sporadic, the buggy guys are always on hand to whizz us round to wherever it is we want to go. So far I have managed to avoid falling out the back but it's only a matter of time.
Alternatively - and the option favoured by Alex and I - you can do it by foot. Firstly, it's a beautiful scenic walk. Secondly, I'm less likely to fall out of a buggy. Thirdly. as our time in Thailand was always intended for total relaxation and little activity (we're saving that for Tokyo), it's nice to get at least a forty-five minute walk in a day. The heat, which is around thirty degrees, can make it a little tough but the tall trees offer enough shade to prevent us struggling too much.
Each morning I've watched the sun rise over the bay. I've got myself out of bed at 7am to make the most of every moment I can as well as fitting in a workout on the terrace before it gets too hot. However, after having this view while I do my squats and sit-ups, I'm not sure I'm ever going to want to go back in the gym!
Alex and I both agree that the food we've experienced at Banyan Tree has been the best we've had at a hotel.
The breakfast offerings are delicious and extensive.
At the three resort restaurants there are all sorts of wonderful fresh fish and seafood.
One of my favourite all-time dishes - the Thai red curry - is just exquisite here. Creamy, fragrant and bursting with different flavours. I can't get enough of it.
Staying true to my blog's name, I've also been taking full advantage of the cocktail list.
They make a mean margarita.
And yes, that picture above bottom right was me on the balcony, with said margarita, catching up with the latest goings on in Eastenders.....it turns out the hotel has amazing wi-fi too!
There's not much to fault here. Not only are we being spoilt with majestic views, mouth-watering food and perfect tanning weather, but also the Thai people working here are just so friendly and warm. Nothing is too much trouble and we are greeted with a big smile by absolutely everyone we see.
We are here until Wednesday when we will be moving on to experience another Koh Samui resort; Four Seasons. Could it possibly be better than Banyan Tree? We shall see...