Blue sky, the sun, warm touch of sand in the morning when you go out barefoot to welcome a new day. Nice room or maybe your own house? Lots of places perfectly planned for relax. Breakfast buffet where you’ll get nystagmus because of too many possibilities. Great food for dinner. Beautiful places where you can look into your lover’s eyes in the evenings. White sheets, fresh and scented every day. A huge pool, attractions for kids, a beach straight from travel agencies’ folders. Who doesn’t want it from time to time??? 🙂 We definitely do!
On average, we land in such place once a year – in a beautiful resort at the edge of the world, with a house by the beach, some place where our only chores are to relax and spoil ourselves. Our everyday life is loooots of work (even if you think that we’re always eating, testing cookies and travelling) and we need this kind of relax. So for that one time a year that we can sunbathe, we choose the best places – the ones that you see and go: it’s a paradise, I want to go there too! I need to warn you, though: they won’t be cheap places, but every little detail will make you enchanted!
1) TUGU LOMBOK – Lombok, Indonesia
I think it’s my number one amongst all the beautiful hotels we’ve ever been to. Tugu Lombok on an Indonesian Lombok island is a part of a small local network. Tugu hotels are strongly connected with local art and they have nothing to do with huge, overwhelming behemoths. The one on Lombok is located right by a beautiful beach, and some houses are a few steps away from dipping your feet in the water. For us, a huge advantage was a tiny pool in the garden, just for us – Maks loved it. What I remember the most is just the three of us eating breakfasts and lunches on the beach.
2) SOUTH PALMS RESORT PANGLAO – Panglao, Philippines
This is Maks’s absolute number one! We went to the Philippines to do barely anything other than relax. We’d had a very hard working, exhausting and stressful end of the previous year and we needed sweet procrastinating in a beautiful place. We got to South Palms Resort Panglao after a long way from Hongkong (plane, ferry, local transport) on a New Year’s Eve.
We loved the localization, right on the beach, a well planned cameral places where you can rest away from other guests, the views. Every morning I was surprised by the fact that we, along with Maks, can get out of beds straight into the sand and he can happily jump into the water! The food may have not compared to that in hotels in Thailand or Indonesia, but it was nice for the Philippines.
3) TUGU BALI – Bali, Indonesia
During our stay in Indonesia, we got to know 3 hotels of local Tugu network. It may be a network, but their hotels have an incredible style and climate. They’re not big and they’re amazing in details. Just like in other Tugu hotels, local works of art, incredible statues and small elements that make the place’s atmosphere are right at the door. Flowers, a nice smell, a pleasant silence in the lobby. We spent our most memorable Valentine’s Day there and I must admit that it’s a perfect place for such occasion!
Just like in other hotels we choose, there’s no one, huge building, but small houses to which you get by crossing wooden footbridges. The ones on the ground floor often have their own small pools, and the ones on higher grounds have amazing bathtubes in the floor. Tugu Bali is located two steps away from the beach, but it’s not as beautiful as the one we stayed next to on Lombok.
4) VIJITT RESORT – Phuket, Thailand
Phuket – one of the most popular Thai islands. I won’t tell you much about the island because I have to admit we haven’t really seen it – we were exhausted from intensive three weeks of exploring Cambodia and Vietnam and all we wanted to do was to relax.
We chose Vijitt not just because it’s heavenly and beautiful, but also because of Maks – there was a special pool for children, a playroom, a slide. It was a puddling pool in which even a 2,5 years old child could play! A beautiful region, awesome houses and one restaurant in the form of buffet and the other one, a typical Thai a la carte with incredibly delicious food. Some of the pictures are taken from the hotel’s website – right HERE. You can read about Vijitt’s cuisine in our post – HERE.
5) AMORI VILLA – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
The only hotel on this list that is not located by the beach! Furthermore – you can’t even get to the beach, because Ubud, one of the most beautiful towns on Bali, is not on the coast. But it’s still one of the most popular tourist destinations – its localization amongst green Rice Terraces and lots of galleries and art workshops do their job.
Amori Villas can be found on the side, and on your way there, you may become doubtful a few times and check the map to make sure you’re on the right road. But once you get there, you’ll get your prize – a few small houses, very cameral atmosphere – the dining room is its quintessence – and a kitchen, almost like ones in every house, where the cooks make delicious meals any time you want them. And there’s a pool with a view on the Rice Terraces – awesome!
6) RAYAVADEE – Krabi, Thailand
We’ve been to Rayavadee even before Tasteaway was founded. Furthermore, this is where our first conversation about turning our old Widelcem przez świat blog, where I wrote one post a month and our only readers were our friends into something bigger there. Rayavadee is a paradise! The hotel is located in a huge region between three beaches, and the houses fit perfectly with its natural surroundings – not a single tree was cut at the time of building the resort! Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? 🙂
When you’re there, you can see it immediately – while walking to the beach or to the pool, you can feel like you’re crossing a jungle and we had monkeys jump over our heads many times to Maks’s and our joy. As it is in case of huge resorts, you can choose from three restaurants, including a Thai one! As opposed to Vijitt or Tugu Lumbok, Rayavadee is not an oasis barely surrounded by anything – there are other hotels, restaurants and bars in the neighborhood and there are boats on the beach where you can buy pad thai or a cold coconut. Their attitude towards children was also amazing – when we arrived, at breakfast and in a restaurant, Maks (1,5 years old!!!) got a small robe, cosmetics for children and a mascot 🙂 The pictures taken from the hotel’s website – HERE.
I would teleport myself to any of these places any time!!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to run away this winter!!! I’m sure we will not only be sightseeing, but we’ll also relax, especially since the end of this year will be full of work!