You might remember I took some time off in February for a much needed vacation and to celebrate my 30th birthday. I posted this pic to let you know I was still alive :)
For two weeks, we ventured to the other side of the world – a whole 24 hours away – to Vietnam and Thailand. On the trip we visited the central coast of Vietnam (more to come on that), Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, and Bangkok. What an adventure! Asian culture is quickly becoming one of my favorite to experience, although I’m not so sure it’s my favorite for R&R. There’s just too much to do (and eat) instead of just relaxing by the pool. (Click here to see my advice on exploring Asia.)
That being said, being a world away makes it so much easier to disconnect from work and stress. We chose Koh Samui, an island off the eastern coast of Thailand for it’s remote location and promise to not be like Phuket, which seems to be like the Cancun of Thailand. On this island there are a variety of luxury hotels – Four Seasons, Aman, Conrad, Le Meridian, etc – but we chose to stay at the new W Retreat.
As I wrote in my piece for the Huffington Post, I’m not really a fan of the W cookie cutter formula. However, their resorts have been said to set the bar higher for luxury within the modern decor and still allow for a little fun. I can tell you without a doubt, they absolutely deliver! Check out the video of my room and pics from the trip below. You’ll only find the Retreats in exotic locations so be prepared to plan an escape, not a quick getaway. And just get ready to relax!!!
PLEASE NOTE: Gary Leff’s website is BookYOURAward.com. He is the reason I was able to make it to Asia flying business class using miles.
Gary, who has been quoted and referenced in every publication you can dream of, wrote a glowing article about the quality of the above video and the future of hotel reviews being video for USA Today. I’m honored!
(Full Disclosure: I was provided a media rate for my stay at the W Koh Samui.)Tweet this!