...and my first visit to Asia!

When, last November, an email dropped into my inbox about the opportunity to visit Thailand I couldn't quite believe my luck. Me? Fly 13 hours across the world? TO THAILAND? Y'wot mate? I'd heard so many beautiful things about the country, that just the thought of visiting was enough to have me rummaging around for my passport and weighing up my hand baggage allowance- keen, me? Although it was a 13 hour flight (read: the longest this Nervous Purvis has flown around the world), each moment was fuelled by excitement, and the thought of being in such a vibrant, lively and culturally rich place (with REAL coconut trees) was enough to calm any jitters.

The first stop on the trip was a couple of days at the beautiful island of Koh Samui, staying at beachfront resort Vana Belle- part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, which aim to 'Define the Destination' by giving each guest a completely personal, authentic and local perspective experiences. Even upon arrival, Vana Belle was by far one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever had the privilege of staying at. From stepping into my room (which had it's own infinity pool, that had me IRL pinching myself), sampling the Thai afternoon tea and experiencing the spa- I couldn't quite believe how breathtaking it was. Although the island is renown for it's nightlife and being popular with tourists, the resort was perfectly private (without ever feeling empty) and felt like a special secret spot we'd magically stumbled across. Spoilt? Maybe a little...

During our stay we were taken around to discover some other local beauty spots, paying visit to a stunning local Buddhist temple, Fisherman's Village and the gorgeous beach front bar Coco Tams by moonlight- as well as a beachside barbecue releasing Khom Loy's and a cooking class in the hotel- which, for a Thai food novice like me (yup, I had tried little more than a green curry before this trip)- was a complete treat, and it's safe to say I am now firmly converted to Thai cuisine (well, there's a surprise)...



Before we left again for Bangkok- we also gave a Thai yoga class a go- and it's safe to say I am not going to be a wellness (or fitness) blogger any time soon. But the less said about that the better! My first taste of Thailand couldn't have been any more special, and the people were some of the kindest, most warm people I'd ever met. Our next stop was Bangkok and Loy Krathong, so stay tuned later this week for more!

Many thanks to Starwood Hotels, Luxury Collection and Vana Belle Koh Samui for having me as a guest, all opinions are as always my own


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...and my first visit to Asia!

When, last November, an email dropped into my inbox about the opportunity to visit Thailand I couldn't quite believe my luck. Me? Fly 13 hours across the world? TO THAILAND? Y'wot mate? I'd heard so many beautiful things about the country, that just the thought of visiting was enough to have me rummaging around for my passport and weighing up my hand baggage allowance- keen, me? Although it was a 13 hour flight (read: the longest this Nervous Purvis has flown around the world), each moment was fuelled by excitement, and the thought of being in such a vibrant, lively and culturally rich place (with REAL coconut trees) was enough to calm any jitters.

The first stop on the trip was a couple of days at the beautiful island of Koh Samui, staying at beachfront resort Vana Belle- part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, which aim to 'Define the Destination' by giving each guest a completely personal, authentic and local perspective experiences. Even upon arrival, Vana Belle was by far one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever had the privilege of staying at. From stepping into my room (which had it's own infinity pool, that had me IRL pinching myself), sampling the Thai afternoon tea and experiencing the spa- I couldn't quite believe how breathtaking it was. Although the island is renown for it's nightlife and being popular with tourists, the resort was perfectly private (without ever feeling empty) and felt like a special secret spot we'd magically stumbled across. Spoilt? Maybe a little...

During our stay we were taken around to discover some other local beauty spots, paying visit to a stunning local Buddhist temple, Fisherman's Village and the gorgeous beach front bar Coco Tams by moonlight- as well as a beachside barbecue releasing Khom Loy's and a cooking class in the hotel- which, for a Thai food novice like me (yup, I had tried little more than a green curry before this trip)- was a complete treat, and it's safe to say I am now firmly converted to Thai cuisine (well, there's a surprise)...



Before we left again for Bangkok- we also gave a Thai yoga class a go- and it's safe to say I am not going to be a wellness (or fitness) blogger any time soon. But the less said about that the better! My first taste of Thailand couldn't have been any more special, and the people were some of the kindest, most warm people I'd ever met. Our next stop was Bangkok and Loy Krathong, so stay tuned later this week for more!

Many thanks to Starwood Hotels, Luxury Collection and Vana Belle Koh Samui for having me as a guest, all opinions are as always my own


x

33 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks amazing! Really makes me want to go back to Thailand.

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  2. I absolutely love Thailand. The food was amazing. It was definitely one of my best trips yet!

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  3. Wow Liv this looks like a trip of a lifetime. I'm so desperate to make it over to Thailand. One day.
    Sophie
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    A Story of a Girl

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  4. These photo's are beautiful looks amazing Liv.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Absolutely stunning photos, you look amazing too!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  6. I've never been, but it looks like an amazing place to visit! Lovely photos!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

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  7. Stunning photos! Serious holiday blues right now.

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  8. Looks AMAZING!!

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  9. Thailand is amazing!! Love the pictures :)


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  10. Love it! I've been to Pattaya but Koh Samui looks even better.

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  11. Oh wow it looks amazing! Thailand is on my travel bucket list.

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  12. I've always wanted to go to Thailand! Your pictures look soso beautiful. What lens and camera do you use?

    Mollie x
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  13. That looks absolutely gorgeous! I went to Malaysia for my honeymoon and stayed in Borneo and it was by far the best holiday I've ever had (despite the super long flight!) and so I'm itching to get back over to that part of the world again to explore some more!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

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  14. This is amazing, I would love to go there
    xo
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  15. I've never been to Thailand and never thought it was somewhere that interested me, but now I really want to go xx

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  16. I've been looking forward to these posts! It looks so beautiful!! x

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  17. Amazing photos! I really want to visit Thailand! Looks magical. I can't wait for the rest of your stories and photos! And the sea looks so clear.

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  18. I've been to Asia before but never Thailand, although it's definitely somewhere I want to visit. Love the photos and can't wait to see more x

    Wonky Lauren

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  19. What an amazing trip Liv, I'd love to discover Asia more and photograph each bit of culture!

    Laurne x
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  20. I miss Thailand. Lived there for several years. Although I never made it to Khoh Samui I'veheard great things about the place. Bangkok is great though, Thai people are so friendly
    and the food is amazing.

    Princess Audu

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  21. This honestly looks like paradise, this I need to go somewhere like this in the future! xx

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  22. loved this post!
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  23. Beautiful photos, it makes me want to go asap!

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  24. You mean you weren't into Thai food before?? Mate, just you wait until you try Vietnamese, your mind will be blown. x Rebecca - itscohen.co.uk

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  25. The photos are awesome!! I want to Thailand so bad! Hope you had an amazing time! kisses:D

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  26. oh my lord i was just blown away by your pictures! just makes me want to go right now

    Hannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

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  27. You look gorgeous honey <3 The Asian islands are like heaven on Earth, I'm sure you must have enjoyed a lot!!! And Thai food is absolutely amazing <3

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  28. Im ready to go there now!!

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  29. I'm ready to go on a vacation now! You look gorgeous as always :)

    xo,
    Lily | pslilyboutique.com

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  30. These photos are amazing!! It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time out there

    CharlotteSamantha // www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

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  31. This place looks absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to read more about your Thailand adventure :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  32. that playsuit is so pretty!! sounds like an amazing place x
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