The year is coming to a close, which means that the festive holidays are fast approaching, hooray! This also means that it’s that time of the year to start thinking about gift ideas, decorations and, for those lucky enough, holiday destinations. And think that winter is all about piles of snow and romantic trips to Europe? Not so. The winter months can be an ideal time for a beach holiday in Thailand when the monsoon rains have gone and the weather’s not too humid or scorching hot but just right for tropical sun worshippers.
While Phuket or Koh Samui make great tourist destinations, those wanting to avoid the hassle of getting on a plane will find a great alternative in Koh Samet, or Samet Island. Only a few hours drive from Bangkok, the verdant atoll is an ideal getaway for a well-deserved break in tranquillity.
And nowhere on the island could be more tranquil than Paradee resort, which is situated in a secluded area of Ao Kiew with two different beachfronts for guests to enjoy. Whether you’re into soft, white sandy beaches lapped by crystal clear waters or a more Brighton-esque beach covered in pebbles, Paradee offers the best of both worlds. Those who prefer intimate lounging within the resort area can relax by the swimming pool that overlooks the beach or take a romantic sunset cruise. Adventure seekers are also well catered for with sailing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing opportunities. The island is also one of the best diving and snorkelling destination in the Gulf of Thailand and exploring its delicate coral reefs and tropical marine life is a popular activity.
With just 40 villas on site, Paradee offers an exclusive haven where guests can enjoy the privacy of their own decked terrace with sun loungers and a small sala or pavilion for outdoor dining beside a private infinity-edged Jacuzzi pool. With design elements drawn from Moraccan and Balinese architecture, the interiors of the villas make use of natural tones and material such as Thai teak, silk and rattan. The concept of luxury is maintained through a modern vanity, oversized bathtub and a separate outdoor rain shower where guests can feel connected to the tropical surroundings.
A perfect holiday destination for families and couples alike, earlier this year Paradee resort placed first in the categories of Best Beach Resort in Asia and Best Destination Wedding Hotel in Thailand at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2017.