After 30 hours of continuous travel–including four flights, three layovers, and two car rides–we arrived just after sunset at the Bo Phut Resort on the North shore of Koh Samui. (In Thailand, the letters “Ph” are pronounced with a hard “P” sound, so Phut is pronounced “Poot.” Interesting, right?)
The open air lobby of the Bo Phut Resort is stunning by day, and after the sun goes down the lobby takes on a magical feel thanks to the impressive lighting, dark-wood columns, and vaulted ceilings.
We were greeted with a traditional wai–a bowing of the head with palms placed together in prayer–and the friendly staff served ice-cold welcome drinks alongside cold, lemongrass-scented, hand towels to cool off from the sweltering heat. And after completing the check in process, they offered us two gorgeous orchid leis before whisking us away to our room where our bags were waiting.
You guys, it would be an understatement to say that I was giddy when we walked into our room. (And it wasn’t just from a lack of sleep). The decor was a perfect mix of tropical paradise and authentic Thai style and I loved all of the finishing touches in the room like: fresh flowers, slippers next to the bed, a beach bag to borrow for the duration of our stay, the super soft bed linens, and our very own Mr. Bo Phut to take home. Exhausted from traveling half way around the world, I stepped out onto the balcony and looked up at the bright, almost-full, moon and listened to the cricket’s chirp their bedtime song before heading to bed myself.
The next morning as we walked to breakfast, Cody and I explored the immaculate grounds of the resort. A heavy scent of plumeria filled the air, and the perfectly placed plumeria trees and palm trees provided shade as we walked along the small pathway to the restaurant. A lotus pond filled with beautiful white, pink, and purple lotus flowers completed the courtyard landscaping, and within a couple of minutes we arrived at the highlight of the resort: the incredible pool.
Not only does the resort have an amazing pool, two delicious restaurants, pristine grounds, and a beachfront location, but the staff and their service is out of this world. No matter what we needed–from transportation arrangements to room service–they took care of it all, always with a smile and the traditional wai.
And just when I thought that this resort was absolutely perfect, they told us about the free complimentary jet lag massages. I’m pretty sure that my jaw hit the floor and I almost reached out and gave the receptionist a great big hug; but to my surprise I did what any other normal person would do, and played it cool, like I was used to that sort of upscale treatment. 😉 That was the icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae, the umbrella in my Mai Tai. When it comes to service and relaxation, they’ve really thought of everything.
Our stay included free breakfast from a delicious buffet, daily maid service, fresh fruit every afternoon, bottled water, nightly turn-down service, transportation to and from the airport, and they even offered to pack our bags on our day of departure. (I have finally experienced how the other half lives) 😉
If you’ve been a long time reader of Pictures and Plane Tickets, then you know that I usually pack a lot of activities into our trips–we go-go-go from sun up until sun down, however, on this vacation we slowed down and really got a chance to unwind. With such a relaxed and romantic atmosphere how could we not?
Daily massages, a palm tree-lined pool, lunch and drinks poolside, romantic sunset walks along the beach, and nightly cocktail parties, this resort was the epitome of luxury, and we indulged in every opportunity.
Would you stay at the Bo Phut Resort? Where is your favorite resort/hotel?