Santorini, possibly Greece’s most picturesque island, is nothing short of paradise, and the scenic village of Oia, is famous for its breath-taking sunsets. Because of this, getting a good spot to watch the sun slowly sink beyond the horizon can be difficult and Oia can turn into a bit of a zoo each evening. Rather than fighting the throngs of tourists, why not head to Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar, enjoy a drink and a dip in the pool before enjoying the magical spectacle that happens every evening.
I recently was asked by my dear friend Amy “We’re flying into Phuket for our honeymoon, and looking for somewhere beautiful for that much-needed relaxation – somewhere that feels a bit special and away from the crowds, but is still easy to access from Phuket“. This was easy – Koh Yao Yai Village immediately came to mind. Located on an island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, these eco-friendly bungalows are where we spent the last few nights of our own honeymoon two years ago. It is a stunning spot, and a quiet refuge that feels worlds away from the nearby crowds of Phuket. Koh Yao Yai instead remains a natural beauty, and is often described as one of the last islands in the region to not be overly developed. Koh Yao Yai Village is full of special and unique touches, like the daily weather forecast pinned to the bungalow wall, and the “Have a sweet dream” note posted on your pillow each evening following the turn down service. In such quiet surroundings, what better way to while away the day than to relax on your verandah’s daybed with a good book, or chill by the infinity pool admiring the view.