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I had heard that Sri Panwa was quite nice but I was not prepared for what I would experience there. Covering an oceanfront hilltop, every single thing about the resort seemed as though it had been meticulously planned and cared for. The buildings, the landscape and grounds, the restaurants, the pools, as well as the food and service were all impeccable.
We stayed in a very luxurious one bedroom penthouse suite which had been completed only year prior and it was immaculate. High ceilings throughout gave it a grand feeling, with a comfortable living area with a giant couch that leads to the bedroom with a large inviting bed facing a wonderful view of the ocean as well as a private saltwater infinity pool. Every room has one. The bathroom was the size of a normal room with dual sinks, a bathtub that I took full advantage of, closet and changing area, water closet and big walk-in shower.
From the moment we walked into the room we did not want to leave, but we eventually ventured out and were instantly awestruck with what we discovered. We went to see the main gathering and restaurant area that is Baba Beach club. The views from here are incredible, with various seating areas, and infinity pools leading out to some of the most amazing views of the Andaman Sea with numerous other islands off in the distance. These views were only second to the vistas we gazed upon at Baba Nest, which has been voted Top 3 Beach Bars in the World, and it was easy to see why. The 360 degree unobstructed views of the ocean and sky and the different colors of blue were like something out of a painting, and the pictures and images left in our minds will continue to leave us smiling and dreaming about it for years to come.
Next we explored The Habita, where the main pool is along with a couple of restaurants. This area could not be more pristine. The pool is massive with multiple areas and even two different levels with waterfalls cascading down from one to the next. It was easy to find our own private space and enjoy this perfect setting, and there was even live acoustic music being played as the sun was getting ready to set which made our time here even more magical.
It really is hard to find the words to describe just how much we loved our time at Sri Panwa. It truly is one of the nicest resorts I have ever stayed at and I will never forget how we felt just being there and all of the wonderful memories made there. I hope I am fortunate enough to be able to experience this very special place again in the very near future.
We were in search of a secluded and relaxed, yet classy and luxurious resort just off the beaten path, and that is just what we discovered at Cape Kudu on Koh Yao Noi. A thirty minute boat ride from Phuket, we found ourselves pulling up to a small island and greeted with smiles and even a special vintage Porsche from the hotel to pick us up and drive us the ten minutes to the hotel. Koh Yao Noi is a very small island, which you can drive around most of it in less than thirty minutes. Cape Kudu is located on a point with an ideal vantage point looking out at a breathtaking view of the ocean with over twenty small islands lining the horizon. We saw the images online but nothing compared to seeing it in person and gazing out at such a distinct and unforgettable view.
The hotel itself is only a year old and everything was exceptional. I loved the style of the hotel which reminded me of the Hamptons with its mostly white concept and classy interiors, architecture and design. The staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating as they greeted and waited on us so graciously throughout our entire stay. There are a number of rooms in a larger building at the top of the property, and our villa was located closer to the ocean which afforded us a very nice view and close proximity to the amenities. Our villa was a wonderful space with a lovely/comfortable bed and (mosquito netting), along with a quaint living room, well-appointed bathroom, and our own private swimming pool which we utilized on multiple occasions.
Besides relaxing at the gorgeous pool with its picturesque views, we decided to go on an excursion to the neighboring islands that we had been gazing at from the hotel since our arrival. The hotel helped us book a very reasonably priced private longtail boat which took us out for five hours where we saw many different islands, stopping at four to explore the unspoiled beaches, coves, and lagoons. It was an unforgettable trip seeing these magnificent islands shooting up towards the sky with their sheer rock cliffs, aqua blue green waters, and secluded swimming spots which made for some of the nicest pictures we could have ever imagined.
Our time at Cape Kudu, however brief, was so memorable and relaxing. The private setting and the wonderful accommodations and staff definitely make this a must-visit and I hope I get to experience it all again very soon.
This Thailand travel diary has been contributed by @cina.