"My husband and I did the 7-day detox package, which includes yoga, meals made to suit our constitutions and health requirements, and 2 luxurious Ayurvedic treatments a day, plus consultation with their Ayurvedic Doctor. There's no doubt we've never felt better, but on top of that we were thoroughly impressed with the exceptional service, the kindness and attentiveness of the people who work there and the stunning gardens, pool and sea views. And the food is an art - fresh, creative, flavourful and satisfying. Truly a first class experience, with every detail attended to beyond our expectations. What makes this place special above all are the wonderful people who will make your stay more than just a vacation, but a lifelong memory. It may seem expensive, but it's worth every dollar! If you go, be sure to take their free bicycles out for a ride in the village!
Sea Dance Resort: "FLAWLESS — one of the biggest highlights of our Thailand trip"
We visited Koh Samui at the very end of our 2-week Thailand trip &, specifically, Sea Dance Resort. Our stay was, honestly, flawless. It started with a very quaint, beautiful, well-cared for resort where we were warmly greeted upon arrival & given some nice juice drinks as a welcome. Then, we went to our bungalow/room which was so stinkin' cool! It's this round, stand-alone building with a king bed in the center, little desk & day bed along the wall (which our 8 year-old son slept in comfortably). Even better, the shower, toilet & vanity were connected & outdoors. It was really special & well-done. We happened to arrive on a Wednesday evening & every week they do a complimentary happy hour from 6-7 by the water & you have a terrific cocktail or glass or wine by the sea & a band plays. You socialize with the staff & we particularly enjoyed talking to Rory, who we soon learned owns the resort. He is SO kind & personable & caring about his guests, as is the entire staff (Faith, Helen, John, etc.), I was impressed that they learned/knew my & my families names immediately & there IS a casualness to everyone yet their service is spot-on. Little examples-- we were goofing around in the pool & when we came out fresh towels & glasses of water were on our chairs. On one hot day they brought around gin & tonic popsicles for the adults, juice popsicles for the kids. The breakfasts are excellent with an egg station, tons of fresh fruits & pastries, Asian foods, cereal, juices, espresso drinks & so on. There are kayaks & SUPs you can borrow & lots of beautiful places throughout the resort where you can sit on a bench & relax. The staff took a particular liking to my son & went above & beyond by allowing him to feed their koi fish, giving him little treats, etc. We encountered a couple from S Africa who said they could "travel anywhere" but they choose to come back to Koh Samui & more specifically Sea Dance again & again because of the staff & resort; that spoke volumes. I have traveled a lot & Sea Dance is in my Top 3, best hotel experiences, ever. Partly because of the wonderful resort, even moreso because of the people.
The incredible villa, staff and overall experience were hands down the best part of my trip to Bali! Every detail was thought of. From luxurious linens & pillows, to travel adaptors and even headlamps for evening walks down Shady Lane - Slow has made it their mission to ensure you have no worries whatsoever! Mission accomplished. I cannot wait to return and be back in this little slice of heaven!
Dewakan: "Top of the World"
3 Michelin stars ! We ordered only the 5 course menu, but they served at least 4 more dishes as complimentary. Dewakan is a must, if you have the opportunity to visit. My pictures shall tell the rest …
"It is a restaurant you can pass easily because it is narrow, but the three floors are completely full! We were lucky to get a table for two because we didn’t make a reservation.
We choose a few things and all were really delicious! The ‘Mieng Yong’ we found to be really really delicious ... ! We ordered a second one!!!
We really recommend this place and the food! We were lucky to eat there!"
Joannie32: "Wonderfully Relaxing"
My sister and I stayed in Maisons Wat Kor for 3 days in early November. It is a beautiful and tranquil hotel set in a charming village, a short tuk tuk ride away from Battambang. The hotel is an oasis of peace and calm with spacious clean rooms, delicious food and a saltwater pool which was very much appreciated after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel organised trips on the Bamboo train as well as to the Phare Circus, both of which we would highly recommend. All of the staff were wonderful but we would like to say a big thank you to Mr Phadkey who made every effort to ensure that our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Very highly recommended!
Tugu Malang: "Just for dinner, but fantastic place"
We came upon the restaurant of Hotel Tugu by accident, but I'm very happy we had dinner here. The food was of good quality, even by European standards. The prices were quite high for Indonesian standards, but it was definitely worth it. Service was good, though a tiny bit slow sometimes, and the surroundings were stunning. If you're not planning to stay in this hotel, it's absolutely worth it to visit just to look at its interior and/or have a bite of properly prepared Western cuisine.
Tugu Lombok: "Beautiful, relaxing resort"
"My wife and I spent three days in an oceanfront villa at the beginning of our vacation here. Hotel Tugu is a beautiful, beachside hotel in north Lombok. It is off the main room and a bit distant from the nearest town or village, so it is a bit isolated. But this is not a problem- the hotel grounds are huge, and stuffed with balinese and Indonesian art. Indeed, it is a truly beautiful hotel, one of the most beautiful I've stayed in, and the beach is absolutely perfect- a huge expanse of sand great for swimming and snorkeling.
There are a two restaurants and bars serving a variety of Indonesian and western dishes. The food is excellent, though the drinks are a bit overpriced and weak (but still very tasty!). The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful, though I would say that at time I thought they were a bit over the top- there can be too much service. We also had a bit of difficulty booking activities- sometimes it was hard to get someone in the main office who could help us.
The rooms, like the property, were beautifully decorated, very comfortable, and clean. I would say that parts of them could have been more functional- the lighting was pretty dim, the bathroom tub didn't work very well, and other small things. But these are minor issues- we really enjoyed our stay.
Overall, Hotel Tugu is an excellent hotel and well worth a visit for a more Indonesian experience than offered by other local hotels. If you are looking for the efficiency of a European-standard luxury resort, I might try one of the other nearby resorts, but then you will miss staying in a beautiful and unique property."
"Even when you don't stay in the hotel you still can come here for food and drink. The advantage when enjoy meals here is that you are served with 5 stars hotel level. Staff are very polite, well trained and pay attention to small details to satisfy you.
About the view, this hotel owns the best view of Sai Gon river. Decorations are very well to make it different from restaurants around with full of green but not surrounded by mosquitoes as most of other river side restaurant.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner here are equally good. But each moment has different beauty.
When I want to enjoy my romantic relationship with my hubby, Villa Song always my first choice."
Jing’s Residence: "Exceptional charm and luxury In an ancient city"
After staying in wonderful luxury hotels in three cities in China, our arrival at Jing's residence was a delightful and very satisfying change. From the moment we stepped inside this lovingly restored boutique hotel we knew we were in for a treat. And what a treat it was! From the a decor that featured beautiful objects everywhere we looked and the rooms that provided every comfort to the charming dining room and terrace and well stocked bar, we felt well cared for and well fed. There was always a special surprise - such as the bag of honey dates waiting in the room to appease traveller's fatigue or the lovely handmade object left on the turned down bed at night. And the staff was incredibly cheerful and helpful. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer.