Six Senses Yao Noi – amazing resort experience

On our second visit to Thailand, we went back to Phuket first. After 6 days in Phuket we went to Yao Noi and stayed in Six Senses.

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What can I say about this amazing resort? Had I ever seen such a luxury? I guess not!

We arranged with our first hotel, Burasari Resort, that they would take us to the Ao Po Marina in Phuket. We had a little trouble finding the right Marina, as there is another marina which is more touristic. But we did make it in time. We were kindly greeted by a staff member of Six senses and were offered a drink in the marina bar while we waited to go on board.
After a cold drink we could board on our private charter. There was my husband and me and another young couple with their adorable daughter.
A beautiful scenery passed by as we were approaching the Yao Noi Island.

We were, again, warmly greeted at the pier by the manager and our GEM Kate. The buggy, which takes you everywhere in the resort, was personalized with our names. They took our luggages and off we went to our pool villa.

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Number 22, that was our villa number. Kate opened the door to our villa and for a minute I couldn’t talk or move… Where was I?? Is this heaven?? A pool in front of us with the amazing view of the ocean! Kate gave us a short tour of the villa and she would come back later to show us around the resort.

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We stayed only 2 nights in this wonderful resort so we wanted to make the best out of it.
We went to the sports beach and tried out the Stand Up Paddles.
We went to see a movie on the big screen on the beach at night with yummy popcorn.
I got an amazing Thai Massage at the Spa centre (of course I did!) All credits to Oy!

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But the place we’ve spent the best time at in this resort, besides our villa of course, was the infinity pool.
This pool is one of the pools you see in those list of most beautiful pools around the world. We enjoyed a few milkshakes and fresh juices while enjoying the calming view you get here.

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The resort offers so many activities it’s almost impossible to choose!
Because we had only 3 days we chose a few ones and enjoyed them to the fullest.

I would strongly recommand doing the tuktuk tour. We drove around in the resorts tuktuk for about 2 and a half hour with O who guided us around the Island. It was by far the best thing to do when having a limited time here. It was so great I’ll write a seperate post about it!

The Spa experience was also very great. Daughter of a beauty therapist I love discovering Spa centres all over the world and enjoy a massage or any treatment. The location is amazing, the staff is very well trained and you should just enjoy a good massage every now and then.

We wanted to have a private dinner on the beach, but because we didn’t book this in advance, this was not an option during our stay. However, Kate our GEM, could arrange a private dinner in our villa. We had a chef and waitress all to ourselves. We enjoyed a 5 course meal in the romantic setting on our deck which was decorated with candles for this romantic moment.

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The breakfast is also a true experience! Every morning we were greeted by the manager, who remembers our names and country which, for me, makes me feel very welcome!
There is a coffee and egg menu, but even if you want something else you can always ask.
You find some hot dishes and there is also a shop – like place where you can get all kinds of cheeses, meats, breads and fresh juices. To top everything of there is a variety of fruits and yogurts. No need to wait for the chef to bake your fresh waffles or omelette, everything is served at your table.

The day of departure we were moved into a daytime villa, our villa was booked after us, but we had to return only in the early evening. In this villa you can find everything you need to enjoy even your last day in the resort. There is a shower, daybed and tv. So after we’ve spent our last hours by the infinity pool and eating a last ice cream (which is complementary all day, everyday) we could shower and take the plane feeling clean.

When we jumped on the boat who took us back to Phuket a whole lot of staff members waved us out at the pier. So warm, kind it almost made me cry this amazing adventure was over.
A Mercedes with private chauffeur awaited and took us back to the airport..

This resort has the most warm, kind and welcoming staff I have ever seen. You are respected in your privacy and you have your own GEM (‘butler’ if you want) but everyone is there to help. I felt very welcome here. The staff is not fake and really want to help you. This makes it even more of a perfect resort to go to!
They meet your expectations and even go beyond! That’s what makes it really worth it!

Goodbye Thailand! You were, again, amazing!

 

 

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Shame on me..

When I started this blog I was overwhelmed by the beauty and luxury of The Sarojin (as you can read here).
After I realised I had done a few amazing vacations to tropical places I wanted to create my own travelblog.. I follow a few via Instagram, and wanted to create my own story and share my adventures with whoever wants to read..

I named this blog gracefully Debby, because I wanted to keep an open mind about my blogtopic.. How much I do love to travel, I have some other life phases I want to get through to.

So as my draft of another amazing Thailand adventure (Six Senses – Yao Noi) has been half ready for over 9 months.. something else has been cooking for almost 9 months now.. 🙂

We’re expecting our first babygirl in a few weeks.. This has been such an amazing journey as well that time has passed without realising it..

We want to travel so much more in our lives, but we’re just not that good of planners.. So we might sit these full 40 weeks out and see how we can organise our lives with our little bundle of joy with us.

Burasari – perfect location to explore Patong

On our second stay in Phuket we stayed in the Burasari resort at Patong city.

It turned out to be great pick! Here’s why :

It all begins at the airport, where a driver waits for you to take you to the hotel. Cold towels and drinks are given followed by a 45 minute drive to the hotel.

At arrival we got welcomed by again cold towels (which we appreciate due to the heat) and a drink. After this we got to our room, on the first floor.
We’ve booked the elite room, this room is a bit bigger than the standard room. We had an outdoor terrace with cosy bed and a pool view.

The hotel has 2 pools, both perfect to enjoy the sun and look for some cooling down when it gets too hot.
The first pool has a bar, so you don’t have to leave the pool to get yourself a drink. Perfect!
Downside of the pool : there aren’t many sunbeds, which makes it almost necessary to get up early in the morning to make sure you have a seat.
On the other hand, the beach is just 1 minute away.. Plenty of place under the sun!

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The lunch we had in Kantok was the best Thai food I had in a while!
The breakfast was also good and there was plenty of choice.

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If ever I would come back to Patong, Phuket I would definitely go back to Burasari resort. Perfect location: near the beach, the shops, Jungcylon, Bangla Road, clean and big rooms, great pools.

Tunisia – family destination

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For my birthday my husband decided to give me a getaway-week in Tunisia. After Marrakech and going many times to Algeria it was about time to visit the third maghreb country : Tunisia.

We stayed in a 4* hotel Le sultan, situated in Hammamet. The hotel has 2 pools, one outside, the other one is indoors. The spa area is big, but not comparable to the ones you find in Turkish hotels (which to me are mostly very good). Outside there are 2 tennis courts and a midgetgolf terrain. The best thing about this hotel is the kids corner! The animation is very kids-minded and the mini club is very up to date.
The hotel is located near the beach, though this is a small beach. Walking a bit further allows you to enjoy the beach to its fullest.
We enjoyed the fresh mint tea almost every night in the cosy shishacorner.
A good hotel if happy kids are more important than luxury. gracefullyDebby 3146

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The medina in Hammamet is not so big, but a nice walk in the village can be quiet romantic, especially when you end it on the beach to watch the sun set.

Close to Hammamet, you find the more modern Yasmine Hammamet. There is an amusement park Carthageland with an aquapark in it. This can be found in the medina. It’s a real eye catcher in the medina with lots of tempting animations all over the medina.
We went into the medina to browse trough the shops and score some original gifts.
There is also a harbour where tourist boats (with real pirates) can take you for a fun day at sea. In this harbour there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy.

On friday there is a big market in Nabeul. A city near Hammamet. We took a taxi and went to the village known for its oranges (which is their trademark as you can see on the postcards). After grabbing a fresh juice we discovered the market. Locals as well as tourist browse through all the different stands. On the background there’s the call for prayer, this is the real maghreb life.

After a visit to a tourist agency we booked a day trip. As it was the low season we could negotiate a good price and had a day trip totally adjusted to what we wanted to see.
We chose to visit el djem, sousse and port el kantaoui.
The tourist agency had a driver in tuxedo to pick us up at the hotel. He was our personal driver for the day. He showed us the Atlas mountain, which passes Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and told us interesting things about the local life in Tunisia. He was a very warm person.

First stop : El djem. This is the amphitheatre where The gladiator (movie with Russell Crowe) was shot. It’s amazing how big it is, and how well preserved. The sun was shining and the amphitheatre really made a big impression on us. el djem

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It was worth the long , almost 2 hours, drive. A 10 minute walk further we visited a mosaic museum. I found it amazing to see this old images of ancient tales. The entry to this museum is included in the price you pay for entering el djem, but nobody tells you this.
Next on was the city of Sousse. We only had one hour to spend here. It was very touristic, more than Hammamet. It’s a harbour city. We didn’t see much of it. A quick tour around the city and then we continued our daytrip.

The last stop before heading back to the hotel was Port el kantaoui. This was a very charming village. It has a small fair which is nice for the kids.
This whole village is situated around the harbour. Such a laidback vibe I got from just walking around.
Spending a week here would not be it for me, but a would gladly spend a few days in this harbour village. We ate something in one of the many restaurants. After this we went back to our hotel.

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We had a good stay, although we wouldn’t go back to Tunisia soon. I guess there’s much more to do in summertime. But in april, we had the impression there was not so much to do other than enjoying the sun around the pool or at the beach.
Though if you have kids, there is enough to do.
There is a zoo nearby and you can go for a swim with dolphins. (We already did this in Dubai swimming with dolphins in Dubai)

Overall I’m glad to have seen a bit of Tunisia, now I’ve been to all 3 countries that are the Maghreb.

My 5 questions to … Stephanie Duval

During my adventure of becoming a ‘real’ blogger I bought some books with tips and tricks about blogging.

One of those books was ‘how blogs work‘, written by Stephanie Duval.
Stephanie is a Belgian blogger living in Switzerland. She has many talents, not only does she blog on 70percentpure but she is also a photographer and freelance journalist.
She’s all about beautiful design and loves to travel.

Here are my 5 questions :

  • When did it hit you, you like to travel and blog about it? Was it one holiday in particular?

It wasn’t a holiday, but I remember the trip very clearly. It was a press trip organised by a British fashion chain, and perhaps the tenth or so trip I had to take for work. It was a lot of fun – staying in a beautiful hotel, experiencing the best of London, even a private performance by Paloma Faith, way before she became famous. I was traveling home on the Eurostar and looking through some of the snapshots that I’d taken and I decided it was just too much fun to keep to myself. As I was mostly traveling for work, I’d find myself alone a lot of the time, or not really able to share my thoughts with other journalists that I didn’t really know that well, so I created 70percentpure.be as an outlet for those experiences. Besides, when I needed to come up with a name for the blog that night, I was inspired by a piece of chocolate that I’d brought from that trip to London: it was 70% cacao.

  • What was the best hotel you’ve ever been to?

I don’t know if it was the best hotel, but it sure was the best hotel experience I’ve ever had – though it has more to do with what happened there than with the hotel itself. When we arrived at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and got settled in by the pool with cocktails and ceviche, on the second or third day of our two-week trip through California, my then-boyfriend proposed to me. It was the perfect setting and the perfect night, and so the perfect start to our amazing holiday. I can remember all the little details of the hotel so well: the ping-pong table we almost wrecked with our competitiveness, the gorgeous succulents in the garden, the beautiful room… We returned to the hotel during our honeymoon and even stayed in the same room. It will always be a special place to me.

  • What holiday surprised you the most? What country/city was more amazing than you thought it would be?

My first time in Los Angeles was on another press trip, and I was so surprised with how much I loved that city from the first moment. Of course I stayed in a gorgeous hotel, met amazing people and got to take a look behind the scenes of the L.A. fashion industry, so that definitely helped. But I’ve gone back there twice with my husband and I still love it so much. It’s the perfect mix of big city humdrum and laid back beach vibes. It also has the best museums and restaurants – I’d say my experience there perhaps even trumps my New York experiences, which before always ranked at the top of the list.

  • What holiday was a disappointment? When you thought it would be great but really wasn’t.

I had one horrible experience when traveling to Istanbul for work. I missed my first flight, they lost my luggage, I missed half of the program at the destination and was left to my own devices much of the time. It was in winter and the weather was terrible, and the person in charge of the trip was a creep. I locked myself in my hotel room for the better part of the last day, and was super relieved to go back home. It’s a shame because I didn’t get to discover anything in the beautiful city, but the circumstances just weren’t there to experience Istanbul the right way. I’ll need to go back some day to change my opinion about it. 

  • What country/city/hotel is your #1 on your wishing list?

My wishlist is never-ending, and it’s hard to pick just one place. I’d have to say Canada though. I’ve only been to Vancouver and I loved it there. I’m especially drawn to the combination of gorgeous nature and bustling cities – best of both worlds. I’d like to see more of Canada soon. Besides that, there are plenty more places in the States that I’d love to visit. A trip along the East Coast is high up there, too. And closer to home I’d love to revisit Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. I’ve only been to these cities on business trips without my husband, and I’d love to experience them in a more relaxed way with him.

A special thanks to Stephanie. Not only for this interview, but for her advice in her book as well.
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NOMAD – No Ordinary Meals And Drinks

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I live in Bruges, the most beautiful city of Belgium.
As much as I love to travel, I can’t be always on the road. So occasionally I like to go out  and discover new places to enjoy with friends and family.

NOMAD is one of the new it-places and is located in the center of Bruges. It’s the perfect location to have breakfast, lunch or a sweet break between your shopping spree or cultural visit.

I went there with a friend to catch up while having breakfast. Everything is being made with bio products from their local farm, which I think is a plus.

We ordered the Kickstart breakfast and asked for an egg with that and the All day breakfast sandwich.

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The breakfast was tasty, especially the farm style ovenbread! The juice was fresh, the coffee hot and strong! The service was friendly.

A very good place to catch up with friends over a yummy breakfast, lunch or cake.

My travel bucketlist

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This quote has been posted many, many times before me.
But who does this not apply to? Who wouldn’t want to travel the world?
Just imagine you could go anywhere without having to save money for a few months or even years.. Where would you go??

Here’s my top 5 of countries I really want to see one day :

  • Australia : not one place in particularly but a round trip would be amazing. I’m a big fan of Home and Away and the renovation tv show House rules, also Masterchef Australia has been a big inspiration to go visit Down Under. Must see : The Opera House in Sydney, The Salamanca market in Hobart, Summer Bay (the hometown of the people in Home and away, I was once told this town really exists), the great barrier reef and plenty more to discover.
  • Bali : A round trip to see all the beauty the nature of bali has to offer. Ubud must be one of the stops. And with this maybe an extra few days to go to Java.
  • Brazil : After seeing some tv shows where Brazil was the hosting country, it makes us want to go there someday.
  • Japan : again a round trip would make me very happy. I’ve heard you have the 4 seasons in Japan, which makes me curious to experience it. There is snow, sun, spring and middle temperatures. Tokyo, Kyoto, Fuji Mountain. And just the way of life, the stress, the tea, the geishas, everything.
  • Mexico : this would be a relaxing holiday. Probably Cancùn, for all the beaches.

And of course the world has much more to offer and to see. A citytrip to New York or Rome would be on my bucketlist and going to Croatia or seeing some more of Africa would also be very tempting. The world is big enough for all of us to see and enjoy it. I’ll try to see as many countries as possible. One country at a time.

I am very curious about your travel bucket list! Let me know what countries or places you would love to explore. And if you have any tips for me to add to my list or must see’s please let me know!