After some luxury relaxation in my Bay Residence villa on Koh Phangan, plus some spills and thrills thanks to The Challenge and Slip N Fly Party, I was on the move again. On a hazy morning, I took a ferry back across the water, bound for Phangnan’s island neighbour, Koh Samui.
Here my destination was the four-star Lanna hotel. Self-described as chic and unique, the design of my room was elegant, sleek and modern.
The view from my window overlooked the pool, the focal point around which the hotel is arranged – with good reason.
With loungers sunk into the water and a cool barbecue area, it’s among the best hotel pools I’ve come across so far in my travels and that warranted some appreciation; so I kicked back with a killer mojito, served in a mason jar, beside the water.
The next morning I started the day right with a breakfast of French toast, which was presented so well, I indulged in a side of eggs benedict and I wasn’t disappointed. The icing on the cake was enjoying my leisurely breakfast in what was fast becoming my favorite spot – beside that exceptional pool.
The only trouble in paradise was the increasingly heavy haze which turned out to be blowing over from the forest fires in Indonesia. The situation was becoming worse, but I received a very cordial note from the GM at Lanna, with a clear explanation of the cause and the frequency with which they were cleaning the pool, assuring guests it was safe to swim, but nevertheless offering a free 15 minute neck massage ‘for any stress this may have caused’.
As you can imagine, I took the opportunity to ease my stress with the massage and, on my final day, enjoyed yet another expertly presented breakfast of eggs florentine and banana pancakes which, if possible, tasted even better than they looked.