Wanderlust Wednesday: Honeymoon in Thailand
It’s hard to believe our honeymoon in Thailand was almost 2 years ago. I can still taste the fish sauce, still see the sun rise, still feel the love.
Of course, it’s not like I wasn’t expecting to love our honeymoon. I mean, it’s your honeymoon. It’s the most romantic trip of your life. Of course it’s going to be amazing. But I don’t think I could’ve dreamed a honeymoon as perfect as ours turned out to be. Just look at the view from our room:Yep, that’s our room: a private villa nestled in the jungle of Yao Noi, a small island just off the coast of Thailand between Phuket and Krabi, overlooking the stunning Phang Nga Bay. We stayed at the Six Senses Yao Noi for the first part of our trip (we jetted over to Japan after relaxing on the beach for a few days!) and it was like a fairytale. A dream you never want to wake up from. A paradise you never knew could exist. This is what we woke up to every morning–COME ON!!! This is not real life.But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up. Because first I need to be brought back to reality and remember the 36+ hour flights it took us to get to Thailand (there were 3 separate flights just to get to the country!), followed by a long and crazed cab ride to the docks of Phuket where we then had to hop on a boat for another hour just to get to the island. Yeah, Yao Noi is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re willing to put in the time, it is SO worth it.
Look, here we are happy at the Atlanta airport and naive about the long journey that lies ahead….
Okay, I guess there are worse things than a champagne take-off. Let me preface this by saying that we could NEVER afford to fly first class, even to Charlotte, much less Asia.
BUT, I am a huge miles and points collector and we were able to book round-trip first class flights for our entire trip for just 280,000 miles total (that’s for both of us!!). Because I’m a money-saving, deal-finding nerd, I did the math–those flights would’ve cost us $15,776. And instead they were FREE!
Side Note: Is this something you guys would be interested in learning about? I could write a story about how to use miles to travel for free in first-class if so–let me know in the comments if you’d like to read that post.
See also: Pictured above is flight #2. Though we look a bit more haggard here, I have to say Thai Airways is the most luxurious, hospitable, beautiful airline I’ve ever flown. It was the kind of flight that made you not want to land and get to where you are going, it was so comfortable. Flat-bed seats are worth every mile we spent 😉
On the boat, just minutes away from paradise at Six Senses.
Ahhhh, we finally arrived! And were immediately greeted by the kindest hotel staff I’ve yet to experience. To say this resort tends to your every need is an understatement. They’re offering you things you never knew you wanted, treats you never would’ve expected, friendly, attentive, helpful service that makes St. Regis butlers feel like McDonald’s drive-through employees.
The jetlag we experienced on this trip was no joke, and even after 5 days, we still found ourselves waking up at 3 a.m. most mornings. But that jetlag turned out to be my favorite part of the trip, because it allowed us to sit on our terrace, an espresso in hand and watch the sun rise over the mind-blowing limestone formations as we reminisced about our wedding and dreamt about what our future held. Those early morning hours with my new husband…that’s what I’ll remember most about our honeymoon.
Another great memory: island hopping. If you go (which, I should’ve mentioned earlier, is the point of this post–inspiring honeymooners and other travelers to go visit this utopian wonderland!), be sure to book a boat tour through the resort, where they’ll take you around to various beaches, coves (hint: you can see where Leo filmed The Beach), islands and sites, for the day.
There are so many incredible things to see in Thailand… beaches like I never could’ve imagined. Limestone formations that make you stop in your tracks, jaw-on-the-floor and stare in total wonderment as you ponder just how beautiful and amazing this world really is.
And monkeys! There are even magical, maniacal monkeys here, too! A stop at Monkey Bay is a must. As is going to one of the more touristy areas for lunch. In fact, inside this ramshackle, open-air restaurant that looked no nicer than an Arby’s, we ate one of the most delicious meals of our life: whole fish with garlic, chiles, scallions and fish sauce. Here’s the before and after for proof of said deliciousness.
Matt proudly sucks on the fish tail, afraid to miss any morsel of flavor. This right here–this is why I married him.
After lunch, we walked around the island, admiring all the boats that look just exactly like what you’d picture Thailand looking like, don’t they? These long-tail boats were everywhere and we couldn’t stop taking pictures of them every time we saw them. They only seemed to get more and more beautiful.
Back at the resort, we spent a lot of time hanging by the bay. Literally.
With lounge chairs, cocktails, gorgeous views, sunshine and sand… these are the things honeymoons are made of.
We also took a Cooking Class at the resort, which was so fun and incredibly eye-opening about how to authentically prepare Thai cuisine. A reminder, I shared some of the secrets in this story from Chiang Mai.
The food here was delicious, too. Like many resorts that try to cater to Western palettes, there was a variety of European offerings, but we didn’t spend 36 hours on a plane to eat cheeseburgers, so we stuck with the Thai classics: noodle-wrapped shrimp, chicken satay, fish cakes and banana leaf packages of chicken, coconut prawn soup, deep fried soft shell in chiles.
Private, in-villa dining was pretty great, too.
Shockingly, the breakfast buffet was easily my favorite meal here. No pancakes, no cereal, no typical American breakfast foods. At Six Senses, it was chicken with tamarind, red curry, dim sum and mushroom soup. And the game-changing dish: rice soup with pork, chiles, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and scallions.
The first few days of your honeymoon should be nothing but relaxing, so mostly we just chilled in the resort’s stunning common areas, where we drank one too many Singha beers and played board games, took naps, read books and looked at each other with googly eyes, in utter disbelief that we got so lucky to spend a week in heaven.
Have you been to Six Senses or Thailand? Share your story in the comments below.
All of the photos were taken by my incredibly talented husband, Matt Kordsmeier. Images may not be used without permission and/or a link back to this specific post, as well as a link back to RootandRevel.com.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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