Honeymoons are our favourite. So when we were given the task to book a dream honeymoon for two wonderful guests, we were (almost) as excited as them. We sent Samantha and her new husband, Toby, to Thailand on a two-week adventure with Premier Holidays.
“We knew it would be stressful to go on our honeymoon straight after the wedding, so we decided to call on the help of an experienced travel agent.
It took all the stress away and meant we were able to focus on the wedding. On the flip side, it didn’t hit us that we were going until the week before the wedding when Toby was packing his bags.
The excitement became real as soon as we were on route to the airport. We were like little children as we sat in the waiting lounge.
This would be our first time visiting Thailand. We had a trip booked a few years ago but had to cancel due to family grievances. That’s why Thailand was our honeymoon destination of choice because it felt like the place we never got to see.
We flew from London to Bangkok with British Airways and our avios points allowed us to upgrade to Business Class, which was lovely.
It was such a smooth transition. Somebody from Premier Holidays was waiting at Phuket airport to greet us with bottles of cold water and information about the city. Air conditioning in the humidity was also a bonus.
We arrived at Village Resort & Spa in the evening and the staff were extremely kind and helpful. When we arrived at our room it looked beautiful and had some lovely honeymoon touches.
The food in the hotel restaurant was yummy, and it was a beautiful hotel to be in. But we actually were not there long enough to explore properly. Our one full day in Phuket was spent on island excursions.
The early morning transfer to Elephant Hills was... very early! But it was worth it. We met three other couples on the transfer and all stuck together for the experience. We didn't know whether the tents would be luxury or not, but we were excited and ready for a few days of adventure.
Elephant Hills was by far the most special part of our entire trip. The accommodation was fantastic considering they were tents! The staff were really helpful (WE LOVED OUR TOUR GUIDE POND!), especially when it came to the food, they made special vegetarian food for Toby.
The canoe ride on the first day was an amazing experience, we had a lot of fun with our local guide! The afternoon was spent feeding and bathing the elephants, something that we will remember forever. The animals were so beautiful and are really benefiting from the protection of camps like this.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we took a boat ride into the middle of the lake and stayed in the floating tents. The scene was idyllic and felt so peaceful and calm. Being away from phone connection was a nice change from our busy lifestyles, especially after the wedding.
We couldn't be happier that we did the three-day and two-night experience rather than the shorter one. We felt it gave us a true reflection on how amazing it really was. It definitely exceeded all of our expectations.
Another seamless transfer from Elephant Hills to Santhiya Koh Yao Yai. Getting a private boat transfer was so special for us and it was nice to have that level of privacy. Arriving at Santhiya was like a scene out of Mamma Mia, with beautiful long decking coming out into the sea that you had to walk up to get to the main reception. It was breathtaking!