Doesn’t that picture just put you in the mood for romance?
I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day kind of girl. It doesn’t seem right to force romance on a day that Hallmark established for the sake of commercialism. Romance should be so much more than flowers and chocolates. I really much prefer the kind of romance that can be found in pictures like the one above.
Romance while on vacation is the best! It’s the perfect time to spark or rekindle a real romance and to lose yourself in the moment.
Nick and I spent three glorious nights at the most romantic resort we’ve ever stayed at. The Sri Panwa Spa Resort on Cape Panwa in Phuket, Thailand (read reviews). It was the perfect hideaway for a romantic vacation. We had our own private villa high up on the mountainside overlooking the Andaman Sea, our own private wrap-around pool, and lots of time to just be together and enjoy the surroundings.
From the second we walked into the villa, we knew we were in for a real treat. Sure, it was an expensive treat, but one that was well earned and deserved. The view alone was enough to knock us over, but then we entered the bedroom and were blown away by the enormity of it all. The pool wrapped around the floor-to-ceiling windows, and it looked like something out of a magazine. One of those island pictures we drool over at work, wishing we could teleport ourselves there.
⇒ Read reviews of Sri Panwa or book your stay on Trip Advisor.
The luxury pool villa was very private and remote. We had neighbors to the left and right, but with the high walls built up on each side and the underbrush around the villa, it was impossible to see or hear anyone else. We felt like we had the world to ourselves.
The thing I loved the most about the villa was the way the bedroom seemed to float in the pool. The large windows that surrounded the bed and the living room could be slid open, which made it feel airy and open, like you actually living in paradise.
The other side of the villa had a small patio with sun chairs where we could relax in the sun. Of course, it’s always too hot in Thailand, so I don’t think we ever sat on those chairs, Right behind them was an outdoor shower and soaking tub. We also enjoyed the surround sound audio system that was set up to play music throughout the entire villa, and the provided iPod with relaxing music programmed in for us.
We rarely left our villa — I mean, why would you! — but when we did it was to have a cocktail at Baba Nest, a lounge that’s perched high above the resort. There’s room for about 50 people in the lounge area that’s surrounded by an infinity pool and the most incredible 360 degree views of the islands and the Andaman Sea. We were there promptly at 5pm when it opened and stayed until the sun had set over the mountains.
Anything you need can be brought to your villa, which also had a nice kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks. So there really was no need to leave and spoil the magic. A couple of times we gook a tuk tuk down to the village at the bottom of the resort and collected food to bring back for lunch and dinner. Then we just stayed in and enjoyed the view and each other’s company.
I can’t think of a more romantic place to spend time with the one you love. Sri Panwa Phuket has all the makings of a romantic vacation, you just have sit back and let it work its magic. Next year, maybe a visit to a romantic resort would make Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, way more special than roses and chocolates.
If you want to stay at the lovely Sri Panwa Phuket resort, you can check prices and make a reservation on Expedia
What was the most romantic resort you’ve ever stayed at? Share the details in the comments!
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.