Rubin Singer on the cover of L’Officiel Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | L’Officiel Magazine Thailand features Rubin Singer on their May 2013 Cover entitled “Rubin Singer Latest Collection”. Inside you will find images of the photo shoot with renowned Thai actress Meen Peechaya at the W Hotel Koh Samui , full coverage of the VIP Fashion Show overlooking the breathtaking Gulf of Thailand, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Thai Airways, Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka and intimate interview entitled “Rubin Singer Born into Fashion”. Read the full post at Rubin Singer Blog. Public Relations and Travel arrangements by Carlos Melia – www.carlosmelia.comCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Six Senses Koh Samui | Koh Samui, Thailand | Yesterday we moved to the Six Senses property, set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. Located just six kilometres from Samui Airport, the 20-acre, or around 9-hectare estate is a 45-minute flight south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. The resort is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands. Six Senses Samui has always been at the forefront of sustainability, and was Green Globe 21 benchmarked in 20 December 2006. Specifically, they achieved best practice results in six indicators: water saving, waste recycling, community commitment, community contributions, paper products and pesticide products.
We checked IN at an Ocean View Pool Villa, located throughout the resort and offer splendid views to the Gulf of Thailand from the bedroom located on the upper level, and also from the lower level on which the private pool is located. There is a sitting area and dining setting for intimate meals either inside the villa or on the pool terrace. Guests enjoy a spacious bathroom with oversize bathtub, double vanities and an outdoor garden shower. Now you can make your own conclusions, and decide. Unfortunately, I guess sustainability is not our thing, and I wont say the resort isn’t a good quality/value property, since I know many guests and travel agents rave about them, but it was not the type of hotel/resort experience we were looking for our two last day relaxing in Koh Samui. In a few words not the hotel for us, but it might be for you, that is why I decided to feature it into my blog and let each of you decide, in all fairness to the hotel, you my readers and all the fellow hotel properties that continuously support my blog. As I always say, this blog is based on my own experiences and points of view, and I might not always be right, what I do not find appropriate for me, you might for you. And this is the beauty to be able to show you photos and videos for you to judge.
Our main issues with this property were basically three: (1) The hotels looks a bit tired and old fashioned. I know that recently Six Senses has changed ownership and management and they are already working on all this details. I might say this has been my first experience ever with Six Senses Hotels, so I do not have a record or deep knowledge of their brand. My point of view is that the hotel needs a renovation. (2) The crowd was just not our crowd, and we felt a bit out of place. (3) The hotel has an issue with mosquitos, and although they fog three times a day, our room, common areas, pool, and restaurant On The Rocks were the attach zones for them.
Now one thing is irrefutable , Six Senses Samui has one of the best panoramic views and sunsets seen in Koh Samui overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. It is just breathtaking. And the infinity pool over the Gulf of Thailand is stunning. I won’t say much more, since after an hour of being in the property, we decided to check out and move back to our previous hotel the W Retreat Koh Samui. We spoke to the management and explained them the reasons. They fully understood, and the General Manager came over to greet us, here our reasons and help us transfer back to our previous hotel. I must say that despite the awkwardness of the situation, everyone at Six Senses were extra professional, accommodating and warm, and in the end that is the extra mile every hotel and travel service should go for. Their restaurant Dinning on the Rock, is supposed to be one of the top gourmet experiences in Koh Samui. The award-winning Dining on the Rocks Restaurant is located at the tip of the headland and presents 270 degree views, whilst Dining on the Hill offers regional and international cuisine. Six Senses Samui has the reputation for serving some of the best food on Koh Samui and uses the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens.
Everyone else we saw at the resort, seemed to be enjoying their time there, relaxing, at the pool or having cocktails watching the sunset. When things like this happen, I wonder and ask myself…. am I too spoiled or jaded ? and then I answer myself… NO. I know what I like and I know that what I don’t like, does not mean is less or worst, but just not for me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Rubin Singer Glamming up W Retreat Koh Samui | Koh Samui, Thailand | So we finished with the production of Rubin Singer‘s VIP Fashion Show Koh Samui for L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, hosted by the sexy and chic W Retreat Koh Samui with stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand. A beautiful evening which began with 18 top looks over a floating runway, and finish with incredible fireworks.
Special thanks to: Nicholas Downing – General Manage and all the staff at the W Retreat Koh Samui. Surachai Saengsuwan – Photographer L’Officiel Magazine. Because of your professionalism and commitment, the soiree was a complete success. Official sponsors: L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, Mercedes-Benz, Thai Airways, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere Vodka, W Retreat Koh Samui.
Koh Samet Island in the Gulf of Thailand | Koh Samet, Thailand | A must visit, either for the day or overnight. When I told the concierge of my hotel that I was coming, he said …” Carlos, you should at least stay one night to experience the island in full…”, unfortunately that was not possible, but now that I have seen it, I fully agree with him. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, it offers a great value option for those on the budget or with not enough time to explore other options on the gulf or the Andaman Sea. Only 4 hours away from Bangkok by car and ferry, and 2 hours from Pattaya. (find the full Flickr Photo Album below). Continue reading Koh Samet Island in the Gulf of Thailand
Hotel Check IN at Siam Bayshore in Pattaya | Pattaya, Thailand | One of the things you must make 100% sure when you visit to Pattaya, is to find a hotel that will guarantee you comfort and cleanliness, access to main areas, a nice outdoor pool, and most important quietness away from the night scene and craziness of this party town. I personally think that the beach options in Pattaya are not the best in the Gulf of Thailand, and not even close to those on the Andaman Sea, but I understand, it is indeed a great option for those travelers on the budget, those with only a few days to explore Thailand, and more so for those looking to party and had a great time. So choosing your hotel based on the beach location, I would say it is irrelevant. I chose the Siam Bayshore Resort for multiple reasons, over PattayaBeach and only a few blocks away from the pier and the famous Walking Street. I have been to their property in Bangkok, the Siam City Hotel and I had a great experience, so that made me fully comfortable to stay with them. Continue reading Hotel Check IN at Siam Bayshore in Pattaya
Carlos Melia LIVE from Koh Samet Island | Koh Samet, Thailand | Escaping from all the craziness of Pattaya, which I must say although being a very much fun destination, it is not my type of idea of a relaxing time at the beach. So I did some research on my options around this area, and thanks to the recommendations of a few local friends and the concierge at the Siam Bayshore Hotel, I came up with two options Koh Samet and Koh Chan. Being Koh Samet the closest one to Pattaya, and THB 1200 after, I was on my way to this beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand. Continue reading Carlos Melia LIVE from Koh Samet Island
Standing Buddha at Takiap Hill in Hua Hin | Hua Hin, Thailand | As I mentioned in my previous post, most of these hills in Huan Hin house a temple and a Buddha statue, and Takiap Hill has of course its own, the Standing Buddha. The main characteristic that makes this image so attractive, other than its size, is the location and surroundings. Continue reading Standing Buddha at Takiap Hill in Hua Hin
GPS Carlos Melia at Hua Hin in Thailand | Hua Hin, Thailand | Yesterday I arrived to Hua Hin in the southern region of Thailand, right on the Gulf of Thailand. I transferred from Bangkok, drive that took me over two hours to get here. This area is very well known for being the resort retreat of the Thai Royalty, and most locals like to compare it to the Hamptons of Thailand. The beach is not what most tourist would expect coming to Thailand, that you will get in Phuket, Krabi and other regions over the Andaman Sea or even in Koh Samui, which is further south bathed by the same gulf. The main reason that brought me to Hua Hin, was to try the exclusive Chiva-Som Resort which specializes into Health, Wellness and Fitness, catering to international celebrities and the rich and famous. Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and part of the Prachuap Khiri Khan province. I am exploring the area, so expect to read more about this destination. CM