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board if anyone wants to hide away from the heat in some air-conditioned comfort. The main restaurant, La Sirena, serves a range of Italian, Como Shambhala and Thai cuisine, and even has a giant wood-fired pizza oven. Goodrich adds: “The hotel also has a great


little Play by Como kids club, which is free for the little guests to spend time in. All the rooms were so spacious with superb views and if you were lucky enough to have a room facing the sunset – well, the views of that were amazing.”


Cocktail hour Sunset cocktails around the much-photographed 100-metre swimming pool allowed everyone the chance to take in those views together one night before enjoying a meal at Nahmyaa – this time cooked by the professionals. In Nahmyaa, a giant tiled goldfish looks out at


diners, and hanging ceiling lights are there to resemble the little bubbles it would be making if it were in the water – design details that were explained by general manager James Low. His passion was appreciated by Matt Price, a


consultant with World Market Travel in Bath, who was enjoying his first trip to Thailand. He says: “I’ve always leaned towards selling the more ‘traditional’ designed hotels, but this was something completely different. From the minute we started the tour with James, you could tell the hotel had been meticulously designed and every last detail thought of. I think Point Yamu will be perfect for people who think they have ‘done’ Thailand. It also offers the exceptional service one expects from this part of the world and its setting is unique within Phuket;


you could never get bored with the views.” During the showround, the group stopped in


one of the beautiful villas, serenely clad in white with flashes of blues and turquoise, with expansive pool decks and decadent bathrooms. As a surprise, fresh coconut juice served in the shell was waiting, along with cold towels, one of the many thoughtful touches the resort arranged for the group during the stay. These also included the release of “khom loy”,


or sky lanterns, small hot-air paper balloons on which people write wishes or thoughts before releasing them into the sky. On the last night of the trip, the group did this from the lawn at the resort, which had also been set up with a Tiki bar with a selection of Thai whiskey and was followed by a meal in the private dining room. Goodrich says: “I loved the releasing of the


balloons. It was a bit emotional as we all sent our wishes into the sky and I was certainly sad that the trip was coming to an end after such an amazing week away. It was the perfect mix of sightseeing and experiences, and it was great to fully be able to experience the hotel as a client would do. All of it was out of this world.” Telfer agrees: “We did so many things and I


felt so privileged. But my personal favourite was a very simple pleasure – just leaning on the far edge of that main infinity pool and taking in an almost 360-degree panoramic vista, it was as beautiful a view as I have ever experienced.” Goodrich was also pleased to spot the


hotel’s commitment to sustainability: “This is something I’m really passionate about and I think the hotel needs to shout more about what they do. For example, the hotel sponsors a local


school – these elements would make me want to return to the hotel and I will definitely be recommending Point Yamu, not only for its fantastic location, amazing views, excellent service, but for its ethos too.”


Beach babes The usual image of Thailand is of a white sand beach, but given its elevation on the peninsula, Point Yamu is not directly on a beach, even though the sea views are everywhere. Instead, guests are taken from a local jetty to a pretty


The stunning 360-degree views over the bays of Phang Nga and Yamu


My beautifully decorated, light, airy and spacious suite with super comfy bed and copious Como Shambhala toiletries


The incredible spa, wellness and yoga offering


Sitting on my balcony in the morning watching as the bay woke up Cooking my own delicious Pad Thai


Travelling in Etihad Business Class on the way back as the perfect end to a perfect trip The people in the group


By Lesley-Ann Birley, La Concordia


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