June 18th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Travel and Family


Thailand is always a good idea in my opinion, especially if you live in HK – It’s so close by! Our past vacations to Thailand have been spent at the beach or at street stalls eating till our belly’s can’t take anymore Pad Thai. This time around, we did some resort hopping! Our first location was Angsana. This was such a great spot for families with kids; so many different pools and a kids club where you can drop the kids off for an hour or two while you escape for a massage or a cheeky sunset cocktail.  As I’m currently pregnant with our second child, there were no cocktails for us – unfortunately! (I’m dreaming of the day a yummy margarita passes through my lips again).  I was lucky enough however to manage an escape to the spa, sans margarita! The massages at Angsana are truly amazing. Phuket is where the Angsana global massage training headquarters are located and we were lucky enough to get a special VIP tour of the massage school – Oh how I would love to be a model for their training students and just get massaged all day long! Heaven. The resort was massive with multiple resorts attached to the same property. Exploring the grounds wasn’t on our agenda, instead we spent our time at the beach club and lounging by the pool! It was spectacular.
Our second location was The Double Pool Villas by The Banyan Tree.  This place was pure luxury.  The villa came with a butler, on call 24 hours, a car (buggy) service and your own massive property with a private pool to make yourself feel right at home. The actual villa was possibly twenty times the size of my apartment in Hong Kong! This place was jaw dropping, two nights was simply a tease.  All your creature comforts can be enjoyed in the luxury of your own villa. They even had a lovely man visit the villa to host activities and play games with India.  His name was Thao if my memory serves me correct.  He was so charming and India loved him.  We painted a tote bag, made balloon animals and painted. It was so much fun and especially awesome not to have to leave the comfort of the villa. One night we enjoyed a seafood BBQ right in our own backyard.  This was perfect for us with a young baby, as we didn’t have to worry about leaving her or coming back at a certain time.  The BBQ was so delicious but, word of advice; do not have a big lunch if you’re planning to do this.  There was enough food for 6 people.  I kept insisting that the staff on duty sit down and help us out but they politely refused.  The Double Pool Villas was for sure a very special treat for our family. The butler service and car service is not our usual holiday experience so we appreciated every moment of it. This little treat was ideal for our baby-moon! I mean, how many baby moons do you really get? If you’re interested in staying at either of these two resorts, The Luxe Nomad offers discounted rates year round. Visit




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