Jennifer Gampell
868/75-76 Soi Vanich 2
Songwad Road
Sampanthawong
Bangkok 10100 Thailand
Tel/Fax: (66) 2-237-3362
Mobile: (66) 1-925-7187
E-mail:
jennifer@gampell.com
Web site:
ww./gampell.com

 

 

 


October/November 2007

 

GYPSY TALES
ISLAND HIGH LIFE


The October opening of Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Yao Noi (66-76/418-500; yaonoi@evasonhideaways.com; villas from about US$745) catapults a formerly sleepy Thai island of Muslim fishing villages into the luxury-tourism stratosphere. From afar, the 56 palm-thatched wooden villas, secreted in a leafy hillside overlooking Phang Nga Bay, resemble their traditional local counterparts. Up close however, it's a different story: all boast infinity edge pools, wine stocked fridges, Bose music systems, and at least one butler. The 1,500 square-meter Hilltop Reserve villa is even more decadent, as befits its US$12,300 a night price tag: it features a dedicated staff of four, three master bedrooms, accommodation for servants/security staff, a 500-bottle wine cellar, private gym and an enormous swimming pool. Starting in March, transfers from Phuket Airport will take just 15 minutes via the resort's own helicopter.

Copyright 2007 Jennifer Gampell