Holiday Issue 2019

6 Jan19605 Avani has, since its establishment in 2012, become synonymous with top-tier establishments that are, above all else, interesting – perfecting the balance between undoubtable sophistication and a relaxed sort of hospitality. Perhaps unsurprisingly, six Avani hotels were recognised in LUXlife Magazine’s 2019 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards programme. Following last issue’s coverage of the Luang Prabang, Victoria Falls and Hua Hin resorts, we looked at profiling three more to discover how they have enchanted their highly discerning clientele. One of the most recent of Avani’s additions is the Avani+ Samui, established to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of Thailand as a luxury destination. Situated on Koh Samui’s southwest shore next to Taling Ngam Bay – a popular stop for tourists – Avani+ Samui offers a secluded paradise for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Designed from the outset to be the epitome of an island hideaway, perfect for families and couples, the property boasts 25 guest rooms, 27 private pool villas and six beachfront pool villas. Taking no small amount of inspiration from the island it calls home, all of the accommodation enjoys nature-inspired interiors, defined by ample natural lighting and open spaces that are, in every way, inviting. Again, even here, privacy is the name of the game, with modern amenities meet lush, vibrant gardens for the ultimate in luxury hospitality. Avani+ Samui uses Koh Samui’s unique cultural aesthetic – a cosmopolitan delight – as a springboard, combining relaxed island living with an adventurer’s soul. Guests can explore the miles of untouched beaches or venture out to explore the smaller islands peppered across the horizon. The resort itself offers a plethora of supplementary options such as beach yoga, paddle boarding, or mountain biking. Whether lounging by the sea, island hopping, or enjoying the resort’s own activities, there is truly something on offer for everyone. Further in, the resort boasts a whole host of culinary delights and dining options. Partnering tempting dishes with outstanding panoramic views, the cool Kombi Van Bar and PANTRY are perfect for those that want a refreshing Revisiting Avani’s Exceptional Hotels & Resorts: Outstanding Luxury in Portugal and Thailand cocktail or light snacks, making good use of the local island ingredients. For more formal dining, the resort’s signature beachfront restaurant serves authentic, delicious Thai and international specialities, with a focus on maintaining Avani’s ‘Honest Food’ concept. Where Avani+ Samui truly distinguishes itself is in its ability to transform itself to the needs of its guests, creating truly unique and personalised events. From a fun family outing by the pool to a truly romantic beachfront wedding, the team at Avani+ Samui are experts at creating once-in-a- lifetime memories. Staying in Thailand, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel offers something just a little bit different. Where its Koh Samui cousin plays host to a private island hideaway, Avani+’s Bangkok property is situated in the heart of the mesmerising cityscape, overlooking the bustling Chao Phraya River. Despite its central location, it is far enough removed from the action to offer a respite, with easy access to grab a bite to eat or see the city’s many must-see sights. Moreover, with shuttle boat services, the BTS skytrain, Saphan Taksin boat pier and Bangkok’s largest night market at Asiatique in close proximity, there is plenty to see and do near the hotel. Even closer is the Riverside Plaza, which has a array of entertainment and retail outlets to keep guests occupied. All of that, without saying a word about the hotel itself. With its gloriously contemporary façade, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel