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If you are looking for something a little special then
how about a stay in a pool villa and nowhere does them better than Thailand.
Thailand is home to some of the most luxurious hotels you
can find and many offer rooms that not only are stunning but also feature your
own private swimming pool.
One of Darren’s favourite pool villas can be found the beautiful
Evason in the Thailand beach resort of Hua Hin.
The resorts of Hua Hin and nearby Cha
Am are relaxed alternatives to some of the more commercialised resorts, and
offer a more Thai feel – I find this area of Thailand to be perfect for a
relaxed stay, without being dull. As they are reached by road from Bangkok they
also offer a straightforward and great value option with no domestic flights
involved. Hua Hin offers long, sandy beaches, great food (try the night market
in the centre of town or the restaurants along the beach – the seafood is
fantastic!) and a good range of quality hotels, while Cha Am has a more relaxed
pace, but is only 20 minutes from Hua Hin.
The 4*+ Evason HuaHin is perfect for a stylish, relaxing option. It’s about 30 minutes
to the south of the town centre in a peaceful setting – an excellent chill-out
retreat. The resort offers high standards with a natural feel, and I think it’s
a great option for a special trip without breaking the bank. The main bar is
perfect a chillout sundowner and with a choice of dining options it’s hard to
The pool villas here are not
only great value for money but are just stunning and very private. These spacious
villas come with a king sized bed and large indoor day bed perfect for lounging
around if it all gets a little bit too hot lounging around your pool.
Outside there is a bath tub set
within a water lily pond with an adjacent outdoor shower, however the most
outstanding feature is the good sized private plunge pool complete with
adjacent sala which is ideal for chilling out with a good book before taking a
Personally I think the pool
Villas at the Evason Hua Hin have to be some of the nicest I have seen and are
remarkable value for money. So if you’ve got a honeymoon planned or a special
birthday or anniversary then these have to be top of your list.
Mark is a great fan of the USA and one of his favourite areas is California (and surrounding areas) which is so much more than just the glitz and glamour of the cities, he suggests:
I love the USA and would suggest starting in vibrant San Francisco before collecting a car and driving to stunning Yosemite national Park. Continue to Death Valley and finish your USA fly-drive in Las Vegas. Best from April to September. Day 1 - UK to San Francisco
Fly from London to San Francisco, arriving later the same day. On arrival make your way to your chosen hotel, for a three night stay - we have a range to choose from, and your length of stay in San Francisco is flexible.
Days 2-3 - San Francisco
Spend the next few days exploring San Francisco. Perhaps prebook our San Francisco Helicopter tour, the ultimate San Francisco sightseeing trip - witness stunning views of the city skyline, San Francisco Bay and world-famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
Day 4 - San Francisco to Yosemite
Collect your rental car from the San Francisco depot, and head out of town towards Yosemite (approx 200 miles / 3 hours 15 mins) starting by crossing the vast Oakland Bay Bridge. If you’re in good time head straight in to Yosemite National Park and the spectacular Yosemite Valley (extra 50 miles / 1 hour 30 mins), in the heart of the park. Check in to your hotel for a two night stay.
Day 5 - Yosemite
Spend the day exploring this spectacular national park, which I adored - tomorrow you’ll cross the Tioga Pass (weather dependent), so today I’d recommend focusing on the Yosemite Valley area.
Day 6 - Yosemite to Death Valley
It’s a long drive today, but totally spectacular and extremely dramatic (approx 340 miles / 6 hours 30 mins, plus stops). As you head from the high altitude of Yosemite to the lowest place in the USA at Death Valley. From your hotel head across the spectacular Tioga Pass (weather dependent), and onwards to Mammoth Lakes - this is about half the journey time-wise, and Mammoth makes a good place to stop. Continue on via Bishop and Independence in to Death Valley National Park, visiting features such as Stovepipe Wells. On arrival in to Furnace Creek check in to your hotel for one night.
Day 7 - Death Valley to Las Vegas
This morning I’d suggest exploring Death Valley a little more - the views from Zabriskie Point are spectacular and at Dante’s View you can see the lowest and highest points in the contiguous USA. From Death Valley continue to Las Vegas (approx 145 miles / 2 hours 15 mins), perhaps detouring to Red Rock Canyon before arriving in to Vegas. On arrival in to Las Vegas drop your car off at the airport depot and make your way to your chosen hotel, for a five night stay - we have a range to choose from, and your length of stay in Las Vegas is flexible.
Days 8-11 - Las Vegas
Spend the next few days exploring Las Vegas. I’d recommend a trip to the Hoover Dam, a must do if you are visiting Las Vegas! Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Hoover Dam, one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. Constructed in 1935, the impressive structure stands more than 700 feet high and spans the width of Black Canyon.
Day 12 - Return
Make your way back to Las Vegas airport for your return flight the UK, arriving the next day.
I did a similar trip to the above and loved every minute of it, though the holidays are very flexible so why not create your own perfect itinerary!