Sunsets & Sirens at Sri Panwa

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By now you must have guessed that I’m pretty passionate about Thailand, must be something about the exotic sights, the smiley locals and luxurious hotels.

Speaking of luxurious hotels, Sri Panwa was one that will never leave my soul & body & mind. While I was only there for a short time, it had left an imprint and impression on me forever.

Let’s start with the actual location of this paradise, it’s tucked away from buzzing Phucket city life and tourists, it even has its own stunning private beach, in Laem Phan. It’s right on the edge of the island that’s how you get sights like these,

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*gasp* I know. When I took this shot I had to stare down at my camera for a good minute or two because it looked like a dream.

When we got there, the sky was already melting into sunset,  magic hour. The staff recommended to have drinks and dine on the rooftop, a place they call “Baba’s Nest”. And so – we did! After all, I saw so many photos of this mystical bar, that I had to check it out for myself.

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If you ever find yourself in this part of Thailand I would highly recommend booking ahead, sunset is their busiest time, naturally.

8D4A008B-441B-42F3-9D92-78DFF51D2C2D.jpgI seriously couldn’t get over the view. I had a moment of reflection, gratefulness from the beauty surrounding me and how blessed I was to be there in that moment.

As night fell, they dimmed the lights to match the setting.

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The next day we indulged in the hotel’s room lavish amenities. We got a place with an infinity pool overlooking the lush surroundings. As soon as we entered the room, there was a lovely citrus smell lulling us, and a soothing iPod playlist that’s so perfectly matched and curated for the sights around.

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We also abused the included mini bar filled with cooling mint scented towels, a Nespresso machine, soft + boozy drinks. They even had a bowl of fresh fruit and info cards laid out on the mini table beside the patio.

We then made our way to a breakfast buffet fit for royalty, with complimentary champagne. Our hearts + glasses full and we wished the day would never end.

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I took a dip after having a bite, and the water was just perfect. Seriously;  it all felt like a dream! Everything we wanted and more was at our very fingertips with helpful staff and breathtaking views.

Even though we said goodbye, Sri Panwa will never leave my heart, and I will cherish the memories here forever & then some.

 

 

 

Top 3 Beach Times In Phucket

 

When I was traveling to Phucket, I knew I would be exploring the best beaches in the world.

Afterall, Thailand has such clear waters, bright white sands and exotic sealife…But now the issue comes down to choosing! If you’re on a shorter vacation time and trying to squeeze everything in, I know your struggle. That’s why I made this list of my top 3 beaches for you merbbz.

 

 

Mosquito Island

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You’ll have to take a boat to this one from Phi Phi Don, luckily I was on a boat tour traveling the surrounding islands for that day so I was able to easily jump off and spend an hour there.

Something that’s truly magical about this beach is how shallow some of the water gets, you can fully lie down in the water without getting clashing waves. There were also cute fishies that swim between your toes and fingers, unafraid of human contact and since the water is so clear, you can see them from the surface.

 

Surin Beach

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This one is kind of hidden, which I like! Don’t get me wrong, there’s still tourists that frequent Surin beach, but unless you’re staying in the area it’s a little out of the way from most hot spots.

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The water is so crystal clear, it looks surreal ( hey that rhymes- sort of!) and I love that there’s some rocky cliffs you can jump off of or sunbathe on.

2a5c5341-37c8-4c60-bfe5-f1a9ba7770ca.jpgThe sand is so soft, even when stepping into the water,  and the beach is sheltered by lush palm trees so you can always find a shady spot, no matter how busy it gets.

Maya Bay 

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How could I not mention Maya beach? Famous for the 90’s movie “The Beach”, this is definitely the busiest out of the three.

The water has gradient shades of blue, and is surrounded by jutting rock formations.

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If you have enough time to explore the island, it’s quite small but inhabited by kitties and chippering birds.

I heard they recently closed it down though, due to coral reef damage, I do hope they reopen it soon enough but I can definitely appreciate the concern with marine conservation.

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What other beaches do you still dream about in Thailand? Leave me some suggestions in the comments!

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Somewhere In The Thai Jungle

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If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in the exotic, isolated and opulent south-east Asian jungle, explore Villa Zolitude Resort & Spa #villalife.

When I think of Phucket, I imagine, (as we most do) bright white beaches and translucent waters with shimmering coral reef and sparkling zebrafish. I picture the iconic Phi Phi islands jutting from underneath turquoise waves, the cloudless blue skies and humming sound of long tail boats.

But with this beauty, comes popularity, and retreating in the jungles of Thailand can offer a type of luxury and unforgettable privacy that these hot spots can no longer provide.

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Staying at this 2 story pool villa was a dream. It was a temporary sanctuary in the jungle, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions.

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I felt an endless sense of calm as we entered the property, greeted with smiles and lavish wildlife. I had just come back from the Elephant Sanctuary and needed a place to hide from the blazing afternoon sun.

The interiors of the villa were beautifully decorated, accessorized with traditional tapestries with surrounding room length wide windows and two floors of bliss.

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Spending most of my time by the deep blue infinity pool, that spilled and overlooked onto the quiet hillside with lots of music & a few glasses of wine.

 

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I heard a blend of bird & insect orchestras at all times of the day;  whether in the afternoon, evening and morning hours, we never felt alone.

 

As night approached I ordered in villa dining to celebrate another amazing day in Thailand, the service was exquisite.

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At sunrise, I was woken by the sounds of the jungle surrounding me and I traced the sun with my eyes until it was flooding our room.

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Before saying goodbye, I stopped by their spa for a full aromatic body massage (which was excellent). I don’t have photos from those moments, but the spa had an open concept setting surrounded by small ponds and lilly pads, buzzing with the sound of dragonfly wings and crickets.

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Villa Zolitude will forever weigh on my memory as an unforgettable, intimate and healing experience. What’s the next jungle resort I should swim by? Leave me suggestions in the comments ❤

I found My Mer-castle And It’s In Thailand!

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Happy Mermaid Monday!

While I’m still sort of loopy from East Asian jet lag and suffering some serious beach withdrawal from the Andaman seaside, I wanted to make sure you merbbz knew all about the mer-magical Siam Mermaid Castle in Bangkok that I visited the other week!

I almost missed even seeing this place! I luckily found out about it through one of my Thai merbbz on Instagram ( thank you so so much @nanadezelo) and talk about serendipity because I was flying to Bangkok the very next day and this was right in the vicinity of my hotel.

After getting distracted by the endless sea of unique fashion boutiques and beauty stores,  I came face to face with the glorious 4 story Siam Mermaid Castle. Yes, you read that right, 4 floors! Each filled with new products and prop setups to enchant the senses.

(For those merbbz who prefer video, I have a walk through available on my YouTube channel here)

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Even from the outside, the flashy accessories and adorable decor with the cartoon siren lured me right in and I was hooked.

The first floor had an array of colorful jewelry, makeup brushes, costumes and customized denim, tops or just full out fun street wear. The way they lay this out is that each floor floats you up to the true, ultimate mermaid form.

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The walls are painted in a neon fuschia and indigo shade with mermaid scales decals, and it’s the cutest. I wish my bedroom was this color!

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True Love = this sheer dress with a painted on mermaid costume!

 

And obviously, a mermaid store wouldn’t be complete without an array of swimmable mermaid tails, which were only in Neoprene but quite soft and affordable.

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Then it was time to venture on to the second floor… Even more makeup, costumes, and blankets up there.

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Wouldn’t you want to do get dolled up here?
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Mermaid brush set $23 CAD

 

And okay how cute is this sign and set up enticing you for a mermaid snack on the next floor up?

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The menu was on the pricier side, for Thailand, deets in the next pics below.

As I was working my way up to the 3d floor, which was the cafe part of the shop, I started feeling a bit hungry!

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Oh hello, Ariel!

After looking through some options, I decided on the mermaid cupcake, which I had seen countless times on their Insta + a mermaid blue lagoon pop! The frappes looked like they had way too much dairy in them though they looked gorg.

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And then it was finally time for the infamous tail cupcake

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Oh so mer-magical!

 

Paired with a refreshing fizzy blue pop! It was the perfect combo after a hot afternoon in Siam Square.

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Roughly around 300 Baht = $13 CAD ish

 

After snacking time was over- it was time to explore the cafe’s floor, which had photo-booth areas for shell-fies. There were even more mini photo props on the final 4th floor, and a nice relaxation vibe for day dreaming merbbz.

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Feeling cozy!

 

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There were so many things I wanted to buy (obviously) but I ended up choosing a shell mirror and a few tail earrings! Though I hope that they sell those plushies online because I totally would have bought more if I had more luggage space.

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After a long day of exploring and shopping, I decided to call it a day. The mermaid castle overall is just a magical place that any merbb should check out if they ever find themselves in Bangkok! I would have spent my entire weekend there easily if I wasn’t on such a tight schedule ( I had spent around 3 hours in there already!).

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The cafe pricing is on the higher side for Thailand, but if you’re from out of town it’s still totally affordable, there were also a few lunch items that were kind of junky. The products are also on the pricier side but they are just too adorable to resist, don’t you think?

Would you visit the Siam Mermaid Castle in Thailand? Swim by the comments and let me know ❤

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