Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chiang Mai

Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai
Staying at X2 Riverside Resort, Chang Mai

Situated on the banks of the Ping River in the heart of Chiang Mai is a place that not only will envelop you in luxury but an establishment that makes you feel like a King or Queen. 

X2 (Pronounced cross two) Riverside Resort on Chiang Mai is part of a luxury resort chain that has the finest attention to detail coupled with modern design and impeccable service. With Ewan Taylor appointed the head manager and Executive Chef Alexandre Demard serving up delectable dishes this boutique hotel is a gem to explore in northern Thailands Chiang Mai. 

Getting to the hotel was fairly easy. Just a short half hour cab ride from the main airport of Chiang Mai this boutique hotel is really central. Making excursions really easy and allowing access to all Chiang Mai has to offer. 

The rooms are spacious and overlook the restaurant and the Ping River. With a large balcony and a full set up mini bar with coffee, I was in heaven and simply had to have an ice cold drink in the balmy weather on the balcony. The beds are king sized beds and each room is uniquely decorated with koi fish on the walls. The design element is modern and welcoming. The bathroom is large and with white fluffy bathrobes, you will soon feel like a million dollars. 

If the room doesn't make you feel that way then the Spa surely will! A five start spa offering traditional, as well as aromatherapy massage, is on the property. A mere few feet away from your luxury bedroom.  After your relaxing massage you can make your way to the beautiful rooftop for sunset and sip on an ice-cold cocktail and take a dip in the pool. My favourite thing about the pool was the fact that it was designed to look like a galaxy and is speckled with mosaic tiles and lights that come on after the sun has dipped below the horizon! 

The food in the resort is spectacular and well thought out by executive chef Alex Dermard. The tasting menu is something I would highly recommend and the flavours were spot on. He is a true artist displaying each bite with flair and passion. We spoke about wandering into the local markets and losing ourselves in the amazing fresh produce that Thailand has to offer. I must admit a dream for me to cook with! 

Breakfast is fresh and simple and the poached eggs made to perfection. A gooey yolk and perfectly cooked white is a thing of glory. Breathing in and taking a moment at breakfast whilst over looking the river made me think about slowing down and how I don't do it often enough. 

The staff are the heart and soul of this botique hotel. They were friendly and beyond helpful - which is also a Thai thing. Nothing was too much effort to arrange for us. A special part to me was that everybody just worked so well behind the scenes. Your room was cleaned and the hotel spotless yet no cleaning staff were in sight. It was as if fairies were on duty! 

As a five star establishment they are on the more pricey, however, if you are not looking to backpack but rather have a holiday where you do not want to lift a finger, then this hotel is for you! The spa offers an array of treatments and losing yourself in a full body massage is defiantly something I would recommend. After all, what is visiting Thailand without a Thai massage? 

I hope to soon return to this magical spot in the cultural heart of Thailand, Chiang Mai. A city that has so much to offer. Very much like X2 Riverside Resort.

-Melissa

Abalone Pool Villas, Paternoster

Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster
Abalone seaside cottages, Paternoster

Picture pristine beaches, luxury seaside accommodation, your own sapphire blue private pool overlooking the ocean, set in a quaint fisherman's village made up of whitewashed dwellings and you have Abalone Pool Villas in Paternoster. I experienced this amazing accommodation through Miles For Style. An online platform in partnership with SAA voyager where you can shop products, experiences and of course accommodation. The cool part? You can use Voyager miles to shop or earn them when you shop! 

Situated a two-hour drive outside of Cape Town this gorgeous fishing village makes you feel as if you have stepped into a simpler time. Everything here moves slowly and a long walk on the beach or a lazy afternoon activity is just what the doctor ordered. 

The villas are self-catering and come with a private butler that will attend to your needs. The stay includes breakfast and can be (on request) set up overlooking the blue waters of the bay. The interior is elegant and the deep blue theme runs throughout the establishment. Each villa sleeps 4 in two bedrooms and has a private pool and braai (BBQ) area.

The bedrooms all overlook the private swimming pool with stack away doors that welcome in the sea breeze. With king size beds, air conditioning and big bathrooms what’s not to love? 

With award-winning restaurants a stone's throw away you will be spoilt for choice should you choose to wander out for dinner and lunch. I made my way down to a popular spot called Gaaitjie (bookings essential) which is on the beach and boasts some of the best views in my opinion. definitely, request a patio seat. 

Be sure to order the seafood as most of it has been freshly caught that morning by the local hardworking fisherman. Washed down with crisp white wine you will feel as if you are sitting in some delicate version of heaven while taking in the views and sunshine. 

With whale watching, beach visits, and west coast park day tours you will have plenty of activities to choose from or take a load off and simply soak in all the relaxation poolside or visit Abalone House & Spa, the sibling boutique hotel of the Abalone Pool Villas. They have a spa for pampering and I recommend a full body massage to work out all the city knots. 

Paternoster is a special place on the west coast and two days will leave you feeling as if you had a full week’s break on an island somewhere in the Mediterranean.

If you do it in the comfort and luxury of Abalone Pool Villas then you cannot go wrong! 

-Melissa 

*This blog post is sponsored by Miles For Style and Abalone Guest house. All opinions are my own.