Zeavola Resort, located on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, has garnered the coveted prize for the “Most Romantic Retreat in Southeast Asia” at the 6th Annual World Boutique Hotels Award ceremony in London this past week.
The exclusive black-tie event was held at the Merchant Taylors Hall in London. A host of global hotels and resorts, many of whom have won country-specific awardsin various categories, were gathered.
“This is marvelous, fantastic recognition!” exclaimed Florian Hallermann, the veteran and buoyant general manager o fthisterraced 53-villa island resort. “This award is a credit to the hard work and commitment of each and every devoted staff member, who all strive to create an exceptional romantic atmosphere.”
“This award is especially gratifying,” he continued, “as Zeavola is a destination for celebrating couplesfrom all around the world: Australia, Europe, Middle East, China; and even more faraway places like New York and Rio de Janeiro.”
“Zeavola [Love the Sea] is visited by ‘happiness beaming’ honeymoon couples, who make the resort’s energy ooze romance in the tiered private villas, the cozy gardens and placid beach,” he enthused.
Set on Koh Phi Phi’s beautiful and tranquil Laem Tong Beach — reached in a hour by private speedboat — these naturalistic, detached villas are reminiscent of a bygone age. Connected by a labyrinth of pathways, this mini-Thai village sits amid dense tropical greenery, with several of the cottages situated meters from the shore.
Canopied by huge trees, the free-standing chalets range from a 40 to 12 sqm. The elevated,luxurious Pool Villas are blessed with 180-degree views of the sparkling Andaman Sea, overlooking the tropical foliage and the maze of villas.
“The Pool Villas having been designed with honeymooners and hopeless romantics in mind. They allow couplesto elope to the hillsfor uninterrupted escapes.”
Thisis quintessential care-free, bare-footed luxury.
“The nonpareil service of our gracious Thai staff is even more important to create thewonderful experience. With toucheslike thewarm welcome the soft-sanded pathways and the honeymoon room decoration all set the stage for a blissful experience,” Florian asserts.
“Small bedside gifts make every return a bit of a surprise, oil burners emit tropical flower fragrance, ruralinspired origami towels are placed in the bed to greet the guests. Pillows are misted with Eucalyptus to ensure a deep sleep.
“All this– along with the heartfelt friendliness of the staff — creates an extraordinary romantic experience.”
Zeavola is a member of SLH and the only five-star resort on the island. It is also a founding member of Green Pearls, an environmentally-friendly marketing group with focus on sustainable guest experiences worldwide.