Prize Draw Perfection
When young West Mids couple Amber Scott and Dmitri Dewar were the delighted prize draw winners of a spa pool suite break on Thailand’s premier deluxe island hideaway - at the Liana Luxury Travel launch party - they knew it would be the experience of a lifetime!
The Racha is a superlative boutique resort just south of Phuket and apart from being utterly romantic it’s pared down eco-chic for the initiated, while they travelled via the uber chic playground of Dubai and chose the JA Ocean View hotel because of its position on The Walk’ beachfront promenade offering a huge variety of designer restaurants, bars and boutiques.
It proved to be the ideal luxury combination with four nights of the hedonistic charm, adrenalin and glitz of Dubai followed by four rejuvenating days at the picture postcard beauty and calm sophistication of Racha Island and all its natural beauty and marine life.
Amber (age 24 who runs her own beauty clinic) explains: “Dubai was a real thrill and we loved having so many fun amenities on the doorstep and a brilliant choice of clubs and bars. There were six restaurants and bars at the hotel too and the food is excellent, so we were spoilt for choice really.
“The infinity-edged swimming pool overlooks the Gulf and that was special too, while we did an exhilarating desert safari and took an amazing helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of the coastline and sky scraping architecture – and it will live long in the memory I can tell you. It was the ultimate buzz.
“Racha Island meanwhile was a total contrast, so chilled and relaxed and what I now understand is real paradise. Our state-of-the-art suite was simply stunning with an outdoor/indoor jacuzzi pool with spectacular fibre-optic lighting a particular highlight, plus the beach is gorgeous and I’ve never seen turquoise waters and powdery-white sand like it.