Valentines Day in Paradise

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This morning we continued our game of hotel leapfrog and moved on to pastures new.

Paresa is our cliff-top home for the next few days, and I think it may just be heaven on earth.

Just as we checked in and leapt into our little pool, there was a knock at the door.

Milly answered to find a very smiley Thai chap standing on our doorstep with the most enormous bunch of flowers and a bottle of bubbly!

All the way from the boy I like back home.

Totally unexpected and completely adorable! I have a big silly grin on my face and butterflies in my tummy.

Anyway, I’ll stop being soppy now. Let me show you around our new home away from home…

Here’s the bedroom, which leads into a kick ass bathroom…

We’ve shared more than a few chuckles about the loo in a box.

The terrace & the little private pool are what really makes this place though.

We got a special deal through LuxeNomad, who are well worth checking out as you get abut 70% off lots of fancy-pants hotels. (We got about 80%-90% off as bloggers, as they have a very keen PR team who found out we were visiting Thailand!)

I’ve even found my dream house at the bottom of the cliff below us…

Imagine waking up to those views…

I hope they have steps down into the sea.

Having settled in and slathered on some more P20 we popped into the local town (Kamala) for some lunch and a little light snooping.

We found the most local looking place we could (the only place with no English translations) for a bite to eat.

With some gesturing at pictures, animal noises and miming we eventually got our order across.

We had crispy pork with egg & steamed rice.

It’s a bit like crunchy fried chicken (but pork) in a mildly spicy, sticky sauce.

Pretty naughty, but bloody delicious!

Chicken & peanut noodles, which we squeezed fresh lime all over.

Pork soup, which looks dreadful but actually tastes fantastic.

Our little feast came to a whopping £3.50.

Over here, the more down & out a place looks, the better the food is.

After lunch we went for a stroll around the town, which was just full of tourist shops selling shells & coral. Neon t-shirts proudly proclaiming “I Love Phuket” cover every surface.

We did see what looks like a local market being set up though, so we’re going to come back in later for that.

We bought a big bag of ripe mangos & mangoustines to bring back to the room.

I think it cost us about 70p in total.

Back at the room with sat with our feet dangling over the edge and ate them together.

Mum’s always said that the only way to eat a mango is stripped to the waist, so you don’t waste any juice on your clothes.

We took her advice and washed them down with a bottle of white for good measure.

We read our books & listened to music as the sun began to set.

Carefully smeared local goop all over our mosquito bites, I think there’s eucalyptus oil in there and it feels unbelievably good!

Before finally whipping out the bottle of St. Valentine’s champagne to toast the sunset.

The cicadas are singing, the air is cooling and I can safely say that this is the best Valentine’s day I’ve ever had.

Perhaps I should propose to Milly just to really make the most of all this romance…

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  • Gemma

    Those flowers are stunning! Lucky girl!

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  • Sheila

    I love everything about this; the adorable boy, the hotel, the local food, ripe mangoes, the soft stunning sunset, and foggy champagne glasses! Y’all look like you’re just so happy, and that’s lovely even if it induces oh so much jealousy:-)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Xoxo

    Sheila
    http://www.summery.org

  • Escaping into your blog is one of my favorite things to do at the end of the day!

  • Nikki Chowdhury

    that view is to die for! infinity pools always make everything look super luxe.

    http://www.cityofskirts.com

  • Sam

    That pool is absolutely amazing! Looks like the perfect Valentine’s Day!

    Sam
    http://www.thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com

  • Wow, what a great post, loved every minute of it, thanks for sharing
    Evie xxxx

    http://www.champagneandshakespeare.com

  • Elise McDowell

    Oh my gosh Rosie, I have wanted to go to Thailand since FOREVER now! You have completely sold it to me once again. Isn’t thai food the yummiest??

    Major wanderlust going on right now.

    xo Elise

  • Looks like you’ve had a really magical day (and those flowers are stunning!!). I’m visiting Thailand in the summer and the one thing I’m so so excited for is the food- I just can’t wait (I’m salivating just thinking about it!).

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

    • Offonalittleadventure

      The food was the main reason I came to travel Thailand. It is literally amazing. and the street food…omg.

      Some of this might help for your travels. x

      http://offonalittleadventure.blogspot.com/

  • Your photos have convinced me. I really wanna visit Thailand now!

  • birdielee

    Thank you for this escape! It’s so easy to get lost in your story and pictures.

  • Lucky lucky you!! The flowers are stunning and such a sweet gesture! πŸ™‚
    This vacation looks pretty much like a dream come true! Enjoy it!!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Why is my life not like yours? I got a drunken boyfriend rocking up after consoling a friend as I got home late from work on Valentines day! One day I will have everything I want, one day… πŸ™‚
    Lucy xxx
    http://www.la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • Really beautiful place. I really cannot wait for London get some warmer weather.

    http://www.itsallbee.com

  • Rosie W

    Oh wow. What incredible views. I’d love to travel the world like you do πŸ™‚ x

  • riasideas

    This hotel is ridiculous gorgeous, that view! Wow. What a holiday. Love your photos as always Rose Mxx
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  • Keira LeFranc

    Holy moly! What a bouquet! Lucky girl!! Looks like you girls are having an amazing time in Thailand. So jealous.

    Xo

    jememanque.com

  • Aaah young love!!!! What a lovely surprise, the boy must be missing you!!!!

    That is the dogs b…..ks of a bathroom & the views are stunning. I will definitely be checking out Luxenomad!!!! Love your yellow bikini btw!

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Your photographs are just beautiful and what a fantastic Valentines Day – kind of puts my box of Lindt chocolates to shame!!

  • Just beautiful!

  • The hotels you’re staying in are beautiful. What was the special deal you got on them through Luxe Nomad?
    Lisa
    http://www.notquiteenough.co.uk

  • AurΓ¨

    Ah…so lovely Paradise full of so beautiful colours and smelling dishes…haha…great photos!

  • Queenie Lee

    Another gorgeous post! Bloody gorgeous flowers too, lucky girl πŸ˜€

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.wordpress.com/

  • Charlotte Pygmy-Haynes

    I’ve just finished exams and these posts are making me green! I was just wondering which camera you’ve been using? The light quality in the photo’s is gorgeous, I’m about to go travelling and want to invest in a great new camera to capture all the memories!

  • what an amazing valentines ! your holiday looks fantastic so far i’d love to visit thailand

    Lauren x

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  • Jo Hind

    I can’t tell you how excited I was to see you had blogged again this morning – it made my Friday!! I am still insanely jealous of you (still in a nice way!!) Everything you do, say and wear is so effortlessly classy and fabulous. I wish I could eat and drink like you and still have your amazing figure! Keep having fun. Can’t wait till the next instalment!!! xx

  • This looks so relaxing and perfect!

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  • What amazing pictures Rosie! terrific! πŸ™‚ <3

  • What a fabulous day!! Those action shots in the pool are amazing. I just love the value for money that you get in Thailand! Massive hotel rooms and cheap food, who could ask for more?
    Angie
    http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk

  • Harry Bowley

    Lovely post. God I wish I was away!
    http://www.quarterlifecrisis.co.uk

  • Those flowers! Way to woo a girl, Mr. Mysterious! πŸ˜‰ Ahhhh, that infinity pool looks like absolute paradise… and I can just imagine the juiciness of the mangos and mangoustines (I love those little suckers, by the way – so sweet and tasty!).
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • Jess

    Is it just me who thought the straps on those sandals spell out the word ‘Run’? Anyway, reading this from a very grey Yorkshire, I am sooo jealous! x

  • It looks like you are having the most amazing time ever! Bet you don’t want to leave πŸ™‚

    Bea x

    Bea’s Beauty Blog

  • Emma

    Super duper jealous! I’m hoping to go to phuket in the summer and these posts are just making me more excited!!

    handsd0wn

  • Lovely flowers! Looks like a beautiful day. Would love to see some photos of the scenery before you leave. The Thai Countryside is gorgeous!

    Katie <3

  • It looks dreamy! Enjoy every minute and get a tan for me πŸ™‚
    Mari
    http://thegirlofthehour.com

  • James

    Mangoustine? I’ve googled them to no avail. Clearly not Langoustine (yum!)

  • Wow… So beautiful! You are one lucky lady.. and I most certainly agree with Mummy Londoner’s method for mango eating… πŸ™‚
    Bumble Speaks

  • The slow pace

    Wow! From the flowers to the sunset (and obviously the local food). Wow!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Ellen Rennie

    Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to jet off somewhere nice and warm. Wonderful photographs.
    E, x

    http://loveisrealbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sandra

    What an amazing view! The flowers are gorgeous and I love the yellow bikini with your beautiful tan. What more could you ask for πŸ™‚ x

  • Loving these posts! I go to Thailand in T-minus 78 days and cannot wait! Such a beautiful country!
    Kirsty x

    http://www.kirstyfriend.com

  • Gorgeous flowers – I think The Mister and I have to add Phuket to our travel list!

    Thanks for sharing, Rosie!

    Meghan xo

    PS- love your curly hair!!!!

  • Phoebe

    I found exactly the same thing in Vietnam, the places that looked nice had awful versions of western food. Definitely best following the locals!

    North of London – Beauty Blog

  • Guest

    I think he’s a keeper! Champagne and flowers is so sweet.
    Your making me want to visit Thailand again! Their hotels are amazing specially by the water. Plus I would give anything to have a mangosteen! That delicious piece of fruit is super healthy for you! I cant wait to see more of your journey through Thailand!!

    – The Southern Adventurer

  • Bless the boy back home! How clever to get flowers delivered to you there!

  • OH MY GOSH! This place is breathtaking! Talk about amazing! I love the website you suggested as well.

  • Steph

    Those photographs are absolutely stunning, especially the ones in the pool overlooking the ocean. As I’m sat here in cloudy England, I’m trying to work out whether I can afford to take a spontaneous trip abroad to get some sun after reading your most recent posts haha! (The boy sounds like an absolute keeper by the way, such a romantic gesture!!)

    Steph x
    Lay It Bare

  • gorgeous photos, i cant keep staring at them, sounds like a lovely valentines rosie thanks for sharing the love πŸ™‚ hanh x
    hanhabelle

  • Wow I seriously want to go there. The villa is stunning! I visited the your last hotel the Banyan Tree in the UAE and it was stunning there as well. So cute for that boy to send you flowers all the way there <3

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xxxx

  • Wow! I’ve never really wanted to go to Thailand before, but these photos make me want to! Gorgeous!

  • What gorgeous sunset photos! Sounds like “the boy you like back home” has his job cut out for him for next year πŸ˜‰

    The Macadame. xx

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  • What a gorgeous view in the first picture! I’ve been keen to travel China and Southeast Asia for years now and Thailand is definitely near the top of the list! I love Thai food here, though I imagine that, like with most things, it’s not really comparable to authentic Thai food?!

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  • Courtney

    I stock up on little pots of Tiger Balm (the mosquito stuff) every time I go to Thailand…you won’t regret it!

  • Sarah Nunn

    Amazing. Everything looks absolutely stunning. So jealous! xx

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    Style Blog

  • Danielle

    What a lovely day!

  • That definitely sounds like a hard to beat holiday! Looks like you all are a having an incredible time!

  • Michele

    This looks absolutely beautiful!! What an amazing vacation!!

  • The pictures are unbelievably gorgeous and this sounds like the perfect getaway!

  • Oh my goodness. Rosie! That place is awesome. I can’t concentrate on my essay anymore. You are such a lucky girl! It truly looks like heaven. Green with envy πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • looks so stunning! definitely have a keeper on your hands!

    xx Milly

    http://www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

  • I can see why all the future Valentine’s Days will have a lot to live up to! Holy crap, your views are gorgeous! I live so close to the beach but this is making me want to go on a tropic, exotic vacation. I love seeing all these stunning pics! xo

  • What a beautiful day! The views are beautiful!

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  • What a perfect escape! I’ll have to check out Luxenomad for some of our upcoming trips!

    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • LilylovesLola

    Those pool photos.. oh my god. Looks like heaven!

  • This looks amazing, I am so so jealous! xx

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  • everything about this post is just perfect, and i am doing my best not to turn green due to the amount of jealousy. who knows at the end of this comment i might be already looking like shrek. It seems like a such a lovely place, your own little paradise! your room is just breathtaking and probably if i didn’t knew there are better things waiting outside i would left it once! i guess it must felt so nice to get such a lovely flowers, it always good to know that someone cares for you so much! you are one very luck girl! xx

    nitabiti

  • Oh my goodness, this just looks like heaven on earth. That pool just looks amazing. I could spend a lifetime sitting in that, sipping on champagnes and snacking on fresh local fruit.

    You’re not making it any easier being stuck in old Blighty!

    Victoria, http://www.shabby-chic-home.com x

  • Thailand has never really appealed to me before, but now I’m completely converted. I can’t wait to go! xx

  • Stunning photos! I love Phuket-absolutely gorgeous. Koh Samui is also beautiful.

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  • Sepideh

    Wow. What an incredible view. I don’t think I would leave the side of that pool….!!!!

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • Wow this place looks absolutely beautiful! I hope you are having an amazing time!
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • Kyla Adamson

    Wow! This looks amazing, and makes writing my dissertation even more depressing! Enjoy your trip!

    x

  • Be still, my beating heart. That looks absolutely lovely! And the flowers are such an adorable gesture, I’m not surprised you got butterflies just talking about it – he’s a keeper! Love your blog Rosie, always find something inspiring here even if it’s just inspiring me to book a holiday!

    Jade | skinsweet

  • Emily Spano

    Absolutely gorgeous post! I just got home from studying in Thailand and miss the incredible people, food, and experiences dearly. Enjoy Rosie!! Love from the frozen tundra of Minnesota xo

  • Kate Cheetham

    Hi Rose, I just read your blog literally from the first post to the last! And I am totally up to date πŸ™‚ this holiday looks beauts can’t wait to see where you go next!

    Kate X

    http://www.whatkatedidnext92.com

  • Svenja

    This Vday gift — perfection. Someone knows how to do it! Brilliant view and it looks your really are in Paradise.

    Happy weekend!

    Svenja

    X

    http://svenja-happybluebird.blogspot.de

  • Emma Handley

    You both look amazing! What a great day in paradise.

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk

  • Beautiful flowers, beautiful place, beautiful girl!

  • ernesta fava

    I totally agree with you. This is the paradise

    kisses

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  • Paresa is one of my favourite hotels in Asia because you can’t beat an infinity pool with a view! Get a massage at the spa, the sunset from the spa treatment room balconies are magical.

    http://occupysarah.blogspot.co.uk

  • Amazing photos! The flowers were super cute too X
    thefashion-junkie.blogspot.co.uk

  • Oligatorka
  • Wow, all that amazing looking food for only Β£3.50 ! love your blog so much xx

    http://sabrinalucille.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lilia Esperon

    Thailand surprisingly looks a lot like Mexico!

  • suzanne959

    Rosie- I have some questions about this place that I hope you can help with. I’m actually looking at this for a venue for my wedding next year and I was elated that I read that you’d been here. It’s weird even though i don’t ‘know’ you i take this as a reliable recommendation! :)- I’ve read some reviews on tripadvisor about the staff not being particularly helpful and the rooms being tired and worn out. Would love to get your thoughts on this as I do absolutely love the look of it.

  • He seems like a keeper! πŸ™‚ Thailand looks amazing, I hope I can visit the country again! The land of Smiles πŸ™‚

    – The Southern Adventurer

  • That’s great friend. You are very lucky girl.
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  • Alice

    Looks absolutely incredible – what beautiful colours and imagery! And a beautiful couple πŸ™‚ I love thrifty travelling too (hence the name haha) and Ive not come across this deal site before so that’s really very helpful, thank you!

    Thrifty Firecracker x

  • Patricia Ryder

    I spent a few months in Thailand when I was twenty… you have made me want to go back!! Reeeeeeeally want to go back! Your photos are fantastic ! X

    http://www.sapphirevalentino.com

  • Kelsey McIvor

    Your photos are gorgeous, and this hotel looks insane!! I recently went on a trip to Cuba and the best meals were without a doubt, off of the resort. Loving these posts; have an amazing trip :)!

    http://teapartyontheceiling.blogspot.ca/

  • susanna

    Ohh I love love love this post!
    Just got back from Koh Samui a few weeks ago…
    What a paradise…

    I really miss to see a restaurant bill with a tiny number on it πŸ˜€
    All this food under 4 pounds is just.. it’s crazy…
    It’s a wrap with lettuce in London πŸ˜€

    You look stunning as always!
    Make the best of your hols and take lots of sun with you to London!
    xxx

  • Kristina

    Beautiful! Fantastic you could get away for a bit.

    sidewalksandspices.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer

    Those views are amazing. one jealous girl right here!
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  • OMG!! Paradise!!

  • chantelle

    Hahaha your last line πŸ˜‰ Loving the images from Phuket! Amazing. And I totally wish I could try some of those fruits. I hear they’re the best!

  • Gorgeous images! I love Thailand and this makes for perfect escapism on a Monday morning x

    http://www.escapemyordinary.co.uk

  • Ren Perez

    hi rosie- looks like an amazing adventure! I have a question….do you ever get nervous to eat in tiny hole in the wall places? I know sometimes they can have the very best food, but it’s not always the case. Is there anything you take when you’re traveling to keep your belly happy? I wish i could be more adventurous with where I eat, but I get so paranoid! I’m probably missing out on a lot of yummy stuff!

  • Offonalittleadventure

    you lucky thing.

    My evening was spent in bed in hospital in Bali. Not ideal.

    http://offonalittleadventure.blogspot.com/2014/02/looking-back-on-se-asia.html

  • Indra Permana

    OH MY GOD. THAT’S REALLY PARADISE. I WANT GO THERE. YOU OFFICIALLY MAKE ME JEALOUSY. X))
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  • Oh wow. This looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • this is amazing! i was wondering if you could post up a sort of itinerary of where you went and stayed because i am looking into traveling to phuket and your trip seemed like something to def. look forward to πŸ™‚

    xo, Brikena

    • Captain Obvious

      How fucking lazy are you? It says in ALL of the posts where they are staying. Jesus.