Summer is quickly upon us which means getting those summer vacation plans in place. I usually pick my destination on two simple criteria – 1. Is there a beach? and 2. Does it have a Starwood property option? After having traveled frequently for work over the past 10 years and being finicky about bathrooms and bedding, The W Hotel has been my favorite Starwood brand in both comfort and style. Last year, I hit the jackpot of all Ws, when I visited the W Retreat in Koh Samui (I shared snapshots here and here). Expecting a remote and quiet resort, I was pleasantly surprised by its modern aesthetic. Though tropical, it had a great urban vibe with graffiti art and quirky fixtures. If it got to be too urban, I could always retreat back to my room or on the beach to beautiful, and more traditional, views. If the scenery wasn’t enough, the staff here are the absolute best – courteous and caring – really making the stay special. Now after all this reminiscing, the real question is what destination will it be this summer? Suggestions?
[Wall art by Alec Monopoly – Madonna and Robert De Niro]
[More wall art – Jack Nicholson]
[Wall of poodles by the bar]
[Sweet treats welcoming us to our “home”]
[A more traditional view – lounge chairs on the beach]
Note: This is not an advertisement for Starwood or W Hotels, I just really love the hotel!