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LOCATION OF ZEAVOLA RESORT
CHECK-IN AT Zeavola RESORT
ATMOSPHERE AND DESIGN OF ZEAVOLA RESORT
STAFF AND SERVICE AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
Particular care is taken at Zeavola Resort to ensure each guest the highest level of service. On arrival a welcome photo is taken of you and delivered to your room in a handmade saa paper frame, which you keep as a momentum. I’d never heard of Saa or Mulberry paper, it is native to Northern Thailand and as a perennial regenerates itself after each harvest. The bark is soaked and boiled with wood ash, then it is pounded into pulp, which gives a wonderfully unique feel. And at turndown a teddy is placed in your bed to sleep with, in my case it was ‘Chicken’ that I fell for and cuddled with. By day Chicken disappeared, but when time was right for sweet dreams, he magically reappeared. The staff live at the resort and have grown into a little family. It was a pleasure to see and experience their joy and pride in carrying out their work.
OUR LUXURY BUNGALOW AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
SUSTAINIBILITY AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
FOOD AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
BREAKFAST AT ZEAVOLA
Although slightly rushed by our own itinerary on both mornings, Gary and I really enjoyed Zeavola’s extensive breakfast buffet. It offers a range of cuisines – from continental to Asian – so everyone should be able to find something to suit their palette. Breakfast at Zeavola also includes a selection of items that you can order to be freshly made. To our surprise, the table menu also doubled as a bag of beignets served with a range of dipping sauce. From the items available on the menu, the Maharaja breakfast, in particular, was a standout.
AMENITIES AT ZEAVOLA RESORT
Zeavola Spa is tucked up among the trees and offers what they call an adventurous spa experience to enliven the senses with a strong emphasis placed on nature. We opted for their Phi Phi Lomi treatment which is a combination of a Polynesian Lomi Lomi and Thai Massage which uses rhythmic dancing techniques and long stroking movement and stretching to release tension, increase blood circulation and enhance spiritual healing. It certainly did all of that for me and I was so relaxed I could hardly speak when I came out … Zeavola Spa uses a range of traditional, ethically sourced and imported products. The tree-house-like building offers a steam room, sauna and rain shower facility for guests to enjoy. You have the option of a couples massage too if you like and there is a gym if you feel you need more exercise than is on offer from the sea. It really is a tranquil area with large wooden decks and soft fabrics, the rustle of the leaves on the trees and the most incredible massage therapists.
GETTING MARRIED AT ZEAVOLA
In closing I’d like to add that when I mention staying on Phi Phi Island, many people make an immediate connection to wild Full Moon parties, backpacker madness and a different kind of holiday or travel experience to the one I seek out. Yet there is so much more to the place and I am thrilled to have discovered it. Here at Zeavola Resort you find a piece of land with unspoilt beachfront and forest, where the focus is on sustainability, a symbiosis with the environment and a positive relationship with the local community, all while ensuring that every guest is made to feel special and awarded the sense of being entirely at home. We’ve all heard the expression barefoot luxury before, and here at Zeavola Resort, Phi Phi Island, that is exactly what you will find
For the purpose of this review, A Life Beautifully Travelled was hosted by Zeavola for two nights. However, as always, all our opinions are our own.
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