What a fun playful pink romper that I wore in Scottsdale one night! I had such an amazing time in Arizona with my Chateau Cocomar family. We had such an AMAZING time and I got so many questions on our trip! I surprisingly never had a desire to go to Arizona but now I want to bring Ted back. I will be working on a travel diary / vlog (video blog on youtube) on Wednesday so be back for that! I especially got so many questions about the tours and where we stayed so I will be sure to share. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this JW Marriott. Aren’t the photos of the property stunning? We had little “casitas” and it was such a cool experience!
As for this dinner time romper, I did order my usual size 4 in Topshop and this thing was tiggggggght. Idk if it was caused by the food baby I gained on the trip or what, but man, I would recommend sizing up. If I tried it on in the store or had extra time to swap it out, I would have gone with a 6! It is a SUPER flattering color and I loved the soft material. Definitely a fun going out romper.
Happy Monday darlings! I have SO MUCH to catch up on and prepare for NYFW, it’s not even funny. For my travel schedule, I am pretty much gone starting this weekend and come back in the middle of September. It’s about to get bananas over here, and I am so excited to take y’all with me!
I’m not sure if you know this, but traveling with my husband is probably my favorite thing to do. Not only does he take care of everything while we are traveling, but we have so much stinking fun together! We decided SUPER last minute, like days before to book an anniversary trip. I’ve been to a Velas property before, see post here, so we were so excited to check out their boutique version in Puerto Vallarta. Especially since we have never been to Puerto Vallarta before! Ted and I love smaller resorts where we don’t feel like another number. Massive chain resorts are so overwhelming so that is why we got so excited when we discovered that Casa Velas only has 80 rooms. What was awesome was, we literally ended up being the only ones at the resort. Besides like 3 other rooms occupied, we felt like the resort was ours! We definitely went on off season (SO HOT) but really, it was SO nice. Ted and I honeymooned at a resort similar where there were only 15 huts in the resort, so this is definitely our type of vacation!
Oh & hope you enjoy the video! Ted spent hours editing and I am so excited he is getting into this vlogging! I am so impressed with his video / editing skills. Good job boo! These videos are so special for us to have and watch back!
Rooms: So in total there are about 60 rooms. Definitely a small resort which we LOVED. WE are such boutique goers and not a fan of massive hotels. The room we stayed at was spacious and we had our own private small pool over looking the golf course. We totally took advantage of the pool one day!
Staff: The staff was very personal and friendly. I’m pretty sure there had to have been a 3 to 1 ratio of Staff to guests. They were everywhere and everything was on a first name basis which was SO nice!!
Food: Had a great variety and was superb! We met the chef, Emilio. I especially loved the dinners which were so nice. Ted couldn’t get over the cheese bread. We also LOVED breakfast. Fruit, salmon lox, bacon, the entire shibang! Definitely good food compared to other all inclusives I have been too.
Beach: Beach club had a great sunset view and was great for dinner. One thing, there was no natural shade by the pool (there were a few huts) and there are people trying to sell you items if you go to the beach. We only spent a few minutes here during the day. If you are looking for more of a beach resort, I would choose the Cancun property over Puerto Vallarta. We didn’t mind hanging out at the pool all day at the all inclusive! On day 2, the pool was JUST ours. Literally no one was there so we spent our entire day there.
Activities: We were never bored at the hotel. There were SO many activities to choose from. We had one day where we didn’t plan an activity and the rest we took advantage of the beer / margarita tasting, yoga, and spa. The spa had to have been my favorite part. The couples massage was the absolute best
I haven’t had a favorite top in a while, but I think this one takes the cake! Especially since it is such a cute “big shirt” to hide my food baby, but then has a cold shoulder look to give you some glam. I wore this outfit to dinner last night in Puerto Vallarta and think it’s so flattering! No one ever said “I don’t like my shoulders” so why not share them off! I loved this top so much, I couldn’t even wait to order it in my size, so I snagged a size 6 at the store. I typically would wear a 4, and you can tell its oversized on me but I didn’t mind! I’m not really a size dictator (unless it’s jeans)!
I also am so excited that I found this bag fully stocked here. I have been wearing it the entire trip and plan to keep wearing it. It is SO darling!!
Anywho, husband and I have a full list of activities today! Yoga, couples massage, and margarita tasting. Sounds like a rough day to me! Ha! Follow along on #raadstravel on IG
We did Thailand in 3 different parts so I will break it down by area and by days. You can read all about our “Thailand 101”, things we wish we knew before our trip, here. Husband helped put this guide together, so enjoy!
We started our Thailand journey in Phuket and we weren’t blown away as we thought we should be. The real magic happens in Phi Phi island and I can go on and on and on about Phi Phi island. First, lets start with Phuket!
We weren’t INSANELY crazy about this hotel. I think it had to do with the location. The view was amazing on one side (cliff with an infinity pool) but on the other side it was on a busy highway. We did like that they had a tuk tuk service, to downtown Phuket that ran all day! We also were obsessed with the Chicken Curry and Pineapple juice at breakfast. Breakfast with the cliff view in the morning. Here is a little about what we did with our day in Patong
Day 1: Phuket
Went to the pool for a couple hours. No one was there & the view was unbelievable. Sadly the beer was way over priced
We took a shuttle to Patong the center & walked to the beach (beach wasn’t anything special)
We walked Patong’s main street and had fresh fruit and then had pad Thai for $3
After dinner we got Thai massages. Ted and I freaked out about if we should take off our clothes or not. Ted took off his pants and I yelled at him to put them back on haha Ted basically was in a wrestling match the entire massage and did not enjoy it. I looked over and the girl was jumping all over his back!
We walked around Patong street at night and it was so dirty, worse than Bourbon street (we even saw a couple rats and I shed tears of fear every time I see one)!
Phi Phi Island
We didn’t really know that it would take more than half a day to get over to Phi Phi island. Since I am such a beach girl, I wish we would have skipped Patong and just went straight to Phi Phi since it was so magical. We only had 1 night booked here but we instantly called the airlines once we arrived and extended our stay to 2 nights. The water was SO blue. Here is a little of our itinerary.
We couldn’t recommend this hotel enough! It actually reminded us of our honeymoon. It was a resort with huts on the property and about a 10 minute long tail boat ride from the main village. It is a very clean, excellent service, food, and amenities. The price was like $130 a night for a insanely nice resort! The adult pool was unreal and very modern! I especially loved that behind the hotel was a small small village of local shops and restaurants. This is where we booked our long tail boats. The village is mainly for the resort and you can walk from your hut to here. There also was hotel restaurants majority of the time we wanted local experiences so we would walk to town!
Day 2: Phi Phi Island
The ferry was in total a 5 hour trek from the hotel in Patong to hotel in Phi Phi. From the ferry ride, we took a long tail boat to Phi Phi Island Village resort.
Checked in and changed right into our swims. Hung out and ate by the pool and the beach. We discovered a small village behind the hotel that was full of locals with small little restaurants, massage places, bars, and travel guides.
We went back here for dinner and some drinks. All sand on the roads and was the best time. So authentic and local!
Also, we were able to find a place that could give us a 4 hour private boat tour to all the islands for 12$ a person….this place is cheap lol
Day 3: Phi Phi Island
Had breakfast and sat by the adult only pool. It was so my favorite pool area (SO NICE)
Ordered a few drinks, relaxed a little while we charged up and get ready for our private boat trip!
The boat tour was amazing! We had 2 options to choose from, either take a speed boat, or a long tail boat
We did the long tail boat for 2 reasons
1. The price was a quarter of the cost compared to the speed boat
2. The long tail boat is so adorable and so authentic! We had so much fun riding this boat, that it made the trip that much more enjoyable!
We took four stops on our trip
First stop was to a secluded bay
The water was soooo clear it was unbelievable! I really regret not bringing a go pro so I could capture the experience first hand.
There were giant cliffs in the background, which added to its intrigue. I don’t know how else to explain it! It was just so surreal
Second stop was to Maya Bay
This was considered to be a top 10 beach in the world (where The Beach was filmed)
The long tail boat doesn’t have the strength to actually drop us off into the bay (bc of currents), but there was a back way to get in
The back way included:
Jumping off the boat into the water
Swimming to a rope ladder
Climbing the rope ladder about 20 ft high
And then walking across the island to the beach
Quite the adventure!
Needless to say, the hype was real. The place was absolutely stunning!
The downside – it was sooo sooo crowded. It’s unfortunate how crowds can bring down a place, but the place was a little dirty in some spots because there were so many tourists around (including us haha).
Third stop – MONKEY BEACH
As the boat approached the shore, the monkeys began to swim towards us. At first, I thought this was so adorable. Then when they jumped into the boat and started grabbing all the food is when I began to scream and panic lol!
You really couldn’t pet the monkeys (nor did I have any interest too lol), but they would let you hand them food. IT was definitely a totally different experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that visits.
Fourth Stop, Lan Say
This was the main village area, where there were tons of shops, restaurants and massage spots.
I really enjoyed this area, mainly to the island feel and the authenticity of the people there. I just walked around the village with a huge smile on my face.
After we were done with the tour, we paid a late night taxi (another long tail boat), to take us back to the hotel. Riding the boat at night is both scary, and amazing. The weather was great, the stars were bright, and the breeze was just right.
Day 4: Travel Day to Bangkok
This day was 100% travel, as detailed below
7am check out
8am speed boat ride back to Phuket
9:30am arrival to phuket
10am transfer to airport by Taxi
11:45am Arrival to airport
2:30pm Flight to Bangkok
4:30pm arrival in Bangkok
4:30-5:30 in regret for 1 hour not doing our research on the best way to get to the hotel (haha)
5:30 No longer in regret since a taxi ride was 12$ to our hotel (which was a 1 hour drive away)
7pm check into the hotel
8pm get settled and Ted needed to call airlines book his work flight back to S. Korea
somewhere between 8:30-9pm I passed out
7am next day I realized I slept through the whole night lol
I am literally sharing all this so you can get a better idea of travel time, etc! We thought we would just hop over to different cities like we did on our Spain trip but this was completely different. So much travel time needed!
I think we loved Bangkok so much because we did it right. My sister would have been like what the heck because you can legit travel Bangkok for like $20 a day. We decided to “splurge” on the hotel meaning book a 5 star hotel for like $150 a night. We also got a personal driver to drive us around, keep all our stuff in the car, and just help us get around the city for like $50 the entire day. My uber from my house to the airport is $35 so we thought this was a steal!
Y’all, this hotel was another favorite. The views were incredible, they had white marble everywhere, everything was SO clean, and the breakfast was one of our favorites! This was our kind of hotel. Everything was new and they even would change the floor mats in the elevator everyday to the day of the week. We couldn’t recommend this hotel enough! They also had a ferry boat running to the night market. && you can’t forget Avani rooftop pool! Gosh the views are incredible and had such a friendly staff!
Day 5 && 6: Bangkok
We just explored the city! We did the night market on the river which we loved
HIGHLY suggest the night market, one of our favorites and I got a personalized #raadstravel passport holder here!
Dinner on the rooftop of Avani also was incredible. It was Attitude and we loved their fun drinks. If you don’t stay at Avani, I would suggest coming here for dinner one night!
We went to the floating market and I wasn’t CRAZY about it, only because the water looked nasty and I swear our boat broke down on us like every second. There also was a guy with a snake just chillen in one of the markets and I nearly barfed. It really was a cool experience after we survived it!
Khao San Road is the heart of Bangkok! Several people recommended it and it was a strip of markets, food, and just people. We did a lot of souvenir shopping here!
Cashmere Suit: we knew this was a must while in Bangkok! We went early morning one morning to get Ted fitted. We had to go back later that evening to get him fitted one more time. They ended up shipping us his finished Cashmere suit and WE ARE SO IMPRESSED. We definitely will continue to be ordering Teds suites from this guy!
Sky Bar with a dome: this also is a must! We ended our night here before we had to leave to the airport. I kept reading you had to make reservations so I had our hotel conciegre set it up for us. I don’t remember anyone asking for our information once we arrived. It had a BEAUTIFUL view of Bangkok with a gold dome and a bar. It kinda was scary but a memory that I won’t forget. Hangover 3 was filmed here!
After sky bar, the perfect way to end Thailand was with our last Thai massage. We walked on over to this massage place called Silom Bodyworks. It was probably our favorite massage place! Very clean, nice, and our best massage!
Also I am SO excited to share our first #raadstravel youtube video!! Enjoy babes!