As you drive up the winding road towards the Royal Garden Villas, you may be excused for sailing straight past (as we did) as the entrance is a small wooden door set into a wall running alongside the road. After ringing the bell you will be lead into the beautiful grounds of the hotel by a pleasant, well-presented member of staff. To the left and right are paths leading to the villas and restaurant while right in front is a cute little foot bridge running the stunning swimming pool which wraps around the reception area on the other side. Check in is a real pleasure, the receptionist making conversation as he or she registers you and no need to worry about dragging bags to your room, this is done for you. Around the welcome area are pieces of furniture and 'objets' from Asia such as intricately worked benches and fine carvings. The aforementioned swimming pool, which is beautifully lit up at night by lamps posed at its side, has at one end a view onto the golf course opposite and little ceramic frogs spouting water from their open mouths. This delightful setting can be enjoyed from the poolside too with stylish loungers and cabanas at guests' disposal.
Just by the reception area you'll find the hotel's spa, another exceptionally attractive space, whose front door was formerly part of a Thai temple. Inside, you'll find a spotlight pool, jacuzzi, massage waterfall, waterbed, ice fountain, hammam, Turkish bath and hydromassage showers which together make up a thermal circuit. In addition there is one treatment room where you can enjoy massages, body treatments and body rituals, while there are also several types of bath to be sampled. Although small, this is without doubt one of the most special wellness centres on the island. The hotel does have a fitness room too, however you'll find only the bare minimum in terms of machines.
The rest of the hotel's public spaces are, as you won't be surprised to hear, majestically maintained, with plants and flowers everywhere you look and soft music diffused along the walkways between villas. More examples of Asian art and culture are to be found too, with, for example, elegant flamingoes and a giant vase just outside the spa entrance. The staff is impeccable and any request is dealt with efficiency and a smile. Quite simply a wonderful place to spend time in.