Only a week ago sunscreen was my best friend, I lay in a bikini on the beach and enjoyed the refreshing sea every day.
But the start into this holiday was anything but relaxing. Instead, my first day in Koh Samui was an emotional roller coaster – from despairation to pure joy and bliss to great pain.
Are you ready for a different holiday? Then pack your suitcases and come along.
Koh Samui Airport
11 hours flight to Bangkok and two more hours stay at the airport later, we continue to Koh Samui. The machine is small and full. Fragrant steam comes into the plain. Only 1 hour flight and we reach the final destination.
Finally, you can see the small island from the airplane window and the plane is landing.
There is no passenger bridge on the exit, but only a staircase to the outside. In front of the plane small open TukTuks are already waiting to drive the guests to the baggage claim.
I have to smile when I enter the baggage compartment. This airport is probably the smallest and sweetest I have ever seen. There are exactly 2 luggage tapes, which are in a small wooden pavilion and there are no locked rooms, everything is open. Really cute!
The first suitcases come – everything takes a little bit longer, everything is unhurried here and the first holiday mood takes shape. But as more and more people leave the room, the enthusiasm fades slowly. I’m still standing here with 10 other people at the baggage claim, when it suddenly stops. No more suitcases.
What? This can’t be true! How can my suitcase just not be here? The suitcase should be checked through from Munich to Koh Sami??
Panic rises – all the beautiful things, some are completely new …
I go to a counter for lost luggage. The queue is long. Everything seems to be normal here. After the delivery of the luggage description and the hotel address, they sent us away. So we have to leave the airport without any luggage for now- hopefully only for now …
Banyan Tree Koh Samui
Maybe you already know what is coming next. The entire suitcase action took a bit longer, of course, the shuttle to the hotel is already gone and we have to wait for the next.
On bumpy roads, we finally head towards the hotel, while my thoughts continue to circle around the lost suitcases. But as we go up the driveway of the Banyan Tree Koh Samui all the stress is forgotten for a short time. There’s only one thought left: Wow! After all the bumpy streets and small huts, the hotel looks even more like a palace.
When we enter the lobby, we are greeted by our “butler” for the next two weeks. At the Banyan Tree there are no “normal” rooms, but only villas. Each villa has a dedicated staff who takes care of the needs of “his” guests 24 hours a day. With a special telephone, which every guest gets, he is always accessible from everywhere. Everywhere means: I am somewhere on the island and can call him! 😉
This employee leads us into the lobby. The view from here is simply breathtaking, as the completely glazed room shows not only the sea, but also all the villas built in the mountain.
After a short introduction, a delicious welcome drink and cold refreshing towels, we can already go in our villa. As the terrain is so big here, we need to take a Golf Caddy – pure VIP Feeling:D
This starfeeling lasts when I see the villa, or what is in front of it: a private pool with an incredible view into the jungle of the mountain. Even when I enter the mansion, I can not get out of my amazement. The front is completely glazed and offers a great view over the private pool to the other villas in the mountain. From the bedroom you even have direct access to the pool. The mixture of modern elements and many different woods makes the room look elegant and luxurious. Wow just perfect. Pure luxury!
The bathroom also leaves nothing to be desired with a rain shower and a huge bathtub. Of course you also have a great view from here.
I fall into the bed and I’m just happy. Yes – until I remember that I have no suitcase …
Luckily, I always have a new outfit and a bathing suit in the hand luggage! So quick shower ( which was really necessary aftr the long journey:D) and then off into the pool and the large pool and the sea. I can not get enough … 😀
Jellyfish meeting in Koh Samui
Full of anticipation, I finally run down to the beach. I’ve seen it from the lobby and from my “private” pool, but now I’m finally there. I feel the white, soft sand of the perfect beach between my toes and run towards the turquoise water. Finally!
The cool water is so refreshing and I enjoy it to the fullest! I swim off towards the limit buoy. I’m really looking forward to two wonderful weeks. Suddenly my leg burns like fire. At first I thought I just had a small wound that burns from the salt water … but the burning doesn’t stop, it’s getting stronger and stronger. I can barely move the leg without pain and so I swim as fast as I can back to the. When I walk out of the water, I look at my leg. My leg is full of thick red welts. I run to the lifeguard on the beach. Fortunately they quickly react and rinse my leg with vinegar. Then they clean my whole leg with vinegar soaked cloths and I feel how the pain slowly gets better. The burning is much better, but when I look at my leg next time, blisters have already formed on the red welts.
The Lifeguards immediately take a boat to search for jellyfish to determine what kind of jellyfish has caught me. When they find nothing, I had to go to the hotel nurse. There I get medication and an ointment.
From now on, I have to keep the leg steady and I’m not allowed to go into the water. Every hour my leg gets better and so I could go back in the water the next day. The lifeguards have also searched the water for jellyfish several times a day, and if they had spotted or even suspected some, there was the lilac flag, which means danger on the beach. Very exemplary!
The suitcases arrived in the evening, and so the holiday could finally start;)
Have you ever experienced something like this on holiday? What is your most cruel holiday story?