Since Westjet doesn't fly to the Island of Misfit Toys

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Some of us eagerly count down until the day that Whistler gets its first big snow fall.  Others (like us!) keep our eyes out for the Resort collections coming down the runway.  If you prefer bikinis and mai tai’s to puffy jackets and hot chocolate, a winter vacation might be just what the doctor ordered.

One country that is quickly becoming a destination of choice because of their falling currency, exotic beaches and amazing food is Thailand.  However, a trip to Thailand can be somewhat daunting if you aren’t quite sure where to go outside of Khaosan Road or Phi Phi Leh Island (for those fans of “The Beach”).  For that reason, we wanted to provide a couple of insider tips from our very own Amanda Patterson to help you with your travel itinerary.  Amanda has been lucky enough to have spent a large part of her life in Thailand and as she is a large fan of beaches and more importantly, Thai food, you can bet that if she recommends it, you better find a way to get there!

Koh Tao Island, just off Koh Samui, is arguably one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand.  Should you find yourself choosing a stay here, you might want to book a room at the Jamahkiri Spa & Resort.  Although it doesn’t incorporate the same amount of Thai-inspired décor as some other hotels on Koh Tao, the Jamahkiri Resort is certainly in the running as one of the most beautiful hotels on the island.  Its location on a cliff, over looking the Thian Og Bay, is reminiscent of a villa in Greece, only with a Thai spin to it!

Although it is hard to imagine one getting sick of the phat thai and tom yam soup that is served in most of the island restaurants, you may wish to treat yourself with a visit to Papas Tapas for an exceptional fusion 5-course meal (www.papas-tapas.net).  Each course is accompanied by a different cocktail – no “bucket” drinks here!  We promise you will leave full and happy and ready to spend another day lounging on the beach.

For details on the Jamahkiri Resort & Spa, you can visit their website at www.jamahkiri.com

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