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It is not often that you win a luxurious trip to Thailand - but Sonali Walia and Amit Mehan sure did. The lovely couple were the winners of WeddingSutra’s ‘Win a dream holiday in Thailand’ contest which saw them enjoying a romantic sojourn at the luxurious Belmond Napasai Resort in Koh Samui.

Sonali Walia first heard about WeddingSutra’s ‘Win a dream holiday in Thailand’ contest through her friend Vaijayanti Varma who coaxed her into applying for it. “A lot of people apply for such contests. I just applied to try my luck.” Her happiness knew no bounds when she discovered that she (and her husband) were the lucky couple who were not only selected as a winners of the contest but had also had been awarded complimentary return tickets from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways. “I got an email stating that I had won and the authorities wanted my documents for proof. At first, I didn’t believe it. In fact, it took me several days to register the fact that I had won.”

Sonali and Amit

The stay at the Belmond Napasai Hotel in Koh Samui
Spread over a sprawling 17-acres, the luxurious beachfront Belmond Napasai Hotel lies on the north coast of Thailand’s charming island of Koh Samui. Exuding an authentic Thai vibe from the décor to the service, the hotel also has its own private beach and infinity pool.
This resort-like property includes spacious rooms and villas alongside tropical gardens filled with lush trees and tropical blooms. Sonali shares, “The best surprise was our room which was a built like a chalet and offered spectacular views of the beach and the ocean. Everything was so pretty and romantic, and I must say that the food at the restaurant was delicious. We got to spend some quality time with each other here, which we will always reminisce about in the years to come.”

Sonali and Amit

Sonali and Amit

Sonali and Amit

Thailand highlights
Both Sonali and Amit, who are part-time travellers, are extremely adventurous by nature and during their stay in Thailand they made the most of the many activities and experiences on offer. “We explored Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui and went snorkeling at five islands. We also attended a full-moon party at Koh Phangan and finally ticked off some of our most anticipated dreams from our travel checklist,” says Sonali.

Sonali and Amit’s top recommendations:

Best Meals
“The Fisherman's Village in Bophut is a must-visit place as it has many great dining and shopping options.”
“We highly recommend Gaggan in Bangkok helmed by chef Gaggan Anand who dishes out progressive Indian cuisine. We loved the sprawling interiors and lip-smacking cuisine of the restaurant.”
“In Phuket, we recommend Hard Rock Café and Hooters Bar for relaxing drinks in a fun atmosphere.”

Sonali and Amit

Sonali and Amit

Most Romantic Moment
“We enjoyed a private candle light dinner on the beach at Belmond Napasi. It was such a mesmerising experience that it is etched in our memories forever.”

Must Experience
“The different islands in Thailand which truly offer picture-perfect backdrops for photos.”

Sonali and Amit

Can-avoid
“Pattaya – it makes for a great getaway with friends or a destination wedding but honeymooners may not enjoy it!”

Where They Stayed
Belmond Napasai Hotel in Koh Samui

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