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A’s Beach Place – Koh Phangan, Thailand


Koh Phangan is the Thai island where the Full Moon parties are held every month. It is the party island. When booking a hotel for this island we wanted a cool place where we would meet a lot of people for the Full Moon Party. We read a review that said A’s Beach Place was the perfect party bungalow: pool table, bar, dancing, close to the party – it sounded perfect. When we got there it was about a 20 minute ride from the party, on a quiet hill with a roadside bar and our bungalow was the only place in sight. After reading the letter on the table that said something along the lines of “welcome to the honeymoon suite” we looked up the site where we booked it and realized the description/reviews of two places had been mixed up. It was the exact opposite of what we had originally wanted and yet – it was the best mistake that we could have ever made.

This place was the best: after a night of fire limbo, fireworks, buckets of alcohol and dancing on the beach to loud music, the last thing you want is to go back to your hotel that is within walking distance and be surrounded by a bunch of drunken idiots who never stop yelling. We still met a great group of people at the little bar by our place and we recovered from our nights of partying in our honeymoon glass bungalow overlooking the calm ocean.


The only thing that took away from the extremely romantic setting was the fact that I was traveling with my girl friend, not a boyfriend and also the fact that I was covered from head to toe in neon body paint and smelled of whiskey. Looking back I can’t believe they let us stay there.


Just down the street from this place is an actual tree house bar & hookah lounge. The windy stairs that lead up to it were something out of a storybook. However the never ending spiral stairs aren’t so much fun when you are trying to come down them after a night of tree house drinking and hookah.



Büyükada Island- Istanbul, Turkey


Büyükada is the largest of the Princes’ Islands near Istanbul. It is about an hour ferry ride from Istanbul and costs only 4 Turkish Lira (about $2.25).

The island is still very small (I met a guy there who is the only Math teacher on the entire island) and gives you a feeling that you have traveled back in time. There are no cars allowed on the island, only horse-drawn buggies or bikes. Beautiful Ottoman Era mansions and churches are nestled into the peaks and surrounded by tall trees, white gates and overgrown flowers.


There are these little areas all over the island that look like they have hidden treasures buried inside them. The hillsides lead you down rickety dirt paths that open up to little rugged beaches.


Illetas Beach – Mallorca, Spain


Mallorca is one of my favorite islands anyway – home to the beautiful Rafael Nadal – who couldn’t love it? All of the beaches there are beautiful and the island is so cute. But Illetas Beach is the best that I’ve been to. It stretches pretty far but the little cove that we stumbled upon was definitely the part to be in.