Ricky Coates

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Ricky Coates

Ricky Coates
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Having worked in travel for nearly two decades, I have seen a wide variety of destinations both on personal holidays and work trips. For me it's about picking a destination and hotel that will stay with you forever and be a trip of a lifetime. 

Where I have travelled recently

In the last year, I have travelling to Malaysia & Singapore as well as Vietnam. Vietnam was an amazing trip and my highlight would have to be the cruise on Halong Bay - a must for any first time visitor! I also visited Hoi An and explored this town on foot and stayed at the Banyan Tree Lang Co which had just opened.

In Malaysia & Singapore, I enjoyed the best of nature and a bustling city. I stayed at the Tanjong Jara where I took a jungle walk in the unspoilt surroundings and shopped in the local market.

Most Memorable Experience

Two of my most memorable experiences were in Borneo where I saw orangutans in their natural habitat and also a herd of pygmy elephants crossing the river.

My Favourite Destination

Bali for me has it all - the combination of luxurious and fantastic accommodations with the friendliness of the Balinese is fantastic. The Samaya Ubud is a particularly special property with scenic views and extremely attentive service.

My Favourite Accommodation

I have a couple! The Residence Mauritius is unforgettable with its beachfront location and excellent service. I love returning to the Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr when I visit Dubai thanks to its access to great facilities and location. In Thailand, also one of my favourite destinations, I love the Anantara Rasananda Villa Resort & Spa in Koh Phangan where the private plunge pools are a real treat. It's an easy walk into the local village too!

Destination Expertise & Hotels Visited

BarbadosColony Club by Elegant Hotels | Fairmont Royal Pavilion | Tamarind by Elegant Hotels | The Crane | The House by Elegant Hotels | The Sandpiper
Riviera Maya (Mexico)Esencia, A Seaside Estate

Far East
BaliGrand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali | The Kayana | The Samaya Seminyak | The Samaya Ubud
Malaysia Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort | Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa | Tanjong Jara Resort | The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur | Traders Kuala Lumpur
SingaporeMandarin Oriental Singapore | Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
ThailandAKARYN | Anantara Rasananda Villa Resort & Spa | Pimalai Resort & Spa | Rayavadee | Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
VietnamAngsana Lang Co | Banyan Tree Lang Co | Hotel De L’Opera | Movenpick Hotel Hanoi | Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Indian Ocean
MauritiusHeritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort | Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel | The Residence Mauritius

MexicoBanyan Tree Mayakoba

Middle East
DubaiAtlantis, The Palm | Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah | JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel | JA Palm Tree Court | Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina | Madinat Jumeirah - Al Qasr | The Address Downtown Dubai | The Palace Downtown Dubai | Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort & Spa
OmanMillennium Resort Mussanah | Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman - Al Bandar | Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman - Al Husn | Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman - Al Waha