I STARTED reading a book entitled ‘Happiness’ recently, inspired by the Buddhist way of looking at life.
So my eyes lit up when I saw a holiday package to a 5-star boutique beach resort in Thailand, based around Buddhism, land in my inbox this morning.
Yes – it may be based around the commercial event of Valentine’s Day – but a trip to a luxury hotel, while exploring my new-found interest in Buddhism sounded intriguing.
Now, if you are not into the idea of Valentine’s Day – this package won’t appeal to you. But the Sarojin have come up with a uber-romantic package for couples to receive a spiritual blessing from a Buddhist monk and celebrate their union.
Of their package, A Buddhist Blessing of Love, the Sarojin tells me: “The experience begins with a morning journey to give alms to local monks as they leave their temples to walk through the local town, as they have done for centuries.
“From there you will transfer by luxury car to wander through the nearby town and market, before visiting one of The Sarojin’s favourite pagodas to truly engage with Buddhist rituals.
“Offering a small basket of items to the monks is a sign of respect and the head monk will return his thanks with a blessing as he gently pours holy water over the couple while chanting ancient Pali-Sanskirt ‘mantras’.”
Personally, that all sounds a bit much for me, and the hotel looks so out-of-this-world amazing that I wouldn’t leave the comfort of the infinity pool. I haven’t even mentioned the two gourmet restaurants or the beach. Plus they have an amazing range of spa treatments on offer to tempt you with.
And there are plenty of other packages available (including spa lovers and adventures lovers deals) as well as just straight up hotel accommodation, so there’s no need to book it with your other half, you could easily go with a friend.
Amazingly – it won’t break the bank. Seven night’s in a garden room will set you back about £1300 between two of you. Add-ons include trekking with elephants, or a private jungle waterfall dinner for you and your beau (£400). Although, that one might be a bit awks with your best pal.
For more information check out The Sarojin’s website.
See you there!