By Punam Verma
After just coming back from filming in Thailand, we were invited to an Asian inspired hotel in Alicante, Spain, called Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa.
I had come across this hotel online a few times, and it definitely stood out from the rest of the hotels in the area, so I happily accepted the invite.
Once landing in Alicante airport, I booked our transport with Alicante Private Transfers, who were the only taxi company to reply to my email straightaway. They were efficient, the cars were comfortable, and the drive to the hotel was around 30 minutes without any traffic.
Arriving at the hotel, and walking in to lobby there was a sudden feeling of calmness. We honestly felt as though we had walked in to a hotel in Thailand. Firstly there were the small touches, such as the scent of Amber, a lady in traditional Thai dress greeting us. The lobby itself had extremely tall wooden ceilings with asian fans and umbrellas for that extra Thai feeling.
If it wasn't for the Spanish accent of the staff, you would honestly think you were in Thailand.
The outside of the hotel has a series of winding pathways which take you through lush green gardens, waterfalls, over bridges with Koi fish and towards 4 large public pools (that doesn't include an extra 3 private pools including the Spa's private pool).
There are several restaurants to choose from, including adult only dining options. They range from Asian dishes, to International & Spanish dishes as well as light snacks by the pool.
This hotel has been carefully designed inside and out to capture the essence of Asia. So much so, there is a Bonsai tree that I had to touch. It is 140 years old and was flown over from Japan, which took 2 months! The owners have truly gone above and beyond to re-create their love for Asia in Spain.
Of course, we had to experience a massage after all it is called the Thai Spa. As I entered the room, I had a view of a small stream, with the massage beds beautifully placed on a wooden platform on the floor.
After my massage I sat up overlooking the stream and for a few minutes I really did forget I was sitting in a hotel in Spain.
If you want to keep fit whilst there, there are plenty of daily activities such as yoga and Thai Chi, as well as many activities for the kids too.
I have to say this truly is a little gem in the heart of Alicante, even driving on the main road towards the hotel it stands out from a mile away, due to the unusual colouring of the hotel.
A lot of the staff members are local, and have been with the hotel from the day it opened 10 years ago, so there is a sense of family there amongst them all. And as they are locals you will always get the best advice when it comes to visiting local sites.
However for us, we had no desire to venture out, we were happy to soak in a little taste of Asia in Spain.