Article Archive for August 2012

Clean & Luxurious living

August 30, 2012 - 10:41 am | 3564 views

If you spend most of your time on holiday in a state of undress, switching between the pool, the sea and your sun bed, then you may feel a quick rinse off in the shower before dinner is all that's needed to wash away the sand and suncream. Think again. If you're staying in one of the many private villas now available in Phuket, Koh Samui and Bali then a huge part of the pleasure is making the most of the fabulous bathrooms often attached to your sea view suite. A shower takes on new meani …
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Thai taste for health

August 30, 2012 - 9:52 am | 1953 views

Thai food has long earned its place at the top of the tasty food chain alongside other gourmet favourites like Italian, French and Indian cuisine. The variety of flavours used in a single dish, as well as the emphasis on fresh, as opposed to frozen or dried ingredients means that even the simplest of Thai meals comes hurting with tastes and textures that keep your senses happy with minimal need for seasoning or fancy beverages to liven up the experience. Thai cuisine is also known for bei …
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The Headland Villa 4

August 21, 2012 - 10:14 am | 1005 views

Headland villa 4 is an idyllic example of how to mix modern comforts, design styles and convenience with a natural tropical environment The villa consists of two stylish pavilions, surrounded by tropical gardens with an infinity swimming pool affording superb coastal views Designed to seamlessly merge with nature, Headland villa 4 boasts a unique layout that blends seamlessly with the existing lie of the land Stone steps lead to an extremely private living environment, and as you enter …
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Emerald Beach Villa 4

August 21, 2012 - 10:11 am | 1075 views

sits within a private, beachside estate on Samui's northern shore, right by secluded Laem Noi Beach An intelligent, flexible design combines contemporary elements with pleasing Thai influences to create an engaging beachfront holiday retreat As soon as you enter the grounds, you appreciate the villa's spacious, stylish design and chic tropical ambience Manicured lawns, a tempting infinity pool and a wooden, shaded sun terrace allow guests to make the most of the serene, oceanfront locat …
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Art for Art's sake

August 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm | 1149 views

Some private villas in Asia offer far more than a luxury pad by the sea — they provide a chance to immerse yourself in artistic brilliance. When you think of the perfect beach break, the colours and images that fill your mind's eye are generally indigo, crimson and tan (and various other shades of sand, sea and sky). It's not too surprising then that even in the most opulent private oceanside residences, practical design considerations tend to take priority over interior magnificence, with …
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A trained eye

August 20, 2012 - 2:13 pm | 1108 views

If your planning a trip to the Land of Smiles, why to not whet your travel appetite with some stunning shots from around the Kingdom? In the last decade, the web has become the world's wallpaper with everything from award winning photography and digital art to globetrotters' personal travel galleries and holiday snaps easily browsable with a simple search. National Geographic has always been one of the cornerstones of great travel photography. In fact, since 1888, National Geographic has been s …
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Just below the surface

August 20, 2012 - 2:11 pm | 1076 views

Photo by David Malabar Even for long in the tank deep water divers, snorkelling can still hold colourful court. Like most respectable beach junkies, I have spent a decent part of my travelling life underwater. If you've taken the PADI Open Water dive course you'll know just how easy it is to become totally addicted to marine adventures, and some of my friends are so obsessed they now base all their holiday destination choices on the wow factor of nearby dive sites. The problem with being …
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An enlightening read

August 20, 2012 - 2:07 pm | 973 views

Michio Kaku will keep you current from your sun bed When you rent a private villa for a period of supreme escapism and downtime, the pre-holiday checklist is refreshingly short. As soon as you arrive in your chosen paradise, be it Phuket, Samui or Bali. You are generally met by eager, helpful staff, suitable primed and ready to make sure your holiday needs are met with a minimum of fuss and delay. Tasty meals can be served right to your sun lounger and if you're in need of a daily massage …
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Bangkok sets the stage

August 20, 2012 - 2:04 pm | 3580 views

Following on the platforms of Lady Gaga's sell out show in June, the world's biggest dance event hit the stage at Bangkok's Impact Arena on August 8 with a multi-media performance art extravaganza called  ‘Ocean of White’ designed as a nocturnal deep sea dive with acrobats shooting over the ceiling, giant jellyfish hovering above the dancefloor, and global name DJs guiding the 10,000 strong throng through the uncharted waters of mesmerizing grooves and melodies. The first ever Sensat …
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Makeover holidays in Thailand

August 20, 2012 - 2:00 pm | 2083 views

Nip and tuck vacations offer more than spiritual rejuvenation When an old flame of mine recently emailed me about renting a villa in Thailand for her family, I quickly sent links to a few choice properties in the Luxury Villas and Homes portfolio that I though ticked all the holiday boxes  — large private pool, panoramic ocean views and plenty of comfy, furnished outdoor spaces to lounge in while the kids messed about in the water within safe monitoring distance. I thought I'd covered all …
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