Article Archive for March 2013

Ask the Villa Expert - Bang Rak, Koh Samui

March 29, 2013 - 1:33 pm | 7722 views

Our resident villa expert Max Vee has stayed in over 100 private villas on Koh Samui, Phuket and Bali to review, research and feedback on on the facilities and services on offer to guests. Recently, we sent him to Bang Rak, the oceanside village that backs Big Buddha beach on Koh Samui's peaceful north coast to give his views on the villas and highlights in the area. About the location Many people arrive or leave Koh Samui from Bang Rak. Two piers that service ferries to nearby Koh Phangan a …
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Island Road Trip

March 26, 2013 - 10:44 am | 4045 views

Mind the elephant While renting a private holiday villa in destinations like Phuket or Koh Samui, you may decide the best way to explore the island, head off on a shopping excursions or dine out at a restaurant is to hire a car. Touring the islands' highways and beach roads in a rented vehicle is a great way to go beyond the beaten track, as long as you're prepared to adapt to the local road rules. Unusual sightings "What's that?" my wife asked as we slowed right down behind an old truck an …
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Monaco of the East

March 22, 2013 - 9:50 am | 2262 views

Phuket has long been a top destination choice for the world's upscale travel set, which is why immaculate private villas pepper its coves and beaches. The island's four main marinas are also now popular enough to warrant expansion plans thanks to 15 percent year-on-year growth in marine leisure and tourism.  Luxury vessels just keep arriving and Thailand's Andaman jewel now gives the Med and the Caribbean a run for their money.  As luxury boating has extended its reach into Asia over the …
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Hide like a star

March 19, 2013 - 3:06 pm | 2567 views

There's a very good reason why private villas are a top holiday choice for celebrities. The privacy of the surroundings, personalized facilities and discrete staff lets them relax like normal folk away from the constant attention of fans or the media (apart from the occasional photographer hiding in the bushes, of course) Kylie has one in Spain, Mick Jagger in Mustique and Rooney retreats to Barbados. Fortunately, on the idyllic islands in Southeast Asia, you don't have to be either ridiculous …
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Newsletter February 2013

March 14, 2013 - 1:12 pm | 1046 views

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Newsletter January 2013

March 14, 2013 - 1:07 pm | 971 views

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Beach Read : Five Star Billionaire

March 11, 2013 - 10:06 am | 8775 views

A novel that cleverly shines a spotlight on the aspirations of the new world by following the fate of four foreigners as they try to make their fortunes and live the dream in one of the modern capitals of capitalism — Shanghai. Five Star Billionaire is a skillfully crafted story by Tash Aw whose critically acclaimed first novel The Harmony Silk Factory, was published in 2005 and has since been translated into twenty languages. His debut novel was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for B …
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Retire for a while…or maybe longer

March 08, 2013 - 1:13 pm | 9904 views

Two leading publications recently rated Thailand in their top 10 places in the word to retire. What they didn't say is how long for. At a private villa on Phuket or Koh Samui you can enjoy your early retirement for a weekend, a week, a month or even a lifetime. Thailand came seventh in the Daily Telegraph's list of the best places to retire in the world and International Living's 2013 Retirement Index placed the kingdom in ninth place out of 22. Such recognition will come as no surprise t …
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Get up, stand up

March 04, 2013 - 1:55 pm | 15484 views

Paddleboarding is the latest craze to take the marine leisure world by storm. It's one of the few watersports that requires minimal training and is also suitable for marine adventurers of all ages. Holiday islands like Phuket and Koh Samui offer some of the best spots to get out on the calm clear waters and take in the stunning tropical views while keeping fit at the same time. Although Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) has only recently shot to the top of the beach activity list, it is far fro …
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