Article Archive for May 2013

Seafood Sensations

May 30, 2013 - 3:30 pm | 3435 views

One of the undisputed joys of a holiday on the Thai islands is the chance to feast on seafood — everyday if the mood takes you. When you stay at a private villa on Phuket or Samui; your private chef will know exactly where to source the freshest fruits of the ocean, and also the most delicious ways to prepare them.   Here are some seafood suggestions from the kitchens of our signature villas on Phuket and Koh Samui. Every Thai chef has his or her own favourite dishes and on Phuket and Sam …
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Monsoon Pleasures on Phuket

May 27, 2013 - 2:04 pm | 31326 views

Seasoned travellers in Asia will often say the rainy season is one of the best times to enjoy a holiday in Thailand. The sun still comes out almost every day, the accommodation rates are lower, and there's so much to do on the Kingdom's most popular islands that you're sure to make the most of the stay, no matter the weather.    Our repeat villa guest Tom Chanin described a day of sun, fun and fine food while staying on Phuket with friends during the early monsoon. Although the dry season …
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Ask the Villa Expert — Natai Beach, Phuket

May 23, 2013 - 4:35 pm | 17615 views

Our resident villa expert Max Vee visits Natai Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of unspoilt coast in Thailand, to give his views on the exceptional private villas on offer and the visitor highlights in this picturesque location right next to the Andaman Sea.   About the location A short drive over Phuket's Sarisin Bridge leads to an area of the Thai mainland that's known both locally and internationally for its multifarious natural wonders, untouched beaches and cultural gems. Ph …
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At your service

May 22, 2013 - 9:48 am | 1907 views

Few people would argue that staying in a luxury villa with its own oceanview swimming pool, jacuzzi bath tub in the master suite and private cinema room is anything but fabulous. But seasoned villa guests will also tell you that even the most luxurious properties are only as good as the staff that run them.     Or Villa Expert, Max Vee, uncovers some of the secrets of high quality service at private villas in Asia. With the exception of kings, queens, dignitaries and movie stars, most peo …
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Phuket's island cousins

May 17, 2013 - 11:05 am | 19203 views

Phuket is surrounded by stunning islands and picturesque bays, peppered with limestone pinnacles and framed by aquamarine seas and alabaster beaches. Chartering a speed or sailing boat for an Andaman marine adventure offers the perfect complement to the luxurious experience of renting a private island villa. Phang Nga bay is easily accessible from Phuket and one of the most stunning marine environments not only in Thailand, but also the world. The region's towering limestone formations ar …
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Believe in the Beach

May 14, 2013 - 1:49 pm | 2915 views

Sand seeking purists will often tell you that on Thailand's more developed islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui, it's no longer possible to experience idyllic, deserted beaches. I beg to differ. Despite their popularity, it is still relatively easy in either destination to find yourself alone on a spectacular stretch of golden Thai sand. Even though I have travelled to many of the world's most celebrated beach destinations: Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Cost Rica, Ecuador (yes, including the Galapa …
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Travel and spend

May 09, 2013 - 9:47 am | 1332 views

2012 was a landmark year for the travel industry, with one billion international arrivals clocked in worldwide, contributing to an estimated nine percent of the global GDP. The arrival number is more than double that just over a decade ago, with the UNWTO reporting 435 million in 1990. Continuing good news for the industry came in the recently released Global Travel Intentions Study 2013, commissioned by Visa, which spells out a positive outlook and highlights some impressive predictions for th …
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Beach Read: Advice from a Mad Man

May 07, 2013 - 9:48 am | 3599 views

Beach Read : Advice from a Mad Man   The main character in the hit television series Mad Men (Don Draper) is believed by many marketing minds and avid fans of the show to based on George Lois, a key figure in the re-invention of advertising in the 1950s who recently released a new book sharing some of his secrets. As one of the trailblazers in what came to be known as the "creative revolution", George Lois was partly responsible for the launch of what are now household brands, including Xer …
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Ask the Villa Expert

May 03, 2013 - 11:28 am | 3598 views

Ask the Villa Expert - Lipa Noi, Koh Samui Our resident villa expert Max Vee visits Lipa Noi — a picturesque and exclusive peninsular on Koh Samui’s idyllic west coast - to give his views on the exceptional villas and visitor highlights in this picturesque beachside location. About the location Despite being one of Koh Samui's luxury villa hot spots, Lipa Noi largely remains a secret from many visitors that stay in other parts of Thailand's most popular boutique island. Unlike …
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Find your niche

May 02, 2013 - 10:40 am | 12516 views

Travel websites and articles often mention the myriad choice of things to do on a holiday in Southeast Asia's top island destinations, but the sheer range of options means its impossible to fit every type of activity and experience into a single trip. With such a vast array of possibilities on offer in places like Phuket, Koh Samui and Bali, it now makes more sense to focus on the things that suit your passions and interests the most precisely. Whether you're an adventure lover, health seeker …
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