If you are heading to Thailand for the winter season, renting a private beachfront villa with family or friends may be the perfect way to enjoy an exclusive escape.
For savvy travellers making their way to the Land of Smiles, renting private, comfortable accommodation is increasingly popular option. Exclusive private apartments and villas abound, many of them overlooking or even nestled right beside the idyllic sandy beaches that surround islands like Phuket and Koh Samui.
If you can’t decide between a sea view apartment, a mountainside villa or holiday property that's a stone’s throw from the beach, here are five reasons to tempt you closer to the ocean.
Fun for the Family
Beachfront villas on Koh Samui or Phuket offer up a wealth of choices when it comes to family activities – particularly if you have energetic little ones to entertain. Situated just a few steps from the ocean, days can be spent swimming, shell hunting or even playing beach games like volleyball. Another bonus that comes with staying in a beachside villa is that you and the kids are never more than a stroll away from a refreshing drink or an ice cream from the freezer. In fact, the staff can even serve them to you right on the sand.
If you like to spice up your travels with a little adventure, the beaches of Thailand are rich with thrilling watersports to keep the adrenaline pumping. Activities like sailing and snorkeling are firm favourites with families, particularly during peak season when the sun is shining and the water conditions are at their best. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are also great sports for visitors that want to learn a new skill. Even more modern marine activities on offer include futuristic jet pack rides and fly-boarding.
Touch of Romance
Picture the crimson sun setting over the ocean as you walk hand-in-hand along the beach with your partner, with the gentle sound of the waves lapping on the shore. A romantic meal follows, served at a candlelit table on the sand, whipped up in your villa’s kitchen by a professional chef. Top it all off with a bottle of fine wine from the cellar as you snuggle in front of a movie in the media room and the perfect romantic evening is complete.
On your Doorstep
If you are staying in a beachfront villa, the chances are that you are not too far away from oceanfront restaurants, bars and occasional beach parties for all the family to enjoy. If you simply want to pop out for the evening, there is often no need to drive or hire a taxi – you can simply walk to the nearest restaurant along the starlit beach.
Wedding on the Shore
Thailand’s beachfront villas are popular with couples who want to say their vows with the soft sand between their toes. Not only do the villas themselves offer a range of facilities for guests to enjoy; being situated right on the beach means there's plenty of space when the party starts. Ocean views and swaying palm trees also provide the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding photos. What's more, there's no need to worry about wedding crashers, as a beach villa guarantees couples and their guests with the luxury of exclusivity.