Thailand is home to scores of luxurious resorts, but nothing quite beats the exclusivity of a private island villa and having the facilities, amenities and staff all to yourself.
For some people, staying in a lavish five-star resort means a morning dip in the pool followed by a sumptuous breakfast, with a few relaxing spa treatments thrown in before bedtime. But what if you could have all of this (and more) at your own highly exclusive private villas?The fact is, you can.
Thailand’s growing number of private holiday properties have a lot to offer in terms of exclusive facilities, and many of them are more than a match for the Kingdom’s most opulent resorts – particularly because you will not be competing with other guests for limited sun-loungers of fresh buffet items.
Below are five exclusive benefits you will enjoy while staying in one of Thailand’s private villas.
The Perfect Dip
Many of Thailand’s private holiday properties come with their own pool for you to use as and when you want a cooling dip. Depending on which property you select for your vacation, private pools come in all shapes and sizes, but they tend to be a lot bigger than the plunge pools often provided at villa resorts – and, of course, completely free of other guests. If you select a villa with beach access, then the ocean may also be the perfect place for your morning dip, and you can switch between the two. It's all just a short stroll from the bedroom door of your private villa.
Time to Chill
If you enjoy kicking back with a bottle of wine and a good movie after a long day of sightseeing, then a private villa is the perfect place for you. Many of the villas peppered across tropical havens like Phuket and Koh Samui feature their own entertainment systems and some even include mini movie theatres and dedicated entertainment rooms. Large pull-down screens can be used outdoors, and you can even enjoy a few hours of entertainment while you are soaking in the outdoor hot tub or pool. That sounds a bit better than watching a DVD in your hotel room.
Cocoon of Tranquillity
For many travellers to Thailand, the rich array of wonderful spa treatments on offer is one of the highlights of the vacation. Guests who are staying in a private villa don’t have to miss out on the therapies and ingredients on offer in many hotels and resorts. Many villas feature their own dedicated spa rooms, and with the help of your villa’s concierge it's easy to hire the services of a personal masseuse to enjoy a few relaxing treatments in the comfort of your holiday home. If you are in the mood for something a bit more invigorating, why not opt for a Thai massage in your villa’s oceanside sala? After all, it’s your villa, and you can use it exactly as you please.
Often, guests staying in hotels have to weigh up the benefits of joining the hotel breakfast line. Sure, the Thai omelette is going to taste great – but you might have to wait 30 minutes to taste it. At a private villa, this is never the case. If it does;t come with one, you can hire your own private chef for vacation, nothing beats the exquisite explosion of flavours you enjoy after you have explained in person exactly how you'd like your Thai meal prepared. In addition to enjoying freshly cooked food, you might even be able to pick up a few tips to take home and use in your own kitchen.
Make a Splash
Thailand is one of Asia’s premier destinations when it comes to watersports. Popular activities on offer from most beaches in the country include kayaking, windsurfing and jet skis. However, there is nothing more annoying than having to rent equipment from your hotel or a beach vendor then rushing to return it at a certain time. Guests staying at a private villa don’t have this problem, as many properties come with their own watersports equipment for guests to use at their leisure, which is perfect when the ocean is 10 metres from your garden and great for families too. Some luxury villas even come with exclusive use a private yacht for sunsets and day trips.