If you are spending this Christmas in an island in Thailand, there are plenty of clever ways you can make sure your stay feels festive in the tropical sunshine.
The Christmas and New Year holidays are undoubtedly one of the best times anyone can visit Thailand. Not only is the weather in late December and early January blissfully warm, but there are plenty of events and attractions to keep visitors entertained – particularly in holiday hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui.
Whether you are travelling with your partner or with the whole family, there's no need to miss out on the Christmas spirit you'd enjoy at home. In fact, for guests staying in one of Thailand's many private renatl villas, there are plenty of ways to create a festive feel during the stay.
Below are a few ideas to help add Christmas cheer to to the tropical bliss.
Décor to Remember
In Thailand’s tropical climate, it’s unlikely that you will be able to decorate your private villa with holly and mistletoe in order to get that festive feeling. However, with plenty of beaches close by, some them with shells o the shore, there are plenty of decorative options to help get you in a Christmassy mood. Shell collecting is a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends or family, and you can take your collection of shells back to your villa to create your own decorations.
Rock around the Christmas Tree
If you are staying near the beach or have a garden at your villa you can place your presents beneath a festive palm tree. Decorating a palm tree adds a unique tropical twist for families who enjoy fun family traditions on the big day. Add some colour by stringing some pretty lights around the leaves, and attaching them with twist ties. Tying bows, ribbons and garlands around the tree trunk and palm leaves will also help to create a festive look.
Christmas is perhaps the only time of year when it is totally acceptable to indulge in chocolates for breakfast. Islands like Phuket and Koh Samui now boast a number of exquisite chocolateries and patisseries, so you and your loved ones can enjoy an array of sweet treats during the festive holidays. On Phuket, Les Anges Patisserie is a great place to pick up some speciality cakes and chocolates. You can even see the delicious chocolatey creations being made in Les Anges’ glass encased chocolate-making room. On Samui, Villa Chocolat is a good place to source your sweet Christmas treats.
Time to Feast
If you fancy a break from the traditional Christmas turkey this year, islands like Phuket and Samui are the perfect places to feast on festive seafood instead. Many of the best restaurants across Phuket and Samui specialise in fresh seafood dishes, whether you are in them mood for juicy prawns, succulent squid or grilled lobster. If you prefer cooking the Christmas dinner at your villa, why not fire up the barbecue on your private sun deck? Then you and your loved ones can feast on Christmas surf 'n' turf whilst enjoying the wonderful tropical weather.
No Christmas is complete without the right festive tipple to accompany your meal. If you are a fan of Christmassy drinks like mulled wine or traditional eggnog, why not create a Thai twist on these drinks in your villa’s kitchen? A tastyThai take on traditional eggnog uses coconut milk to give the nog a delightful frothy consistency. To whip up a batch of Thai eggnog, simply blend together 1 can of coconut cream, 1 can of condensed milk, one third of a cup of dark rum, and a generous pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.