Music is a very personal pleasure and staying in a private holiday villa offers the opportunity to choose your own holiday soundtrack. You can put together the playlist of albums and songs on your iPod and have it playing through the speakers day and night, inside and out, through a top quality sound system.
We asked some of our owners and regular guests for their top of the chart villa tunes.
iTunes celebrated its tenth birthday this year and with an estimated 30+ billion songs downloaded, most people's digital playlists not only cover almost every genre of popular music, but plenty of classical masterpieces too.
A holiday in a private villa offers a rare combination of total freedom and time to relax, swim, eat or party with the tunes you love the most playing in the background. The sound systems in most private villas are top of the line and many modern properties even come with sophisticated controls that let you choose exactly which part of the villa to stream your music so families or groups of friends can customise their musical experience.
For most people, certain tunes suit certain activities, as well as certain parts of the day, so we asked some past, present and regular guests to share their top ten private villa playlists. Here are some of their selections – we took the liberty of choosing our favourites and listed them as soundtracks to your stay. Some are just hitting the charts this year, others fall into the "oldies but goodies" category. You can listen online, download them before you head off to the Thai islands, then plug-in and play.
The Morning Mix
Waking up to a sunny day by the sea on a tropical island is inspiring enough without any musical accompaniment, but if you add an uplifting tune the experience is sure to climb the pleasure scale a few more notches. The morning favourites picked by our villa guests included this year's summer favourites, as wells a few songs that fall into the "oldies but goodies" category. You'll be dancing with your fruit salad and coffee in hand.
"Get Lucky" – Daft Punk Feat. Pharrel
"Entertainment" – Phoenix
"Holiday" – Madonna
"The Girl form Ipanema" – Astrud Gilberto
"Walking on Sunshine" – Katrina and the Waves
The Lazy Day Mix
When you're lying poolside soaking up the rays or relaxing in the shade of a cushioned beachside "sala" with a good book, it's always nice to have some soothing tunes on in the background. These gentle compositions provide a suitably subtle backing track but are also very listenable and accomplished songs in their own right.
"Say That" – Toro Y Moi
"Cornelia and Jane" – Yo La Tengo
"Brown Eyed Girl" – Van Morisson
"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" – Roy Ayers
"Can You Get to That" – Mavis Staples
The Sunset Mix
It's hard to believe that Jose Padilla launched the first of the Cafe Del Mar chill out compilations back in 1994. Since then they have dominated the playlists in beach clubs, bars and oceanside restaurants restaurants around the globe. Some of the tunes on the earlier series still make for the ultimate sundowner soundtrack, as do a few eclectic classics from the king of reggae, the prince of folk rock the canon of baroque.
"Mumbai Theme Tune" - A.R. Rahman (Cafe Del Mar Volume 5)
"Adios Ayer" - Jose Padilla (Cafe Del Mar Volume 6)
"Redemption Song" – Bob Marley
"Brokedown Melody" – Jack Johnson
"Canon in D" – Johann Pachabel
The Pool Party Mix
Whether you are sharing a villa with friends, gathering for a birthday or anniversary get-together or celebrating the happiest day of your life in the ultimate private tropical location, there will be at least one night when you want to party under the stars. To get everyone up on the poolside dancefloor, our guests clearly like to mix things up across the ages and the age groups.
"ABC" – The Jackson 5
"Buffalo Stance" - Neneh Cherry
"We Are Young" – We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe
"A little party never killed nobody" – Fergie feat. Goonrock & Q-tip
"Differentology" – Bunji Garlin feat Nigel Roja
by MAX VEE