Welcome to the LVH Blog

Welcome to the LVH Blog

Welcome to the Luxury Villas and Homes blog. As resident villa expert and your personal destination guide, I am charged with informing and enlightening our online community on everything from travel and lifestyle tips to in-depth descriptions of the facilities and services on offer to guests in our extensive collection of private holiday villas. With hundreds of top class properties now available …

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Local Flavour Focus

December 06, 2012 - 1:56 pm | 1377 views

Southeast Asian cuisine is righty famous for its incredible mix of ingredients and flavours. Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are all well known as foodies' destinations and the choice of dishes on offer in each country is so vast that you could never hope to try everything on the local menu on a single culinary visit. There are, however, certain ubiquitous dishes that are widely available; their popularity extends across regions and even crosses borders, with slight variations de …
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The other side of paradise

December 03, 2012 - 11:28 am | 10656 views

A must read if your heading to Phuket to get some winter warmth this year, or to any tropical island for that matter, is Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons. Although far from a ground breaking idea, this novel is never-the-less an empathetic and well crafted account of one man's attempt to follow his dreams and escape the cruel London world he lives in, when his attempts to stop a burglary go sour and he is accused himself of a crime. In a genuine effort to start a new life in paradise w …
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More than a party

November 29, 2012 - 3:46 pm | 8009 views

Samui's sister island Koh Phangan is known all over the world for its monthly Full Moon Parties, but the island has much more to offer visitors that thumping bass and buckets of booze. A 30-minute ferry ride from Samui's Bophut or Big Buddha beach (even shorter with a private speedboat) takes you to one of Thailand's most beautiful tropical islands. Thanks to its enduring reputation as a place for young revellers to "tune in and drop out", many visitors to Thailand leave Koh Phangan off t …
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Newsletter November

November 23, 2012 - 1:17 pm | 1147 views

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Fragrant flowers in Thailand

November 23, 2012 - 1:08 pm | 69052 views

Hand anyone a flower — any flower — and the chances are they will bring it up to their nose to give it a sniff. Sadly, there are plenty of pretty plants in Thailand, such as the ubiquitous orchids, that disappoint with their lack of olfactory pleasure, despite their enchanting appearance. But there are also others that are known for their aroma and ability to fill a room in ambrosial scents. Here are some of the fragrant flowering plants commonly found in tropical gardens in Thailand. You …
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The sweet side of Thai cuisine (Part 1)

November 19, 2012 - 11:00 am | 3936 views

For visitors to Thailand, local desserts are often confined to (albeit delicious) mango and sticky rice or roti pancakes, a misconception not helped by feeble sweet offerings listed on the menus in Thai restaurants. Local food fan Tina Kay offers a few sweet tooth alternatives. Khanom waan, literally "sweet snacks" in Thai, do not represent an art form by any stretch of imagination, especially when compared to the exquisite delicacy and exact science of French pastries. Instead, they are …
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Thailand builds on movie magic

November 12, 2012 - 2:15 pm | 999 views

Thailand builds on movie magic Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi presided over... …
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Bangkok's 2-wheel city scheme

November 12, 2012 - 2:12 pm | 1493 views

Bangkok's 2-wheel city scheme Bangkok is set to join some 200 cities in the world with a bike sharing programme... …
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Bali's stunning sea temples

November 12, 2012 - 11:09 am | 8980 views

Bali may be best known for its beaches, rolling surf and sophisticated shopping and nightlife scene, but the Island of the Gods has also retained many of its Hindu traditions. Culture seeker, Juliet Bernard, takes a walk on the spiritual side. If like me, you try to explore the history and culture of a destination when you travel there, as well as enjoying the natural attractions, local cuisine and of course, the shopping, Bali should definitely by high on you holiday wish list. Despite be …
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Hit the ocean running

November 08, 2012 - 5:44 pm | 16235 views

For watersports lovers with a sense of adventure, staying at one of the two expansive, luxury beachfront villas on the Baan Hinta/Hinyai Estate overlooking Koh Samui's picturesque southeast coast, offers a unique opportunity not only to enjoy a memorable beachside vacation, but also to try out the very latest in hi-tech marine toys. Surrounded by lush tropical greenery and natural rock formations with a private beach that opens onto a peaceful bay, the newly completed Baan Hin Ta and Baan Hin …
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