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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Thailand Asia Spa Capital 2012

December 21, 2012 - 8:54 am | 1043 views

Thailand is now officially a global centre for massage treatments, spa facilities and wellness tourism, having garnered the 2012 Asian Spa Capital... …
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Wedding Independence

December 20, 2012 - 1:29 pm | 1252 views

British magazine editor Jules and his Taiwanese travel writer partner Tina chose Villa Tievoli, a newly completed luxury property at the Sava Estate on Natai Beach close to Phuket as the venue for their recent wedding. We asked the couple how they rated the experience and what made the day extra special when compared to the other options they had considered for their big day. "We knew from the very beginning that we wanted to make our wedding day different," said Jules. "Both of us have l …
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Phuket Sport Supreme

December 19, 2012 - 2:44 pm | 1327 views

Phuket is fast becoming a favourite destination for sports enthusiasts and serious athletes from around the world. The island has long been... …
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Heavenly Hospitality at Upni Duniya

December 14, 2012 - 9:51 am | 2248 views

Ms. Utumporn Aupatcha is the Managing Director of one of Koh Samui's most magnificent beachside villas — Upni Duniya. The exclusive beachfront residence comprises nine luxurious suites set amid beautifully landscaped tropical grounds with an indulgent ocean view infinity pool overlooking the soft sands of Big Buddha Beach and the calming waters of the Thai Gulf. With its unique, harmonious designs and leading-edge home technology, Upni Duniya is a personalised pleasure palace that trul …
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Local Flavour Focus

December 06, 2012 - 1:56 pm | 1524 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 | 10762 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 | 8173 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 | 1255 views

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Fragrant flowers in Thailand

November 23, 2012 - 1:08 pm | 69284 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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