Most rental villas in Thailand boast a private pool for guests' exclusive enjoyment and there plenty of creative ways to make the most of it that don’t necessarily involve too much swimming.
Lounging by the side of your own private swimming pool is certainly one of the highlights when renting an exclusive holiday villa on Phuket or Koh Samui. Whether you plan to stay fit by swimming a few lengths every day, or are vacationing with a young family and want a place fort he kids to splash and play in supervised bliss, your villa’s private pool is a desirable addition to the stay.
Of course, not everyone's a keen swimmer, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy or use a private pool to the full. In fact, there are a whole host of ways to enjoy the waters of your exclusive swimming pool beyond doing laps.
Below are some inventive ways that villa guests choose to enjoy their own stretch of tempting water.
If you enjoy competitive games and like a bit of excitement on holiday then set up a game of pool volleyball or handball in your villa. You don’t need much – just a ball and a net, and many of Thailand’s private villas already come fully equipped with an eclectic range of pool accessories. Games like pool volleyball always go down well if you’re travelling with family and friends, or even as a fun team building session with colleagues from work. If you’re travelling with little ones, as an alternative, why not get them to choreograph their own synchronized swimming or dance routine in the pool? You can provide a suitable soundtrack through the villa's outdoor speaker system, just make sure they stay at the shallow end, of course.
If you prefer card game to ball games, then get your hands on one of these floating pool sets to tae with you to your private villa, which includes an inflatable poker table, chips and even loungers for players to relax in as they play. No need to worry about treading water as you bluff your way through the game! The pieces of the set are all fully waterproof, so there is no need to worry about getting anything wet.
On the 'Wetwalk'
Whether you own a professional underwater camera or a waterproof disposable, taking snaps underwater is always good fun. Underwater fashion shows are a great activity for little ones who enjoy dressing up – not only do they get to pretend they are exotic mermaids and sea princes, but the water keeps them cool as well (although sunscreen is still a must). Capturing all the underwater costumes and poses on camera will make the whole occasion that much more memorable.
Loy Krathong at your Villa
Loy Krathong is one of the most important festivals in Thailand’s annual calendar. Held in the twelfth lunar month each year (usually November), Loy Krathong is when locals decorate floats with flowers, incense and candles, before setting them free on any stretch of water to release their troubles and bring luck for the following year. Many people on islands like Samui and Phuket set their krathongs free in the ocean, but you can also use your villa's pool to have your own symbolic celebration. Kids will have great fun decorating their own "krathongs", and it’s an excellent way for them to learn a little more about Thailand’s unique culture.
Thailand is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking scuba diving sites, but if you want to marvel at the treasures of the ocean, you need to get your diving license first. A large part of the most dive courses involves learning about how to use the equipment in the water. Many of the technical skills are therefore taught within the safety of a swimming pool, so where better to learn than with a private tutor in your villa’s own private pool?