Certain songs and styles of music are perfect for creating the ultimate inspiring yet relaxing ambience when you run away to a private villa in Thailand.
In addition to sea views and exquisite service, a highlight of many of Thailand’s finest private villas is the relaxing ambience.
With gorgeous, lush gardens and pool terraces bathed in sunshine, there are plenty of places to relax and soak up the surroundings.
The right set of tunes can really kick back and unwind, so it’s worth making the most of your villa’s top-notch sound system to pipe your favourite relaxing music throughout the property as you lounge in luxury.
If you’re struggling for ideas when it comes to relaxing, ambient tracks, read on for list of musical suggestions.
While this album is now 12 years old, Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams still one of the ultimate favourite albums to relax to by the sea. Classic, nostalgic tunes like ‘Breakdown’, ‘Banana Pancakes’ and ‘Better Together’ sure to take you right back to the first time you heard them, so this is the perfect album to relax by the pool in your private villa. Johnson’s soothing vocals and gentle, melodic strumming will be more than the perfect match for the gorgeous tropical setting.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more atmospheric, then Moby’s 1999 album Play is the perfect choice. Although it’s coming up for its 20th anniversary, Moby’s fifth studio album is packed full of relaxing tracks to help you ease into your relaxation session. With over 12 million copies sold worldwide, it’s the biggest selling electronica album of all time. Favourite tracks include ‘Porcelain’, ‘Natural Blues’ and ‘Honey’. ‘Porcelain’ was even featured on the soundtrack of hit movie The Beach, which was filmed on the stunning Thai island Koh Phi Phi – what more could you ask for?
Released in 2016, The Avalanches’ Wildflower was their first album in 14 years. This album has something to offer everyone, and turns from relaxing and tranquil one minute to upbeat and energetic the next. If you enjoy something with a bit more of a beat, this is the perfect soundtrack to pipe through your villa’s sound system as you crack open a chilled bottle of beer. Standout tracks include ‘Subways’ and ‘Frankie Sinatra’. Critically acclaimed and well received by fans, this is one album that’s definitely worth including on a holiday soundtrack.
Jazz it Up
If you fancy relaxing to a little bit of jazz music with an iced coffee in hand, then Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s 1956 collaboration album is the perfect collection of tunes to enjoy as you do nothing. Named Ella and Louis, the album is peppered with trumpet solos and stunning duets, and is ideal for creating that irresistibly relaxing, jazzy atmosphere. With Oscar Peterson on piano and Buddy “Freaking” Rich on drums, you can took forward to a treat. Standout tracks to listen out for as you do a few gentle laps of your infinity pool include the romantic ‘Moonlight in Vermont’.
Complex and multi-layered, the right piece of classical music will create a blissfully relaxing atmosphere. Over hundreds of years, many composers have written pieces with the sole aim of relaxing their audiences, and Giovanni Palestrina, a renaissance composer, was a master at this. In fact, his whole career was based around creating as smooth a music sound as he possibly could. While classical music may not be your usual choice, it’s well worth a listen if you want to be drawn into a truly meditative mood by the gorgeous setting and relaxing music. ‘Missa Pro Defunctis’ is one of Palestrina’s best.