The private holiday properties scattered throughout Koh Samui and Phuket are expertly designed to make the most of the warm climate. Guests therefore enjoy a wide choice of spaces to relax in absolute privacy.
Thailand offers visitors a vast selection of hotels, but the private villas on tropical islands like Phuket and Koh Samui are definitely becoming the accommodation of choice for discerning travellers.
If you are staying in a private villa, there is no need to worry about bumping intro strangers as you drift from the kitchen to the sun deck by your private pool. In fact, in a private villa you can flop whenever and wherever you feel like it – beside the pool with a book, watching a movie in the comfort of the air-conditioned lounge, or face down for a massage in the beachside sala.
For some relaxation inspiration as you think about your winter break, below is a summary of just how diverse a private villa can be when it comes to kicking back in style.
The majority of Thailand’s private villas come with their own swimming pools, which means there is no need to worry about having to get up early to snag prime sun loungers before other hotel guests wake up. Your villa’s pool and decking area offers the perfect spot to pass a day sunbathing between refreshing dips, surfing on your iPad or even snapping selfies to make your friends back home jealous. If you are travelling with kids, a private pool will also give them the freedom to play as many ball games and swim as many races as they like. Of course, if you’re staying in a beachside villa, you can switch between the pool and the ocean.
If you’re an early riser, why not take in the morning atmosphere by heading out to meditate in your villa’s outdoor relaxation sala? With ocean views and the relaxing sound of waves lapping the beach in the distance, your sala is the ideal spot for a bit of yoga or meditation to kick start the day. Many salas are completely kitted out for all day lounging, so they are a great place to lounge in the shade with a book if you need a break from the sun. Alternatively, you could even hire a professional masseuse to come and pamper you with a few al fresco spa treatments.
When you feel the need for a bit of privacy, there are few better locations than a private balcony sea view adjoining your bedroom. Many rental properties on Samui and Phuket offer stunning ocean vistas form their balconies – the perfect spot for your morning cup of coffee as you read the newspaper or surf the web. If the afternoon heat gets too much, switch on the air conditioning and nip inside for a quick nap, or if your muscles are sore from sightseeing all day, indulge in a long and lazy soak in your en-suite’s luxurious hot tub.
While your villa’s outdoor sun terrace is a great place to enjoy snacks, many of Thailand’s private villas also have dedicated dining spaces and sometimes it feels great to make a special occasion of a meal and get dressed up to celebrate with your friends and family. In many villas. a specially designed covered outdoor dining area will come equipped with its own barbecue and separate fridge – the perfect place to serve food if you are hosting a pool party. Alternatively, you can move inside and hire the services of a professional chef to cook up a feast and serve it up at the main dining table with a few bottles of fine wine from the cellar.
If the private pool, sea view terrace and relaxation sala aren’t enough then you will be delighted to find that the majority of indoor lounges spaces in Thailand’s private villas come equipped with large flat screen televisions. Many even have a dedicated movie drive with hundreds of TV shows and movies to choose from. This makes your villa’s lounge or movie room the perfect place to take a break from the sun, or to indulge in a screen marathon when the odd shower hits.