The internet has made the world smaller and much easier to explore in advance of a holiday, which means independent minded travellers are increasingly planning their own holiday itineraries and booking everything from flights and accommodation to restaurants and day tours online. New trends in vacation stays have quickly followed suite, with a significant shift in favour of short-term rentals, including apartments for visitors to cities, stand alone houses in the countryside, and private beachfront villas in tropical destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui.
Short-term rental properties offer guests considerable benefits, not only in terms of the freedom to choose their own vacation schedule, but also in terms of location and access to a choice of hospitality services. On holiday islands in particular, private rental villas are often located right next to the beach or overlooking the ocean and therefore come with constant views and soothing sea breezes to enhance the exclusivity of the stay.
Being so close to the ocean also means guests have an indulgent choice of relaxation options when they stay at a beachfront villa. Most rental properties come with their own private pool, which allows people to switch between the natural surrounding offered by beach and ocean into a more private atmosphere, shielded from other tourists or beach vendors.
Such privacy makes beachfront villas the ultimate choice, whether for a romantic gathering, a family get-together or even a group celebration with friends sharing the property to take full advantage of the location and personalized facilities. With an average 4 to 5 bedrooms offered at villas in popular locations like Koh Samui and Phuket, there is plenty of space for guests to blend private moments with social time and combine days on the beach with drinks and dinner by the pool.
In Thailand, the majority of beachfront villas made available for rent come with their own dedicated in-house team, including a villa manager, housekeepers and maintenance staff, while those managed by a professional agency may also include offsite concierge support and transport options. This customized approach adds to the appeal of an independent holiday by providing a much more flexible and often affordable range of holiday services for guests to choose from.
One of the most popular additions is the opportunity to have meals prepared to order at the villa by a private chef. In beachfront locations this means guests can enjoy exquisite dishes, cooked to their taste, and served to suit their schedule just metres from the gentle lapping waves.
With such an impressive list of attributes, staying at a luxury beachfront villa has become one of the most sought after holiday experiences for sophisticated travellers that really want to make the most of a dream destination.