Renting a private villa on Phuket or Koh Samui offers guests an exclusive Thai holiday experience, enhanced by the appealing characteristics that continue to make Thailand one of the most popular countries to visit in the world.
In a recent study by US News and World Report, Thailand was named one of the “best countries in the world” to visit, and it’s easy to see why. The country’s breathtaking natural beauty is well known, Thai cuisine has become one of the world’s favourite tastes, and the local people’s reputation for genteel hospitality has made the Kingdom a top choice for repeat visitors and those in search of long-term relaxation.
When you rent a private holiday villa on the Thai islands, all these factors add to the inherent pleasure that already comes with staying in exclusive accommodation. Even in a beachside location that’s a fair distance from any significant cultural influences, Thailand’s beauty and calm infuse the stay, whether it’s in the soothing sunset views or the genuine smiles on the faces of the villa staff.
You may be looking to escape from the world, but when some its most attractive attributes are part of the experience, then a measure of “Thai-ness” will always be a welcome addition.
Most private villas, even the most contemporary properties, feature references to Thailand’s rich artistic heritage and architectural inspiration. The more classic villas often have grand pointed roof designs reminiscent of Thailand’s palaces, and also enclosing vaulted ceilings that allow air to flow more freely through the buildings. Another favourite feature in Thailand’s villas is the garden or poolside Sala; a shaded outdoor gazebo that is often re-interpreted as an outdoor dining pavilion or furnished relaxation space.
Thai people are known for their easy going character and always seem to have a smile to share, even with strangers. If you also factor in the country’s solid reputation for top class tourism and hospitality services, then it’s little wonder that the level of personal attention offered to private villa guests is second to none. Everyone from the gardener to the private chef and villa manager goes the extra mile to make sure everyone’s individual holiday needs and special requests are answered with willing efficiency.
It goes without saying that Thai dishes are recognized among the best in the world, In fact, many of the country’s signature dishes are regularly prepared and eaten in homes from Australia to Scandinavia. However, there’s always extra pleasure to be had from eating a country’s cuisine at source, especially when it’s prepared by a professional Thai chef. You can also experiment with new dishes and flavours that may not be as ubiquitous back home as classics like Pad Thai noodles and Tom Yum soup.
Traditional Thai medicine and herbal remedies date back thousands of years, and many of these ancient techniques form the basis of health treatments that are still commonly used across the Kingdom today. Thai massage, also known as Thai yoga massage, is based on 2,500-year-old Ayurvedic body science reported to have been developed by the Lord Buddha’s own doctor, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha. The participant’s body is moved and manipulated by the therapist into yoga-like positions, all with the aim of massaging the key sen enery lines to stimulate the flow of energy in the body. A Thai massage a day during your stay at a private villa will not only relax you but may even cure or prevent injury and illness.
Few visitors to Thailand leave without seeing at least one temple, and even if you choose to stay in a remote beachside villa on an island like Phuket or Samui, there is sure to be a local temple or shrine close-by. Famous spiritual landmarks like Koh Samui’s 12-metre golden Big Buddha statue or the ornate Grand Pagoda at Wat Chalong on Phuket offer a glimpse of Thailand’s spiritual side, and a golden opportunity to learn more about the continued influence of Buddhism on Thai people’s daily lives. Meanwhile, for visitors in search of a more down to earth local Thai experience; a trip to the local market is always a treat, and sometimes a shock, for the senses.