Renting a private villa on Phuket or Koh Samui allows parents to set a fun holiday schedule for their children with fantastic onsite facilities to complement the many island attractions within easy reach for day trips.
Thailand’s favourite island locations offer plenty of activities and excursions for children, but daily outings may not appeal to parents that want to really relax on holiday. Private villas provide an ideal compromise, offering different spaces to hang out together and apart, making them the ideal accommodation of choice for families.
When you stay at a private holiday villa, there’s no timetable to follow, and no need to worry about other guests; it’s your holiday, your rules. The exclusivity of having the grounds all to yourself comes in particularly handy when travelling with a larger group spanning multiple generations. The kids want to jump into the pool at the break of dawn, the parents might wish to sleep in, and the grandparents prefer to enjoy their morning coffee with the sea breeze and the sound of lapping waves. In a villa, young and old alike can enjoy their own versions of paradise in absolute privacy.
Families are made up of individuals, each with individual preferences, and at a villa, every holiday wish can be taken into account. The villa kitchen staff can match any dietary requirements for younger children, for example, while the villa manager and concierge service can personalize an itinerary to suit everyone’s activity needs.
At the end of the day, returning to a private rental villa after a fun day of sightseeing and island adventures is the only way to compensate for the disappointment you feel that your holiday now has one less day to run.
Many travellers underestimate the pleasure of having the holiday come to them. The joy of a private pool, manicured gardens and quite often direct beach access, takes instant holiday gratification to another level. For families, this means all members can do their own thing yet remain loosely together, within shouting distance if not line of sight. The luxury of not having to share facilities with other holidaymakers is, fortunately, one that money can buy.
However much some younger guests might prefer to hang out online all day; family holidays are meant for enjoying time together. In addition to the private pool, a number of holiday villas on Koh Samui and Phuket also come with games rooms, where families can challenge each other to a friendly game of pool, foosball, or even a session on the X-Box or Play Station. Purpose-built private cinemas in some of the luxury villas offer families to share quality time together over the latest blockbuster or a family movie.
Visitors to the tropical islands in Thailand might choose them mainly for the sea and sun, but they soon find out that mother nature has plenty of other tricks up her sleeve. A villa manager can help curate a hit-list covering the island’s unique attractions, from waterfalls to temples, monkeys to elephants. Families will usually find these island tours include something for everyone, and private groups enjoy the added benefit of flexibility to linger longer at their favourite attractions.
Holidays remind us to slow down, but adrenaline seekers needn’t worry about adventure withdrawals on Phuket and Koh Samui. Both islands offer thrills that also showcase the islands’ natural beauty, from zip-lining across lush canopies and ATV riding through native coconut groves to mountain biking and jet-skis. At the end of the day, visitors can jump off their adrenaline cloud right into a luxury villa’s private pool before giving in to the to slow down to the pace of the spa therapist’s strokes during a tranquil massage
A tropical holiday needs water and a private pool can be put to use in myriad ways – ranging from a perch to enjoy sunset cocktails to keeping up with a fitness regime – but for serious water play, many villas come with a selection of fun pool toys and also kayaks and windsurfers to explore the nearby coast. Waterparks on Koh Samui and Phuket also offer up plenty of splashes and squeals of delight, while snorkelling on shallow reefs or scuba diving with Thailand’s plentiful marine life offers watery adventures on the more natural side.