New Year Villa Resolutions for 2016

If you’re planning a winter holiday soon, why not make 2016 the year that you experience the unique appeal of a holiday villa on one of Thailand’s most alluring tropical islands?

If you’ve made a long travel bucket list and some of it needs to be ticked off this year; there’s no time like the present. What’s more, if Thailand’s islands happen to be on the list (and they should be) then a private holiday villa is the natural accommodation choice.

An exclusive holiday villa is the ideal place to kick back and absorb the natural beauty that frames islands like Phuket and Koh Samui. It will also offer a perfect base for island activities, as well as an opportunity to try out new tastes or even to kick art your new year resolutions.

The phrase “home away from home” is often misused, but when you stay at a private villa you can really be yourself. There’s no pressure to follow the holiday crowd. You can follow your own schedule, pursue your own interests and really make the most of island life.

Beachside Bliss

For the majority of travellers, staying right next to a gorgeous tropical beach is the stuff of dreams. Fortunately, when you rent a holiday villa on Phuket or Koh Samui, waking up to the sound of gently lapping waves just metres from your bedroom is an achievable reality. Private accommodation with direct access to the beach not only adds a “wow” factor, but it is also great for families that need extra space for the kids to run around. Morning jogs, afternoon beach games and sunset strolls in the surf are all right on your doorstep – now that’s island living.

Thai Taste Adventures

Each new year should bring new experiences, and that includes the delicious dishes that find their way onto your dinner plate. Thailand is one of the best places in the world to embark on a foodie adventure thanks to the exquisite range of fresh produce available and the fabulous sweet and spicy flavours that dominate its traditional fare. If you tend to go for more well-known options like pad Thai or tom yum gung most of the time, let 2016 be the year when you sample something new in Thai food. The chef at your private villa will happily prepare some of his or her favourite local dishes for you to enjoy.

Island Skills

If you want to try your hand at learning some new skills whilst on holiday, then Thailand offers plenty of traditional activities to try out in the privacy of your villa. For home cooks, there are plenty of culinary schools on islands like Phuket and Koh Samui, or you can even learn the basics of Thai cooking from your private chef if he or she has time. Guests that prefer arts and crafts can try their hand at traditional Thai soap carving or paper folding as an aside from the sun, sea and seafood. More active villa guest can hire a trainer to give Muay Thai boxing classes in the garden or on the beach to burn off those extra holiday calories.

Holiday Fitness Routine

While holidays are all about treating yourself, there’s no reason to let your fitness regime slip whilst on holiday in Thailand – particularly if you’re staying at a private holiday villa. Most properties come with their own swimming pool, so a few speedy laps in the morning can help you stay in shape. Half an hour of yoga on your villa’s pool terrace or in the beachside sala will also help to tone and strengthen muscles. Some of the best villas even come with their own state-of-the-art fitness suites, so there is absolutely no excuse to get lazy.

Ultimate Selfie Moments

With the popularity of photo apps like Pinterest and Instagram soaring, capturing the quintessential collection of holiday selfies is now an absolute must in a country as beautiful as Thailand. Whether or not you own your own selfie stick, the sublime tropical scenery on Phuket and Koh Samui provides a stunning backdrop for photos. Whether you stay near the top of a jungle covered mountain or next to a pristine white sand beach, the sunset selfies are guaranteed to impress all your social media followers.