The travel industry is changing, and so too are mindsets and expectations of the every day traveler. Where the 5 star hotel was once the luxury experience that we all craved, experiences are now edging towards more relaxed vacations where wellness, independence and privacy are prioritized.
So it’s no surprise that luxury villas have become the trend, tempting travelers with offers of exotic locations, private beach access, and personal chefs.
For the traveler eager to avoid crowded swimming pools, expensive food, and the general busyness that a hotel atmosphere brings, here are 5 reasons that should convince you to choose a luxury villa rental for your next trip.
Reasons You Should Choose a Luxury Villa Over a Hotel Room
Hotels Can’t Match the Privacy
One of the biggest perks of staying in a luxury villa is the privacy. And it’s offered at a level that even 5 star hotels can’t beat.
When you book to stay in a villa you have a whole property to yourself, for guaranteed peace and serenity. The exclusivity of your own residence means that there are no obnoxious neighbors, and no other travelers to share your space with.
If you find a villa with a gym, you can sweat without anyone looking; villa’s are so private that you can swim naked if that’s your thing!
Villa Amy – Bali. Photo courtesy of Eats & Retreats
Hotels Can’t Match the Rates!
One of the biggest misconceptions about luxury travel is the assumption that hotels offer the best rates. But if you’re traveling with a group of people, or booking an extended stay, you’ll probably find that few hotels can compete with the value of money you get from renting a luxury villa.
Whether you’re looking for two bedrooms or twelve, the room rates are often more affordable than a 5-star hotel. And with self contained facilities, like a full kitchen, laundry, and other amenities like a swimming pool and gym, you’ll also save significantly on expensive charges for food, drink, and activities.
Depending on the size of your family or group, a villa could cost as little as $100 per person or couple per night. And that’s for an exclusive property, often with a private pool, beach access, and separate pavilions. Try finding a luxury hotel for the same value!
Villa Galam, Phuket. Photo courtesy of Eats & Retreats
A definite perk of booking a luxury villa is ensuring an incredible location. There are beachfront properties, stunning seascapes, and incredible jungle escapes.
And nothing beats the perfection of having the location to yourself, without the crowds. Villas often offer more secluded locations than hotels, a comfortable distance away from the tourist trail. And as an individual property, they are able to secure more exclusive locations, whether that be on a beachfront, or the edge of a cliff.
Of course hotels offer scenic locations too, though the hectic atmosphere can dampen the most pleasant of views.
Villa Baan Arun, Koh Samui. Photo courtesy of Eats & Retreats.
You’ve Never Had So Much Space
When you jump between hotels you’re often moving from one room to the next. But villas have an intrinsic sense of space, which may even be more than you’re used to at home!
Think open kitchens, grand living rooms, and professionally designed outdoor pavilions. “Antique and reclaimed wood furniture, elegant interiors with collectible paintings, tropical gardens with day beds, balconies facing the beach, and spacious bathrooms with baths overlooking nature.” Some even come with cinema rooms.
Ultimately, villas offer more space per dollar you pay. While you might enjoy a spacious suite at a 5 star hotel, villas are far more than hotel counterparts, not only in terms of interiors but also extending outdoors.
Photo courtesy of Eats & Retreats.
A Totally Personalized Stay
Staying in luxury villa means being able to travel to your own beat. There is a level of personalisation with this experience that hotels just can’t match. Essentially, you have your own private hotel, and you can customize your experience entirely to your tastes.
Looking to work out? Find a villa with a state of the art gym. Traveling to unwind? Choose a secluded location with an en-suite spa. Booking a family trip? Choose something with bunk beds, game rooms and a cinema.
As a guest at a private property, you enjoy the freedom to set your own schedule. You don’t have to worry about what time breakfast finishes, or what time the pool opens, everything is on your time.
And then there’s the food. Once you’ve eaten at a hotel for a couple of days, you’ll notice that the food becomes repetitive. But when you book a private villa you can whip up your own feast, enjoy your meals in a new setting every day, or have a local chef peronalize a menu to your exact needs.
This is particularly beneficial for picky eaters or those who travel with dietary requirements; you can eat whenever you want, and control exactly how the food is prepared.
Photo courtesy of Eats & Retreats.
Competition Winner: Ela Teodosio!!
⥇ Feb 09 – Feb 25 2018.
⥇ Mar 23 – Apr 08 2018.
⥇ Aug 01 – Sep 02 2018.
⥇ Dec 21 – Jan 10 2019.
➡ Bed and breakfast for up to 6 guests.
➡ Option to extend your stay at a 25% discount depending on availability.
➡ Voucher valid for 13 months.
➡ The prize is accommodation (bed and breakfast) only.
➡ Photos of the Villa below:
Villa Lamyai is located in the sought after North East part of Koh Samui, on the private gated and secure Samui Summit Estate. This exclusive gated Estate enjoys a stunning hill location, close to the sea. With an almost continuous balmy breeze the villas are naturally cooled by the onshore breeze off the Gulf of Thailand.
The Estate is just 10 minutes from the rustic airport and beautiful Cheong Mon Beach, and a short drive from Chaweng beach, with its shops and nightlife and Bophut Fisherman’s Village, with its vibrant restaurants and bars.
Open plan interiors and lush gardens
The shared spaces provide the ideal setting for you to spend time with your loved ones; the first pavilion houses an airy open plan living and dining area with high ceilings and fans, overlooking the private swimming pool.
The outside spaces are also abundant; a large grass roofed Sala pavilion and lush tropical gardens finish off the villa, providing a peaceful relaxing environment.
Entertainment in abundance
The villas are Balinese influenced, featuring a lot of natural wood, terracotta tiles and shaded and open spaces. Villa Lamyai also features multi-channel satellite TV, DVD/CD players, telephone and WIFI broadband internet connection.
There is also a tennis court at the Estate which is free to all guests; tennis rackets and balls are available at the Estate office for a small fee.
Indoor and alfresco dining
The living and dining areas incorporate a distinct fully equipped fitted kitchen complete with breakfast bar; it is fully supplied with pots, pans, cutlery, crockery, glassware etc. for 6 guests.
The spacious first villa provides a delightful setting for indoor dining, plus with full length sliding glass doors that open out onto a large terrace, it is also wonderful for alfresco dining. And if you don’t fancy cooking, a personal chef is available at an additional charge.
Swim, sunbathe and chill
The 40 square meter private swimming pool has infinity edges and sandstone sunbathing decks equipped with sun-loungers and umbrellas. It is the central focus of the villa and is fringed with lush flowers and tropical foliage, making it a truly picturesque place to kick back and relax.
Luxurious and comfortable bedrooms
Set in three separate buildings, each villa has three bedrooms, a master bedroom with both an indoor bathroom and a private outside shower, set apart from the other buildings. In another area the two other bedrooms adjoin each other (but not interconnecting) both with en-suite bathrooms, one double and one twin.
All bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and furnished to a high standard and feature full length sliding glass doors opening out onto private verandas looking over the villa’s pool and landscaped gardens.
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The winner will be prized with a voucher for a 4 night stay at Villa Lamyai in Koh Samui, Thailand. This prize covers bed and breakfast only, for up to 6 guests. Flights and transportation are at the expense of the prize recipient. Travel must occur within 13 months of the awarding of the prize. If unused after 13 months, it will expire.
This prize has been donated by Eats & Retreats who may change the conditions of their prizes at any time. We have done our best to cover all conditions, but ultimately hold no responsibility for any change, interruption or termination of the prizes. No claims on the part of the participants shall arise in these cases.
This is not a game of skill, and a winner will be chosen at the discretion of the team at Eats & Retreats. A winner will be selected based on their comment entry, and informed via the email address they registered. By commenting on this post you consent to having your email address passed on to a representative of Eats & Retreats. Eats & Retreats is solely responsible for prize fulfillment.
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Excluded dates: The prize may not be redeemed during the following date ranges: Feb 09 – Feb 25 2018. Mar 23 – Apr 08 2018. Aug 01 – Sep 02 2018. Dec 21 – Jan 10 2019.
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