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Once upon a time holidays were simply about taking a relaxing break, indulging in excellent food and ultimately, recharging your batteries. Today, there is an endless pressure for vacations to be about fulfilling bucket lists, turning into a culture vulture or immersing yourself in authentic experiences; that is when you are not hiking up a mountain or sailing the seven seas, of course. However, there is a lot to be said for laid-back getaways, and what better way to enjoy a chilled-out holiday than with a stay at a relaxing luxury villa island retreat in Thailand? Relaxation is defined by not having to overdo or over think during your time away. A luxury villa with your own butler and private chef as well as an infinity pool and gorgeous view is enough to inspire a feeling of inner peace and harmony; a mindful, meditative experience that relaxes you to your …

The beauty of going to tropical vacation hotspots such as Bali, Koh Samui, and Phuket, is the experience of getting out on the water or under the water, (and in some cases, over the water) and discovering adrenaline-fueled action and great marine activities. Some incredible water sports let you make a splash on holiday and promise fun, exciting, and fresh experiences, some of which you may not have even heard about: Skipping On Water While you may not be able to walk on water, you may be able to do a hop, skip, and a jump instead with a low-impact water workout. The AquaSkipper was invented with fun and fitness in mind and the hydrofoil moves across the water like a bird…quite literally. Looking a little like a scooter, without the wheels, jumping causes the wings of the water sports gadget go up and down, creating lift and propelling riders …

Thailand’s Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket, is picture-postcard beautiful and displays an endless scene of vivid palettes with aquamarine waters, white-sand beaches, and cobalt-blue skies fringing an emerald green landscape. Beach days in the year-round sunshine may beckon, but Phuket is far more than a seaside destination and boasts a vibrant culture and diverse community. It is also an artistic gem, home to some incredible artists and excellent art galleries. For art-lovers, collectors looking for pieces that are unique, and would-be artists Phuket promises creative inspiration. Kerrily Jennings who runs Negarta, an online source for Asian art, features Thai artists based in Phuket. She offers holidaymakers an opportunity to discover local artists, many of whom do not showcase their art in local galleries but work from their homes instead. She arranges private classes on request either at a guest’s villa accommodation or an artist’s studio and once holidaymakers have found an …

A journey to discover Ang Thong National Marine Park. A spectacular marine wonderland; setting out on an adventure to explore a landscape of 42 islands. For many, if they think of Thailand, it is a vision of green island beauty nestling in sparkling blue waters; sunshine lighting up an inspiring picture-perfect scene. As a holiday hotspot, the island of Koh Samui is every bit the dream location, complete with white-sand beaches, green palms swaying in the tropical breeze and a chilled-out Thai holiday vibe. Explore at sea and discover a scenic paradise Getting out on the water defines any trip to Koh Samui, and during June – September the island’s climate is simply glorious and the conditions at sea are the best. If a speedboat through stunning scenery, snorkeling and kayaking in a rich marine setting appeal then, a daytrip into the Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must. …

The Thai vacation hotspots of Phuket and Koh Samui promise a lovely climate at this time of year and in August, Bali has the least amount of rainfall. Boating, watersports, and beach lounging beckon, while evenings can be spent dining at gourmet restaurants after a swanky sundowner or two. The pace of life may be far more relaxed in these island idylls, yet each of these destinations promises new adventures and interesting events that are coming up or just launched.   Bali Seasalt Dining Ritual “A tantalizing new seascape dining experience, with a dash of Japanese infusion”, Seasalt in Bali’s upmarket Seminyak is the must-dine seafood restaurant, after opening its doors in May 2017. A wonderful open kitchen, a grand oceanside residence-style eatery, and a gorgeous dining terrace right on the oceanfront; Seasalt is hip, sophisticated, and stunning. The design and ambiance gives the feeling of being aboard an incredible yacht, while …

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