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For many luxury travelers, Phuket is definitely a go-to destination for the holidays. And in this island paradise, to resist enjoying the food is simply impossible -especially if you are staying at a luxury villa serviced by your own private chef. You can try, but believe us, you would not be able to resist! However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you would come back home with love handles and an extra inch on your waistline. Fortunately, there are several luxury villas in Phuket where you can enjoy a mesmerizing retreat amidst lush surroundings and stay in shape too. We present 5 of our luxury villas in Phuket with a gym that sports the latest equipment and facilities and other amenities that every fitness enthusiast would love: Villa Ocean’s 11 This 6-bedroom luxury villa brings you a perfect blend of nature’s beauty and world-class facilities. From its hillside location on Phuket’s Cape Yamu …

The millions of discerning travelers from all over the world have given their say and the announcement has been given. Bali has just received the title of Tripadvisor’s top travel destination in Asia for 2019 with Phuket coming in second. The two islands have taken top ranks among dozens of other travel destinations throughout the continent including Siem Reap in Cambodia, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Japan’s city of Tokyo. Having burst into worldwide popularity for its numerous surfing hideaways, marvelous temples, and breathtaking rice terraces, 2019 finds Bali luring travelers with other leisurely genres. Based on their data, the island’s top attractions include the fascinating Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets and the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. On the other hand, the charm of Phuket’s numerous beaches continues to be unresisted by tourists. Bang Tao and Freedom sit as the islands top attractions. However, travelers are also …

When it comes to hospitality, tourism, and real estate advice, Australian native Bill Barnett is globally recognized. With over 30 years’ experience in Asia-Pacific, he has lived and worked in Phuket in Thailand for close to 20 years. The Founder and Managing Director of Asia-based C9 Hotelworks, he is considered as one of the leading industry experts in the hotel residences sector. Bill took time out of his busy schedule to chat to The Luxury Signature (TLS) and offer his insights into the luxury travel market and look at some of the trends that are happening in hospitality in Thailand, and specifically in Phuket, right now. This is invaluable for private luxury villa owners and would-be owners looking to capture the market as well as interesting for local business owners too. TLS: What are some of the current trends in the hospitality industry in Thailand? Bill Barnett: Thailand, as well …

Koh Tao is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in Thailand. In fact, if you want to get your PADI certification, consider the islands around Koh Samui, one of which is the beloved Koh Tao. The island is surrounded by shallow bays, rock pinnacles, and reefs that are perfect for both new and seasoned divers. Koh Tao has a friendly feel and a laid-back atmosphere that is visually stunning. It is common to overhear stories of different critters, sharks, and turtles on the island. In this definitive guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about scuba diving in Koh Tao and tips on how to get the most out of your money. The best time of year for scuba diving in Thailand While Koh Tao is a popular scuba diving destination in Thailand, the best diving time is July to August. During these months, the water temperature …

A high-end luxury villa with all the amenities you could ever want proves good enough but what’s outside the villa is also just as important as what is in it. If good architecture and opulent furnishings are the heart of the construction, then the outdoors and everything it encompasses is certainly the soul. Consequently, today we’ll be casting our spotlight on the top five luxury Thailand villas with viewing decks and rooftops that allow you to savor the enthralling beauty all around. Villa Sawarin Sawarin is perched elegantly in a poised, graceful manner like an eagle ready to take to the heavens on the coveted Cape Yamu, where the most high-end villas in Phuket can be found. This ultra-luxury vacation abode is equipped with nine opulent bedrooms showered with modern day grandeur as is the case throughout the layout which is characterized by endearing timber workmanship and sumptuously patterned masonry. …