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One standout feature of Gen Ys is how they’ve grown up being so connected in such a fast-paced world of digital change and lifestyle choices. The result is that they’re often confident about who they are and like to create their own vacations by making online bookings. They also have high expectations when it comes to hospitality. On top of this, going on holiday is more about experiential travel, and that all starts with the experience of an incredibly unique stay. With social circles still a focus, it’s little surprise that a private villa vacation escape with a group of friends promises to be not only lots of fun in the sun but the ultimate millennial retreat. Added to this is the fact that a substantial group within this generation are well into their 30s and have the disposable income to afford luxury stays too. The beautiful island of Bali, …

Design transcends the look of a stay. It is a philosophy, translating ambiance and environment into a tangible feeling, and evoking lifestyle possibilities that resonate with guests. Imagine a beachfront stay with an open-plan, modern coastal design or a forest retreat where classic architectural flourishes inspire a sense of tradition. Welcome to the wonderful world of luxury villa and chalet design in Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali, and Niseko on Japan’s stunning Hokkaido Island. We’ve paired 8 outstanding examples of modern versus traditional design from our luxury holiday home collection. Villa Mayavee – Phuket Geometric and Ultra-modern Created by multi-award-winning Tierra Design in 2009, an architectural and design specialist that takes a minimalist approach, Villa Mayavee is a Zen-inspired marvel. The dramatic look of the property is a true standout among the luxury villas in Phuket. Its bold geometric lines and fashionably grey …

For some, travel is life-defining and can even be life-changing. Gone are the two weeks in a year of a package holiday along with the masses, today’s travelers have become more discerning. They want a getaway to deliver something more than a well-trodden tourist stay in a cookie-cutter place. Instead, many vacationers are on a quest to find hidden depths to destinations, explore their own potential, and go beyond traditional luxury to find real meaning as they connect with different cultures and places. The seven top luxury travel trends of 2020 are as inspirational and imaginative as they are aspirational. There is an overall desire to interact, integrate, and leave a positive impact. These trends have evolved as more people travel and want to experience where they go in a way that feels authentic and ethical.   Experiential Travel As reported in Travel Weekly Asia, millennials want to experience travel …

When dreaming of a gorgeous private vacation villa in the sun, you may not instantly conjure up a vision of a group holiday. However, the islands of Samui and Phuket in Thailand, and Bali in Indonesia, are popular group-holiday hotspots and happen to be the destinations when it comes to luxuriating in a stunning villa with a million-dollar view and awesome facilities. With exceptional open-plan spaces and amazing features from game rooms to cinemas, it’s no surprise that a high-end villa is the perfect stay. If you think about group vacations you might be forgiven for imagining tour holidays with strangers or young friends getting together for a party break at a resort. However, group travel is varied today, extending to families with three generations going away together and couples with young kids joining forces with friends with children too for a joint-family experience. On top of this, there are …

An island retreat and the pearl of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the epitome of a luxurious tropical beach destination. Soft sands, azure waters, and year-round sunshine, even the monsoon rains attract those looking for some quality R&R in a peaceful setting when downpours are followed by sunny spells and coastal breezes. However, unlike some castaway-island-style vacation spots, Phuket is an island of contrasts, offering so much more than feet-in-the-sand experiences. Think gourmet dining, adrenaline-fuelled activities, culture, and some exquisitely peaceful landscapes. Gorgeous West-Coast Beaches Millionaires Mile is the name given to the spectacular stretch of gorgeous beaches along Phuket’s glorious west coast, so named because of the stunning coastline being dotted with high-end resorts and some of the most exclusive luxury villas in Phuket, many of which are vacation villa rentals This sunset side of the island promises white-sand beaches and amazing views out over the turquoise waters. This …