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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. …

From their iconic architectural features to the most subtle details of their interiors, nothing tells you that a luxury villa is indeed a piece of Thailand paradise more than its design. We have hand-picked 5 stunning villas from our collection that distinctly represent the country’s rich culture and artistry, at the same offers some of the most luxurious amenities and state-of-the-art facilities. Built in some of the most breathtaking locations, these beloved homes promise a stay that will leave you with a memorable holiday experience and at the same time, a deeper appreciation of this place we have come to call The Land of Smiles. 1) Villa Padma Poised, elegant and charming is the Villa Padma named so after the beautiful lotus flower that proved the inspiration for its cascading, jugged build that consists of overhanging eaves and peaked roofs mimicking the buds of the flower. The villa is just …

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Travel apps are no more restricted to helping you book a hotel room or convert currencies. Today, we have an app for this and an app for that. In fact, there’s an app for almost everything under the sun so why not take advantage of the handheld smart device to skip long waiting lines at the airport, eat at the most lavish restaurants around the world, and experience events that thrill you to bits. Let’s take a look at 7 of the most ingenious luxury travel apps every high-class traveler should know to make the most of each vacation or business trip. #1. PrivateFly When you want to waste no time traveling to your destination, no one understands this better than PrivateFly. The PrivateFly app gives you instant access to the private jet charter service that operates in 19 countries and connects luxury travelers to over 7000 aircraft in a …