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Once a simple excuse to either indulge or lie in the sun and do nothing, vacations today can bring the promise of a holistic wellness retreat; and what better destination for a journey that relaxes you to the core and inspires a sense of wellbeing than a villa vacation with a magical island escape in Thailand. Phuket, in the Andaman Sea, and Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand, each boasts some of the most spectacular luxury villa rentals; incredible oases set in their own private clifftop, beachfront, and beautiful green settings; villas designed with glorious infinity swimming pools and stunning views, in prime locations with in-villa staff and chefs cooking delectable dishes for intimate, al fresco dining; pampered stays that give you all the time and space you need to feel fully restored. Balance is about understanding what your body, mind, and beyond needs and finding that reflected in …

Friendly to visitors, accepting in nature due to Buddhist beliefs, and splendidly original, part of the beauty of Thailand is, without doubt, the warmth, hospitality, and wonderful quirkiness of the Thai people. Promising relaxed vacations and an intriguing culture, the real riches of a truly Thai experience come with understanding the nuances of long-held customs and traditions. Even saying, ‘hello’ in Thailand comes with its own subtle yet defined rulebook, and understanding how the ‘wai’ Thai greeting works is a great way to feel connected to Thailand beyond its allure as a vacation destination, as well as create a bond with the Thai people.  What is a Wai? A wai is a form of communication and a customary greeting in Thailand. Essentially, the palms of the hands are momentarily pressed together in a prayer-like gesture with fingers pointing upwards, usually close to the chest, and the head slightly bowed. While …

Any bride or groom considering a wedding venue is looking for a place that is both suitable and inspirational. Renting a luxury villa, whether cliff top, in the countryside, or right by the beach, ticks all the boxes for so many reasons. Here are just a few: 1. Private location: Couples are often in their own world when it comes to their Wedding Day, yet still want to enjoy the Big Day without having to share the occasion with the world at large. Weddings are intimate declarations of love and feel all the sweeter when expressed in private locations. 2. Spectacular space: Luxury villas can be grand architectural gestures; contemporary design beauties; ravishing retreats; and wonderfully relaxing oases. Think wide open spaces with high ceilings and that all-important ‘wow’ factor. 3. Relaxed ambiance: The privacy of a luxury villa rental, whether in Thailand or Bali, means guests can truly relax. …

Thailand promises a sweet escape for luxury vacationers and aside from the glorious beach destinations of tropical isles such as Phuket and Koh Samui, Thai food is one of the most loved cuisines in the world. Whilst the classic Asian flavors of soy, chili, ginger, garlic, and lime combine to create culinary magic, Thai desserts are a whole other world of sweetness and wonder; spoonfuls of deliciousness that sweeten the taste buds. Morning delights, afternoon coolers, exotic fruitiness, and late-night indulgences; Thailand’s desserts are must-try bites. Rather than being an after-dinner course, Thais enjoy sweet dishes in their own right at different times of the day. Pa Thong Ko As the monks line the streets to collect alms early in the morning, street stalls set up to make a huge stack of Thailand’s very own donuts. Hot, light, crunchy, and soft, these deep-fried goodies are served until they run out …

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, captures the essence of sporting discipline, control, and strength. It is the artistic expression of the power of the body along with spirituality and tradition. Powerful and unique, with its roots in Thailand, Muay Thai is a martial art that resonates way beyond sporting prowess, straight to the core of Thai culture and the belief in strengthening character and the inner self. With strikes and clinches, the essence of Thai Boxing is to become an effective and super-efficient fighter and it is no surprise that Muay Thai fighters are so incredibly fit, fast, and flexible. The Art of Eight Limbs Whilst traditional boxing in the West is all about fist action and kickboxing is about using the hands and feet, the classic sport of Muay Thai encompasses eight points of contact; the hands, the knees, the shins, and the feet. The body acts as a …