Villa 4356 in Laem Set
If you’re anything like me, you may love to travel but sometimes you sure can miss the comforts of home. From the privacy of having a place all to yourself, to the luxury of digging into the fridge for a meal at any hour (because let’s face it—every time I stay at a hotel, I always manage to sleep through the buffet breakfast), there’s something about the simple pleasures of home that just can’t be beat. Luckily, the clever folk at HomeAway have created a service designed to help you find the ideal home away from home—guess that’s why they chose the name!
With over 490,000 properties across 135 countries available, HomeAway connects the owners of beautiful houses and properties with travelers who are hunting for a fresh alternative to hotel stays. Whether it’s a beach-side apartment, spacious mansion or tropical villa, HomeAway has a self-contained holiday rental to suit everyone. There’s even the option to rent a private yacht or castle for those really looking to travel in style!
Another thing I love about the site is it gives you better bang for your honeymoon-budget bucks. Priced between 50-80% less per square metre than the average hotel room, a holiday rental lets you spread out without having to break your poor little piggy bank.
With the air getting crisper everyday here in Melbourne, I find myself daydreaming about the sunny sands and tropical climate of Thailand so I present you with a list of my 5 favourite Thai Honeymoon rentals—the perfect places to sip a cocktail by the sea.
1. Seastone Villa in Bang Tao, Phuket
Only 5 minutes away from Bang Tao beach and Sirinat National Park, this heavenly villa is nestled in the heart of Phuket. With its dreamy white interiors and intimate outdoor living area, the villa is the perfect place for a pair to get away from it all. I simply love its 9-metre private pool which is surrounded by 2 metre high walls for complete privacy. If you could ever imagine pulling yourself away from this little nest of zen, there’s also beach clubs, spas, restaurants and an 18-hole golf course nearby!
Located on the idyllic ‘Coconut Island’ resort, these seaside villas boast roomy individual balconies with a panoramic view of Phang Nga Bay. With a 500-metre private beach and personal infinity pool, each rental feels like its own tropical oasis. There’s also no shortness of things to do with the resort’s fitness centre, spa, restaurants and water sport activities just a short wander away.
3. Cheong Mon Beach Villa in Plai Laem, Koh Samui
This newly built, luxury villa rests in a tropical coconut grove in Plai Laem, on the North Coast of Koh Samui. A mere 50-metre stroll from the beach, the property provides sweeping views across the gulf of Siam. With its own private pool (complete with waterfall feature) and access to a 25-metre long resort pool and jacuzzi, the villa’s certainly got great sun-baking potential. Split into two pavilions—one with open plan dining/living area and the other with the master bedroom—the villa leaves you with 160 square metres of outdoor living space to get a perfect Thailand tan.
A girl can dream and so I present you with one of the most indulgent Thai rentals I could find on HomeAway. Designed by renowned architect Martin Palleros and described by Elle Magazine as “a place to truly experience heaven”, this spacious villa boasts a breezy minimalistic yet distinctive style. It’s also filled with environmentally sustainable furnishings which were specially designed by Antonio Budji Layua (a pioneer in eco furniture and design). With a unique 22-metre “inky-black” pool, club house, games room, restaurant and cocktail bar—the villa is the embodiment of an island fantasy come to life.
5. Villa 4347 in Nathon Beach, Koh Samui
Nestled in the West Coast of Koh Samui in a serene beachfront location, the 4347 Villa is about 5 steps away from the sand. Featuring a 20-metre infinity pool with accompanying bar, the villa is the perfect place to watch the sun set into the sea (right from the comfort of your 4-post bed). With a daily maid service and Thai chef on hand, the villa is like a resort you can reserve all for yourself—and perhaps a few lucky friends and family members!
To find your new home away from home in Thailand—or 134 other countries—check out the HomeAway website.