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Through the Keyhole: Villa Sammasan

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Surin family villa

Villa Sammasan owners tell us about their stunning ocean view home over looking Surin Beach on Phuket’s west coast.

Surin villa with view

Why did you choose to buy your villa in Phuket and at this location?

We bought the villa because it had an all-encompassing view from every room looking over the Andaman Sea and you can walk to the beach. We saw many places, but they were in the mountains far away from the beach.  The house is perfectly positioned to capture the sunset each night, and you get an immediate view from every part of the house.

We also liked the clean, modern architecture, with its flow and design. There is a sprawling private master suite with its own balcony and Jacuzzi and lots of space. You can walk straight from the living area out onto the terrace and to the pool, so its central to the house.  And you can sit in the living room and see the pool, sala and view beyond. We also have a private TV room and secluded rooms with their own ensuite and balconies downstairs.

Villa Sammasan - Surin, Phuket

What is your inspiration for the villa design?

Sammasan looks outwards towards Surin Beach and the Andaman Sea and the headlands, one of which is home to Thailand’s top resort, the Amanpuri. So we wanted to capture the seaside with a beachhouse feel, a kind of Cape Cod design, with Thai influences. Hence you see lots of white walls, but with splashes of colour and art and design that inspires. You have a modern Poliform kitchen but with a traditional Thai sala. It’s the blend of the traditional with the very modern.

What features make the villa unique?

The view. The spaciousness. The art. The location. The furniture. The colours inside  complement the views outside. This all influences the mood. Anyone who appreciates art and design will enjoy this boutique villa.

Surin private pool villa

What would you like guests to experience at your villa?

A home away from home in a fantastic location. A place to rest and relax after going out into the hustle and bustle of Phuket.  Enjoy the shade in the morning and then at the end of the day, watch the sun set over the Andaman on the lounges or in the outdoor sala. You can go out or you can stay in the villa and watch the beauty of nature unfold outside.  

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Irresistible Thai Desserts

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thai dessert wedding villa shanti

Sometimes, it’s just easier to say yes to that extra snack or dessert, because frankly, it is exhausting to keep saying no.

– Michelle Obama

If you have a sweet tooth, then Thailand is the place to visit. Most Thai desserts are a sweet filling snack rather than a light and airy Western-style dessert. There is a vast array of sweet desserts in Thailand and it can be rather overwhelming to know which ones to treat yourself to. Here are some of the most common Thai desserts that you must try. Discover them at our private villas or out and about, where local street vendors and market sellers are everywhere.

We need warn you though: some of them are very sweet. Many authentic Thai desserts are made from healthy whole foods like rice, coconut and fruits, but the sugar content can be very high. It’s also worth mentioning there can of course be artificial flavours and other unseen ingredients, too. Condensed milk is everywhere, from convenience stores to street coffee makers who load up your coffee with so much cream and sugar that you wouldn’t even realize you are drinking any coffee.

AUTHENTIC THAI DESSERTS

Kalamare

This is the most common dessert served at Thai wedding ceremonies. The texture of kalamare is sweet and sticky which symbolises a sweet marriage in which the lovers stick together as one. The process of preparing kalamare takes time and you need to be patient. For this sweet dish, sticky rice, shredded fresh coconut and sugar are stirred until all the ingredients are blended very well together. The end result is really chewy and perfect with afternoon tea or coffee.

sweet mung bean cakes

Mung Bean Candy

These candies are almost too pretty to eat. Mung bean paste is sweetened and smashed into perfection before being glazed and formed to look like small pieces of fruit.

Thai ice cream at Villa Shanti

Coconut Ice Cream

Ice cream is a favourite dessert to chow down in Thailand’s tropical heat and here it’s made with dairy as well as coconut milk. Most vendors have a wide variety of toppings to choose from, including peanuts, sweet corn, yes sweet corn, and sweet syrups to drizzle on top. Oftentimes, coconut ice cream is served in your own personal coconut husk that has been scraped out to become a bowl.

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Through the Keyhole: Naam Sawan

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Elite Havens’ villas come in many shapes and sizes. That they are all luxurious homes in some of Asia’s most prized locations, brimming with first-class facilities and tended to by a caring team of staff, goes without saying, but beyond that, each and every villa has its own distinctive character. Many are the fulfilment of their owners’ dreams and have interesting stories attached to their creation.

‘Through the Keyhole’ takes a peek behind the scenes and chats with some of our villa owners to find out how the dream became a reality.  Naam Sawan owners tell us about their stunning beachfront home on Phuket’s east coast.

Beachfront Phuket villa

Why did you choose to buy your villa in Phuket and at this location?

We were living in Singapore in 2004 and looking to invest in a vacation and possibly a retirement home in Asia. When you look into it properly and consider all that you may need there are actually very limited options. We had visited Phuket many times, and I had viewed many properties up and down the busier crowded west coast towns, beaches and developments. An agent showed me an undeveloped piece of dense jungle on the east coast with a dirt track cut through the trees. Within 2 days we had staked out a lot with 4 small posts as we were the first to commit to the project. It took some time but we eventually built, and now 14 years later the estate, hotel, restaurants and all the amenities and facilities are complete. There are very few locations available with a private accessible beach, incredible jade waters, views of the Phang Nga islands and a full service resort, and city like facilities all around you. We are near yachting marinas, golf resorts, shopping malls, the hills and mountains, schools, hospitals and endless entertainment – and only 20 minutes from the airport. And no crowds or traffic. 

What is your inspiration for the villa design?

As written on the websites, the master design was by Stark and Gatthy with preset principles of external structure to show a modern contemporary vision of the Thai pavilion as the center piece. Additional features included the vaulted ceilings with tall columns, and the shade and cooling management for the villa being efficient through louvered external window and wall lattice,

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Healthy Restaurants in Phuket with a pinch of Samui

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“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” – Audrey Hepburn

There are some restaurants in this list that are farm to table, there are others that just have a great choice of food with some healthy options, and most also make sure they don’t use products that use pesticides and preservatives,. The bottom line here is that it’s up to the individual to choose what they need to have a balanced and thus healthy diet.

PRU

PRU is located at the five-star Trisara resort close to Naithon beach and is a place where the wild forest meets the sea. PRU’s meals tell a story, drawing out subtle and bold flavors from the herbs, flowers, plants, and roots that grow wild in their own garden. They say their culinary style is founded on Western tradition and influenced by the exotic, and local regional cuisine. PRU at Trisara is pursuing their own culinary ambition – to elevate farm-to-table cooking to a new level. They use nature’s gifts from their own farm and do their part to give back, ensuring that life’s cycle continues to blossom.

Aged Oven Roasted Duck – 
PRU Roasted Duck
Aged duck roasted over the open fire with sweet tamarind, red onion marmalade and a duck sauce infused with pickled Thai cherries. The duck is from Petchabun and slowly roasted above the open fire for 2 days.
Divine restaurant

Located in Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort on the east of Phuket and tucked into the side of a mountain, DiVine is an all-day dining restaurant, with freshly baked bread, free-range eggs and organic fruits and vegetables. The menu has been designed mindfully to include elements of local Thai favorites, raw plant-based, vegan, western, European and Asian specialties. They are strong believers in sustainable agriculture and supporting local farmers. They were one of the first restaurants to offer raw plant-based dining in Phuket, and even have a separate part of the kitchen for raw meal preparation.

Raw Food Wrap – 
Divine Raw carrot and broccoli hummus wrap
With carrot, beetroot, broccoli, chickpea, lime juice, Himalayan salt, avocado, cucumber, capsicum, kale, beetroot sheet, carrot sheet, mango, cherry tomato, pomegranate, rocket salad. Sauce – Coconut curry yogurtProject Artisan

Project Artisan is tucked away in Cherntalay. The concept (at time of of writing they have only completed phase 1 of 2) is to create a place that embraces the culture of Thailand.

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Beachfront Phuket, Thailand wedding villas

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Thai-ing the knot in Phuket

is sultry, romantic, and beautiful. Whether you live in Phuket or have never been here, it makes perfect sense to plan your beach wedding on this paradise island.

WHY GET MARRIED IN PHUKET?

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Sea views:

SAVA BEACH VILLAS

JIVANA BEACH VILLAS

The best true beachfront wedding venues here, with white sand, panoramic views and exclusivity, are actually north of Phuket Province. Allow us to introduce Natai Beach – on the west coast of Phang Nga, Thailand it’s just beyond Phuket’s busy tourist areas, yet still within half an hour of the International Airport.

VILLA SAMIRA

VILLA SAAN

Villa Baan Paa Talee - Incredible open living spacesBAAN PAA TALEE ESTATE

Around the island of Phuket, cliff-top villas offer just-as-good if not better scenic views of Phang Nga Bay (and some boast steps to the waterfront). We’re talking dramatic sea views, as profound as your everlasting vows. Does it get any more romantic than that?

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This video:

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Kitty & Jerry’s wedding highlights by Tichakorn Cinematography. Sava Beach Villas, March 2017.

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These pictures:

Photographs by Darin Images. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Wedding invitation

Wedding dress

Bride before the wedding

Groom before the wedding

Happy groom Sava Beach Villas by Junebug Weddings

Phuket wedding party by Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Phuket by Junebug Weddings

Phuket beachfront wedding villa

Phuket wedding photo by Junebug Weddings

Wedding party decoration and lights

Above images published by Junebug Weddings. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Hosting your wedding at a private holiday rental or villa estate has considerable benefits. Group accommodation is convenient all-around and lends to quality time with your dear guests before, during and after the big day. You’ll likely be required to book a stay of more than two nights anyway. Slow down and enjoy every minute of preparation, attention and celebration – it’s all about you (you two) sharing your promise.

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