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Another Island: Koh Samui

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Four stunning beachfront villas in Koh Samui, Thailand have joined Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals’ exclusive portfolio. Samui is our sixth outstanding island destination and the new properties are a consistent addition to our existing collection of over 200 carefully selected holiday villas on Phuket, Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Introducing Elite Havens’ first Koh Samui villas:

BAN SURIYA

Ban Suriya

LUXURIOUS SIX-BEDROOM LIPA NOI, KOH SAMUI BEACHFRONT GETAWAY WITH 20-METRE POOL
www.bansuriya.com

VILLA WAIMARIE

Villa Waimarie

LIPA NOI, KOH SAMUI BEACHFRONT HOLIDAY VILLA WITH SIX BEDROOMS, 15-METRE SWIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURT AND KIDS PLAYGROUND
www.villawaimarie.com

TAWANTOK BEACH VILLAS

Tawantok Beach Villas

GORGEOUS PAIR OF FIVE-BEDROOM VILLAS WITH A TENNIS COURT AND OCEANFRONT SWIMMING POOLS ON KOH SAMUI’S LIPA NOI BEACH
www.tawantokbeachvillas.com

 

These villas come brimming with facilities, fitted out and fully-staffed. They are perfect for family or group holidays and a supreme choice for weddings among Koh Samui event venues. The in-villa pampering is beyond compare and the outdoor activities are endless. Booking with Elite Havens ensures five-star service from the moment you enquire.

On-site at every holiday home is a team of hosts including a private chef and villa manager handling much more than the cooking and cleaning. Working alongside them to ensure hospitality of the highest standard is Elite Havens’ local Koh Samui branch, which opened in September 2017 and is Elite Havens second Thailand office. Elite Havens also has an office in Phuket and represents over 40 of the very best villas from Natai Beach to Cape Yamu.

 www.elitehavens.com

BALI, LOMBOK, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES, PHUKET and now KOH SAMUI

 

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Must-see in Thailand: Phi Phi Islands

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Ready for an adventure? Take to the sea Herman Melville style and visit the Phi Phi Islands to the southeast of Phuket. This beautiful bundle of isles in the Andaman Sea offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Add these must-see islands to your Thailand itinerary.

Koh Phi Phi Leh

Early birds get the worm, or in this case stunning views of Maya Bay featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Beach, starring Leonardo Dicaprio. A private chartered speedboat departing at sunrise from Royal Phuket Marina near Cape Yamu offers the best chance to witness this remarkable site before the hoards arrive.

The approach to Koh Phi Phi Leh is an experience in itself, as the 100-metre-high limestone cliffs encompassing unbelievably azure water come into view. Silhouetted by dense jungle, the two silky-soft white-sand beaches of Maya Bay are gradually warmed by the rising sun with the allure of lazy lounging. But wait, there’s more.

Snorkelers rejoice! This remarkable bay with depths of two to three metres is teeming with marine life in its northern section where coral reefs are more prevalent. Leap from the deck of your private charter boat or dare the 150-metre swim from the beach. Either way, be prepared to see large boulders laden with enormous sea anemones, parrotfish and photogenic giant clams posing with mouths agape.

Before departing to the next destination, venture barefoot into the jungle along a short trail shaded by a lush tropical canopy to a wooden staircase and terrace overlooking Loh Sama, reputed for its snorkelling and diving opportunities. Here you’ll see a picturesque tiny islet surrounded by crystal clear waters with traditional long-tail wooden boats moored alongside.

Phi Leh Lagoon

Opposite Maya Bay on the eastern edge of Koh Phi Phi Leh is the unbelievably green Phi Leh Lagoon. Stretching nearly 600-metres, this stunning natural wonder twists and turns down a canyon-like waterway ending in a wide picturesque lagoon with vertical limestone cliffs on all sides. Its full beauty is unveiled around midday, when the sun, like a brush to canvas, brings to life its colours, tones and textures. This is a spot to linger awhile and appreciate how nature’s artistic hand can create such a glorious site. 

If it weren’t for the ripples, you could be forgiven for thinking you were diving into a putting green on a world-class golf course.

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Yachting on Phuket – Best charters for island-hopping

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“Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience.”

In 2000 Danny Boyle’s “The Beach” was released on the big screen and it was the first time I had ever seen the beauty of Thailand. The crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches with palm trees, the hedonistic lifestyle – it was where I wanted to be. In 2007 the dream came true. I moved to Phuket.

At first, it seemed like the perfect island, having an array of beautiful beaches and an exciting and sometimes crazy nightlife. For the first six months, I explored Phuket from east coast to west coast, from north to south and found it to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Yet it wasn’t until I took my first trip out on a traditional Thai Long Tail boat that I realized Phuket is one of the many beautiful islands within Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket is the gateway to over 100 islands, each one easily accessible by boat and offering something different, from perfect dive and snorkeling sites, long white sandy beaches for chilled-out lazing around, and some with shacks that serve fresh tasty local food. It was after my first trip out, that my eyes opened up to the place I now call home, and how beautiful it is. That’s when island-hopping around Phang Nga Bay became my passion.

Each of the islands within Phang Nga Bay has its own uniqueness. There are the distinctive features of limestone formations that rise out of the emerald waters, the best example being Koh Ta-Pu (Nail Island) known to you and me as James Bond Island. One of the most famous islands in Phang Nga Bay, having been used as the backdrop for the 1974 James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, now due to its popularly, it is also one of the busiest islands.

you might have (what my 5-year-old daughter calls) “boat hair” but you will have memories that last a lifetime

I have two young children,

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Phuket has long attracted travellers seeking a tropical beach escape, but as Thailand’s largest island with a rich history, dining and marine scene, there’s much more to see and do beyond lazing on the sands. From vibrant nightlife to spectacular seascapes to beautifully restored Old Town streets, an island holiday on Phuket can unwind in some delightfully surprising ways.

But first, the beaches.

Kamala Beach, on the central west coast, is one of Phuket’s quintessential postcard-picture beaches, its soft sands and shallow waters are among the island’s best places for all ages to swim, surf and sunbathe. Hints of its fishing village past remain with traditional long-tail boats gliding across the calm bay, while a string of casual restaurants lining the sands offer seafood barbecues and breezy spots for watching the sun go down.

The smaller Surin Beach is another fine sunset spot, with its beach clubs and seafront restaurants serving up creative cocktails along with the sea views. Hemmed in by two lush headlands, Surin’s fine sands and swaying palm trees add a tropical idyll that invites you to linger, whether indulging in the beach club scene or not. Nearby Laem Singh is a small cove found between Kamala and Surin reached via a steep path, where silken sands and colourful snorkelling sites await.

With its position along an ancient Andaman Sea trading route, Phuket has attracted seafarers for centuries, though these days superyachts and cruise vessels are more likely to be spotted on the horizon than merchant ships. Whether you get there by private yacht charter, or by kayak for venturing deeper into its hidden caves and lagoons, no visit to Phuket is complete without exploring the magnificent Phang Nga Bay with its tall limestone karst islands.

The Similan Island archipelago west of Phuket is a protected marine wonderland for divers and snorkellers, while Racha and Coral Islands are an easy day-trip from Phuket, brimming with sea life for snorkelling and white-sand beaches for relaxing.

Phuket’s interior is looking more urban these days, but discovering its traditional rural side and jungly bits is simply a matter of straying off the island’s main roads. Walk a path through towering bamboo and giant leafy tropical plants of the protected Khao Phra Thaew National Park up to Bang Pae waterfall, or cool down in the stream.

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Elite Havens Group Acquires A Strategic Interest in Awesome Villas – Phuket Marketing Business

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Elite Havens Group, Bali’s leading luxury real estate, villa marketing and management distribution company, has acquired a strategic interest in the marketing business of Awesome Villas (Thailand). The two organisations will be combining to leverage their respective strengths and bring the best practices of both Awesome and Elite Havens to create a world-class villa marketing group.

Elite Havens offer management and marketing services to 200 luxury, private villas in Asia, principally in Bali and Lombok whilst Awesome Villas provide marketing services to 12 of Phuket’s most exclusive villas. Both companies share the same focus of excellence: to deliver a quality villa product with a secure, user-friendly booking service for guests, whilst at the same time building long-term relationships with villa owners.

Jon Stonham, CEO of the Elite Havens Group, said: “I have long admired the way Awesome Villas market their properties to their clients – the private luxury experience they provide guests is some of the best in the region and we are proud to combine their portfolio with ours to create the most prestigious high end villa marketing and management company in the two most sought after islands in Asia; Bali and Phuket. This merger will benefit our guests with a diversity of product and our owners with shared insights into both markets.”

Jon Hawryluk, Managing Director of Awesome Villas, added: “Elite Havens expertise in technology and marketing really opens up significant new doors for all of our owners in a positive and secure way. Elite Havens maintain a strong business relationship across all channels and they really understand how to capitalise their villas, returning higher occupancies and income to owners in a very competitive market.”

Since 2013 Awesome Villas (www.awesomevillas.com) has offered luxury villa marketing services to 12 properties in Phuket including renowned villas such as, Chan Grajang, Torcello and Sawarin. Each villa comes with, a manager, maids and a highly trained chef, and a consistency of product and services synonymous with any luxury 5-star brand.

The Elite Havens Group (www.elitehavens.com) offers a full range of property services from sales (through Elite Havens Property Sales in association with Knight Frank), villa management (through Elite Havens Villa Management) and luxury villa rental marketing services (through Elite Havens Luxury Villa Management). Since its inception in 1998 the group has grown to provide management and marketing services to 200 villas including the award-winning Istana and iconic properties such as Atas Ombak,

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