Another year has gone by, and you have that sinking feeling that you haven’t really lived the year with all your heart. You long for a memory and a vacation to break the monotony. You miss the wind in your hair, the water between your toes, and the sand castle next to your recliner. It’s the end of the year and only a holiday to the beach can give you that. If you plan to pack your bags with bikinis or swimming trunks and not a sweater, we’ve got a list of the perfect beach escapades up for consideration.
Let’s start with Thailand, because who are we kidding, you think of a beach and the laid-back life and no other country pops into mind first. Thailand has a way of getting you in the vacation mood even before you hop on the plane. So behold, here are a couple HomeAways that are bound to make you feel most at home while in Thailand.
You know the ‘h’ in Phuket is silent right? Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, the province is made up of 32 small islands and one big island. Hence, a variety of beach options, less crowds to ruin your romantic getaway and plenty of mesmerizing sights to see. Phuket as a beach destination is one of the best in the world with its pristine white sands, lazy palm trees and turquoise blue seas, which makes instagram worthy memories for its travellers. Don’t miss these three HomeAways if Phuket is part of your travel plans –
Luxury Villa by Patong Bay
Patong bay is the most popular destination on the island. Famed for its vibrant nightlife and of course hundreds of bars and restaurants, Patong is a great place to party for a group of friends or couples. It is also the most touristy of destinations in Phuket so the locals will understand you better even if you don’t speak the language.
Villa Atika on Patong Bay is as luxurious as it gets, and it overlooks the beach. With three bedrooms and a private pool, the villa also comes with its own housekeeping staff. It’s in a luxurious neighborhood so rest assured, that the sophistication will be maintained. Tri Trang beach is a few minutes away and another five-minute drive will take you to Paradise beach. Hire a rental for a group of six friends as this HomeAway has its own parking too.
Average price per night: SGD 284
Poolside Villa near Kamala Beach
You’ve got the ocean to share with the public but what if you want a romantic midnight dip away from the eyes of others? Here’s another poolside villa just a stone’s throw away from Kamala beach. Close by is the Phuket FantaSea, famously known for its cultural show that showcases the country’s rich heritage blended with modern showmanship. You could dine at the 4000-seat buffet restaurant at the venue or participate in multiple activities at the village complex.
Back at the villa after a high-energy night at the beach, you can relax in one of the three lavishly appointed bedrooms, enjoy some cable television, browse the internet or get cozy in the bath tub. The villa has its own parking and staff that will keep your HomeAway clean over your stay. A car will come in handy if you want to access the neighboring beaches of Laem Sing, Surin, Bangtao, Patong and Karon.
Average price per night: SGD 221
Pearl by the Sea
With its luxurious appointed furnishings and beautifully designs, Pearl Villa truly is magnificent. The charm of this HomeAway comes from the infinity pool and its large pool deck, which could keep you at home for longer than you had intended. This house can take up to 12 people, four king-size beds, a room with two single beds and the sixth comes with a bunk bed. This makes it ideal for the extended family with kids in tow. The kitchen is well stocked and even a chef on demand, Pearl villa has all you need for a comfortable vacation.
Average price per night: SGD 528
As the closest beach resort to the capital city of Bangkok, Pattaya’s easy accessibility makes it the default beach destination when you land in Bangkok. Pattaya is also a place to party through the night and if you’ve still got some dancing left in you, the city will stay awake for as long as you can. The vibrant streets and the bustling nightlife aside, there is more to Pattaya. You can enjoy a morning run by the beach or engage in water sports. The city’s beach road has the famous walking street that is 500 metres long that sleeps all day and stays up at night, be it the restaurants, beer bars, go-go bars, or nightclubs. Getting blinded by the neon lights or deafened by the music is part of the game at Pattaya and after the exhausting city escapade, it’ll be nice to get a HomeAway that will let you switch off for a few hours of shut-eye.
Balinese Villa at Chon Buri
This HomeAway has seven bedrooms, so you’d expect it to be a vast property, but it is also a quaint setting built around a beautiful pool. It’s in Pattaya yet just 90 minutes away from Bangkok airport so international access is excellent, Jomtien beach is nearby, and Pattaya beach road is just five minutes away. The property has its own staff with a villa manager on call to ensure you have a pleasant stay. This pet friendly place gets cable television, internet, air conditioning and breakfast is part of the package too. As for the house, the Balinese theme makes it a lovely place to relax, be it the bedrooms, the lovely breakfast tables in the garden, or the comfy cushion recliners by the pool.
Average price per night: SGD 841
If you are two couples or a family of four planning a Pattaya vacation, this luxury condo in Partumnak Soi 5 is what you need. The beach is 100 metres away, there’s a private pool in the apartment building, and all amenities are just a phone call away. The house has air conditioning in all the three rooms, a fully furnished European kitchen and equipment like microwave, washing machine, and a full cutlery set. You get free Wi-Fi, satellite television, parking, breakfast, and villa staff on call. The owners can also arrange a car or scooter for rent, laundry and babysitting services, and even massage and spa treatment services.
Average price per night: SGD 70
Dasiri Private Beach Villa
In the words of the owner, this HomeAway has five star fit-outs. Scroll through pictures of this beautiful villa and you will notice that there is no exaggeration in those words. This three bedroom villa is fully air conditioned, gets a lounge in the master bedroom, has a lovely little open kitchen, and the beachfront property has its own private pool. You get your own private access to the beach too. The beachfront villa comes with wireless internet, four flat screen televisions, is pet friendly, has its own parking, and gets a well-stocked kitchen.
Average price per night: SGD 293
There are 80 islands in the Chumphon Archipelago in the gulf of Thailand and Koh Samui is the largest of them. It’s also the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket and there’s plenty to do here. The beaches of Koh Samui are perfect for water sports and kayaking and snorkelling is quite popular here. Chaweng and Lamai are famous beaches on the island but overall, there are a dozen beaches to go to when you get to Koh Samui, depending on your choice of a bustling nightlife or a quiet getaway. The island is known for its sprawling resorts but they will never offer the homeliness of the properties we have shortlisted. Have a look –
Hilltop Seaview Villa
Koh Samui is a sea marrying a rainforest on the hills. The vantage points from where you can see the vast and beautiful ocean bleed off the coasts of Koh Samui are plenty, yet there’s nothing like viewing it from your bedroom window with the infinity pool in front of you. This private villa close to the Chaweng Noi beach has four lavish bedrooms, a modern, fully equipped kitchen, a pool with a beautiful deck and staff for the full service house. The villa is pet friendly, gets wireless internet, satellite television, there’s a chef on call, and is fully air-conditioned.
Average price per night: SGD 355
Romantic Bangrak Beach Villa
This one is purely for you and your better half. Located in the middle of Bangrak beach with the view of the beach in front of your bed, if this villa doesn’t ignite fire in your relationship, few other places can. Featuring large panoramic views of the ocean ahead with scores of speed boats by the beach and a nice living room to enjoy the evening in, this HomeAway is picture perfect. A flight of stairs takes you to the terrace from where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets by the beach. The house provides wireless internet, cable television, a parking spot, and a chef if you need one.
Average price per night: SGD 212
Condo in Koh Samui
You might confuse this HomeAway to be a suite in a luxury resort and we don’t blame you. It’s a lovely apartment and in the words of the owner, “resort-style facilities such as a huge swimming pool, kids playground and pool, tennis court, basketball range, gym, sauna, restaurant, convenience store, carpark and 24 hours security”. The condo has wireless internet, television, air conditioning, and a well-appointed kitchen.
Average price per night: SGD 63
The Krabi province in Southern Thailand is a popular beach destination. The calm Andaman Sea is in contrast with the tropical forests of the island. You could sink your toes in the sands of Had Yeo beach and enjoy the beach vibe standing by the clear waters, go under sea to enjoy the mesmerizing coral reefs or take to rock climbing at Rai Leh. There are some lovely scuba diving points and overall, Krabi isn’t as in your face as other beach destinations. Krabi is for those who want a more laid back vacation and as laid back as the island is, so are these beautiful HomeAways.
Pool Villa with views of Karst
With panoramic views of the Karst islands of Phang Nga Bay, you couldn’t pick a better view out of your window, let alone in front of your swimming pool. This waterside HomeAway has two bedrooms and can accommodate five guests at this beautiful property. There’s television, wireless internet, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, parking, and villa staff to make your stay a pleasant one. The beauty of the place is access to the beach and seclusion from the city, yet it is just a 20-minute drive away from any major location on the island.
Average price per night: SGD 272
Karbi Utopia Villa
In contrast to the modern HomeAways you have seen thus far, this one with its classic Thai-European design is sure to pull your traditional heartstrings. Just eight minutes from Ao Nang and Klong Muang beaches, the villa has a living and dining room and has four quaint bedrooms that are ideal for a group of eight. The master bedroom gets air conditioning in its classic build style and there are high ceilings so the house may be in humid tropical climate but is cooler due to its construction. You also get a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi jets. The villa comes with cable television, wireless internet, a decent kitchen, hot tubs and free parking in the villa.
Average price per night: SGD 210
Mountain view with Villa Anna
Isn’t that the best of both worlds, going to the beach during the day and catching the sun set over the mountains from the villa? This stylish HomeAway gets a full staff team to give you the hotel experience on the housekeeping front and the homely atmosphere of a villa bundled into one. Vaulted ceilings and white marble tiles make the villa look spacious, and the large pool is long enough to get you back into shape in a few days. Since the villa is a 3km ride from the beach, the owner provides tuk-tuk service at a reasonable daily fee. Satellite television, wireless internet, air conditioning and a chef on call, the villa has it all for a good stay.
Average price per night: SGD 374
Though Thailand is known for its beaches and the laid-back lifestyle, there’s another gem on the east coast you can’t afford to miss. Say hello to Okinawa, the Japanese island close to Taiwan. It’s down the stretch of Japanese islands and is part of the Ryukyu islands in southern Japan. Life longevity in the area is known to be the best in the world, and has made the Okinawa diet famous, not just for an extended life but weight loss too. But don’t go there for the diet, go for the beaches. The beaches are stunning, with coral reefs, and replete wildlife. Okinawa attracts a lot of scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts as a result. If that’s what you plan to experience, here are some comfy HomeAways to stay at.
Seaside American House in Okinawa
The American influence in Okinawa dates from World War 2 times. The architecture tends to reflect off it as can be seen with this seaside house in Okinawa. The three-bedroom house can host up to ten guests, has a large living room and comes with wireless internet, television, air conditioning, heating, a parking spot and a hot tub in the house. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly beautiful in this island and you don’t need to go to the beach for that; just get to the terrace of this house with a hot cup of tea and watch the sun dunk in to the water.
Average price per night: SGD 167
Apartment by the Castle
Walking distance from the Nakagusu castle ruins, this apartment gives you the sea on one side and the castle on the other. With wireless internet, air conditioning, parking in the building, a spacious kitchen, and an elevator to give you easy access, this HomeAway is a way better choice than any hotel if you’re looking to blend in with the locals and be more of a traveler than a tourist. The apartment is just 30 minutes away from Naha airport so flying in to your Okinawa vacation is just that much easier.
Average price per night: SGD 60
Known widely as a honeymoon destination for the South Koreans and the Japanese, there is more to Jeju Island than just that. The island gets plenty of rainfall and pleasant climate all through the year so you can spend most of your vacation time outdoors, be it cycling across the island or hiking the Halla-san, South Korea’s highest peak. The island is 31km wide and offers lots of vantage points for panoramic views so if plan to catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset at Jeju island, you will not be disappointed. Of course there are beaches and pristine sandy beaches too because that’s the primary reason to go to an island after all. Since Jeju is an established tourist destination, the beaches are well developed with restaurants and resorts lining it. There’s nothing like a HomeAway though and we’ve got three of them lined up for you. Have a look –
A slice of Switzerland
Don’t scratch your heads looking at the pictures of this place; for this is called The Swiss Village and is famous for its identity. The unique HomeAway has three bedrooms, can accommodate up to eight guests, comes with cable television, wireless internet, air conditioning and heating. The Swiss village is near Hamdeok and Samyang beaches, Geumnam Oum world heritage site and a bunch of parks and forests.
Average price per night: SGD 112
Apartment in Town
Jeju town has its set of apartment buildings that are just a few blocks away from the beach and this is one of them. Seongbyeon Beach is a five-minute drive and Geumneung Beach, Hamdeok Beach, Hyeopjae Beach are in close proximity too. This HomeAway can accommodate 10 guests, has three bedrooms, gets all the kitchen equipment including a refrigerator, dryer, microwave, electric kettle and electric rice cooker. Satellite television, wireless internet, air conditioning and parking facilities are available too.
Average price per night: SGD 120
A House and a Caravan
The setting for an outdoorsy vacation is perfect here. Book this HomeAway with large glass windows, great modern furniture, and a lush outdoor garden. A classic caravan converted into an additional room sits on the other side. This house will get the vacation mood going for sure. The home has two bedrooms and can accommodate up to six guests, but if you have a few more, hire the camping trailer as well. All the set of standard amenities are available.
Average price per night: SGD 183
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