ALL my dreams of luxury holidays feature one thing above all else: being waited on day and night.
In gorgeous surroundings, of course. With far-reaching sea views. And anything I want just a quiet command away.
It is not as impossible or expensive as you might think.
At Samujana villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea on the idyllic island of Koh Samui, the accommodation is so spectacular you feel almost guilty being there.
You could hold a party for 50 people in the spacious bedrooms with their outdoor bathrooms amid lush foliage. Although much better to entertain your mates in the vast indoor-outdoor living area overlooking the infinity pool melding with sky and dipping into the sea.
It's a bit beyond all expectation for us normal folk. You have to pinch yourself as a reminder you really are there.
All this and your personal villa manager with one goal: to pamper and coddle you.
"Can you order me a masseuse?" you might say and within minutes one arrives with towels, fragrant oils and a welcoming smile.
"Lunch... mmm... just a simple Thai banquet, not too much fuss," you may murmur around midday, and before you can blink, the large timber table is set with pristine napkins and gleaming glassware, and fragrant salads and aromatic curries are coming at you.
"Perhaps a champagne cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner for my friends tonight," you could convey to your villa manager and as dusk falls, candles are lit, pool and twinkling lights come on and a personal chef arrives to cook to your request while the friendly kitchen fairies open the champagne.
Samujana is all about spoiling you because you are worth it.
No one does service so well and with more smiles and compliance than the Thai people.
It's their culture, and we love it.
Within an hour of arriving at Samujana, you'll find you are smiling a lot too.
The villas are so large they are perfect for family holidays.
Spacious bedrooms, large libraries, vast game and media rooms and endless outdoor spaces in verdant gardens will keep the kids entertained while you are lolling about on a sunlounge contemplating your next drink or meal.
The villas are tailor-made for large groups, those who just want to arrive, unpack, chill-out by the pool and have everything taken care for them so they don't have to move... unless to take a leisurely wander down to the private beach.
We were just two on our visit in June... just the one couple with all this space, a driver on demand, and our villa manager quietly and discreetly in the background, her staff just waiting to bring us cold towels, more ice, fresh fruit, to open wine bottles, make cocktails, fluff up pillows... the indulgence.
We will go back with the family another time, spread ourselves in this luxurious space and count our blessings.
The writer was a guest of Samujana. Visit: samujana.com
A DESTINATION that is synonymous with romance, Samujana invites newlyweds to enjoy five nights in their own luxurious three-bedroom villa in Koh Samui's most sought-after hilltop location. It offers uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Thailand and private access to a pristine, secluded beach. Couples will be met with all the service of a five-star hotel, without having to share with anyone.
The five-night honeymoon experience from Samujana is $6141 per package, and includes accommodation in a luxurious three-bedroom villa, exotic and refreshing daily breakfast, a sunset cruise, couple's massage, chocolate wellness workshop, luxury airport transports and daily housekeeping.
Renowned for its dedication to service and guest discretion, at Samujana there is no request too large. With exclusive access to Koh Samui's finest services, newlyweds can indulge in anything from a sunset poolside dinner cooked by the head chef from one of the island's most prestigious restaurants, to a private champagne catamaran excursion or an indulgent spa afternoon from the island's best therapists - equating to a truly authentic and tailored honeymoon experience.
Blackout dates apply.
More at samujana.com
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