The best things about staying in a villa for your holiday to Thailand is the seclusion and privacy you will receive compared with a stay in a hotel.
However the thought of cooking your own food may not be the best thing to look forward to. Fret not. Many villas in the Thailand Retreats portfolio come with their own private chef service so you can enjoy authentic Thai dishes or a Western favourite.
Just pick from the mouthwatering three-course meal menus available and the chef will shop for all of the ingredients, prepare the meal at the villa kitchen and serve the chosen individual dishes to you at the table. They will also clean up. Marvellous.
So check out some of the best villas and their chef services. Get ready to tuck into sumptuous delights.
This beautiful 7 bedroom Phuket villa boasts 80 metres of absolute beachfront at Natai - just 25 minutes north of Phuket airport. The professional trained resident chef here prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner with guests choosing from a delicious range of Thai (and some Western) dishes from the villa’s selection menu or off menu requests are also catered for.Fresh locally caught seafood is a speciality of the area, and the menu includes delectable choices like mango salad, spicy soups, traditional curries and babecue feasts. Mango sticky rice is also a favourite for dessert. Yum.
2. Baan Kilee
This villa is situated on the beautiful west facing Lipa Noi beach in Koh Samui.The tranquil and tropical surroundings offer a vast array of dining options. You can choose to eat alfresco in several locations whether that’s a picnic on the grass, lunch at the swim up bar or a romantic spot on the beach. A full-time chef will help you plan meals and shop for you and even give kiddies a baking tip or two. You can also accompany chefs to the local market and buy and prepare food together if you wish. At night, you can take up a moonlit spot on the beach and dine under the stars. Just bliss.
3. Villa Beyond
Set on Phuket’s west coast, the villa is just a short ride from the village of Bang Tao, a traditional fishing village with a strong sense of community and a long beautiful sandy beach. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the sail-shaded outdoor dining terrace and delight in the delicious Thai dishes for dinner prepared by your in-villa chef or BBQ feast on the roof top. Guests are encouraged to plan their meals together with the villa chef, ideally a day in advance to allow time to buy groceries and prepare meals. Make the most of the villa chef, who will conjure up kid-friendly dishes for the fussiest of eaters. And having a blender on-site means healthy smoothies and baby food are easily made.
Chef Khun Seree creates excellent Thai and international cuisine with skill and creativity, using flavours such as chilli and lime to create beautiful Thai dishes including banana leaf wrapped steamed fish as well as Western favourites like Greek salad and salmon. You’ll be able to create your chosen menu with the chef and villa managers. In the evening, the dinner focusses on the concept of ‘family sharing’. So, you can help yourself to food and pass it along to your friends and family. A beach BBQ is one of the highlights at Villa Kalyana, enjoy the white sand beneath your toes and the sounds of the sea while you indulge.
5. Villa Wayu
This beautiful beachfront villa again in Maenam, Koh Samui - has a huge menu with excellent choices to select from for your entire stay. The chef would do everything possible to make your chosen dish available at the highest standards. The recipes are simply mouthwatering.The team are happy to cater to even the choosiest of children too. Guests can also try out their cooking skills and enjoy an in-house Thai cooking class with chef. This villa has a large private pool, beautiful dining areas both indoor and outdoor, as well as villa managers, chefs and maids. You can also dine alfresco down on the beach if you choose. It’s the stuff of dreams.