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Despite widespread development and a sophisticated tourist infrastructure, Phuket is famous around the globe for its natural beauty, and with good reason. The island sits amid the stunning scenery of the Andaman Sea, where the water is indigo blue and waves gently roll onto beaches of fine white sand.
Phuket is no longer an up and coming holiday destination, but rather a well established denizen of tourism that year after year rates as one of the Asia region’s most frequently visited tourist destinations. The island's ever expanding suite of accommodation, dining, nightlife and adventure options will no doubt see the numbers of tourist arrivals continue to increase in years to come, and with it the number and quality of Phuket holiday villas on the island’s beaches and in the interior.
You have to go back pretty far to imagine the island before the advent of tourism and Phuket is still being undeniably altered by its presence. The island first saw large scale interest from outsiders more than 100 years ago, as Chinese immigrants arrived to work in the island's tin mines. The influence of these early immigrants can still be felt today, with is sizeable part of the population either entirely or part ethnic Chinese. In fact, Chinese architecture and temples can still be seen in various locations, especially in Phuket Town’s historical area, which is also home to several traditional street festivals held through the year.
History aside, more recent visitors from North America, Europe and other parts of Asia have created demand for better infrastructure and for building standards to improve considerably. Foreign influence has also brought a large number of international brands in hospitality, fashion and cuisine to the island. In fact, it is safe to say that Phuket today offers some of the best dining and shopping anywhere in the region.
The Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket Town makes it a popular excursion for those staying in one of the incredible Phuket holiday villas. The island is small enough that guests can get around easily and a popular transport option is to rent a car or motorbike, although taxis and local transportation options are also available. The latter can be quite expensive and difficult to navigate, especially compared to Bangkok, and many visitors therefore find it a more pleasurable experience (even though maybe not more economical) to not have to haggle or worry about their fare being refused (as is not uncommon).
Transportation issues aside, the island offers a wealth of incredible sights and things to do and see. There are of course the famous beaches, but also attractions such as temples, museums, zoos and aquariums and agencies that can take guests on jungle treks or offer water sport excursions. A favourite activity for many villa guests is to charter a boat and explore the nearby islands like Koh Racha or the stunning Koh Phi Phi archipelago.
Phuket’s holiday villas are unique and varied, so there's a considerable range in terms of nightly rates, depending on the property's style and size. Many visitors prefer something traditional, with at least a hint of Thai in the design, such as teakwood walls or floors, but more modern options are available as well. When it comes to size, some villas are very cosy, for no more than two people, but many are truly enormous villas, with six, seven, even 10 bedrooms.
Phuket is a wonderful place to spend a holiday. The combination of activities,sights and luxurious accommodation choices creates a true paradise that other resort destinations find it hard to match. The weather is warm year round, and although visitors should note that the island’s peak season between Christmas and New Year is very busy, whatever time of year you arrive, by choosing a private villa you will guarantees a personal experience you won’t soon forget.