If you go by the dictionary definition of luxury, the noun is a state of great comfort or elegance and the adjective is smart, stylish, upmarket, classy and high end. The list goes on and on.
Luxury could be something as simple as a glass of your favourite wine and a relaxing time with your family, having a lazy Sunday sitting in your PJ’s all day or it could be the other end of the spectrum, travelling first class, drinking champagne or an all-inclusive holiday. Luxury really is something that is personal and subjective to each of us.
Personally, luxury to me is indulging myself in something I usually would not have time to do or buying something extravagant. Spa days, catching up with my girlfriends shopping and having dinner and luxury holidays, which is my personal favorite way to relax and spoil myself.
I wanted to really immerse myself in the culture whilst I was there, meeting lots of amazing new people and eating food from the street vendors, the fried fish and mango sticky rice are a must…as well as some of the best restaurants.
Thailand is a friendly place and on my travels in the north of the country, I was welcomed with open arms, it really opened my eyes to how kind people can be. I had some great experiences and I would not trade them for anything in the world.
For the final two weeks I wanted to utterly relax so I booked myself into an amazing luxury villa in Kamala, Phuket.
I had never done this before and although it was recommended to me by my friends who had previously stayed there, I did not know what to expect.
I walked into the villa and from the first second I arrived, I was treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble. The customer service was impeccable. The bedroom was spotless and the bed in my room was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, it was like sleeping on air. The amazing villa chef cooked any meal that I fancied from the menu, nothing was too much trouble. It not only looked like something from a five-star restaurant, it tasted incredible too. The infinity pool overlooked the sea and when I was not swimming, I found myself staring out to sea, it was like a relaxing day dream.
The villa was close to the beach, which I visited a couple of times throughout my stay but the villa was so great, I did not really want to leave.
I had a facial and a massage at the villa, the concierge kindly arranged this for me and at that time I was the most relaxed I have ever been in my life, which is incredible as I have a hectic life at home and find it hard to switch off sometimes.
It certainly was a holiday of lifetime and I was so sad to leave, the villa team had become like family in the couple of weeks I was there. The goodbyes were sad.
My trip to Asia has changed me. My attitude towards other cultures has changed and I am a lot more open to trying and eating different foods.
If I can give you any advice, whatever luxury means to you, I believe it is important to indulge yourself in things that you love, whether it is a handbag you have always wanted, visiting a family member you have not seen for years and if travel is your thing I seriously recommend Asia and specifically, Thailand. If you go there you will not be disappointed.