Songkran holiday is drawing near — and while some early planners already have travel plans to look forward to and a few stay in town to enjoy the not-so-common quietness, many of us are still scrambling to find that last-minute getaway.
With the festivities coming along, there’s no better way to spend the holiday season with close friends and family. While a big group getaway may sound like a fun idea, getting everything sorted and planning the logistics could be daunting, especially when the clock is ticking.
Fortunately, it’s easy to plan a holiday when you book a stay with Zekkei Collection, a luxury travel company that specialises in tropical villa and ski chalet holidays in Asia’s top lifestyle destinations. This means hassle-free getaways with tailored accommodation solutions, from housekeeping staff and butlers to cater to your every need, to private chefs who will prepare customised meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For a holiday you’ll never forget — but without the hassle of planning it yourself — check out these beautiful properties in Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan listed on Zekkei Collection where you should stay this Songkran.
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Dotted with palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and swanky resorts, Koh Samui has always been an ideal choice for those who enjoy beach escapes without any roughness around the edges. While hotels are a common accommodation to take, we recommend renting a villa with your closest friends and family for the ultimate island getaway. Villa Malouna, for example, brings to mind the cosiness of a home — but with the luxe factor. Featuring a 27-metre infinity pool adorned by emerald green Sukabumi stones and opens up to panoramic views of white sand beach and lagoon, the 7-bedroom suite villa offers guests plenty of space in the water.
If zig-zagging down a snow-capped mountain followed by warming your toes near the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate sounds like your thing, look no further than a winter holiday in Niseko. You may ask: skiing in April? In fact, Niseko ski season stretches until early May, so you’ll get to escape from the heat in Bangkok with off-season rates and skii in warmer temperatures and lots more sunshine. For a no-frills ski stay, head to Chalet Millesime, one of the most stylish designer homes with top floor living and dining room overlooking majestic views of snow capped trees and Mount Yōtei.
Just over an hour flight from Bangkok, Phuket has become an all-in-one-destination for luxurious wellness sanctuaries, combining stunning views of Andaman Sea that provides a beautiful backdrop for everything from yoga on the beach, relaxing meditations to nature-inspired spa treatments. As far as the best views get, Malaiwana Villa M boasts great ones — after all, the estate villas are situated atop a spectacular 28 rai hillside. With a 20-metre infinity pool, well-equipped private gym, private chef who can whip up just about any Thai or international favourites and more — this villa is the epitome of luxury that money can actually buy.
An untouched tropical archipelago located at the southern end of the Anambas Islands, Bawah is one of the lesser-known Indonesian islands you need to visit before it gets picked up by the tourist crowd. Explore the Indonesian private island with Bawah Island Resort, a luxury retreat offering an all-inclusive package with round trip transfers from Singapore, daily meals, non-motorised water sports and land activities such as guided hikes through the rainforest past monitor lizards and a 2,000 year-old palm to the entirely empty Coconut Beach. You can easily spend days windsurfing, kayaking or paddle-boarding your way through the five islands and snorkeling among parrotfish, clownfish and turtles. After the excursions, head back to the resort for the daily treatments at the Aura spa, including yoga, pilates, meditation, facials and massages, which are all included in booking.
Located at the heart of the spectacular Japanese Alps and just three hours from downtown Tokyo, Hakuba is equally charming in spring and summer as in winter. Host of the 1998 Winter Olympics and home to one of Japan’s largest and most renowned alpine resorts, Hakuba boasts dazzling properties perfect for snow-obsessed groups. A James Bond fantasy made real, Phoenix One Chalet is a chalet that boasts cutting-edge hi-tech home automation and faces dreamy views into the Wadano Forest. Here, you can look forward to unwind after a big day on the slopes in the Japanese-style onsen bath and infra-red sauna, one of the many deluxe features of Phoenix One Chalet.