With holiday season around the corner, beaches and the promise of a relaxing vacation beckon. Singapore is fortunate to be located near some of the most exciting beach cities in South East Asia. Make the most of your year-end break, load up on that sunscreen, and head to any of these beach destinations for your end of the year break.
Phuket – a December getaway favourite – is always a good idea. This beach city is used to the hordes that descend upon it come winter, keeping it on its toes when it comes to entertainment. Choose from some laidback beach bumming, exciting water sports, serious gluttony, endless nights of partying, and local sightseeing; or mix them up to suit your holiday style.
You can also add some adventure to the trip and spend your days taking kayak or speedboat tours, elephant safaris, expeditions into jungles, exploring hidden lagoons and caves, and driving around cliff-lined roads. Take day trips to islands in the vicinity like the James Bond Island and Koh Phi Phi. Explore the waters, snorkelling and scuba diving and get overawed by the various colours and forms.
Read on for some attractive HomeAway options that promise to make your year-end stay memorable.
Ocean facing villa with a view of Patong Bay
This contemporary 3-bedroom pool villa is one of 11 villas on a private estate near Amari Hotel on the southern peninsula of Patong Bay. Its convenient location makes for a great Phuket experience. It is as close to the action and shopping of busy Patong beach as it is to the secluded Tri Trang and Paradise beaches. The HomeAway comes with all amenities, as well as a service manager, a pool boy and a daily house cleaner – allowing you to spend a comfortable evening taking a dip in the pool on the property. Shopping centres and restaurants are about 5 minutes away while golf courses and Phuket city are within 30 minutes of the villa.
Average price per night: SGD 285
Luxurious pool villa on Kamala Beach
This newly built 3-bedroom HomeAway is less than 500 metres from Kamala beach. Kamala is well placed for convenient excursions to popular beaches nearby. With restaurants, convenience stores, a spa and even a bike rental in the vicinity, choosing this as your base for your Phuket trip simplifies the logistics considerably. Want to spend time at the villa? Head to the private rooftop for some great views of the surrounding tropical forest, sprawl on the sun loungers, step under the outdoor shower, and grab a bite from the barbeque grill. The owners offer another 4 villas in the same area in case you are holidaying with a large group.
Average price per night: SGD 228
Large villa in Tambon Rawai
This huge 6-bedroom HomeAway with a private pool near the beach is the perfect getaway choice for a large group travelling together. The bedrooms are spread over 2 floors, and there are two living areas plus a games room with comfortable seating. The outdoor terrace is very inviting, with multiple sunbeds as well as an infinity pool with a jacuzzi. The kitchen is fitted with modern facilities and is next to a table that seats 10. With great views and luxurious amenities, the villa might just tempt you to spend the majority of your Phuket vacation indoors!
Average price per night: SGD 528
One of the pricier beach getaways in Thailand, Koh Samui justifies its rates with the fancy spas and upmarket bistros that dot the powdery beaches. Apart from the breathtaking beaches and delicious cuisine, this pretty island keeps you busy with a marine park, coral reefs, limestone cliffs, Buddha temples, elephant rides, and waterfalls.
It is not all stars and big price tags though – Koh Samui has its share of the quintessential ‘party scene’ that a visitor expects from a typical Thai beach town. Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut and the others all have noisy streets double lined with bars that overflow with music, tourists and go-go dancers. Keep it simple with moonlit meals at secluded beaches or get familiar with the local flavour at the street food stalls beyond the beaches.
Thinking about a trip to Koh Samui? Here are some great HomeAways:
Luxurious seaview villa in Surat Thani
This private 4-bedroom HomeAway is perched on a hilltop in the Chaweng Noi beach area. A fully equipped kitchen, balconies, a pool with a deck, a private carpark and resident staff ensure complete privacy for a relaxed vacation. The villa is strategically located for great views of the Gulf of Thailand. Golf on your mind? The Royal Samui Golf Club is within walking distance.
Average price per night: SGD 354
Cosy beachfront villa in Surat Thani
This cosy 1-bedroom HomeAway is located right in the middle of Bangrak Beach. A short walk on either side takes you to ocean front restaurants, beach front bars, and shops. Proximity to the Fisherman’s Village, The Wharf and the Big Buddha temple ensures you don’t miss any action. If you wish to relax and stay in, head to the villa’s rooftop terrace for some stunning views of Koh Samui. Spoil yourself a little – ask for the private chef who will be happy to rustle up a meal, or keep it simple with the convenient food delivery service.
Average price per night: SGD 212
Conveniently located condo in Chang wat Surat Thani
This 1-bedroom HomeAway with 3 beds is a minute’s walk away from the beach. Well suited for a trip with kids, the complex has a shared pool, a gymnasium, basketball and tennis courts, and a kids’ playground to keep them suitably occupied. Rent a car or a bike from the rental agency nearby and take off on day trips around the island; or stay in and plan for a professional Thai masseuse to visit.
Average price per night: SGD 63
Krabi’s numerous beaches and unending shoreline framed by dramatic limestone formations, is a less crowded Thai alternative. Though Krabi as a destination is low key and on the quieter side, it has its fair share of admirers. There is enough adventure to lure the thrill seekers, just the right amount of seclusion to attract vacationers looking for rejuvenation, and the perfect mix of souvenir shops and delicious cuisine on its party strip. Ao Nang Beach is Krabi’s top attraction, but there’s also a national park, island excursion options, caves, viewpoints, and a whole underwater world that you can dive into.
Explore Krabi from a great location; here are some well-priced HomeAways that could fit in your vacation budget.
Bay view pool villa in Chang Wat
This 2-bedroom HomeAway is part of a five-villa complex with a great view of the karst islands of Phang Nga Bay. Located a convenient 20 minutes away from the busy tourist magnets Ao Nang and Krabi town, it is far away to ensure a relaxing and quiet holiday, yet close enough for you to be a part of the action. The villa has a private pool with a Jacuzzi, waterside seating, a tropical garden, an outdoor dining area, and is done up with a contemporary Asian look to put you in the holiday mood.
Average price per night: SGD 273
Private villa in Chang Wat
Explore Krabi from this private 4-bedroom HomeAway done up interestingly with a mix of Thai and European styles. Located very close to the busy Ao Nang and Klong Muang beaches, it is also a stone’s throw away from the secluded Long beach. The villa has a tropical garden and a large terrace with a pool for lovely, unobstructed views of the karst landscape typical of the region.
Average price per night: SGD 210
Modern villa in a large compound
Located in the residential area of Klong Haeng, this 4-bedroom HomeAway is thoughtfully built around a central living space that opens up into a garden on one side. Just the perfect accommodation for a group travelling together. The villa also has a private pool, a large covered terrace, a lawn, and a cooking area for barbeques. Whenever you wish to step into the water, hop into the easily available local transport called a tuk-tuk and cover the 3 kilometres to the beach in a few minutes.
Average price per night: SGD 374
Pattaya and party go hand in hand. Most visitors head to this town near Bangkok for a heady dose of entertainment that centres around bars, clubs, music, and massage parlours. There are also parts of the city away from the party hub in south Pattaya that don’t tow the sleazy line. This is where you find a majority of the fancy resorts and top end facilities.
Keep yourself busy in Pattaya digging into a huge menu of delectable seafood, and with sightseeing that includes a Buddha temple, a floating market, viewpoints, and a museum. There is a waterpark, some scuba diving and snorkelling, a mall to shop at, and fun day trips to surrounding islands.
Make your Pattaya trip memorable; stay at one of these HomeAways.
Large villa with a pool
This 7-bedroom HomeAway that accommodates upto 14 guests is an hour and a half away from Bangkok airport. It is centrally located, yet in a quiet area, which is a step away from the noisy Pattaya localities. The villa is a short distance away from Walking Street, Pattaya Beach Road and Jomtien beach. It has a pool and options for Thai as well as international cuisine. Spend an evening in and try out the highly recommended seafood BBQ and Thai food dinner prepared by the host on request. The traditionally done up property is ideal for a large group travelling together.
Average price per night: SGD 841
Luxury condo in Pratumnak
This 2-bedroom luxury HomeAway on the second floor is 100 metres away from the beach as well as from public transport. The action in Pattaya city and a quieter time on Jomtien Beach are both 5 minutes away by cab. The apartment is well appointed and modern, and the host offers the added facility of designing your itinerary for you. Look forward to a Pattaya trip with tours, elephant safaris, water sports, a round of golf, a trip to the waterpark, cooking classes and in-condo massages.
Average price per night: SGD 70
Well-furnished modern villa
This recently furnished and modern 3-bedroom HomeAway is located on a beach in a village about 10 minutes from Walking Street. Well-appointed with latest gadgets and appliances in the kitchen and living areas, it also has a massive master bedroom that faces a private pool.
Average price per night: SGD 293
Experience Japan unlike any other Japanese holiday – head to Okinawa. This archipelago boasts a distinctly un-Japanese flavour – laid-back and rural, from another era. Okinawa has a lot of historical significance, and only 40 of the 160 islands are inhabited. These offer enough attractions to make a short holiday eventful.
Okinawa Island has museums and memorials from its involvement in the Second World War, ancient castles with the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag, an aquarium and a theme park. The coral reef lined beaches are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Experience Okinawa comfortably from one of these HomeAway options.
This 3-bedroom beachfront HomeAway in Okinawa Ken is spacious and perfect for about 4 to 8 guests, but can accommodate upto 10 people. Enjoy great views of the sea from the living room as well as from the spacious terrace on the second floor. The bedrooms are on the first floor, and one is done up in traditional Japanese style with futon beds to give you a more authentic experience.
Average price per night: SGD 163
Apartment with fantastic sea view
This 2-bedroom HomeAway in Okinawa Ken is an ideal homestay option for couples and small families. Though it is located in an old building, the interiors have been recently renovated and include all modern amenities and comforts. The flat gives amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and East China Sea. The locality has some interesting sightseeing.
Average price per night: SGD 59
Jeju is the largest island in South Korea and has been developed with the tourist in mind. A Jeju holiday itinerary is typically full of activity, though lots of honeymooning locals choose the destination for its natural beauty as well. The volcanic island and its cave like formations are a huge attraction, with this geological phenomenon considered to be one of the best lava tube systems in the world.
Jeju days will see you climb to the top of South Korea’s highest mountain, choose crater tops as viewpoints, trek your way to the perfect sunset, or explore country roads and trails. There is coral to be explored in the waters and typical Jeju cuisine to be sampled as well.
Visit Jeju and explore it from the comfort of one of these HomeAways.
Spacious house in Swiss Village
Experience Jeju from this spacious HomeAway in the Swiss Village part of Jeju. This colourful corner of town surrounded by beautiful landscape is an ideal place for couples, solos, families and groups to set camp. The modern set up is equipped with all amenities and conveniences for a comfortable stay. This house is centrally located and near Hamdeok Beach, Geumnam Oum, Jumun Natural Recreational Forest, Jeju Stone Culture Park, Georyeo Natural Recreation Forest, Samyang Beach, Gimhae, and Eco Land Theme Park.
Average price per night: SGD 112
Modern apartment in Jeju
This 3-bedroom HomeAway is furnished with modern amenities and conveniences to ensure a comfortable stay for up to 10 guests. The kitchen is organised for cooking at home during your stay, with multiple refrigerators and electrical appliances at hand. The apartment is a convenient 5-minute drive to Seongbyeong Beach, and the host stays conveniently close to the apartment as well.
Average price per night: SGD 120
Home with AirStream option
This 2-bedroom HomeAway in Jeju is able to host up to 6 guests and is extremely family friendly. The complex has a swing set and a sand play area for lots of outdoor fun for the little ones. Just 5 minutes from the sea, the convenience store, and the neighbourhood market, this residence also has the interesting option of booking yourselves into a camping trailer on the complex. Add an authentic touch to your camping experience, with a barbeque room that has a grill and seating. The host offers to help you with setting up a smoked as well as charcoal barbecue, at an extra charge and reservation.
Average price per night: SGD 182
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