In October 2013, Robert and Susanna Dickson from Sydney spent part of their honeymoon in a private villa on Koh Samui. Here is Susanna's testimonial:
"We've always had a special relationship with Thailand. We actually met there six years ago while I was on exchange and Rob was working for a brief period in Bangkok. So it was natural to come here for our honeymoon. Most hotels and resorts have attractive honeymoon packages that include upgrades and throw in the odd spa package or dinner for two, but we couldn't help but feel it was a bit too manicured for our needs. So instead, we started looking around for alternatives and ended up at a villa rental site."
"We had always thought that renting a private villa was beyond our reach – but we were surprised to find there were plenty of beautiful villas at fair prices. We ended up choosing a two-bedroom villa situated on a hillside on the north side of the island just 15 minutes' drive from Chaweng, the main tourist area. It was close to the ocean and within walking distance of a secluded beach where we felt we didn't have to fight with other tourists for space, as we thought would have been the case if we had stayed in a hotel or resort."
"One of the biggest factors that led us to choose a private villa over a resort was the fact that we had the entire place to ourselves and we could just relax in each other's company and not have to worry about other guests. The beauty of waking up in the morning to the peace of your own holiday home and heading straight to the pool without having to battle through a crowded breakfast buffet or having screaming children splashing water on you was pure bliss. It fitted right in with our idea of a romantic time for ourselves."
"The company we rented the villa through was very helpful so we could easily request additional services at very favourable prices. One day we had a driver take us around the island to explore hidden places and take us up to one of the waterfalls. Some evenings when we didn't feel like going down to Chaweng for dinner we hired a private chef to come to the villa to prepare a private dinner just for the two of us. The company also arranged for a spa treatments in the villa and we had excellent massages every day. It was without a doubt one of the best holidays in our lives and we're definitely doing it again!"