In spring 2014 the Zimmerman family rented a villa to celebrate Tim Zimmerman's birthday. Here he tells about their experience.
“Christine and I talked about what to do for my 50th birthday for a long time and we couldn't decide whether to celebrate with the entire family or invite our children and their partners on a trip to Thailand. We both work full time jobs, so spare time with the family won in the end – this turned out to be one of the most memorable family experiences.
We initially wanted to stay at a hotel. All of us have been in Thailand before but never together, so the thought of renting a villa never occurred to us. But then a colleague of mine told me about a trip she had made to attend her daughter's wedding in Thailand where many of the guests had rented a villa instead of staying in a hotel. I was immediately sold on the idea of having an entire place to ourselves, since the whole purpose of going on a holiday like this was to spend some quality time with our children.
We were seven people going in total so we needed a place large enough for all of us and also large enough that we could spend some time apart if we felt the need to. In the end we found a beautiful five bedroom villa where three of the bedrooms were in the main building and two bedrooms were housed in separate pavillions of their own. All the bedrooms had private bathrooms and terraces and it was the perfect setup because we had plenty of space to be together on the pool deck or the outdoor areas, but also some space to ourselves in our own bedrooms.
The villa had everything we could wish for in terms of facilities. We spent most of the time in the outdoor areas such as the large terrace on the second floor and the spacious sun deck around the pool. The ground floor of the villa also had an indoor pool, gym and a spa area with sauna and Jacuzzi. The first floor had a massive open air kitchen with dining and lounging area and the three bedrooms were located on the second floor. The design was bright and you could tell that the architect had really thought about how best to make use of the abundance of light – and tropical views – coming in from the outside. All in all we had an excellent trip and for future trips we will definitely be looking into villa holidays.”