Rayong, Thailand, April 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Resort Villa, three times winner of the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Award, is opening its doors to the public again in mid-2021. After an extensive renovation to meet the challenges of present-day tourism and Covid 19, the resort is offering its unique facilities and activities especially for guests living in Thailand.
The story of this haven on earth began with a Swedish businessman, who fell in love with Rayong’s natural beauty and transformed the 14,000 square metres of land with both a resort and private retreat in mind. The Resort Villa opened for the first time in 2018.
Its 8 luxury villas are only available to a single group of up to 18 guests to ensure utter exclusivity and privacy. Amenities at the resort include indoor and outdoor home theatres, a games room, and a fully-equipped gym, and a full-service spa – the Serenity Spa – with treatments ranging from traditional Thai and hot-stone massage to deluxe facials and manicures. The entire property is interconnected by 1,000 square-metres of salt water infinity pools with built-in fiber optic lights.The unique feature of the resort is its dramatic 15-metre/ 80-cubic metre aquarium with over 800 fish of 50 different species. Guests are welcome to swim alongside.
On the culinary front, French Head Chef Laurent Renaud and Sous Chef Stephane Smargiassi are on hand to create a fine-dining experience with Thai, Japanese, French and Moroccan cuisines. The Resort Villa’s signature items on the menu include ‘coral grouper on barley risotto in coconut and tamarind sauce with julien vegetables’and ‘braised and reduced beetroots in balsamic soy with fresh local herbs and garlic topped with goat cream cheese.’
“We do introduction of the beautiful local products before serving imported products,” says Head Chef Laurent.
The Resort Villa‘s extensive wine cellar houses a fine collection including Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a large selection of imported Italian wines. There is the total of 9 dining areas, 4 different bars including a rooftop bar, a custom pizza oven and 3 separate kitchens. Special-themed events are often organised by the staff such as Thai Night with traditional dinner and dance, Italian Night with dinner and movie, and Moroccan Night with DJ and belly dancing. Beach barbecues, formal dinners on the viewing deck with a jazz band as well as wedding parties or private gatherings for up to 350 guests are all available on the property.
The Resort Villa is surrounded by wondrous nature and is accessible to many nearby attractions. 45 minutes away from the resort is Kao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park. Covering 84 kilometres, the area is surrounded by lush rain forests and has been designated Thailand’s 13th national park in 1975 and is home to a spectacular waterfall that stretches 3 kilometres and more than 8 caves within the limestone mountains. Season permitted, the resort hosts a firefly dinner trip at the national park, in which guests board a traditional Thai houseboat and enjoy a Thai dinner amidst the mangrove forest and hundreds of blinking fireflies. Other local attractions include Kohl’s Man Nai, a sea turtle preservation sanctuary, 5 kilometres from Lam Mae Phim, and the Coca Cola beach, 8 kilometres away. For fans of ships and a bit of history, the HTMS Prasae Memorial, an old captured US navy ship, is located at the mouth of the nearby Prasae River. There is also the Kru Kung Museum, which recreates life in the 1950s Thai village including a school, a bar, a cinema and a salon, and the famous Sunthorn Phu Memorial, in honour of the 19 century Thai poet. Situated in the middle of a large public park with gardens and fountains, it also features many statues of mythical characters from Phu’s poems and his epic saga Phra Aphai Mani.
Guests who feel the need for more adrenaline-driven activities can enjoy a range of aquatic sports such as jet surfing, fly boarding, and water skiing with a PADI-certified staff. Island-hopping around the Gulf of Thailand is offered on any one of the resort’s four speed boats, which include a super-speed 40-ft rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Six all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are also available to resort guests.
The Resort Villa has recently undergone an extensive renovation and stepped up its already strict and preventive anti-Covid measures. Guests who are seeking a private getaway with their extended family members or close friends can rest assure of the resort’s safety and hygiene standards. The resort is proud to announce it has been a COVID-free zone since day one. Ultra-private and isolated location at the tip of Lam Mae Phim, far away from any commercial structures and activities, has contributed greatly to such results. Being only a few hours drive from Bangkok, guests can leave their homes by car and check in at the resort without having to go to the airport and share a plane ride with other people. The whole experience is a direct and hassle-free door-to-door travel. Highly effective disinfectants and ozonised water have been used to sanitise the entire premises both indoors and outdoors. The gyms, sauna and jacuzzis undergo a disinfecting process after each usage. All bedrooms and common areas are equipped with hydro-alcohol hand wash gels and the air-conditioning system has been fully sanitised throughout the resort. All linens including bedsheets and towels are washed in high temperatures with environmentally friendly bleach. The entire staff including chefs are required to wear masks, safety goggles and full sanitary gowns and social distancing is to be observed among the staff themselves as well as in the presence of guests.
“The Resort Villa has in the past been graced by the likes of Hollywood stars, royalties, and international business figures. As travels begin again, The Resort Villa hopes to have the trusts and confidence of the local guests to choose the resort among their first destinations for a luxurious and concern-free holiday with friends and family,” said Benjamin Tellenbach, general manager of The Resort Villa. “We very much look forward to welcoming guests both from within Thailand as well as from around the region in the months to come.
About The Resort Villa
The Resort Villa is one of Asia’s most luxurious private retreats situated amidst the quiet fishing villages and tropical rain forests and pristine beaches of Rayong province.
The story of this haven on earth began with a Swedish businessman, who fell in love with Rayong’s natural beauty and transformed the 14,000 square metres of land with both a resort and private retreat in mind. To ensure utter exclusivity and privacy, the resort’s 8 individual villas are only available to a single group of up to 18 guests. Guests of the resort, frequently Hollywood stars, Swedish royalties, and international business figures, are in the hands of 60 full-time staff members whose mission is to make sure every aspect of the guests’ wishes is individually catered to.
The Resort Villa continually strives to be environmentally aware and is known for its social services such as the beach clean ups and a dog-neutering campaign to help control the dog population in the area and for its contributions and encouragement to the local community in preserving the nature of its surroundings.