The upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations promise to be an auspicious and exciting time for the many millions who celebrate it.
The official date to welcome in the Year of the Goat in 2015 is Thursday, February 19. Those born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003 will be especially favored in this year.
But more and more, those who want to witness the famous Chinese New Year celebrations are able to experience them in locations all over the world. Many of these locations are in desirable luxury destinations, and the small island of Phuket in Thailand has quickly become a favorite for victors and families seeking atmosphere, fun and a luxury travel destination to welcome the New Year.
A Luxury Destination Being Discovered by Many
There are literally dozens of reasons why hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers flock to the beautiful island of Phuket each year from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia.
This small island has long been considered the jewel in the crown of Thailand’s thriving tourist industry, which welcomes millions of visitors each year. The basis for this success has been built on the friendliness and openness of the local people, who quickly show their guests why Thailand is known as “The Land of Smiles”.
The local food and drink is also incredible, with the distinctive, bold and spicy flavors of Thailand finding many admirers among travelers, and especially those from China and south east Asia, who appreciate the complexity and range that Thai cuisine offers.
February, which is when Chinese New Year will be celebrated in 2015, is also considered the ideal time to visit Phuket. This is because the rainfall totals for the month of February are the lowest for the whole year, meaning array of outdoor activities without any rain interruptions.
In addition, humidity is also at yearly lows during the month of February, meaning comfort for travelers is much higher than the much more humid middle of the year.
A Strong Chinese New Year Tradition
Phuket and Thailand have long had a Chinese New Year tradition, originally begun by the small business owners and traders who made the nation their adopted home. As the population has grown, so too have the celebrations.
Regular fireworks displays, many taking place on the numerous expanses of beach in Phuket, are a feature of this time of year, and are much loved by children of all ages. Colorful processions and street parades to mark the changing of the year and to celebrate the Chinese cultural heritage are also popular throughout the days and the evenings.
The celebrations also incorporate the vibrant shopping districts and markets that are dotted around the island of Phuket, with many branded retailers offering amazing discounts and deals in the hope of beginning the New Year in an auspicious, successful way.
Celebrations are also far more wide-ranging and diverse than simply the last day of the old year and first day of the New Year. Phuket begins celebrating from Laba (the 8th day of the 12th month) and continues right up until Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of the New Year.
The Old Phuket Town area of the island is especially renowned for it’s Chinese New Year celebrations, with many special events taking place across the two major days of the festival.
Away from the New Years celebrations, there is a range of activities that can satisfy every desire of the luxury traveler.
- Shopping Tours – the global appeal of Thailand and Phuket is reflected in the wide array of luxury shopping options available on the island. Designer sunglasses, handbags, clothing and shoes from all of the most fashionable European design houses are represented.
To get the most from the experience, shoppers can book half-day, full-day or private shopping tours. For those really wanting to do the trip in style, there are even options to do the tours in a luxury stretch limousine!
- Private Cruises – Phuket is nestled in the Andaman Sea, and there are dozens of beautiful, remote and secluded islands dotted around it. You can experience the amazing archipelago in style in a luxury chartered yacht or catamaran. Chartering a boat can also mean that you can choose to sail when you choose, snorkel at your leisure or simply relax as the islands roll by.
- Relax and Unwind – Phuket is known for its bustling street markets and vibrant nightlife. However, if you are seeking a relaxing luxury retreat there are plethora of exclusive 5-star retreats centers and luxury spas staffed by the best health and wellness professionals in the world.
Where Can I Stay in Style, Luxury and Comfort?
Villa Getaways offers many high quality, exclusive and luxury accommodation options that you can choose from when you look toward Phuket as a destination for New Year, and we profile just three of them here to make it easy for you.
Naithon Beach Villa 412
Naithon Villa 412 is a luxurious destination for a group of people or large family seeking an exclusive, modern experience. The Villa is placed carefully in a luxury estate, which is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Phuket in a gated estate.
The most notable feature of the Villa at first glance is its elevation. The way in which the villa is constructed means that sweeping views of the sunsets over the sea, welcome cool ocean breezes and uninterrupted views of the picturesque surrounds are all a feature of the rooms of the house.
But the best place to enjoy all of these things is the open plan living and outdoor area, with the main living spaces, kitchen and dining room all boasting a completely open plan blueprint, meaning that the natural features of the location are all utilized to the fullest extent.
The large and expansive villa is large enough for eight guests, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The bedding options offer king size beds in most rooms, with each room equipped with a personal en-suite and shower. Amazingly, each room also has a private balcony for its occupants to enjoy.
A private infinity pool, games room, private parking, spa, media library, sunbeds and pool table will all also be part of stay if you choose Villa 412.
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Natai Beach Villa 4435, Phuket
Natai Villa 4435 is a modern, comfortable and luxurious Villa set in green and leafy surrounds and perched next to the tranquil Andaman Sea. The feature of the Villa that draws the most attention is that the floor space is divided amongst eight separate and spacious pavilions. This affords each of the guests who stay in the amazing Villa privacy and seclusion when they wish it.
The Villa also caters specifically for luxury travelers, with a massage room a key feature of the location, facing a tropical garden.
A personal chef is also on call to cater meals to the desires of the guests, and is fully trained to cater to all cuisines, from Western to Chinese.
With Egyptian cotton sheets, unique custom designed furniture, designer art hanging on the walls and a professional and friendly staff on hand at all times, visitors to Villa 4435 will feel pampered, relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed for the New Year.
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Kamala Villa 402:
For those seeking a fusion of an authentic Thai experience with all the modern conveniences that a modern luxury Thai location can offer, Villa 402 is the perfect choice.
The Villa is situated on a rocky cliff face, which heightens the beauty of the views on offer from the western facing rooms. Kamala Villa 402 is one of the exclusive 7-villa private estates designed by a renowned international architect.
The location is ideal for guests who are looking to be close to the central hub of Phuket, with the international airport, Laguna and ever-popular Patong area all within a half hours drive.
And for those who wish to make the most of their accommodation rather than venture out, the huge pool, comfortable indoor and outdoor living areas and well-appointed media and games room all offer something for those days in which relaxation with a cool drink and tasty meal are called for.
The Villa also comes with a full staff including head of house, two full time maids, a cook and a personal driver, with additional space available for traveling nanny’s.
For those seeking an authentic Thai experience conveniently located in the central part of the island, Villa 402 is a fantastic option.
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Phuket has the benefit of a long Chinese tradition, which has been embraced by the local Thai people. It is now being discovered by a new generation of travelers and visitors from all over the world, adding to the already vibrant travel destination. Phuket comes complete with activities for the whole family, food and drink options that are first class and a wide range of accommodation options. Visitors seeking to have an exclusive, unique and luxurious beginning to the Chinese New Year will love what Phuket has to offer them. We welcome you to try Phuket in Chinese New Year.