How easy is it to be accustomed to luxury?

The hotel has kindly upgraded me to the lagoon villa this afternoon. I was asked to pack my stuff and not to worry about a thing – the staff would just bring my bags and deposit them in my new room.

Except – this is not a room. I’m now sitting at the study table near the king-size bed, sitting on the first floor of the villa. Did I say first floor? Yes, I did. As soon as you enter the front door, you’ll see the lagoon from the sliding doors. They open to the villa’s own private verandah, with 2 lounge chairs for you to soak up the sun. The verandah, by the way, has steps to your own tiny pier. This makes things easier for you should you wish to board the small boat that makes its rounds to tour the Phuket Laguna area.

If you don’t fancy soaking up the sun on the veranda, just relax on the sofa or armchair in the living room and watch TV and feel the gentle warm sun behind you through the floor-to ceiling windows. Pull the roman blinds to enjoy the view. Walk up the stairs to the first floor. At the top of the stairs to your left is the door to the bathroom. To your right is the sleeping area. A lovely writing desk and a closet frame the walkway to the bed. Walk on to the balcony near the foot of the bed. Draw the daylight curtains and see that the windows from the downstairs living room stretch to the first floor – they’re really floor-to ceiling; from the ground floor to the first.

Did I mention the bathroom has a sunken bathtub with its water jets? It’s set outdoors through a sliding door – your own tropical bathing experience. If you don’t feel like taking a shower or bath there, there’s a normal shower stall on the other side of the bathroom of course. There’s a tiny card next to an oil burner for you to decide which fragrance you prefer, and an attendant will do what’s necessary to make sure you return to the fresh fragrance that ranges from the headache-clearing tea tree to the stress-busting lemongrass.

Such luxury – but it’s past my bedtime. Sweet dreams for now.

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