The perfect antidote

Chilling out at the Himmaphan villa in Phuket

Hell is other people, concluded Jean-Paul Sartre in his play 'No Exit'. I can't say whether this is true in the afterlife, but it certainly can be the state of affairs when on vacation.

This is why I get a little curmudgeonly when faced with a big resort in Southeast Asia, despite their obvious attractions.

Enter the private villa. My girlfriend's colleague was getting married in Phuket. In the past we had stayed at some very comfortable resorts but we thought we should try something different. We settled on spending a weekend at a new villa residence, the Himmaphan.

It's a good name....

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