Having spent ten years inspecting hotels for his previous company, asiahotels.com, for Jon Stonham the move to villas was
easy – akin to moving from economy to business class but without the price tag. Passionate about travel and driven by a
lack of independent information on the diverse range (and quality) of villas out there, Jon founded Private Homes &
Villas (now The Villa Guide) and was the motivation behind this book. Jon’s ambition is to match each guest to exactly
the right villa – there’s nothing more rewarding than a happy client.
Equally passionate is Paul Robinson, who has been key in pulling together this superb collection of villas and
liaising with the villa owners – always with a smile.
Of course, visiting a villa, snuggling up in gazillion thread-count sheets, sampling gourmet menus and being waited on hand and foot is not easy. Our thanks go to contributors Natasha Abou-Keer,
Sarah Alderson, Emma Boyle, Patricea Chow, Juliet Coombe, Bill Cranfield,
Sarah Dougherty, Natasha Dragun, Al Forbes, Rachel Lovelock, Michael Travers, Julz Kay and Lana Willocks for
enduring the hardship of this assignment! Thanks also to Ed Peters, award-winning travel writer and journalist, for corralling and coordinating the writers.
Hilary Galea has been the force behind getting The Asia Villa Guide to the finish line – editing, fact checking and
generally making sure all was in good order. Without her, this publication would not be here. She has been supported
by Regina Bautista with her eye for detail and dependable administration (especially regarding photography), and
Hans Vargas. Thanks go to Harry Llufrio and Mina Chang of Gingerbreadman for meticulously laying out the book and
putting up with the numerous inconvenient changes that always come with a first edition; and to Graeme Wilson of GWA Consultants for his design.
Photographs have been supplied by the owners and supplemented by Justin Eeles and Neal Harrison.