1) The Aquila, Phuket, Thailand
Best for: Nature lovers and adventure seekers who still want a touch of luxe.
Sleeps: Up to 14 guests, seven bedrooms.
This sprawling villa in Kamala is located in a private estate on Millionaire’s Mile, with not a single neighbour in sight. And with direct access to a coral reef in the cove in front of the villa, the Andaman Sea becomes your very own private playground.
All seven-bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms and balconies that open to views of the rugged coastline. The property also features a spa, exercise rooms, a wet-bar, pool tables, sound system and a library.
Hole up in this exceptionally luxurious hideaway for a few days, where anything you need can be taken care of by The Aquila’s dedicated team of staff, or venture out to nearby Kamala Beach which boasts some of Phuket’s newest sophisticated restaurants and beach clubs.
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2) Baan Banyan, Phuket, Thailand
Best for: Total privacy and five-star service at your fingertips.
Sleeps: Up to 12 guests, six bedrooms.
This tropical escape is anchored by open-plan living, dining and entertainment areas set in one large three-level pavilion, fronted by a spacious terrace and an infinity pool that melts into the horizon.
You’ll feel far from any city madness here, where features like a serene waterfall and earthy elements like stone and wood gently bring you closer to nature. A ‘floating’ shaded sala (gazebo) is perfect for sunset cocktails before a delicious poolside BBQ prepared by the resident chef and staff.
While inside, slide-away glass walls connect the outdoor living areas with indoor spaces so that you can enjoy the sea views, warm breezes and the calming sound of waves at all times.
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3) Villa Mayavee, Phuket, Thailand
Best for: A modern villa in which an ocean and mountain views are seen from every angle of the rooms.
Sleeps: Up to 8 guests, four bedrooms.
The epitome of a modern architectural gem in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, Villa Mayavee is the stuff of dreams. The private residence is located in Phuket, Thailand’s biggest and most popular tourist destination, and it sits on a dramatic site overlooking the Andaman Sea.
The property can be found on Waterfall Bay, at the millionaire’s mile in Kamala. It’s perfectly secluded and isolated from popular tourist sites of the island, offering a tranquil, authentic, and relaxing escape from the rest of the world. The beaches of Kamala and Surin are a short distance away so should you want to explore the white sand beach offerings of the island, they are easily accessible from the villa.
Immediately, you will feel a sense of calm upon entering the property. Linear lines in neutral colors and a blend of natural and concrete materials are merged seamlessly to create a look that’s respectful of the beautiful rainforest that surrounds the home.
With floor to ceiling glass doors and windows, the entire villa purposely embraces its natural surroundings to mimic the look of the outdoors as an extension of the interiors.
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