The palm-fringed island of Phuket needs no introduction. Its rich culture, beautiful beaches and close proximity to spectacular limestone islands like Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay make Phuket one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. With so many tourists visiting the island, it can be hard to find your own piece of paradise away from the crowds. But with incredible holiday villas built into the cliffs on some of Phuket’s most exclusive coastline, you can stay close to the action and still feel a million miles away.
With infinity pools overlooking the ocean, panoramic views, live-in chefs, personal trainers, chauffeur-driven pimped-out mini-vans and round-the-clock concierge, these four holiday villas on the island of Phuket are redefining luxury travel.
Forget rushing down to the hotel pool early to get a sun lounge or waiting in line for your omelette at the breakfast buffet. With the entire villa and its services at your disposal, you can eat your breakfast from your inflatable lounge in the pool if you like.
These villas have been handpicked by Villa Getaways – a family run company who have a portfolio of luxurious holiday rentals all over the world and an ethos to provide more luxury for less. So while these villas might seem expensive, if you divide the nightly rate by the amount of people the villa sleeps, it’s actually way better value than a five-star hotel.
So choose a villa, gather your crew and get ready for the island life vacay of your dreams.
1. Villa 4227
Located high on the cliffs overlooking Kamala Bay is this incredible seven bedroom, six bathroom, lush-tropical- jungle-clad villa. It has 180-degree views of the sun setting over the Andaman Sea that you can take in from its epic infinity pool.
Nightly rates: Low season – USD$3,500 | High season – USD$8,500.
2. Villa 4295
This tropical multi-floored villa has six bedrooms, six bathrooms and more insta-worthy backdrops than I’ve ever seen in the one place. Frolic around the pool, get dramatic on the monochromatic spiral staircase, explore the lush gardens and slip into relaxation mode in the incredible spa room.
Nightly rates: Low season – USD$1,400 | High season – USD$3,450.
3. Villa 4337
Looking like it came straight out of a scene in a James Bond film, this ultra modern villa is located on one of Phuket’s most dramatic stretches of coastline. With six bedrooms and six bathrooms, the villa has been built into the epic landscape to make the most its location. Floor to ceiling windows offer uninterrupted sea views and the incredible infinity pool juts out over the rocks and clear blue water below. BYO drone for epic photos and videos.
Nightly rates: Low season – USD$2,516 | High season – USD$5,610.
4. Villa 4341
Perched on a cliff with views over the ocean, is this epic 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom villa that comes complete with its own private beach. Spread out over four levels with a lift to access the top three, the property has been carefully designed to have minimal impact on the environment by using the natural elements of the land as architecture.
Nightly rates: Low season – USD$1,600 | High season – USD$6,200.
You can book these epic villas through Villa Getaways – an Australian and New Zealand-based company who have luxurious holiday villas all over the world. To find out more or to see more holiday rentals, visit villagetaways.com
Exploring the island of Phuket
Surrounded by the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is an island with the best of both worlds, where you can dive straight into the party scene, or take it easy on a private beach. If the later is more your thing, and you can tear yourself away from the luxurious sanctuary of your villa, then you’re going to spend your time on the quieter side of the island. With private beaches, cool beach clubs and chilled out dining, it’s a million miles away from its party island reputation.
Start planning your itinerary with our three top places to visit that will be worth slipping out of your fluffy villa robe for:
1. Visit Old Phuket Town
For a different look at the island, visit Old Phuket Town to appreciate the unique Sino-Portuguese architecture along Dibuk, Thalang and Phang Nga roads. Make sure you stop in at Raya Restaurant – it’s so good Bangkok locals fly meals over! Home to some of the best seafood on the island, after you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the town, try their crab-packed yellow curry with noodles or the whole fried barramundi covered in crisp chips of fried turmeric and garlic.
2. Eat with the locals
Step out of your comfort zone at Rawai Markets – a local market that is jam packed with delicious traditional food and fresh produce. It’s not really a tourist destination, but if you’re into authentic local food that’s dirt cheap, it’s definitely worth checking out. In the afternoons, locals rock up on their bikes to buy ingredients for dinner. It’s located right near the wharf, so there’s an abundance of fresh seafood just waiting to be whipped up into an aromatic Thai dish. If you’re up for it, try the deep fried insects. Read more.
3. Discover Phang Nga Bay
Just north of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay – a national park where hundreds of limestone cliffs rise out of the ocean. There are caves to kayak through and sea gypsy villages to visit, but the main drawcard is ‘James Bond Island’ (Khao Phingkan) – an island that was famously featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Take a day trip out to Phang Nga Bay for some serious island time where you can spend the day diving off your boat or getting active on a kayaking tour where you can make a pit stop for fresh coconut refreshments.
How to get there:
With Phuket International Airport being Thailand’s third busiest airport, you can have your pick of airlines. The four incredible Villa Getaway properties are located in Kamala, Phuket which is a 40 minute drive from the airport. Details here.