Tropical essentials: Shades of paradise

Loving my amazing new cobalt blue macrame clutch from Helen Kaminski, Le Cushion Encre De Peau foundation and Touché Eclat-Radiant Touch by YSL Beauty and gold Buddhist amulet blessed by monks from a temple I visited in Thailand on a previous trip. And of course, the Birds of Paradise picked fresh from the gardens surrounding our villa in Phuket.

See where we shot this tropical flatlay:

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the dramatic Andaman Sea, is Villa 4186, also known as ‘Baan Santisuk’. There are five bedrooms (all with ensuites), three outdoor showers, an epic infinity pool, an outdoor sala and a gym so incredible that we lost our driver to it! We were waiting out the front of the villa to be driven to dinner and we couldn’t find our driver anywhere – his van was there but he was nowhere to be seen. We ended up finding him in the gym, shirt off, mid-workout.

One of the best things about this villa is the master suite. Set away from the main lounge and dining areas, the suite is nestled amongst the trees with views of Yae Beach. The suite has wrap around glass doors that you can open up completely to give the feel that you are truly sleeping in your very own luxurious treehouse. The stormy weather meant that for the first time in a really, really long time, I wasn’t getting up before dawn to shoot the sunrise. We made the most of the rainy days in bed with some well overdue sleep-ins to the sound of the rain falling through the trees.

One of the most special nights we had on the island was a private dinner at the villa under the outdoor sala. The rain managed to hold for a few hours while we were treated to an amazing traditional Thai feast. As much as I love eating out and discovering new restaurants, this private dining experience was incredibly special and a real highlight of our trip and our stay at Villa 4186.

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