Our Villa Expert visits a 6-bedroom tropical oceanside retreat on Natai Beach that offers guests an appealing blend of inspiring natural beauty and contemporary style.
Natai beach is considered Phuket's luxury enclave thanks mainly to the exclusive collection of private beachfront residences that now line its tranquil shores just 20 minutes' drive from the island's international airport.
The residences within the Jivana Villa Estate were among the first luxury holiday properties to be made available to rental guests in the area and each one offers generous amounts of inside and outdoor living space.
The Jivana Villas offer an ideal vacation choice for families or groups looking for a peaceful, private escape on one of Thailand's most remarkable stretches of tropical coast.
Shanti at Jivana ticks all the boxes when it comes to a memorable beachfront break.
Luxury of Space
The first thing that strikes you upon entering Shanti is its size. Spread over more than 68,000 square feet of oceanfront land with 60 metres of absolute beach frontage, the villa is designed as a series of stand-alone pavilions, each one with sweeping garden and ocean views. Two pavilions house Shanti's six ensuite bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor gardens, two of them featuring indulgent outdoor black granite bathtubs.
Live the Location
The first pavilion you enter is the great room, an impressive open plan living and dining space with glass doors that slide into pocket walls to draw in the sea views and breezes. Stylish but practical furnishings and subtle decorative touches give this pavilion a distinctive contemporary Asian feel, with two plush cushioned sofas inside to fall into with a good book, plus an al fresco dining space and relaxation corner on the pavilion's covered terrace.
Perfect for evening gatherings, the family pavilion is furnished with another comfortable sofa and an inviting armchair, both positioned in front of a large flat screen TV for movie marathons. A desk provides space for web surfers to check and update their social media or for workaholics to catch up with emails while connected to the villa-wide WiFi. There's even a small library for guests that forget to bring enough beach reads.
In such a spectacular beachside location, it's natural to spend most of your time outside enjoying the tropical setting and Shanti offers a whole host of outdoor facilities to enjoy. The villa's 25-metre black tiled infinity lap pool is a striking and inviting centerpiece, complete with cushioned loungers and sunbrellas on its terrace. There's a generous shallow attached to the man pool for children to splash about in, and this connects directly to Shanti's wide beachfront lawn. To the left of the pool a covered dining sala is ideal for daytime snacks, while right next to the beach, a second sala provides the perfect spot for morning yoga, a massage session or shaded siesta. It's also a great place to gather for sundowners.
Shanti's team of five well trained resident staff attend to guests needs with willing but unobtrusive efficiency. The in-house chef cooks up a storm in the villa's kitchen pavilion, offering a menu that covers everything from Thai classics to freshly caught seafood, all of which make mealtimes one of the highlights the stay. With a delicious daily breakfast to start the day, refreshing drinks served to your sun lounger by the pool and sumptuous evening feasts prepared to order and served al fresco on the dining terrace, a holiday at Shanti really feels like staying in your own private beach resort.
This villa is also an excellent venue for a memorable private wedding celebration, right on the beach.
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