There's a very good reason why private villas are a top holiday choice for celebrities. The privacy of the surroundings, personalized facilities and discrete staff lets them relax like normal folk away from the constant attention of fans or the media (apart from the occasional photographer hiding in the bushes, of course) Kylie has one in Spain, Mick Jagger in Mustique and Rooney retreats to Barbados.
Fortunately, on the idyllic islands in Southeast Asia, you don't have to be either ridiculously rich or fabulously famous to indulge in a little celebrity style pampering.
Our tablets and tabloids are filled with long lens paparazzi shots of stars of screen, stage and stadium soaking up tropical rays on the terraces of their private villas, but even if you don't actually need to hide from the world, cosseting yourself away in a personal holiday pad is still a fabulous way to escape the stresses of a busy life.
There's nothing quite like the personal space and comfort offered by a private villa. Even the most exclusive resorts often require a few public appearances, whether its on the beach, in the restaurant or checking in and out. But when you choose a private villa in places like Phuket, Koh Samui or Bali, you can literally disappear into your own private world from the moment you leave the airport to the minute you're dropped back at the gate to catch the plane home.
Once ensconced in your private villa, the opportunities for celebrity style indulgences are endless. In the best vacation properties, from the moment you arrive, well trained staff are on hand to make you feel special and make sure your holiday matches your needs and whims. You can get up or stay up as late as you like without fear of missing breakfast or upsetting fellow guests, and you don't need headphones to list en to your iPod classics, you can plug it straight into the villa sound system and holiday to your own personal soundtrack.
Hanging out by the beach or pool definitely appeals all the more when either one, or both, are the exclusive domain of you and your chosen holiday companions. You can punctuate your day with cooling dips, dive in when the mood takes you, and sprawl on your sun bed of choice. Thirsty? A drink is delivered. Hungry? A meal is prepared to order and you don't even have to stir from your sun spot to enjoy it.
Of course even very private celebrities, by nature, are often social animals, and the space and facilities on offer at a private villa make occasional sharing just as enjoyable as hiding away. Gather with friends or family at sunset on the pool terrace for cocktails or have the chef fire up the barbecue for an al fresco feed. Then head down to the private cinema for a unique movie viewing session or turn up the iTunes in the garden gazebo for an impromptu party.
When you've had enough of socialising, for the ultimate "you time" there's nothing like a long leisurely soak in an oversized tub, especially one with on ocean view.
Such private pleasures may sound like a snapshot from a superstar's life, but on one of Asia's top holiday islands it's all easily within the reach of everyday souls and often at a price that's comparable, if not more affordable, than a quality hotel or resort.
The secret's in the scanning and planning
Browse the villas on this website and narrow your search down to the properties that best suit your personal tastes. If the larger properties appeal; have a chat with friends and family about sharing a private villa for your next holiday. If you prefer less company, check out the reduced occupancy rates on many of the villas. If you click on the promotions you'll find special rates and seasonal deals that will definitely surprise you with the excellent value for money they offer.