One of the true joys of renting a private villa on Phuket, Koh Samui or Bali for a holiday is that every pleasure is exclusively yours. There's no competition for sun beds or the best table for dinner, and even the views are unobstructed. You can wake, eat, lounge, swim and bathe, constantly surrounded by stunning ocean or jungle vistas.
Modern lifestyles rarely afford us either the surroundings or the time to stop and enjoy the view. Most people spend the majority of their day bathed in artificial light with their gaze fixed on a screen. City views can be inspiring from a skyscraper vantage, but when you have to head back down to the ground and join the rush hour, the view from the top often becomes lost in the fray.
Fortunately, if you choose to stay at one of the villas listed below – and many more like them on either Phuket, Koh Samui or Bali – you will not only enjoy the fabulous views, you will actually live in them.
Wonderful Wake-up Call
Built into a lush, forested cliffside overlooking an unspoilt sand-swept cove on Koh Samui's secluded southwest coast, The View
certainly lives up to its name with 180 degree vistas of island-peppered ocean splendour from almost every room in the villa. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, a rich medley of sea and sky provides a constant backdrop to the stay as you drift between indoor and outdoor pleasures.
Swimming to the Horizon
is magnificent Phuket villa that sits on over 5,000 square metres of oceanfront land overlooking the Andaman Sea to the west and Patong Bay to the south. Very few properties on Phuket can boast such expansive and sweeping sea views, which can be enjoyed from almost every location within this stunning seven bedroom private residence.
Dining Out of this World
Occupying a dramatic cliffside location overlooking Koh Samui's picturesque port town of Nathon, Lime Samui Villa 4
affords guests some of the most spectacular coastal views in Thailand. Right from the dining terrace, the wide vistas take in the striking limestone peaks of the National Marine Park and set the stage for memorable, crimson sunsets which slip into the horizon, trailing blue and crimson skies.
The three-storied Longhouse
, sits high on Bali's Jimbaran Hill and offers the kind of views that captivate and inspire inner reflection. Dappled by the light of sunrise and sunset, the bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms overlook verdant jungle with views that extend all the way down to the bays of Benoa and Jimbaran.
Luxurious Beachside Bliss
Villa Malee Sai
on the Sava Estate in Phang Nga near Phuket is built around an expansive central oceanview pool with gardens front and back that draw through the cooling sea breezes. Literally steps from the vast expanse of unspoilt Natai Beach, the villa's final indulgent touch is a furnished beachside relaxation pavilion. Like the rest of this stunning villa, it's a perfect spot to enjoy spectacular sea views and sunsets in shaded, cushioned comfort.
Island Spectacle at Home
Surrounded by forest and rural scenes, Villa Indah Manis
commands breathtaking views spanning the Indian Ocean and the southernmost tip of Bali, all the way up the west coast past Jimbaran, the airport, Kuta and Canggu, and inland to Bedugul. On a clear day, the awesome vista takes in Mt Batu Karu together with the volcanoes of East Java.
by MAX VEE