Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Whether standalone or privately owned as part of a larger development or a resort, multiple-bedroom villas are all the rage for summer holiday bookings and ideal for family, a group of friends, or to host special occasions. For those who have a kid or two, simple hotel rooms or suites just do not bring the same level of size, luxury and privacy afforded by villas. While most villas will have private plunge pools and provide for personal service staff or butlers, it is often the destination that sets them apart.

With summer just around the corner, we bring you the finest and most lavish villas in key summer getaway locations around Southeast Asia.

Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

Key facts: 2-9 bedrooms

The original boutique resort that paved the way for many others after it, Amanpuri, built in 1987, remains the standard up to which all boutique resorts are held. The 32 villas, part of the compound within which Amanpuri is enclosed, are primarily located on the oceanfront. There are a range of villas available, from 2-bedroom to a humongous 9-bedroom facility, all incorporating Aman’s timeless architecture, as well as an extension of its renowned service standards.

Amanpuri

Ban Mekkala, Koh Samui, Thailand

Key facts: 6 bedrooms

This privately-owned property in Koh Samui’s distinguished Laem Sor district comes with its own private beachfront, directly accessible from the villa. Traditional Thai design is married with contemporary finishes to create a unique space at Ban Mekkala, including the raised pool that provides and clever infinity edge view despite being situated at sea-level.

Ban Mekkala

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

Key facts: 1-4 bedrooms

All villas at this stunning property at Six Senses Con Dao in this serene part of Vietnam are situated on the oceanfront, with some having direct beach access, and all boasting picturesque ocean vistas. The modern architecture uses traditional elements and finishes to create a distinguished space that is large and personal, but always at one with nature, a Six Senses signature.

Six Senses Con Dao

The edge, Bali, Indonesia

Key facts: 10 bedrooms

The edge is somewhat unique in that the 1.5 hectare, 10-bedroom private estate consisting of 3 separate villas can be booked separately, thus acting as an intimate pseudo-resort, or in its entirety for you and your troupe of guests. Lending rise to its name, the estate is situated at the edge of a sharp seaside cliff in the traditional village of Pecatu near Uluwatu, with the blue waters and high waves crashing into the coast frequently. This overdrop is spectacularly set against The edge’s lush green manicured lawns and large common outdoor pool.

The edge

Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines

Key facts: 1-4 bedrooms

Philippines’ powder-white sand beaches, especially in the province of relatively unexplored Palawan province, provide a stunning backdrop to some of the most luxurious accommodations. This is particularly true at Amanpulo, a private island on 5-kilometre long Pamalican Island within the Palawan province, where beachfront villas are cleverly encased in vegetation to provide privacy without compromising on island living and the beautiful view beyond.

Amanpulo

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