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.

We bring you the finest and most lavish villas in key summer getaway locations around Southeast Asia.

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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.

Read our review of Amanpuri here.

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.

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.

Soori Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Key facts: 10 bedrooms

If size is of primary concern, then the Soori Estate at one of the island’s premier resorts is one of the largest in the region. This sprawling 5,250 square metre 10-bedroom estate, accommodating up to 20 guests, is unrivalled in its privacy and extravagance, with a clean, contemporary chic design that makes the best of its picturesque surroundings.

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 stretch of sand on 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.

Read our review of Amanpulo here.

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