For accommodation that allow discerning travelers to enjoy some of the best holiday moments in posh style, luxury pools villas are on top of our list. Here are just some leading examples in Thailand:
By Percy Roxas
If you’re a frequent Thailand traveler, you probably know that the concept of the pool villa has not only taken off phenomenally here. It has become almost a basic requirement for a major luxury holiday experience anywhere in the kingdom. Indeed, the country boasts some amazingly stunning pool villas that, besides allowing us to take a dip in stylish privacy and offering some unbelievable views, create a truly indulgent atmosphere that make our stay more memorable and priceless. Our own experiences in Thailand have taken us to several luxury pool villas around the country, which we really enjoyed. Let us share some, just some, of them with you. Making an ultimate list is rather difficult given the choices available, so this is just a personal and random sampler of the range of luxury pool villas you can enjoy for your own kind of holiday retreat in Thailand.
One of the most delightful rooms I have ever had the fortune to stay is the one-bedroom Pool Villa of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. This villa provides maximum privacy while allowing easy access to all the resort’s facilities, not to mention a view of Doi Suthep and tropical gardens. More like a private home than a guestroom, the luxury villa offers 77sqm of indoor living space and 282sqm of outdoor living space – giving me so much space to do what I want when I want it but hardly diminishes the feeling of total intimacy we often desire. Needless to say, the furnishings are all top of the line, and the full amenities available ensure that you have everything you need all by yourself. A feeling of absolute privacy is assured as soon as you enter the antique wooden door that seems to separate you from the rest of the world. Of course, the 24sqm-private pool and sundeck lounge outside are all yours to enjoy anytime.
Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad is a hotel where you enjoy “the luxury of being yourself,” to borrow their slogan, and their Koh Samui sibling offers no differently. One of the relative five-star newcomers in Samui, Conrad Koh Samui offers stunning pool villas that look out to the Gulf of Thailand. Their Ocean View Pool Villa makes you realize how the best of life’s luxuries can be fitted in just 96sqm of living space and a 10m-private infinity plunge pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows, tropical hardwood flooring, and sensuous Thai silk furnishings add to the delight of this pool villa.
Outrigger Laguna Phuket
Located in Bang Tao, this resort – the newest addition to Phuket’s continuously growing list of luxury accommodations – offers 68 new elegant pool villas that range from 229 to 604sqm in size. As can be expected, the well-appointed interiors are great — design and décor reflect traditional Thai ambience but embraced by a modern aesthetic; furnishings are lavish, and the overall atmosphere allows that kind easy luxury many of us yearn for. We expect this resort to grow in stature among lovers of the ultimate luxury pool villa experience soon.
Another of Phuket’s many delightful resorts and hotels, the award-winning Trisara — with its 39 suites and pool villas — have become one of the world’s favorite romantic getaways. Guest in all villas – in fact all rooms and suites – benefit from the lovely private pools and breathtaking ocean views not to mention wonderful guest service. Great choice for a holiday accommodation, indeed.
X2 Samui Villas By Design
X2 Samui Villas By Design, which is now under the Centara Boutique Collection on Hua Tanon Beach, has 27 villas — each with their own private pool or garden areas — set in five acres of mature gardens with direct access to the beach. Geared for the independent-minded traveler, the resort offers entry-level Garden Villas with an area of 85sqm, making them suitable for a couple of adults or a small family. However the majority of the units are Deluxe Pool Villas, with 162sqm of area and each featuring their own pool — which we love. The largest accommodation is the 230sqm-Royal Villa that includes two king-bed rooms and a living room.
Phulay Bay Krabi
This Ritz Carlton Reserve, the first such brand in fact, is the very epitome of a truly romantic accommodation. If romance is escape, then this resort is your passport to another world almost too good to be true. With designer pool villas set within a spellbinding landscape that become more romantic as you stay longer, I would love to rush back here anytime. The entire villa reeks of sheer luxury, and the view of the outlying islands across the infinity pool of your villa spells pure romance.
V Villas Hua Hin
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
If there is one place to go in Thailand for small luxury hotels, it’s probably Hua Hin. This charming beach destination approximately three hours away from Bangkok boasts some of the best pool villas in the kingdom – great intimate that offer that “home-away-from-home” warmth and convenience but at the same time provides the luxury and sophistication that transforms an ordinary vacation into a truly exceptional holiday. V Villas Hua Hin, an intimate resort of 13 exclusive pool villas, is just one of these hotels. Their pool villas are so spacious –really meant to accommodate groups and families – but even for those who are up for some alone time with themselves, V Villas resort pool villas lend themselves to whatever your reason is for a breakaway.
One of the classic hotels of the East, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin was constructed in 1923 and has fully retained its old-world charm. The Centara group acquired the lovely old property in 1985, and with every sensitivity toward its original elegance has extended and upgraded the hotel, which stands on 16 hectares of beachfront land among topiary gardens that are one of the great local landmarks. Their well-appointed private pool villas – stand-alone white houses built with distinctive modern-Thai architecture located on the street opposite the main hotel, make them perfect for honeymoon and for couples out for a romantic rendezvous in Hua Hin.