Opulent Retreat at Villa Shanti
Incredible ocean views, attractive Thai designs and a host of fabulous facilities make this exclusive villa one of the top holiday getaways in the Phuket region
Boasting no less than 68,000 square feet of blissful ocean frontage on one of Thailand’s most unspoilt beaches, Villa Shanti offers a true tropical oasis for guests that want to get away from it all and live in the lap of natural luxury for a while. Situated within the exclusive Jivana complex on Natai Beach, Shanti is particularly popular amongst those seeking a stylish, luxurious yet slightly more traditionally Thai experience. The villa is located a short 20-minute car ride from Phuket International Airport on one of the country’s most unspoilt, upmarket beaches, which also makes it a gem of a property for those who want to enjoy exquisite restaurants, stunning natural scenery and easy access to some intriguing cultural attractions.
The accommodation at Villa Shanti is spread across several luxury Thai-style pavilions where indoor and outdoor living blurs into one seamless experience. Thanks to a vast expanse of private outdoor space and generous reception areas throughout the property, the villa is ideal for large families or groups of friends to share on holiday. There are six bedrooms in total – all of which feature ensuite bathrooms. A 25-metre infinity pool designed with sleek black tiles sits at the heart of the property, and is surrounded by cushioned loungers for guests to enjoy lazy afternoons looking out over the ocean. The villa’s open-plan dining area features full-height glazed pocket doors that can be drawn back for guests to enjoy the ocean breeze as they dine on a Thai feast.
If you could sum up Villa Shanti’s style in just two words, they would probably be “contemporary Thai”. Light-filled open-plan spaces dominate the property’s multiple pavilions, most of which are clad in rich varnished teak to create a traditional effect. Swathes of greenery and stone features add to the villa’s striking natural materials palette, giving it the feel of a true tropical beachside haven. This slide-open designs also mean that guests can always enjoy looking out over the property’s immaculately landscaped gardens, where palm trees sway in the soft sea breeze. The colour scheme is muted, crisp and stylish, providing the perfect backdrop for elegant events such as weddings, birthdays and dinner parties.
Guests staying at Villa Shanti are always well looked after by the property’s dedicated team of professional on-site staff. Their quarters are located on property but separate from the main living areas, so that guests enjoy absolute privacy complemented by efficient hospitality services. One of the highlights of this alluring holiday home is the private chef. Mouth-watering breakfasts, lunches and dinners can all be prepared for guests to enjoy, whether they’re in the mood for traditional Thai dishes or a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines. The villa management team is also on hand to cater to any needs of guests who are staying at the villa. They can help arranging transport, make restaurant reservations and thanks to their wealth of local knowledge, can also suggest holiday itineraries. Of course, there is also a housekeeping team on hand to ensure the villa and its grounds are kept clean, tidy and comfortable.
While staying so close to the ocean, it would be a shame to miss out on its many treasures. Natai Beach is defined by its laid back ambience, and is one of the least spoilt stretches of sand in the region, so it’s a great place for family beach games. It’s also the perfect launch pad for snorkeling and kayaking adventures in the marine wonderland of Phang Nga Bay. Ragged limestone karsts are one of the bay’s most striking features, and cruising amongst them offers a memorable vacation pursuit. There’s a handful of local eateries nearby for visitors that want to try a few local dishes, while for a special night out, international restaurants like Aziamendi at Iniala Resort and The Edge at Aleenta Resort offer sophisticated tastes in equally upscale surroundings.