Beach In Ten Villas

If being near the sea is a holiday ‘must have’, but walking into your bedroom with sand between your toes isn’t, these villas are less than 10 minutes drive from the beach - many within the soothing sound of the surf. (If you have to be right on the sand then try our Beachfront villas.)

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Villa Valentine

Villa Valentine

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

As well as being exceptionally comfortable, Villa Valentine has a sense of light and space that you could only dream of in Seminyak; yet it’s close enough to that most happening of Balinese centres to make popping in for a meal or shopping trip a piece of cake. We spent a lot of time in the poolside pavilion which is the ideal chill zone - shady during the day and peaceful in the evenings, and is very well set up with lamps, stereo, and even a bar fridge. It’s also one of the best places to appreciate the sprawling gardens, which are park-like in scope and design. We thought the quirky furnishings were fun, especially the zebra-print chaise longue and the glitter balls, while the dining room with its art deco-style chandelier and fabulous feature mirror just begs for interesting dinner parties. One of the things we like most about Villa Valentine is that everything is so soft, fluffy and enveloping, from the daybeds to the Thai cushions to the plush black towels. We also liked the great choice of restaurants within walking distance, from cheap and cheerful warungs, to cafes like Butter (good for breakfast treats) and Canggu Plaza with pizza, Japanese food and Brazilian barbecue.
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Villa Coco Groove

Villa Coco Groove

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

Villa Coco Groove boasts chic, minimalist tropical living in a spacious garden setting. We found the villa to be very peaceful considering it’s situation in a compact residential area, near to Seminyak’s restaurant and shopping districts. The grassed coconut grove and large swimming pool provided an attractive focal point for our days of relaxation and we agreed that the vast gardens (a rarity for villas in this sought-after area), make Coco Groove a great place for functions and parties, or for families with kids who need lots of space to let of steam. Really, this villa is suitable for all age groups and offers exceptional value for money.

The villa is a fabulous blend of old and new. We particularly liked the Sarawak theme in the lounge; the back wall is adorned with baby carriers, masks, parang knives, oars and blowpipes of ethnic groups from the Borneo region, such as the Dayak, Iban and Orang Ulu. You can read all about them in a number of the books found in a small, but eclectic library in the master bedroom. Whilst the TV lounge is functional, the small screen and limited seating engineers it more towards a reading room or study (there are no TVs in the bedrooms either).

We found the staff (total seven) professional, friendly and speak good English. They live out, however hours are flexible depending on your needs, and with three security guards there is always someone on hand. Babysitters and masseurs are available on request at additional charge. The chef excelled in all the meals he prepared for us. You can choose from an extensive suggestion menu and the staff will do the provisioning (a small charge is made to cover petrol). A well-thought-out information book informs you of the day-to-day operations of the villa and recommends day trips which can be arranged by the staff, whilst also giving great advice on local attractions.
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Villa Jempiring

Villa Jempiring

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

Villa Jempiring must be in the running for having one of the coolest swimming pool designs on the island. Not only does it slope gradually down into the deep but the shallow bits are painted and textured the colour and feel of real sand! Surround that with big green tropical plants under a big blue tropical sky and you can be forgiven for getting lost in a world of tropical island castaways. Even the daybeds are semi-submerged upon ‘the shore’ and, best of all, the tide never goes out. The owners have used recycled hardwood throughout that draws heavily on the indigenous themes of Eastern Indonesian that adds even more to the eclectic and wild experience. We especially enjoyed the positioning of the three upstairs bedrooms, which are bathed in sunshine with massive wraparound decks making a perfect spot for sun lovers. And the guest bedroom in the garden would be a perfect spot to put the in-laws or the teenagers. You also can’t ask for a better location if the beach or party scene is your raison d’etre.
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Villa Kinaree

Villa Kinaree

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

Considering its heart-of-the-action location in Bali’s sophisticated Seminyak, it’s extraordinary just how serene life is at Villa Kinaree. Thoughtful design combines classic and timeless Indonesian architecture with twenty-first century luxury and convenience to create a truly delightful villa and one we felt very much at home in. It’s very hard NOT to relax here with a gorgeous courtyard garden to enjoy, refreshing pool to dive into and a wide breezy balcony to stretch out on. Then there’s the very convivial pool table and bar area and the massive sofas to curl up on come evening time.

We loved the beautifully furnished bedrooms – especially the snug bedroom four set on its own above the living area - and the indulgent jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. All rooms have plenty of private, comfortable sitting space, and the daybed outside the master bedroom made a lovely spot for a quiet read.

Although there’s a huge choice of places to eat and drink within easy reach of the villa, a chef is on hand to prepare a wide range of Indonesian and Western favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner; just talk through your selection with him, or Theodora, Villa Kinaree’s friendly and very capable manager, and the rest will be taken care of.

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Villa Nava

Villa Nava

Thailand » Koh Samui » Bang Por-Nathon

We felt instantly at home at Villa Nava; partly because of the villa’s comfortable furnishings and convivial layout – it seems the most natural thing in the world to walk through the front door, drop your bag and grab a stool at the big white breakfast island to chat with whoever’s in the kitchen – and partly because Irene, the villa’s lovely manageress, radiates a motherly warmth that just makes you feel relaxed and looked after straight away.

Irene met us at the foot of the steep hill that Nava is built on and smilingly escorted us up to the villa, where, on entering through the double doors, we were greeted by the beautiful view out over the pool and palm tops to a sparkling ocean dotted with tropical island gems. Pristine forested hills and Samui’s attractive coastline disappear southwards, with Nathon town’s long jetty just visible in the mid distance.

Villa Nava’s living room, dining area and kitchen are almost totally surrounded by glass (most of which folds back to create a bright open-sided space) providing easy access to the pool and the breezy sala where, come evening, we sat on black-cushioned sofas toasting the magnificent sunsets.

The bedrooms, split two in the main house and two in the guest bungalow, are well set up for a couple of families or for an extended family (as long and grandma and grandpa are not hampered by stairs – as there are quite a lot of them between the bungalow and the main living floor), and we liked that all the rooms offered pleasant outdoor terraces for a quiet read or rest.

The villa is self-catering, but Irene will help with the shopping and even organizes for meals to be delivered from some nearby restaurants. Alternatively, a local cook will come to the villa and prepare mouth-watering Thai cuisine for a very reasonable charge.

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The Villas Nai Harn - Emerald Villa

The Villas Nai Harn - Emerald Villa

Thailand » Phuket » Nai Harn

‘Emerald’ is certainly an apt name for this holiday home whose terraces are perfectly positioned to drink in the lush, tropical hillside views. This is truly a family-oriented villa within easy reach of Phuket’s most family-friendly beach – kids of all ages will absolutely love it here.

We really enjoyed Emerald’s tranquillity and the feeling that you’re hidden away from the world while enjoying all the modern comforts you’d expect in a luxury holiday home. We appreciated the small touches that give the villa added comfort, like the bean-bag chairs and having ceiling fans in the bathrooms (anyone who has ever found themselves ready for another shower within five minutes of having their first one will know what we mean!). The huge pool terrace, with its sala dining area and barbecue, made us wish we’d brought along half a dozen more friends since it’s ideal for pool parties. With meals mostly taken care of by the full-time housekeeper–cook and a wealth of dining choices to enjoy within minutes, the only major decision during our stay was: Beach or Pool? This happy dilemma was usually answered with: Both! Refreshing laps in the pool by morning were followed with trips down to the beach in the late afternoon to watch the sun sink into the sea behind the silhouettes of tall-masted yachts. Total tropical bliss. (Declaration of bias: Nai Harn is our favourite beach in Phuket, so we are likely to have extra fondness for any villa located in this area!)

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The Villas Nai Harn - Gemstone Villa

The Villas Nai Harn - Gemstone Villa

Thailand » Phuket » Nai Harn

The Eagles’ hit about having “a peaceful, easy feeling” could well be the theme song for Gemstone Villa. This is truly a family-oriented villa within easy reach of Phuket’s most family-friendly beach – kids of all ages will absolutely love it here. We really valued Gemstone’s tranquillity and the feeling that you’re in a lush oasis while enjoying all the modern comforts you’d expect in a luxury holiday home. We appreciated the small touches that give the villa added safety and comfort, such as having ceiling fans in the bathrooms (anyone who has ever found themselves ready for another shower within five minutes of having their first one will know what we mean!), and a protective fence for the pool available on request. The spacious pool terrace, with its sala dining area and barbecue, made us wish we’d brought along half a dozen more friends since it’s ideal for pool parties. With meals mostly taken care of by the full-time housekeeper–cook and a wealth of dining choices to enjoy within minutes, the only major decision during our stay was: Beach or Pool? This happy dilemma was usually answered with: Both! Refreshing laps in the pool by morning were followed with trips down to the beach in the late afternoon to watch the sun sink into the sea behind the silhouettes of tall-masted yachts. Total tropical bliss. (Declaration of bias: Nai Harn is our favourite beach in Phuket, so we are likely to have extra fondness for any villa located in this area!)
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The Villas Nai Harn - Sunstone Villa

The Villas Nai Harn - Sunstone Villa

Thailand » Phuket » Nai Harn

The Eagles’ hit about having “a peaceful, easy feeling” could well be the theme song for Sunstone Villa. This is truly a family-oriented villa within easy reach of Phuket’s most family-friendly beach – kids of all ages will absolutely love it here. We really valued Sunstone’s tranquillity and the feeling that you’re in the centre of a lush oasis while being able to enjoy all the modern comforts you’d expect in a luxury holiday home. We appreciated the small touches that give the villa added safety and comfort, such as having ceiling fans in the bathrooms (anyone who has ever found themselves ready for another shower within five minutes of having their first one will know what we mean!), and a protective fence for the pool available on request. The huge pool terrace, with its sala dining area and barbecue, made us wish we’d brought along half a dozen more friends since it’s ideal for pool parties. With meals mostly taken care of by the full-time housekeeper–cook and a wealth of dining choices to enjoy within minutes, the only major decision during our stay was: Beach or Pool? This happy dilemma was usually answered with: Both! Refreshing laps in the pool by morning were followed with trips down to the beach in the late afternoon to watch the sun sink into the sea behind the silhouettes of tall-masted yachts. Total tropical bliss. (Declaration of bias: Nai Harn is our favourite beach in Phuket, so we are likely to have extra fondness for any villa located in this area!)
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White House at Bird Lake No. 2

White House at Bird Lake No. 2

Sri Lanka » West Coast » Hikkaduwa

This is an excellent holiday home for independent couples, families or groups of friends looking to self-cater or enjoy an extended holiday as it offers good value too. The villa’s imaginative build celebrates its picturesque and very serene natural location. The interiors feel homely and, since the rooms are spread across three floors, either sociable or intimate depending upon the occasion. When we first visited the villa back in 2009 it was brand new. Nearly four years on, the villa still felt charming, and the garden beautifully lush, but we noticed that the interiors were starting to look a little tired in places - the fish tank, particularly, looked forlorn. An iPod dock has been added though, along with many more books, CDs, DVDs and games.

The villa is set up for self-caterers. There are a few restaurants located within walking distance of the villa which means that if you don’t feel like cooking, you don’t have far to go to eat out – these include Asian Jewel, where you can enjoy a hearty English breakfast, and Kallabongo Resort. The White House manager, Chaminda, is also the manager of Sun Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa and can arrange a chef to come to the house to cook for you with advance notice; rice and curry is recommended. A staff of two assists self-catering guests and are on hand to clean, tidy and make drinks for you throughout the day. Their English is limited, but they do understand guests’ needs. Chaminda can be called at any time to assist with more complex queries - local calls from the house telephone are free – and the villa has a very detailed information guide. The staff can arrange a tuk tuk if you’d like to head into Hikkaduwa or you could jump aboard the villa’s two (slightly dilapidated) bicycles to peddle there yourself. Chaminda can organise scooter hire or a car  for onward travel.

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Why House

Why House

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Talpe

We visited Why House with a few friends and organised a special surprise birthday dinner for one of them in the evening. The villa staff pulled out all the stops and made our simple request into a real occasion. Rum cocktails and dips on the veranda at dusk were followed by an authentic British roast. The meal was superb and it was difficult to believe that the chef wasn’t English given the delectable cauliflower cheese and bread sauce! The lemon birthday cake for dessert was equally divine and the setting – tropical flower displays adorning the table - further enhanced the occasion. The whole evening was a great example of exactly why Why is such a good choice for groups and for entertaining. The staff – headed by wonderful hostess Henrietta – are equally proficient at looking after guests’ day-to-day needs. I found the main house bedrooms and bathrooms to be more luxurious than the others but they all come with their own special charm and are equally well-facilitated – air conditioning, satellite TVs, mini fridges and baskets full of mags, sarongs and games all come as standard in the rooms. DVD players are available on request and there’s a library of movies to choose from. The main living room has sound wired into the ceiling so it makes a great spot for getting together and having a bit of a bash! Why House might not be on the beach but you’ll find a sandy selection just five minutes away. We loved the villa’s inland location and spacious surroundings that couldn’t have felt more tropical and serene. A number of restaurants are within easy reach although with the chef’s excellent cooking – the menu lists Sri Lankan and Thai dishes, seafood grills, BBQs plus other western cuisines – it’s very likely you’ll choose to stay in. Breakfast is included in the rate and all other meals are at cost price plus a 10% charge for service. The villa is great value since several other services such as laundry, fax and WiFi are included in the rate.
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