Executive Escape Villas

Think out of the box. Brainstorming needs more than a boardroom and coffee. Get inspired for that trailblazing product or strategy or build camaraderie with colleagues at these mind-refreshing villa getaways. Projectors, fax machines, WiFi, air conditioned rooms suitable for meetings and a good coffee machine are just some of the facilities you would expect to find to oil the wheels of industry.

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Pantai Lima - Villa Waringin

Pantai Lima - Villa Waringin

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

We stayed at Villa Waringin on a writers' conference and all agreed there could be no finer place for a coming together of creative minds. The villa's homely ambience makes you feel immediately relaxed, while complementary facilities like pull-down projector screens, plus a team of willing, able staff remove every possible hassle, leaving you to get on with the business of the day. The same ease would definitely apply on a holiday, and we tested this theory to the full whenever there was a break in proceedings. Reclining on the terrace sofas with a choice of teas and delicious snacks (the chef does an excellent Croque Monsieur) certainly got the creative juices flowing, as did lying on the cushioned sunbeds by the pool, while some of the best ideas actually emerged during the delicious barbecue dinner on the poolside lawn (not least the notion of a second helping of fresh prawns!). When it was time to retreat to our supremely comfortable bedrooms, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks ensured no one felt over-burdened with work worries before drifting off to sleep. In the morning a fabulous breakfast spread included fresh fruit, eggs with back bacon and pain au chocolat - ample fuel for the day ahead. Although it's a shame not to be able to swim in a sea so close (there are huge breakers and dangerous rip tides), we were more than happy to gaze and gasp at the waves, sound in the knowledge that come sunset we'd be immersed in the pool, watching the sky blush to greet the evening stars.
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Pantai Lima - Villa Waringin

Pantai Lima - Villa Waringin

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

We stayed at Villa Waringin on a writers' conference and all agreed there could be no finer place for a coming together of creative minds. The villa's homely ambience makes you feel immediately relaxed, while complementary facilities like pull-down projector screens, plus a team of willing, able staff remove every possible hassle, leaving you to get on with the business of the day. The same ease would definitely apply on a holiday, and we tested this theory to the full whenever there was a break in proceedings. Reclining on the terrace sofas with a choice of teas and delicious snacks (the chef does an excellent Croque Monsieur) certainly got the creative juices flowing, as did lying on the cushioned sunbeds by the pool, while some of the best ideas actually emerged during the delicious barbecue dinner on the poolside lawn (not least the notion of a second helping of fresh prawns!). When it was time to retreat to our supremely comfortable bedrooms, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks ensured no one felt over-burdened with work worries before drifting off to sleep. In the morning a fabulous breakfast spread included fresh fruit, eggs with back bacon and pain au chocolat - ample fuel for the day ahead. Although it's a shame not to be able to swim in a sea so close (there are huge breakers and dangerous rip tides), we were more than happy to gaze and gasp at the waves, sound in the knowledge that come sunset we'd be immersed in the pool, watching the sky blush to greet the evening stars.
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Paresa Grand Villa 5

Paresa Grand Villa 5

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

Water, water everywhere! From the expansive sea views to the three swimming pools to the fabulous baths, there's no escaping from aquatic delights at Paresa Grand Villa 5. Soothed by its cool earthy tones, gorgeous Southern Thai design and seamless outdoor and indoor spaces, our worries simply floated away in a sea of serenity. We loved the openness of all the rooms -- there's nothing quite as refreshing as peeling aside an entire wall to greet the morning's tropical breezes. Equally as nice, as evening arrived, was the ease in which the bedrooms could be made cosy by drawing the curtains and switching on the romantic lighting, while the air conditioning cooled down hot bodies after a day in the sun. Paresa's picturesque location and impressive facilities are ideal for a wedding or other celebration, with a full contingent of resort services and staff on hand to help. As a resort-style villa, Paresa does not have the live-in staff that regular villa guests may anticipate but a butler is easily reached by phone. We felt that the subtlety of the interior design made the villa a bit generic looking; some splashes of colour would have added flavour. However, what the villa lacks in character, is made up for by the Paresa Resort staff's smooth professionalism and the good range of activities on offer such as cooking classes, yacht trips, spa sessions or market excursions (additional charges apply). Paresa's many staircases will make it difficult for those with limited mobility and a watchful eye on young children will be needed with the open pools and lack of barriers on some steep areas.
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Villa Riva

Villa Riva

Thailand » Koh Samui » Bang Por-Nathon

Villa Riva’s sprawling Thai-style buildings with red-tiled roofs, gave us the initial impression of entering a boutique hotel rather than a private residence. But clever design and furnishings turns what could have been an imposing structure into an intimate luxury villa.

With bedrooms and living areas housed in separate buildings, peace and quiet is easy to come by. On the other hand, Riva's excellent facilities make it a great villa for socialising. We spent our afternoon sunning ourselves on the pool deck, attempting to swim the full 32-metre-length of the pool, and exploring the beach and rock pools, before enjoying sundowners as we watched fishing boats coming and going and the sun sinking into the bay.

A seafood dinner was enjoyed alfresco in the barbecue sala alongside the pool. The villa’s elevated position on the headland means it catches the breeze perfectly, but on a still night, the sala has a ceiling fan to cool. And of course, you can always refresh with a moonlit dip in the pool that appears as an extension of the sea.

Music piped through indoor and outdoor speakers added to the mood (there’s an extensive selection of music with controls throughout the clubhouse and in the sala). Ending the evening on a high note, we retreated to the home cinema, reclined our seats to near horizontal and, at the touch of the iPad control, settled in with popcorn and drinks for a few hours of entertainment. After a good night’s rest in fluffy white bedding, there was nothing nicer than waking to the sounds of the birds  – knowing that we didn’t have to get up just yet, but could indulgently savour the view from the comfort of our bed. Once we did manage to get up and about, the smell of breakfast on the go and coffee brewing drew us to the dining room where we could continue to enjoy the ocean views.
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Samsara Estate - Villa Benyasiri

Samsara Estate - Villa Benyasiri

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

The view at Villa Benyasiri is to die for: a truly spectacular panorama. The villa is perfect for those who enjoy a private, luxury experience with little desire to leave the amazing views that the villa offers. Groups would also enjoy this villa for a party or reunion, but remember that two of the five bedrooms are twin-share and more oriented to families holidaying with children.

A definite party pad, Villa Benyasiri offers Vogue-style views, modern living and contemporary spaces. The owners, who frequently holiday here, have two energetic kids, but if you are travelling with young children who need lots of space, Villa Benyasiri may be a little constraining; families with older children looking for ‘action’ may prefer a less secluded location although Patong is really not far away.
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Samsara Estate - Villa Fah Sai

Samsara Estate - Villa Fah Sai

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

We thought that Villa Fah Sai was very homely and thoughtfully designed so that the views can be admired and enjoyed to the max. The dining deck offers the best panoramas and is perfect for entertaining, with its barbecue and built-in speakers. The kitchen is also a very sociable space with its breakfast nook and plenty of room for a couple of cooks.

The villa would be great for two families, an extended family, couples or groups of friends, although the rooms are not all equally sized; the master bedroom, with its direct staircase link to the fifth bedroom, is ideal for a family share. The well-equipped entertainment room will also appeal to kids, and the swimming pool has a shallow end (though supervision of smaller children would still be necessary around the infinity edge).

The villa would also make a good corporate escape; the master bedroom is private and has an attached lounge and office, the villa is WiFi enabled and has a telephone in each room, and there are plenty of spectacular locations for wining and dining. The management’s ‘can-do’ guest relations service and the excellent Thai chef also enhance its suitability for a business retreat; specific menus and social occasions can be arranged on request.  Food is prepared according to a villa menu, and staff will do your shopping (provisions at cost, plus a shopping charge added to guest account).

The villa’s spa room (when not being used as the fifth bedroom!) is a delight, and means that you don’t have to travel anywhere for a pampering treat! Twin massage tables allow for romantic double treatments too.
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Samsara Estate - Villa Hale Malia

Samsara Estate - Villa Hale Malia

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

For privacy, location and facilities Villa Hale Malia takes a lot of beating and we loved the modern architecture which is very different to other villas we’ve experienced in Thailand. However the real stand out is the view – you will be hard pressed to find anything like it.

Service is very good, discreet yet attentive and the home-cooked meals are excellent. The bathrooms are modern and clean, bedrooms comfortable with pleasant patios and views but it is the common areas which shine with cathedral style ceilings and extensive use of glass and that stunning panorama.

It’s not easy for a villa to be adaptable all types of clientele but we felt that Villa Hale Malia comes very close. For those travelling with young children, it’s perhaps not the perfect choice – there are steep drop-offs in the sloping garden and from the edge of the pool – and it’s a little too secluded for multiple trips into town. We’d recommend it more for those looking to stay in and enjoy the villa, the views and the polished service. That said, many of the owners of these villas have young families and we know they have a wonderful time. The villa is a great place for hosting a party and the excellent sound system (with speakers in all living areas, including the outside sala and brbecue pit) can be cranked up quite high without having to worry too much about disturbing the neighbours.
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Samsara Estate - Villa Leelavadee

Samsara Estate - Villa Leelavadee

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

Groups of friends and couples will adore the privacy of Leelavadee’s location and its potential for entertaining, however we felt the villa to be particularly suited to families (one or two) since it has two twin rooms which share a balcony and two larger bedroom suites. Since the bedrooms are on the lower level we felt they were given more privacy and allowed the upstairs living/dining areas to be used exclusively for relaxing and entertaining. A garden surrounds the villa, but it is steep and was used more as an alternative route to different parts of the villa than for relaxing in. The swimming pool has an infinity edge and looks towards the sea through branches that – although providing Leelavadee with lots of privacy – do somewhat disturb the views. The gym and pool table offer diversion away from the living areas so that others can relax in peace and quiet, however speakers are wired throughout the villa if a background beat is desired. The home cinema really enhances the villa’s appeal for families and movie buffs, especially as the bookshelves of the media room are filled with a large selection of DVDs as well as CDs and board games. Since the large sofas in this room can be made into an extra bed, this room can also be used as a fifth bedroom if necessary (it has its own ensuite bathroom too).
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Samsara Estate - Villa Lomchoy

Samsara Estate - Villa Lomchoy

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

Villa Lomchoy has great potential for those looking for a secluded but stylish retreat. It’s a fair distance from town but its cliff-top location is unbeatable in terms of privacy and stunning vista. We loved the living spaces, particularly outdoors around the amazing pool terrace – this has to be one of the best sunset views on the island.

The villa’s interior design is minimalist but shows both good taste and a sense of humour – we liked the oversized wooden teapot set on a bed of white pebbles on the downstairs landing and the old photo of the Shanghai Bund in the study. Other design pieces, whether the over-sized gourds or the antique bow and arrow add both a sense of fun and a refinement to the property.

Bedrooms are comfortable and full of natural light and we enjoyed the unique artwork on the walls and the individual colour schemes.  The owners have young children but the villa isn’t particularly ideal for families with straying toddlers, due to the steepness of the garden and the drop from the infinity pool – with due care however it shouldn’t pose a problem. Service from the house-keeper was friendly and helpful although her limited English made communication slightly complicated.
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Samsara Estate - Villa Viman

Samsara Estate - Villa Viman

Thailand » Phuket » Kamala

Samsara Villa Viman really is huge, and we loved the fact that even with large groups, there’s still a wide choice of indoor areas to escape to for some peace. The view is exceptional and the pool terrace and sala maximise the enjoyment of the natural surroundings with aplomb. The villa owners obviously have children and the villa has been designed to make sure that guests of all ages are kept busy, rain or shine. The table tennis was a great touch, as was the table football in the huge kids’ bedroom, whilst the home cinema was one of the best we’ve seen.

Service is good and the home-cooked Thai food is excellent – we liked the menu of local delicacies and the fact that the staff can generally organise whatever guests require, whether a pool-side barbecue or sunset drinks in the amazing sala - with English-speaking on-site management close at hand, it’s easy to organise a rental car or a trip to the golf course without getting caught out by the language barrier.
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