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10 of the Best Villas in Bang Tao, Phuket

A holiday in Bang Tao offers seclusion and convenience, a combination often difficult to find. Bang Tao Beach is a six-kilometre sandy stretch that remains refreshingly authentic. The northern end near Layan Beach is relatively untouched, with Dream Beach Club adding a dash of glitz to the scene. The centre is dominated by the Laguna Phuket resort complex, a secure and upscale resort which is home to award-winning hotels such as Dusit Laguna Phuket and The Banyan Tree, along with a handful of luxury villas that remain in high demand. Within the complex, you will find Laguna Phuket Golf Course, several world-renowned spas, and more than 30 restaurants and bars at the six resorts, all within walking distance or a shuttle ride away.

The resort also has a marketplace where conveniences such as money changing facilities, medical clinics, pharmacies, massage centres and banks can be accessed. Stop for a bite at one of the western delicatessens before you head to the many shops where you can pick up a souvenir or two. The complimentary shuttle bus drops guests off at the Laguna Phuket entrance, where affordable foot spas and even more restaurants, some with live music, can be enjoyed. Things to do in Bang Tao are aplenty including the treasures of Boat Avenue, popular on the island for its shopping centre and the fabulous, high-end Villa Market grocery store where you can stock up if you plan to cook. New to the area, Porto de Phuket is a glamorous shopping centre where locals and tourists flock, offering a range of restaurants, shops and another high-end grocery store.

Those seeking nightlife excitement can head off towards Patong, a 20-minute (25km) drive south. Besides all the action at the bars and the clubs, Patong also has shopping opportunities at Jungceylon shopping mall and ‘knock-off’ goods markets. To the north of Bang Tao, Layan Beach is a secret well kept by Phuket’s local expat community. Coconuts languish in the sand, cleansed by the crystal clear waters. The beachfront is public but usually deserted, parking is available and, during the high-season, food and drink pedalled by vendors and beach massages are aplenty. Phuket’s international airport lies 30km to the north.


Maan Tawan - Thee Sahm Raan

Maan Tawan - Thee Sahm Raan

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Villa Thee Sahm Raan is one of the most balanced, well thought out and best presented villas we have seen in Phuket – it is probably why the owners use it a lot. It is the perfect holiday retreat for families or groups. The villa is clean, safe and enclosed, although the swimming pool is not fenced so non-swimmers would need to be watched. During our inspection we found the kitchen to be fully equipped – although the maid will do the cooking and grocery shopping if you want to escape those chores (provisions are on guest account).

The villa’s location is awesome – great beaches nearby, and convenient for restaurants, services, food and other shopping.

We revisited the villa three years after our first stay and were impressed to find that more facilities (including a computer and printer) and services have been added, thus we’re raising the review score a notch to reflect this. As well, Thee Sahm Raan is showing no signs of age – it is kept in pristine condition throughout.
 
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Chom Tawan - Villa Samorna

Chom Tawan - Villa Samorna

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Villa Samorna is a very-well-cared-for and welcoming oasis.  Although the villa is on an estate, its position along the banks of a stream gives it a truly private and tranquil feel.  We enjoyed some lazy hours sipping drinks in the shade by the big pool, which – along with the garden – is a delight for kids.  During our brief visit we didn’t dine in, but we could have asked the villa’s long-time housekeeper Khun Aon to cook for us had we wished (extra charge applies).  We found her to be helpful and friendly and, having assisted the villa owners and many guests over the years, a fount of knowledge on the area – such as the best places to eat locally.    

We prefer being away from busy areas on holiday and in this regard Villa Samorna was the perfect choice, with the estate set along a quiet section of the beach that so far has seen little development.  Aside from a few people out on a stroll with their dogs, we didn’t come across any commercial activity at the beach in this area beyond the few simple restaurants nearby.  It’s isolated enough to enjoy your own private sunset views on the sand, and yet the five-star spas and restaurants of Laguna and vicinity are an easy five-minute drive away.  We had our own transport, which we’d recommend for guests staying here given Samorna’s location, though Khun Aom can easily arrange taxi services, too.
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Chom Tawan - Villa Samorna

Chom Tawan - Villa Samorna

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Villa Samorna is a very-well-cared-for and welcoming oasis.  Although the villa is on an estate, its position along the banks of a stream gives it a truly private and tranquil feel.  We enjoyed some lazy hours sipping drinks in the shade by the big pool, which – along with the garden – is a delight for kids.  During our brief visit we didn’t dine in, but we could have asked the villa’s long-time housekeeper Khun Aon to cook for us had we wished (extra charge applies).  We found her to be helpful and friendly and, having assisted the villa owners and many guests over the years, a fount of knowledge on the area – such as the best places to eat locally.    

We prefer being away from busy areas on holiday and in this regard Villa Samorna was the perfect choice, with the estate set along a quiet section of the beach that so far has seen little development.  Aside from a few people out on a stroll with their dogs, we didn’t come across any commercial activity at the beach in this area beyond the few simple restaurants nearby.  It’s isolated enough to enjoy your own private sunset views on the sand, and yet the five-star spas and restaurants of Laguna and vicinity are an easy five-minute drive away.  We had our own transport, which we’d recommend for guests staying here given Samorna’s location, though Khun Aom can easily arrange taxi services, too.
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Maan Tawan - Penthouse

Maan Tawan - Penthouse

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Sunrise, sunsets, sunrise, sunsets. There aren’t too many holiday homes in Phuket that can lay claim to providing unfettered views of both sunrises and sunsets, but Maan Tawan Penthouse offers just that if you can muster up the energy to climb up to the gorgeous rooftop pool terrace at the designated times of day. Beyond these great views, the penthouse is simply an all-around comfortable, inviting and fun place to stay for all ages. Getting to the penthouse requires climbing three flights of stairs, however, so it could be a challenge for those with limited mobility or babies in tow. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a standalone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Maan Tawan - Penthouse

Maan Tawan - Penthouse

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Sunrise, sunsets, sunrise, sunsets. There aren’t too many holiday homes in Phuket that can lay claim to providing unfettered views of both sunrises and sunsets, but Maan Tawan Penthouse offers just that if you can muster up the energy to climb up to the gorgeous rooftop pool terrace at the designated times of day. Beyond these great views, the penthouse is simply an all-around comfortable, inviting and fun place to stay for all ages. Getting to the penthouse requires climbing three flights of stairs, however, so it could be a challenge for those with limited mobility or babies in tow. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a standalone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Maan Tawan - Orchid Apartment

Maan Tawan - Orchid Apartment

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Though it may not have quite as much space as a private stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan Orchid is a great alternative for families or couples seeking a luxurious tropical holiday home. Modern and bright, Orchid is simply an all-round comfortable, inviting and fun place for all ages. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a standalone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Maan Tawan - Jasmin Apartment

Maan Tawan - Jasmin Apartment

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Though it may not have quite as much space as a private stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan Jasmin is a great alternative for families or couples seeking a luxurious holiday home near the beach. Modern and bright, Jasmin is simply an all-round comfortable, inviting and fun place for all ages. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Maan Tawan - Orchid Apartment

Maan Tawan - Orchid Apartment

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Though it may not have quite as much space as a private stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan Orchid is a great alternative for families or couples seeking a luxurious tropical holiday home. Modern and bright, Orchid is simply an all-round comfortable, inviting and fun place for all ages. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a standalone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Maan Tawan - Jasmin Apartment

Maan Tawan - Jasmin Apartment

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

Though it may not have quite as much space as a private stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan Jasmin is a great alternative for families or couples seeking a luxurious holiday home near the beach. Modern and bright, Jasmin is simply an all-round comfortable, inviting and fun place for all ages. Though we place it in the ‘mid-range’ category because it’s an apartment rather than a stand-alone villa, Maan Tawan’s service, facilities and design are all top-quality. It’s a well managed and cared for property, and we found the staff here to be attentive and helpful. Though services such as a chef and driver are not included, these are easily arranged for an extra charge.

Its location also has a wide appeal. Found at the quieter northern end of Bang Tao, it’s within easy walking distance of a quiet patch of sand for a blissful day of solitude away from the crowds. And with all the facilities of Laguna resort so close by, it’s also a perfect location for those who wish to indulge in some fine food and wine or have an adventure-filled holiday with sports and leisure choices including water sports, golf and ATV riding.

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Laguna Residence 57/5

Laguna Residence 57/5

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Bang Tao

We felt that the layout, size and design of this villa made it ideal for families and extended families. As well as the twin bedded room on the first floor (ideal for kids), the master bedroom is spacious enough for a baby cot and the queen bedroom on the ground floor would be great for elderly relatives. The maid’s room next to the utility area could also be an added attraction for those travelling with a helper.

Light flooded into the house during the daytime, and when we drew the pin-striped blinds at night they effectively wallpapered the rooms and completely transformed the atmosphere of the house. The gardens are generous and child-friendly, with a white wicker fence at the end of the lawn to make sure that youngsters don’t stray onto the fairway. Although there are other villas on both sides, we felt there was enough landscaping in between to give us adequate privacy. There are no live-in staff (although a manager is on call 24 hours a day) and the villa is primarily self-catering, but a maid cleans daily, pool boys and gardeners come twice a week, and a chef can be arranged with prior notice for a small fee. Food is prepared according to a menu at cost price. The management company can also assist with anything from trips and tours to transport, grocery shopping, maintenance and laundry services.

 
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