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10 of the Best Villas in Kamala, Phuket

A former fishing village, now home to a collection of Phuket's most luxurious properties, Kamala is a town in transition. Set along a curving, white-sand bay on Phuket's west coast, Kamala has emerged as a more low-key resort destination than the neighbouring beaches of Patong and Surin, and something of an expat enclave. Families particularly enjoy Kamala's shallow sea waters and less chaotic feel, and fishermen-turned-tour guides now offer trips to nearby beaches on their traditional long-tail boats, still seen bobbing in the bay's south end.

Local eateries and bars remain mostly casual watering holes – chilled-out Kamala has neither the hectic debauchery of Patong nor the swankiness of Surin. Shopping is done at local open-air markets or the small shops that line the village's streets selling tourist fare, beachwear and convenience items. Those seeking more upscale choices head north to Surin Beach (4km), to the Laguna Phuket Canal Village shopping centre in Bang Tao Beach (10km), or south to the Jungceylon shopping centre in Patong (15km).

A few minutes south of Kamala town, yet a world apart, is the headland known as Millionaires' Mile, a luxury enclave where Phuket's most stylish and pricey resorts and private villas can be found along its stunning coastal road. Among these is the smart Andara Resort, owned by Hong Kong's famed entrepreneur Allan Zeman, with its popular Silk restaurant, the Hyatt Regency Phuket and the five-star Cape Sienna resort, whose rooftop bar, Vanilla Sky, is a hot spot for sunset cocktails. Kamala is a 28km drive south from Phuket International Airport.


Baan Paa Talee Estate

Baan Paa Talee Estate

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

We've seen some villas in our time, but Baan Paa Talee Estate took our breath away.  The quality and scale of the villa; the wild beauty of its surroundings; the vast ocean panoramas from almost every room; the warm welcome from the exceptional staff and the creativity of the villa's skilled chef are all in a class of their own.  We were particularly happy to learn all about the villa and the surrounding area from the villa’s knowledgeable, guest-relations manager, who made our stay even more special.

Although Baan Paa Talee is spread across four levels of accommodation, we found ourselves drawn to two special spots: the reception lounge on the 'top deck' - so beautiful at sunset – was the obvious choice for evening cocktails before moving into the glass-enshrined dining room for another memorable dinner; and the whole pool area, which worked brilliantly with its options for lazing, swimming, soaking in the jacuzzi, enjoying a game of pool in the bar area, or cooling off in the media room with a favourite movie.

The bedrooms are really well arranged, offering total privacy if you want it (especially in the Ocean Villa), or flexibility for families in adjoining suites.  All are beautifully fitted and furnished and very comfortable.  Our stay was perfect and we can only hope we get a chance to return.
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Baan Paa Talee Estate

Baan Paa Talee Estate

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

We've seen some villas in our time, but Baan Paa Talee Estate took our breath away.  The quality and scale of the villa; the wild beauty of its surroundings; the vast ocean panoramas from almost every room; the warm welcome from the exceptional staff and the creativity of the villa's skilled chef are all in a class of their own.  We were particularly happy to learn all about the villa and the surrounding area from the villa’s knowledgeable, guest-relations manager, who made our stay even more special.

Although Baan Paa Talee is spread across four levels of accommodation, we found ourselves drawn to two special spots: the reception lounge on the 'top deck' - so beautiful at sunset – was the obvious choice for evening cocktails before moving into the glass-enshrined dining room for another memorable dinner; and the whole pool area, which worked brilliantly with its options for lazing, swimming, soaking in the jacuzzi, enjoying a game of pool in the bar area, or cooling off in the media room with a favourite movie.

The bedrooms are really well arranged, offering total privacy if you want it (especially in the Ocean Villa), or flexibility for families in adjoining suites.  All are beautifully fitted and furnished and very comfortable.  Our stay was perfect and we can only hope we get a chance to return.
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One Waterfall Bay

One Waterfall Bay

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

We found One Waterfall Bay to be a standout villa on many fronts.  The sheer size and decadence of its rooms – especially its upper-floor master suite, featuring not one but two home theatres and even two WCs in its huge private bathroom – is one of the most lavish we’ve come across.  With a mini-fridge and private balcony to boot, we wouldn’t expect couples lucky enough to claim this suite to see much of their fellow guests during their stay!  Every room is furnished and finished to the highest quality, from the polished wood floors to the sparkling stainless-steel kitchen to the marble bathrooms.

Service is also outstanding.  Though the on-site staff may not be very fluent in English, they’re very keen to assist and each meal we enjoyed during our stay was delicious and presented with panache.  If there’s any trouble communicating, an English-speaking guest relations manager is just a phone call away.  Though we didn’t avail ourselves of the driver and his minivan on our visit, this is a terrific perk since very few private villas in Phuket include this service.

We loved that this is a real all-weather villa, with plenty to keep guests happy come rain or shine.  Though it lacks a garden, the villa’s large pool and jacuzzi, set on a wide terrace, offer plenty of space and comfy furniture for enjoying the tropical setting.  Sipping a morning coffee on the terrace and watching dozens of birds darting amongst the trees of  the lush headland jungle; occasionally swooping in for a quick fly-by splash in the pool, is a sight we won’t soon forget!  Nestling into the sofas in the home cinema was another treat. All in all, we felt very spoiled throughout our visit at One Waterfall Bay.  Our only regret was running out of time to try a massage treatment in the spa room.
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One Waterfall Bay

One Waterfall Bay

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

We found One Waterfall Bay to be a standout villa on many fronts.  The sheer size and decadence of its rooms – especially its upper-floor master suite, featuring not one but two home theatres and even two WCs in its huge private bathroom – is one of the most lavish we’ve come across.  With a mini-fridge and private balcony to boot, we wouldn’t expect couples lucky enough to claim this suite to see much of their fellow guests during their stay!  Every room is furnished and finished to the highest quality, from the polished wood floors to the sparkling stainless-steel kitchen to the marble bathrooms.

Service is also outstanding.  Though the on-site staff may not be very fluent in English, they’re very keen to assist and each meal we enjoyed during our stay was delicious and presented with panache.  If there’s any trouble communicating, an English-speaking guest relations manager is just a phone call away.  Though we didn’t avail ourselves of the driver and his minivan on our visit, this is a terrific perk since very few private villas in Phuket include this service.

We loved that this is a real all-weather villa, with plenty to keep guests happy come rain or shine.  Though it lacks a garden, the villa’s large pool and jacuzzi, set on a wide terrace, offer plenty of space and comfy furniture for enjoying the tropical setting.  Sipping a morning coffee on the terrace and watching dozens of birds darting amongst the trees of  the lush headland jungle; occasionally swooping in for a quick fly-by splash in the pool, is a sight we won’t soon forget!  Nestling into the sofas in the home cinema was another treat. All in all, we felt very spoiled throughout our visit at One Waterfall Bay.  Our only regret was running out of time to try a massage treatment in the spa room.
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Villa Saan

Villa Saan

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

Our stay at Villa Saan left us in no doubt that this is a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a tropical holiday immersed in style and luxury.  The villa’s exquisite design, with its grand entrance foyer framing wide sea views, adds extra WOW factor to its spectacular hillside location, and a clever four-floor layout provides ample shared space and plenty of privacy within each bedroom suite.

Keeping cool is easy in the 19-metre infinity pool that appears to hover above the sea, and the jacuzzi set in the corner of the pool is just the spot for relaxation between swims.  Fancy a more private soak? Just head up to the master suite and ease into the plunge pool on its private balcony, or lie back and relax in the suite’s outdoor tub.  The two top-floor guest bedrooms also have bathtubs-with-a-view in their ensuite bathrooms. 

Though it was hard to drag ourselves away from the sea and sunset views, we did enjoy watching movies in the villa’s sumptuous private cinema.  This, together with the games room and pool table, said to us that Saan is a villa designed for entertaining as much as relaxing.

The staff here are especially thoughtful. We arrived on a day of inclement weather and, since a dip in the pool wasn’t an option, were asked if we’d like a bottle of chilled wine brought up to the master suite as an alternative. We agreed that this was an excellent idea!
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Villa Saan

Villa Saan

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

Our stay at Villa Saan left us in no doubt that this is a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a tropical holiday immersed in style and luxury.  The villa’s exquisite design, with its grand entrance foyer framing wide sea views, adds extra WOW factor to its spectacular hillside location, and a clever four-floor layout provides ample shared space and plenty of privacy within each bedroom suite.

Keeping cool is easy in the 19-metre infinity pool that appears to hover above the sea, and the jacuzzi set in the corner of the pool is just the spot for relaxation between swims.  Fancy a more private soak? Just head up to the master suite and ease into the plunge pool on its private balcony, or lie back and relax in the suite’s outdoor tub.  The two top-floor guest bedrooms also have bathtubs-with-a-view in their ensuite bathrooms. 

Though it was hard to drag ourselves away from the sea and sunset views, we did enjoy watching movies in the villa’s sumptuous private cinema.  This, together with the games room and pool table, said to us that Saan is a villa designed for entertaining as much as relaxing.

The staff here are especially thoughtful. We arrived on a day of inclement weather and, since a dip in the pool wasn’t an option, were asked if we’d like a bottle of chilled wine brought up to the master suite as an alternative. We agreed that this was an excellent idea!
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Villa Saan

Villa Saan

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

Our stay at Villa Saan left us in no doubt that this is a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a tropical holiday immersed in style and luxury.  The villa’s exquisite design, with its grand entrance foyer framing wide sea views, adds extra WOW factor to its spectacular hillside location, and a clever four-floor layout provides ample shared space and plenty of privacy within each bedroom suite.

Keeping cool is easy in the 19-metre infinity pool that appears to hover above the sea, and the jacuzzi set in the corner of the pool is just the spot for relaxation between swims.  Fancy a more private soak? Just head up to the master suite and ease into the plunge pool on its private balcony, or lie back and relax in the suite’s outdoor tub.  The two top-floor guest bedrooms also have bathtubs-with-a-view in their ensuite bathrooms. 

Though it was hard to drag ourselves away from the sea and sunset views, we did enjoy watching movies in the villa’s sumptuous private cinema.  This, together with the games room and pool table, said to us that Saan is a villa designed for entertaining as much as relaxing.

The staff here are especially thoughtful. We arrived on a day of inclement weather and, since a dip in the pool wasn’t an option, were asked if we’d like a bottle of chilled wine brought up to the master suite as an alternative. We agreed that this was an excellent idea!
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Villa Samira

Villa Samira

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

At Villa Samira we really felt connected to the sea and sky. The villa is blessed with all-encompassing views and fabulous sunsets, and with its sleek style and cool blue, turquoise and white accents, it emanated a luxury yacht-like ambiance that had us dreaming of long sea voyages as we floated blissfully in the pool.  

We think this villa would have extra appeal for groups of holidaying couples, with its three top-floor bedroom suites each offering lavish places to relax in privacy.  Battles might be waged, however, over the master suite, with its coveted private jacuzzi set on the terrace and extra-large dressing room and bathroom.  The three lower-floor guest rooms, though slightly smaller, still offer plenty of comfort and luxury. 

The staff here are friendly and helpful and, though unobtrusive, are available throughout the day whenever needed.  The villa manager was keen to know exactly how we liked our meals prepared, and when we mentioned that we liked spicy food she added an extra side dish of chopped chilli at dinner time.  (We’d forgotten that when you say “spicy” in Thailand it means a white-hot fire! So it was thoughtful of her to give us control over the heat level.)   

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Villa Samira

Villa Samira

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala

At Villa Samira we really felt connected to the sea and sky. The villa is blessed with all-encompassing views and fabulous sunsets, and with its sleek style and cool blue, turquoise and white accents, it emanated a luxury yacht-like ambiance that had us dreaming of long sea voyages as we floated blissfully in the pool.  

We think this villa would have extra appeal for groups of holidaying couples, with its three top-floor bedroom suites each offering lavish places to relax in privacy.  Battles might be waged, however, over the master suite, with its coveted private jacuzzi set on the terrace and extra-large dressing room and bathroom.  The three lower-floor guest rooms, though slightly smaller, still offer plenty of comfort and luxury. 

The staff here are friendly and helpful and, though unobtrusive, are available throughout the day whenever needed.  The villa manager was keen to know exactly how we liked our meals prepared, and when we mentioned that we liked spicy food she added an extra side dish of chopped chilli at dinner time.  (We’d forgotten that when you say “spicy” in Thailand it means a white-hot fire! So it was thoughtful of her to give us control over the heat level.)   

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Villa Wang Nam Jai

Villa Wang Nam Jai

Thailand  »  Phuket  »  Kamala


Wang Nam Jai is one of the most welcoming villas we’ve ever stayed in, from the moment of our arrival when we were greeted like celebrities by the staff, to the five-star flourishes including fresh orchids in every room and discreet bedroom turndown service in the evening. Care and attention prevail both in the guest service and villa upkeep – the villa is eight years old yet it’s so scrupulously maintained it looks brand new.

The villa’s gorgeous setting and facilities make it an ideal spot for a small event, though we think most guests will want to stay here for a total restorative escape, made easy with the comfy living and media rooms, private swimming pool and glass-walled fitness room that is a prime place for a yoga session or just enjoying some quiet moments while taking in the wonderful bay views.

We found Villa Wang Nam Jai’s staff to be exceptionally friendly and diligent, and were impressed by the chef’s skills, too. We tried his special chicken curry and he was even kind enough to reveal his secret for making the most vivid green curry we’ve ever seen. It was almost too beautiful to eat! (Though we did, of course, and it was delicious.)
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