The 5 best villas to rent in Thailand

Look out for the lushest vacations in these cottages.

1. Paresa

Spending more than a few days at the Paresa can be counterproductive. You start believing the island is your world and your only connection to the mainland is via private yachts and luxury SUVs. And that a view of a brilliantly blue sea is a guarantee no matter which direction you turn to, because all rooms, villas, and restaurants here have ocean views. The luxury resort’s Grand Villa comfortably houses around 12 adults. The resort, laid out in traditional southern Thai style, blends seamlessly with the lush surrounding greens. There’s miles of beach to saunter through, but it’s difficult to tear yourself away from the infinity pool especially when they light it up and serve you meals on it, on floating decks. Don’t you wish to experience this luxurious stay? Then check out the list of Paresa Hotel Rooms and pick the room that falls in your affordability range and suits your liking.

2. Six Senses Samui

Twenty acres at the northern tip of Samui is dedicated to 66 private villas. Most of the villas have private infinity pools, but the ones that don’t have beautiful outdoor showers. Boat trips, elephant treks and hikes can be organised, although why you’d want to leave your ocean view room (with walk-in closets and private dining areas) is beyond us. There’s even a dedicated butler to cater to whims and fancies. If all the decadence twinges your conscience in the slightest, focus on the eco-sustainability of the resort – recycling of water, community contributions, and indigenous planting and farming. The Six Senses Samui is a great place for a luxurious stay and you can plan a family outing to this place next time you are out on a vacation.

3. The Shore at Katathani

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At The Shore, it’s the colours that will blind you – brilliant soft pastels against which the ocean and pools open out. There are 48 villas, all with pools, with views of green hills and vertical gardens or of course the ocean. The resort doesn’t allow children under 12, although the sister property next door Katathani Beach Resort is perfect for family gatherings and guests at The Shore can avail of all their facilities gratis. Remember that this is built on a slope, so some of the villas might give you awesome views but they do require a trek to get up there. Aren’t these enough reasons to book a stay at The Shore at Kathathani, Phuket?

4. Casas del Sol

Not all luxuriously laid out villas have hefty price tags attached to them.
The five stylish villas of Casas del Sol lie a short ferry ride away from Koh Samui, lavishly boasting massive bedrooms, equally panoramic views of the sea, very chic interiors, pools, and ample opportunity to pick up Thai cooking skills, learn Muay Thai boxing, go quad biking, kayaking, fishing or wakeboarding. The villas are self-catering, but there is a complimentary weekly housekeeping service that cleans and provides fresh towels and linen. If the wonderful solace of a beach and villa just for yourself gets too much, you transfer to the ferry (a free service) and hop over to the mainland.

5. Trisara

There’s a 150-m long pool, and the Andaman Sea peeks at you from everywhere, literally, from the sunken baths, the beds, and of course the pool. It’s not for nothing that this place is called the ‘third garden of heaven’, Trisara. The palm and banyan tree plantations that flank the resort suspend it in an oasis of calm, further enhanced by infinity pools that seem to flow straight into the sea. If you can bear to tear yourself away from your rooms, there’s a spa, helicopter rides over the World Heritage listed Phang Nga Bay, golf, scuba diving and poolside barbecues to distract you. Learn the prices for booking at Trisara, Phuket before planning your travel and stay. This will help you plan your finances better.

Best time to visit:

The greatest bit about Thailand is the fact that it’s a perfect destination all year round. May to October tends to be rainy, and March to May quite hot. November to February is perfectly cool.

Insider Tip:

If you’re willing to forego the beachfront villa, there are some exceptional treetop and forest luxury villas to consider – they’re equally breathtaking, with infinity pools that sit squat near lagoons and under starry skies fringed by ancient banyan trees.