7 awesome away-from-it-all pool villas in Thailand
So good you’ll never want to leave.
This property, set on a hilltop overlooking Khao Yai’s verdant landscape, uses eco-friendly energy systems with solar and windmill-generated electricity to power its collection of 11 beautiful one- and two-bedroom pool villas. The design was inspired by a French countryside village, with nicely trimmed lawns and plenty of flowers planted across the property. The one-bedroom villas, boasting 215 sq meters of space, cater to couples (from around B8,000/night), while the two-bedrooms feature an envy-inducing 430 sq meters and can accommodate groups of four or more (from B15,000). They all come with a personal butler, as well as highlights like Japanese baths, saunas and pools with waterfalls and Jacuzzi jets.
495 Moo 7, Nongsarai, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 092-259-5240.
Mason Villa Na Jomtien occupies a prime stretch of land on Pattaya’s Na Jomtien beachfront. This property offers five types of villas, from 168-sq-meter, one-bedroom beachfront villas (max. two guests) to 180-sq-meter, two-bedroom pool villas (max. four guests). Amenities include private saltwater pools, Jacuzzi tubs, sundecks and spacious bathrooms with oversized bathtubs. When you get tired of sunning or soaking yourself, you can retreat to the beachside bar or on-site restaurant. Until the end of June, if you stay on a weekday (Sun-Thu), villas start from B12,150++/night, including free breakfast served to you in your villa. Until the end of March, if you’re a Thai national (sorry, expats), you can get a villa, with breakfast for two included, for B9,880/night.
285 Moo 3, Sukhumvit Rd., Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi, 038-194-699
These villas located right in the center of Hua Hin’s main beach are so luxe they even come equipped with Hermès amenities. There are 28 villas to choose from, ranging in size from 260-sq-meter one-bedroom villas (max. three guests; from B15,500/night) to very capacious, 405-sq-meter three-bedrooms (max. eight guests; from B35,000/night—the 24-hour butler service comes standard with all of them. Want a different vantage point of the shore? Drop in to the Villazzo Bar for an evening drink or head to La Vie cafe for afternoon tea.
63-39 Petchkasem Rd., Hua Hin, 032-616-039
This luxurious sanctuary is about as secluded as it gets. Located on a private beach on Koh Kood’s northwestern shores, Soneva Kiri offers striking, deserted-island-chic pool villas (one to six bedrooms; from around B30,000/night) that are probably much larger than the apartment you live in, starting at about 400 sq meters. The resort itself offers a range of unusual activities and amenities, like treetop dining, water slides and an observatory. Since Soneva Kiri is all about unplugging, you don’t even have to read the news here—you can log off and later reappear in a post-apocalyptic world better rested and more sun-kissed than the all the friends you left behind in Bangkok.
110 Moo 4, Koh Kood, Trat, 039-619-800
The long-standing Sri Panwa resort launched a new collection of upscale pool villas—X25 Luxury Residential Pool Villas—in early 2020. They offer only four exclusive, 140- to 150-sq-meter one-bedroom villas, each with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, plush turquoise and fuchsia interiors, and private infinity pools. You can rent just one, or book all four if you have a larger group looking for total isolation. Until April 13, you can score a villa, plus breakfast for two, for B20,800.
88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd., Vichit, Muang, Phuket, 076-371-000
One of the most serene pool villas lies on the border of the Krabi Marine National Park. Rayavadee is surrounded by proper jungle, so you might spot a langur or hornbill during your retreat into blissful solitude. The tropical sala villas are designed in a low-key, southern Thai style, where you can stay relaxed on sun loungers or private terraces. Until April 20, the “residents of Thailand” deal offers a villa, plus daily breakfast for two and free airport transfers, for B11,500/night. Upgrade to a terrace pavilion villa for another B4,000.
214 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi, 075-817-630
Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort offers both a 140-sq-meter private pool villa (from B17,000) and awesome mountain views. This cozy northern Thai style hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical forest and flower garden. The choicest villa boasts a private terrace and a pool for you to chill out in during the day. If the pool room is occupied, fret not: you can also stay in a 92-sq-meter Jacuzzi villa, with your own private tub on a balcony overlooking the hills. Sign up for a cooking class, zip out for adventure in the hills or meditate amidst nature.
197/2 Moo 1, Pongyang, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, 053-879-540