Villa Napalai sits on a spectacular, hidden tropical headland just a short drive south of Naithon beach.
Villa Name: Villa Napalai
Villa Napalai is one of only seven villas that make up an exclusive gated residential estate on the Phuket’s scenic west coast. The villa sits on a spectacular, hidden tropical headland just a short drive south of Naithon beach.
The property’s expansive living and dining areas, seven generous bedrooms and stunning cliffside infinity pool are built over three levels surrounded by mature palms and fragrant frangipani trees, with the entire property bathed in breathtaking coastal vistas.
Traditional Thai-style shingle roofs, high ceilings and wide outdoor terraces ensure that a large family or group of friends sharing Villa Napalai enjoy plenty of private and communal space, even when the bedrooms are fully occupied.
Buddhist-inspired statues and Thai decorative pieces bring a rich sense of Asia to the living areas, complemented by contemporary paintings and striking wall art. The villa’s teak-floored interiors and hand-made sandstone terraces combine to offer guests a practical but welcoming luxury holiday home.
The villa’s inviting 15-metre private oceanview pool, and wide, furnished sun terrace offer an idyllic place to relax and tan, while beach lovers can walk a few hundred metres up the coast to nearby Banana Beach, which is nestled in a small, pristine cove.
The villa comes with three full time staff, including an experienced manager to take care of special requests, a skilled Thai cook who prepares delicious, healthy meals and an efficient, unobtrusive maid who keeps the house permanently clean and tidy.
Passing the guardhouse to enter the community, a driveway climbs to the right through mature landscaped grounds up a gentle slope to Villa Napalai’s main entrance that features a guest cloakroom and storage space either side of the front door.
As you enter the villa, the first thing that strikes you is the dramatic oceanside setting, which offers stunning sea views to frame the comfortably furnished upper floor reception and lounge. A wide spiral stone staircase descends from the main entrance to the villa's mid-level accommodation, while a covered al fresco dining area and outdoor furnished lounge beckon to the left.
The central, upper floor living area is furnished with two large cushioned sofas and two armchairs surrounding a teakwood coffee table. The room is surrounded on three sides by sliding glass doors that draw in the natural sea breezes and guarantee constant soothing sea views. Buddhist statues, Burmese bowls enhance the exotic location, with hand-built model sailing ships displayed in standing wooden cabinets adding a homely, family-friendly ambience.
The villa’s dining terrace is furnished with an 12-seater wooden dining table and two additional built in tables perfect for children to use at mealtimes.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the spacious shingle roofed dining “sala” or with the sky as a ceiling for more casual dining while relaxing on a 9-seater outdoor sofa. The dining terrace is directly connected to a fully equipped kitchen at the rear, where the cook prepares a range of delicious snacks and meals to order throughout the day.
To the right of the entrance, also on the upper floor, the villa’s master bedroom suite boasts its own wide sun terrace, furnished with two daybeds, and also offers breathtaking coastal vistas inside and out. The interior is comfortably furnished with teakwood floors, a king size bed and a writing desk. There’s also a walk around wardrobe and dressing area; the room then extends all the way to the back of the property to offer a generous ensuite bathroom with tub and a choice of indoor or private outdoor shower.
Descending via the grand spiral stone stairs to the villa’s middle floor, guests are greeted by an expansive, covered seaview terrace area furnished with a 4-seater dining table and three oversized built-in sofas, plus additional armchairs and a cushioned day bed providing relaxation space for at least 15 people to enjoy comfortably.
Four bedrooms are also located on the middle floor of the villa. The second master suite sits directly below its upper level equivalent and opens onto a seaview terrace that connects directly to the villa’s pool. This spacious bedroom features a king-sized bed, sofa, planter’s chair and writing desk, as well as TV with satellite channels. The ensuite bathroom connects to a private walk-in dressing room and also features a tub and separate shower.
Two slightly more modest but equally comfortable guest bedroom suites are located to the left of the central terrace. Both with twin beds and therefore ideal for older children or two friends sharing. Both of these bedrooms feature comfortable, stylish furnishings and offer ensuite bathrooms with showers.
The rear section of the villa’s middle floor is separated from the oceanfront rooms by a pleasant, open-air planted atrium that also connects through to the poolside terrace. A children’s bedroom suite is located at one end, providing split-level accommodation that’s ideal for younger guests who appreciate their independence. The room is furnished with three single beds, a sofabed, TV, bookshelves, plus seaside art and decorations.
A storage and utilities room occupies the space next to the children’s suite, then tucked way behind one of the front guest bedrooms is the villa’s dedicated entertainment lounge with a plush sofa poised in front of a standing flat screen TV with DVD player and surround sound speaker system. The room is decorated with framed movie posters and scenes from famous films and also comes with an ensuite bathroom.
For guests that prefer to spend most of their vacation time outdoors, the pool terrace is the perfect spot to wile away the days. The 15-metre infinity saltwater pool literally pours into the dramatic Andaman Sea views and the terrace is furnished with comfortable cushioned loungers, sunbrellas and outdoor armchairs with tables for daytime drinks and snacks. A small service kitchen is also located adjacent to the pool for waiter or self-service drinks throughout the stay.
More steps lead down to the left and right from the villa’s mid-level terrace. On the left hand side sit two additional guest bedrooms connected by an interior corridor. Decorated in a contemporary beach house style, these bright and spacious additions each feature king-sized beds with sea views and one of the bedrooms also boasts an indulgent seaview bathtub in its ensuite.
Finally, on the right side of the villa’s lower floor, there’s a quiet library and office space for guests that need to stay connected with their work or those that simply want to a peaceful spot to catch up on a few good books.
Staying at Villa Napalai
Intricate model sailing ships and a flotilla of regatta trophies on the shelves in the living room offer a clear indication that the owners of this stunning oceanside home love sailing. It is therefore no coincidence, perhaps, that the villa’s architecture and cliffside location allow guests to enjoy a constant connection with the sea from almost every bedroom and living space.
Soft green and blue hues colour the spectacular views, perfectly complementing the natural tones of the outdoor furnishings and the warm teak floored interiors. The villa’s well-planned design also makes it easy to drift between homely holiday pleasures, whether relaxing poolside stretched out on a comfortable sun lounger, reclining with a book on the shaded middle terrace or kicking back in front of a movie in the air cooled entertainment lounge.
The size and layout of the villa also means it’s easy for families or groups of friends sharing the house to find a balance between shared and personal holiday experiences. After a day lounging poolside, its easy to scene shift in the evenings by simply moving upstairs to the upper floor dining terrace for sundowners and evening meals – efficiently served by the soft spoken villa staff who unobtrusively go about making sure guests have everything they need for a perfect stay.
The 7 bedroom suites offer an appealing sense of self contained comfort – even for children in their own dedicated kid’s room – and additional facilities such as the entertainment lounge and downstairs office mean that every guest need is catered for, indoors and out.
Staying just a 5 minute walk from one of Phuket’s lesser known beaches (only accessible on foot or by boat) is a definite bonus for guests at Villa Napalai as it guarantees lovers of sand and sea will not be disappointed.
Other than occasional trips to the beach, there are few reasons to venture far from the peaceful surroundings of the estate. Guests that enjoy eating out have plenty of options within easy driving distance, including the restaurant at one of the island’s most famous luxury resorts, Trisara, which is located right next door.
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Villa Napalai is nestled within the pristine tropical surroundings of a private luxury estate in one of the most exclusive sections of Phuket’s stunning west coast. The villa is close to some of the island’s less visited beaches, and only 30 minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport. Laguna Phuket is 15 minutes away by car and the recently opened Boat Avenue shopping complex is also nearby, which includes an international supermarket offering a wide choice of imported food and wine.
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