Private pool villas, a growing trend in Thailand and in popular resort spots around the world seem to be popping up at an increasing pace. If you are looking for the ultimate in privacy and pampering, private pool villas could be just what you are looking for.
If you have ever had the unpleasant experience of having to deal with other guests at a resort who get up at dawn, go down to the pool and “reserve” their place by placing a towel and book on a poolside recliner, only to leave it there unattended for 4 or 5 hours so they can come back to claim their spot in the middle of the day, you would certainly appreciate having your own private pool.
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Families might also appreciate having their own private pool where they can easily keep an eye on their children in their own personal space.
Check out the 6 resorts throughout Thailand that offer private pool villas below in our first showcase.
Sala Phuket Resort & Spa
Sala Phuket Resort & Spa is located on Mai Khao beach on the Northwestern tip of Phuket, which is home to a lot of upscale luxury resorts and an area which is mostly overlooked by many of the tourists who visit the island. The secluded location gives an added dimension of privacy on top of that already afforded by having your own villa with personal pool.
Sala Phuket and Spa is a fairly new resort and was featured in the Condé Nast 2008 Hot List.
63 of the 79 villas at Sala Phuket come with a private pool. The private pools at each villa here are not the all-too-often seen “plunge pools” that are being passed off as pools at some resorts. The management of Sala Phuket claim that they are among the largest guest room swimming pools not only in Thailand, but throughout the world! That is a tall claim considering just some of the competition showcased in this list alone.
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Villa sizes are certainly quite large though, ranging from 157 square meters of living space (plus pool) up to a massive 619 square meters.
Aleenta Resort & Spa, Cha Am
I’ve had my eye on Aleenta for a while now. It’s been on my “must stay” list since at least 2007. One of the first in the growing industry of boutique resorts in and around the sleepy town of Cha Am, 2 hours south of Bangkok, the Aleenta features bungalow style buildings with thatched roofs and gleaming white walls. The style of the buildings and the layout of the resort brings to my mind images of a Mexican or Mediterranean village by the sea.
Aleenta has been divided into two sections, with a child-friendly section called the Frangipani Wing and a larger adults-only section. Rooms have iPods with playlists pre-installed as well as a stereo with an iPod dock, so you can chill out to the mellow tunes chosen by the staff, or listen to your own iPod if you prefer.
Picture yourself drink in hand, looking out over the ocean from your own private pool like the one pictured above. The coast of Hua Hin and Cha Am face east into the Gulf of Thailand, so unfortunately there will be no watching the sunset over the ocean from your pool or deck, but that doesn’t take much away from your own private view.
If you can drag yourself out of bed in time one morning while staying here, try to catch a sunrise over the ocean, on a clear morning they are truly spectacular.
Check out Aleenta Resort & Spa Cha Am.
Six Senses Hideaway, Samui
Did somebody ask for space? How about 20 acres of tropical vegetation with incredible sweeping views of the surrounding beaches and islands in the Gulf of Siam?
Six Senses Hideaway (formerly Sila Evason Hideaway & Spa) has won many awards over the past 5 years including making the lists of best hotels compiled by Condé Nast, Tatler and is a Grand Award winner of the Andrew Harper Hideaway Report.
The Hideaway Villas (130 square meters) have a sunken marble bath with panoramic views of the ocean. The 41 Pool Villas (160 square meters) have bedrooms that look over the large wooden sundeck with covered sala and 2.5 meter x 5 meter pool, in turn overlooking the ocean. See 360 degree view of room, pool and panorama here.
The 300 square meter Pool Villa Suite features a 3 meter by 5 meter pool with large wooden sundeck, two sun lounges, another sunbed built for two, a covered sala and an outdoor dining table big enough for 4 people. Of course like every villa at Six Senses the views are breathtaking.
Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, Krabi
Ritz Carlton Reserve is a new brand of smaller luxury resorts by Ritz Carlton with a focus on individual service, and Phulay Bay in Krabi was the first property to open under this brand late last year.
The new Reserve brand ramps up the pampering ante with a personal dedicated butler for every one of the 54 one bedroom villas, available at your call 24 hours a day.
If you can afford to stay here, the tranquility, service, personal space and luxurious surroundings make it a once in a lifetime experience. At the time of writing this post, Agoda has a promotion upgrading any Resort Pavilion room reservations to an Ocean Pavilion room with private pool. The Ocean pavilion rate is around 250 USD higher than the Resort Pavilion, so this promotion is excellent value.
Veranda Resort & Spa Hua Hin
Set on 5 acres, The Veranda Resort & Spa offers both regular rooms as well as one and two bedroom villas with private pools. Not far from the above mentioned Aleenta Resort, it is located on the beach facing eastward toward the Gulf of Thailand.
The one and two bedroom pool villas are 158 square meters in size and offer a large-ish pool in a walled-in private area. However I personally prefer the slightly smaller (131 square meters) beachfront pool villas where you can literally step out of your private pool and onto the sands of the beach.
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The jewels in the crown of this resort without a doubt are the two Sky Pool Villas (160 square meters), split-level duplex apartments with 2 bedrooms, steam room, large wooden sundeck and large rooftop infinity pool with sweeping views of the Gulf of Thailand.
Veranda also provides a Kid’s Club from the hours of 10am to 7pm daily, affording you the opportunity for some truly relaxing personal time to enjoy your private sanctuary.
Napasai Koh Samui
The pool of the three bedroom private pool residence at Napasai Koh Samui was so beautiful I couldn’t post just one picture. I had to show the view from both angles, showing both the living room, and the view of the ocean.
These are not mid-sized private villas as part of a resort, these are full sized private homes with separate bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, and large living and dining areas with balconies which overlook the private oceanfront pool. Choose between a one, two, three or four bedroom waterfront residence with large living areas and fully equipped kitchen. Guests also have access to guest services and spa facilities at Napasai resort.
I could just imagine having the whole family stay here for a week for an extended family vacation/re-union. A place like this would also be an excellent place to have a wedding since your friends and family can all stay together, I think it would be an excellent vibe.
Have you stayed at any of these resorts? If so, how was your stay? Or perhaps you have stayed at another resort in Thailand that has private pool villas? Comments are welcome below.
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