Asia’s most lavish holiday villas for a luxury ‘isocation’ experience
Yes. You read it correctly – isocation. No typographical errors here. We know how the pandemic and quarantine sparked a phenomenal new wave of creativity among people – learning new skills, discovering new hobbies, and – for the traveler community – making up new words.
Isocation: a fusion of the words “isolation” and “vacation”. The terminology refers to the expected travel trend after quarantines end and borders close, in which people prefer to isolate themselves in luxury accommodation with exclusive in-house facilities and services. This is based on the belief that people are eager to meet their need for leisurely travel, but planning for future vacations does not come without careful attention to safety and health.
However, while the word has a touch of novelty, such vacation experiences have long been enjoyed by elite travelers even before the pandemic. This is courtesy of luxury rental villas found in many of the world’s most popular destinations. In the tropics of Asia, these vacation homes come with dedicated chefs and plenty of facilities, from the classic infinity pool to private golf greens and bespoke cinemas. Here’s a handpicked list for you:
Villa Amarapura, Phuket
Boasting some of the most impressive features of any vacation home, Villa Amarapura is considered one of the most coveted luxury villas in all of Thailand. Facilities include an infinity pool with two Jacuzzis, a fully equipped gym, a basketball court, a cinema, a game room with pool table and a golf simulator, and a real golf green. The seven-bedroom mansion is located in one of Phuket’s most exclusive private estates, boasting a direct beach frontage and views of the famous Phang Nga Bay.
Villa Sawarin, Phuket
Villa Sawarin ensures comfort for large travel groups or families with a layout of 9 modern bedrooms. This beachfront villa in Cape Yamu has a beach bungalow, gym, spa and golf course by the sea. A spacious terrace on the upper floor houses the villa’s infinity pool with bay views as well as a romantic seating area surrounded by a pond of reflection.
Villa Analaya, Phuket
Access to the private beach on the west coast of Phuket is not easy to find, and Villa Analaya is among the few to offer such privileges. It is located in the sought-after millionaire mile in the Kamala region of Thailand and offers a mix of luxury stays and beautiful islands. The villa has six bedrooms for visitors to rest comfortably while amenities include an infinity pool, well-equipped gym, trampoline, kayaks, and paddleboards for exploring the beautiful coastline.
Villa Ocean’s 11, Phuket
Villa Ocean’s 11 sits on a lush coastal hill on a private peninsula. In addition to beach access and views of Phang Nga Bay, you can also expect the outdoor swimming pool, a sala with barbecue, and six bedrooms for up to 12 people. Other amenities include a bar, home cinema, spa and gym with glass walls overlooking the sea.
Villa Akatsuki, Koh Samui
Away from the crowds along one of Koh Samui’s best beaches, Villa Akatsuki becomes a 5 bedroom vacation home with Japanese influences. Its three-level infinity pool with a children’s section and large atrium stand out with architecture that also pays homage to Thai traditions. Your athletic needs are catered for with kayaks, table tennis, beach volleyball, and a private basketball court. Wellness facilities are also provided with its own gym and Japanese-style spa and jacuzzi.
Villa Anavaya, Koh Samui
Located on the highest altitude in the region, Villa Anavaya offers stunning views over the northeast coast of Koh Samui. The show is best enjoyed on the rooftop and its L-shaped infinity pool with jacuzzi in the pool. Inside, the villa offers a bespoke cinema and gym. The master bedroom has a huge en-suite bathroom, while five additional bedrooms, fitted with all-inclusive king beds, can accommodate up to fourteen people.
Villa Sangkachai, Koh Samui
Also on Koh Samui, Villa Sangkachai presents an intimate yet exciting four bedroom vacation retreat. On its main level is a charming blend of indoor and outdoor serenity with an L-shaped infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and an indoor garden adorned with intricate stone carvings. But moving inside, the villa hides a stylish entertainment room with a men’s lounge, pool table, and luxury home theater.
Villa Arnalaya, Bali
The coast of Canggu is as beautiful as it is vast, and in one of its quieter sections is Villa Arnalaya. In addition to its paradisiacal location, the villa is appreciated for its modern design and its garden landscape inspired by the rice terraces of Bali. Amenities are also plentiful, including a gym, spa, private tennis court, and oceanfront infinity pool. A spa therapist and private chef among other service professionals make it easy for guests to stay comfortable. clients.
Villa Kaba Kaba, Bali
Kaba Kaba is among the largest vacation villas in Bali, with eight bedrooms and a limit of 18 people. Located in the Tabanan Regency district of Bali, it benefits from the island’s laid-back farming areas, surrounded by plantations and rice terraces. The game room offers facilities for mahjong, air hockey, and table football, with outdoor alternatives in the form of a swimming pool and tennis court. There is also a spa room, library and cinema room.
Villa Noku, Bali
This 6 bedroom beach house offers a refreshing ‘isocation’ in an enchanting part of Bali: the Seminyak district. Its location outside of town and with direct access to the surf is loved by vacationers. Villa Noku is filled with opulent decor, furnishings, massive glass walls, and a modern 27-meter swimming pool, including a kid-friendly shallow end. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace, 1.2-meter-deep plunge pool, spa room, media room and a huge lawn with football nets.
Silvan Kitma is Managing Director of The Private World. The Private World is a villa rental company offering some of the top rated luxury vacation home rentals in major tourist destinations around the world.
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