A big group getaway always sounds like a fun idea, but who wants to get everything sorted and plan the logistics of feeding everyone? Certainly not you.
Fortunately, it’s easy to plan an extended holiday with your closest friends and family when you book a stay at some of Asia’s top luxury villas, which come with a housekeeping staff and butlers to cater to your every need, not to mention private chefs who will prepare customised meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a holiday you’ll never forget — but without the hassle of planning it yourself — check out these fashionable party pads in Thailand, Bali, and Sri Lanka.
The View Villa
Overlooking the famous “Five Islands”, The View Villa is a stylish sanctuary situated on a quiet clifftop on the southwestern tip of Koh Samui. Staying here is all about enjoying outdoor time, whether it’s dinner under the stars on the villa’s private beachside terrace, watching movies at the al fresco cinema with speakers and a projector screen, or catching some sun at the two well-known beaches located on other side of the villa. The home also features a sea-view terrace where you can get massages, as well as a fully fitted gym.
Designed and built for entertaining large groups, Villa Spice sleeps 12 guests and has plenty of indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, at both the pool and garden level. With a 20-metre pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and private movie theatre on the premises, you’ll never get bored, and Nathon Beach is just a few minutes away if the mood strikes. One of the standout features is the open, contemporary design with vivid pops of colour contrasting with crisp white walls — perfect for your holiday home.
How does 24 metres of white sand all to yourself (and your guests) sound? You can enjoy that and more at the beachfront Pavana Villa, where the Mediterranean-inspired décor gets a boost from artwork handpicked by the owners. You can enjoy all your meal outside in the poolside dining area, which is fitted with speakers and sophisticated lighting that allows to create just the right mood.
Villa Tievoli at Sava
Inspired by the look and feel of a super yacht, Villa Tievoli is a beachfront, glass-walled villa with a prime location at Natai Beach. Boasting a spacious living area and fantastic entertaining space, the property also houses its own luxury spa complete with a steam room, sauna, and beauty salon. The outdoor offerings are exquisite, including a 25-metre pool, bar, barbecue area, and seating for al fresco dining.
If style is what you’re after, check out Villa Sawarin; designed by Philippe Starck and Jean-Michel Gathy, this mega home is part of The Cape Residences in the upscale neighbourhood of Cape Yamu. This private resort has just about anything you might desire: eight luxurious bedrooms, huge gardens that span the area between the villa and the beach, a beachside boathouse with a yoga deck, a games room, home cinema, well-equipped gym, and a private putting green.
Boasting a Central Seminyak location, Villa Issi is a design-lover’s dream. The backyard features an eye-catching architectural bridge, while the upper floor is wrapped in a unique light-filtering metal facade that provides a cooling shade from the sun while creating an always-changing indoor ambiance, as dappled shadows appear and disappear throughout the day. Other highlights include a chic lounge area as well as dining and kitchen spaces with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto the 25-metre pool.
The passion project of an architect and an interior designer with a passion for collecting vintage items, Villa 1880 is a 140-year-old Javanese house — or joglo — that has been revitalised to preserve and highlight its unique quirks. Located in Central Seminyak, the home features a spacious attic that has been converted into a spa-inspired bathroom, colourful colonial panelling, a dining table made from reclaimed wood, and ceramic lights whose pots were once used as mercury containers.
Arnalaya Beach House
Designed by architect Sonny Chan, Arnalaya Beach House is a short walk from funky cafés and eateries, not to mention the famous surf at Echo Beach. For your active hours, this new beachside resort has a private, on-site tennis court, gym, and spa; for party time, there’s a dedicated entertaining area with its own kitchen, barbecue, and seating for more than a dozen people.
For the ultimate party pad in Bali, look no further than Villa Kalyani. This place is built for fun: It has a dedicated dance floor, two bars, a formal dining room, rooftop reception terrace, professional DJ booth, indoor/outdoor movie theatre, and, of course, a 22-metre pool. For an unforgettable birthday party, hen do, family reunion, or any other group getaway, this villa is hard to beat.
Talalla Beach House
If you’re seeking a private, chilled-out vibe, book a stay at Talalla Beach House, a brand-new beachfront house with spectacular sunset views and 1 kilometre of private beach frontage. Spend your mornings getting centred in the yoga room overlooking the beach. When it’s time to relax, catch some rays on the wooden deck or on the rooftop terrace, which has its own shaded bar.
Where to Book:
Talk to a travel concierge at Zekkei to personalise and make reservations — for travel, accommodations, catering, tours and activities — for your group itinerary.
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About 15 minutes from Lamai, at Laem Sor Beach, Ban Mekkala is a huge residence with six lavish en-suite bedrooms and a home spa suite. This stretch of beach has only a few private villas scattered about, so the idyllic setting retains its tropical serenity.
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