Love is in the air every day it seems, with unexpected proposals, wedding day celebrations and, of course, the most magical vacation of anyone’s life, the honeymoon. If you’re not planning a big day in 2019 or 2020, then the chances are that you know someone who is. These nuptials, as well as anniversaries amongst friends and family, are romantic rites of passage that celebrate the true power of love, heartfelt commitment.
It’s no surprise that couples want to share the best times ever with a loved one to celebrate each milestone. At the same time, newlyweds want to create unforgettable memories in a dream destination. The perfect honeymoon and anniversary is undoubtedly a romantic luxury villa stay on the amazing island of Phuket in Thailand. Whilst couples may book themselves, the experience makes a thoughtful gift from friends and family who want to treat a special twosome.
The ‘Pearl of the Andaman Sea’, Phuket is all white-sand beaches and turquoise waters with some of the most outstanding villa rentals possible. With each area offering a different vibe, Phuket can be tranquil or hedonistic and is a gourmet food destination. Meanwhile, a private villa is far more intimate than a hotel full of guests. Whether chic and contemporary or with romantic, Asian-design influences, villas are unique and the right style and setting can be picked to be a perfect match with any couple, with an ambiance and facilities that fit with who they are and what they want to do.
Romantic Phuket Villas
Take a look inside five of Phuket’s finest villas that inspire love and happiness:
A stunning hidden gem looking out to glorious ocean views across an expansive 25-meter infinity pool, Villa Padma is a romantic retreat extraordinaire. Beautifully located in Phuket’s relaxed Cape Yamu on the island’s luxuriously tranquil east coast, Villa Padma looks to the west too, promising gorgeous sunset views. Unique sunken sala seating is the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner before dinner for two prepared by a private chef.
A villa with the ‘it’ factor that you can’t help falling in love with, contemporary artwork blends beautifully with the traditional Thai sculptures in this hideaway paradise. Couples can lounge on poolside daybeds and super-sized sofas, soak in a deep Terrazzo tub or cozy-up in the villa’s cinema. Meanwhile, pillars and high ceilings in the living area add a sense of fairytale grandeur that opens out to al fresco living in the sun in a private world made for two.
Nestled on the eastern peninsula of luxurious Cape Yamu, Villa Amarapura has the good looks and design personality to seduce anyone, along with five staff. Chic and glamorous with a fresh, coastal feel, the villa boasts two hot tubs and infinity pools on different levels, with one a step away from the master bedroom. Poolside nest seats are divinely romantic as is al fresco dining under the stars. Meanwhile, couples who play together stay together, with a golf simulation game and putting green on the villa estate.
Views look out to the sea, pools and villa gardens, whilst Villa Amarapura’s interior is bold, funky, and full of passion. Starlight chandeliers and a dramatic atrium living room add a sense of magic in the evenings. Couples staying with family or friends can escape to the villa’s standalone white-cube bungalow, whilst en-suite bathrooms inspire with sensuously rounded freestanding tubs.
A west-coast beauty, Villa Analaya is simply breathtaking. Looking out to the Andaman Sea from the headland, the villa is spectacularly located on Phuket’s luxurious Millionaire Mile. The sand on the villa’s private slice of beachfront paradise sparkles like a diamond with crystal clear waters, with kayaks for couples to paddle away to their heart’s content. The personal chef can even prepare dinner for two on the beach. There is also the choice of dining outdoors by the villa, with a sala to offer shade from the sun.
The villa’s infinity pool seems to be suspended in the most exquisite natural setting, giving lovebirds a feeling of delicious privacy and lighthearted freedom. Indoors, floor-to-ceiling windows and wide-open spaces create a light, joyful energy with rooms leading outdoors to create a union between the villa and its stunning environs. The gorgeous white décor is beyond bridal too.
A hilltop beauty overlooking chilled-out Naithon Beach on Phuket’s western coastline, Villa Paradiso is so close to the airport yet seems a million miles apart. Quiet yet close to the main entertainment spots in Phuket, the villa is the perfect honeymoon or anniversary pad for couples who want to mix-up cozy nights in with exciting nights out or to sample some of Phuket’s best restaurants.
Yin meets Yang in the black-and-white inspired main living room which opens out to panoramic views and the perfect backdrop to a love-story stay, white sands, a green, jungle landscape, and sublime sunsets. Quirky comic artwork adds personality in places whilst chandelier lighting in the glamorous, high-ceilinged lounge injects style. Couples embrace the bliss of a massage in their in-villa spa, followed by dining indoors or out with dishes prepared by a private chef. Villa Paradiso even has its own wine collection.
One of the most sought-after locations in Phuket is the exclusive enclave of Kamala, with its splendid beaches and natural beauty, and Villa Mayavee is a magnificent statement stay. The architecture wows as do the interiors, with separate wings to separate the master bedroom off, which is perfect for couples to feel self-contained, whether on a honeymoon alone or private during an anniversary trip with family or friends in tow.
Natural light and playful, clever design create airy spaces with magnificent views and a poolside deck that seems to suspend in a dreamy landscape. The master bedroom extends out to a large terrace and 15-meter lap pool as well as a hot tub. Couples will feel refreshed with a bathtub and double rain showers. There is also a main infinity pool with a whirlpool, sun loungers as well as outdoor dining and lounge spaces.
Activities For Couples In Phuket
It may be tempting to lounge on the beach or a villa’s infinity pool all day long, especially with Phuket’s year-round sunshine, but discovering new experiences together is part of any honeymoon or anniversary celebration vacation. Here are a few ideas for activities that couples can do together in Phuket:
Relax into a spa treat
Thailand is renowned for its wellness treatments. A soothing oil massage for two is a wonderful way to end the day or to enjoy mid-afternoon as a break from the sun. Phuket offers holistic wellbeing for the mind, body and beyond, promising total relaxation.
Dine in a fabulous and romantic restaurant
From dining nests in the treetops to a candlelit table for two on the sands, Phuket is renowned for its fine-dining eateries. Couples can choose a romantic setting every night of their stay with twinkling lights, the stars up above and luxurious menus.
Set out on an island-hopping excursion
When couples wed, they embark on a journey of discovery and a day out exploring Phuket’s surrounding islands celebrates that shared sense of adventure; from nearby Koh Khai Island and the Racha Islands to Phang Nga Bay, Coral Island, and the Phi Phi Islands.
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Andaman Sea
Phuket has an international reputation for its yachting calendar, attracting many superyachts. With such a strong boating culture, there are plenty of luxury cruisers for couples to quaff Champagne with canapes and watch the sun go down on yet another beautiful day.
Feel the rush of watersports
Just as relationships are about balance, so too is any romantic vacation, and Phuket is an absolute must-stay destination for watersport lovers. PADI courses, snorkel trips, and paddle boarding, sea cave kayaking and kite surfing, Phuket offers it all with a climate for sailing too.
Soak up the ambiance of temples and Old Phuket Town
Phuket’s 45-meter Big Buddha hilltop statue reminds visitors of Thailand’s spiritual beliefs, whilst temples offer couples the chance to explore their inner selves and connect on a higher plane. In the evocative Old Town, the island’s rich history comes alive.