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Natural elegance bathed in sunset views

VILLA REVIEW   |     15 Sep 2017   |   0  |  
Situated right by the stunning shores of Natai Beach, Villa Shanti provides a lavish retreat for those keen to enjoy one of Thailand’s unspoilt beach gems.

This sprawling property comprises three separate pavilions

Thanks to its position just metres from one of Thailand’s most unspoilt stretches of sand – Natai Beach in Phang Nga province – Villa Shanti is undoubtedly one of the region’s finest holiday rental properties. Enveloped by soft white sand, palm plantations and lush mangrove forests, Villa Shanti offers an idyllic retreat for guests looking to get away from it all – and the first-rate facilities suit those seeking a luxurious natural escape. The property benefits from its position within the exclusive Jivana Villas estate, a collection of high-end vacation properties. Also in Villa Shanti’s long list of advantages is the fact that the property only a 20-minute drives from Phuket International Airport, and in close proximity to several world-class marinas and golf courses.

Relax and refresh

Guests are welcomed to Villa Shanti with a refreshing beverage

From the moment you arrive at Villa Shanti, you can expect to be treated like a VIPs. The staff team is on-hand, ready and waiting for your arrival, with freshly prepared chilled drinks at the ready so you can refresh after your long journey. They’ll also take charge when it comes to your luggage, taking it into the house and delivering the right bags to each guest, removing worries about worldly possessions. This care and attention essentially sets the scene for the stay and means you can relax and soak up the splendid surroundings from the moment you arrive.

Hello to paradise

Elegant stepping-stones lead through a tropical garden up to the property’s entrance

Once you’ve had time to settle in, a member of staff will give you a tour of the villa and its expansive beachside grounds, as well as running through all the exclusive facilities with you. Villa Shanti features three pavilions, each of which enjoys a stunning position adjacent to the property’s infinity pool and sun terrace. This area connects to a neat expanse of lawn, which is peppered with palm trees that help set the tropical mood, and extends onto the beautiful Natai Beach beyond. The clever configuration of rooms throughout the villa means that views of the spectacular Andaman Sea form a permanent backdrop, and glazed doors can be folded back to let occupants enjoy the sea breeze from inside. Your first impression will be one of a true tropical paradise that provides the perfect setting for a supremely relaxing holiday in Thailand.

Tropical treasure trove

The Great Room sits at the heart of this gorgeous oceanview villa

In addition to the tropical wow factor, Villa Shanti offers truly first-class facilities. The property is home to six generously proportioned bedrooms, with a practical mix of spacious doubles and twin rooms for kids. Each of the bedrooms has its own private ensuite bathroom, all of which are finished in a range of natural materials including stone and wood.

‘The Great Room’ lies at the heart of the house. This is a spacious communal living area, complete with plush sofas and floor-to-ceiling glazed doors that glide back to create a smooth transition to the outdoor area. In terms of communal space, there is also a comfortable family room, which is home to a 42” flat screen plasma TV, music system and movie library – ideal for a relaxed family night in. To make the most of the views, guests usually dine in the covered veranda area that looks out towards the ocean. However, there are plenty of places to eat inside too. You can even have dinner served to you on a tray in the family room, created by the chef in a fully equipped Western kitchen guests can also make use of if they wish.

The interior of the villa is decorated in a chic, traditional Thai style. Striking Thai statues, ornaments and standout pieces of furniture complement the smooth timber floors and teak wood vaulted ceilings. Luxurious silk fabrics are scattered around the property to add an exquisite burst of colour to the sleek, uncluttered surroundings.

Service with a smile

The team at Villa Shanti are known for their attention to detail and their friendliness

Known for its friendly, welcoming people, Thailand earned the moniker ‘Land of Smiles’ decades ago. A stay at Villa Shanti is sure to cement this famous claim, as the resident staff team makes guests feel at home from day one. They are always on hand to answer each and every need – whether that’s booking a massage in the outdoor sala by the beach, or arranging a tour around the local area. Guests will come to rely on the villa manager in particular, who can assist with everything from helping you create a tailored daily menu with the Thai chef to organising a baby-sitter for the kids. Dedicated housekeeping and maintenance folk keep the entire property clean, fresh and wonderful throughout your stay and every guest can look forward to a first-rate experience.

Outdoor highlights

The spacious infinity pool is framed by a landscaped lawn area dotted with palm trees

The 25m split level infinity pool, which features an impressive black tile finish, is one of the highlights of Villa Shanti’s luxurious outdoor facilities. In addition to the generous lawn, there are also two outdoor salas – one of which is furnished with plush daybeds and sun loungers. The other breezy pavilion – known as the sunset sala – provides the perfect spot for a relaxing massage.

 
 
MOST MEMORABLE FEATURE: Villa sunset

Thanks to its idyllic beachfront location, sunsets at Villa Shanti are nothing less than magical. The crimson hour is the perfect time for guests to enjoy a few evening laps in the pool, sip a couple of cocktails on the terrace, or even enjoy an al fresco meal prepared by the property’s professional Thai chef. The views from Natai Beach look west, so Villa Shanti also provides the perfect vantage point to snap a few photographs of the stunning Andaman sunset.