Tucked away down a quite lane on the pristine white sands of Natai Beach, stands the luxurious Villa Shanti. This enchanting beachfront retreat is one of three deluxe private villas available for rental in the exclusive Jivana Villas estate, just 25 minutes north of Phuket International Airport.
The eye-catching Villa Shanti features four contemporary Thai-style pavilions, housing six elegant ensuite bedrooms, a spacious ‘Great Room’ for lounging and dining, family room and immense modern kitchen. The indoor and outdoor living spaces harmoniously balance comfort and simplicity with rich teakwood features, crisp white lines and lush gardens that reflect the rural landscape of the Phang Nga region.
Pavilions are connected by a series of corridors and walkways that all lead towards an immense garden interspersed with tall coconut palms and sweeping views of the Andaman sea. A stylish 25-metre black-tiled infinity pool rests at the centre of the property, with breezy salas on either side. Guests have the option of elegant alfresco dining in the poolside sala, or massage treatments in the beachfront relaxation sala.
A broad veranda runs alongside the bedroom pavilions and ‘Great Room’, providing ample space for outdoor lounging and dining. At night, a cascade of warm yellow lighting sets the pool and lawn areas aglow.
The staff at Villa Shanti epitomise warm Thai hospitality, and ensure guests have a pleasurable stay. Included is a knowledgeable villa manager who oversees the staff and property, a small army of villa attendants, groundskeeper and 24-hour security. A professionally trained resident chef prepares all meals so that guests can completely relax and return from their stay feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
A courtyard with granite water feature and lily pond marks the entrance to Villa Shanti. To the right of the courtyard is a family room and to the left a fully equipped modern kitchen. Centred at the front of the courtyard is the open-plan ‘Great Room’, neighboured on either side by a bedroom pavilion. Beyond is the swimming pool, and the dining and relaxation salas, all bordered by an immense lawn.
At Villa Shanti’s centre is the open-plan ‘Great Room’ with lounge seating and dining for twelve. The room has a high vaulted ceiling and is cooled by ceiling fan. Tall sliding glass doors on all sides glide back to create an airy space. Unique pieces of artwork accent the room, while warm lighting enhances the ambiance.
Just a few steps away in a separate pavilion is the air-conditioned family room and office space with soft lounge seating. A large built-in teakwood entertainment centre houses a small library, 40-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player and sound system.
Villa Shanti’s outdoor areas provide ample room to bask in the sun or dine under the stars. A spacious veranda spans the front of the king suites and ‘Great Room’, in front of which lays a 25-metre infinity pool with sun loungers. Beyond is an immense lawn strewn with coconut palms, and two individual salas for dining and relaxation.
The mirror-image bedroom pavilions lie on either side of the ‘Great Room’. Each offers a master suite and two ensuite guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a shared veranda with panoramic views of the sea. Adjoining each master suite is a twin bedded ensuite room with garden view. All rooms have vaulted wooden ceilings with fans, air-conditioners, comfortable seating, writing desks, large wardrobes and private enclosed gardens.
The generously sized master suites come with four-poster king size beds dressed in fresh white linens. Large wardrobes partition the sleeping areas from the ensuites. The marble and terrazzo bathrooms include his and hers sinks, rain showers, deep built-in soaking tubs and granite tubs set in private gardens.
The two king bedded guest rooms are identical to the master suites but without granite tubs in their ensuite bathrooms. In their place are enclosed gardens set behind glass walls.
Villa Shanti’s twin-bedded guest rooms are slightly smaller in size yet include many of the same features as the master and king-bedded rooms. These rooms have smaller wardrobes, and their ensuites are equipped with single sinks and outdoor showers. Sliding doors connect them to the master suites, convenient for those travelling with young children.
Jivana Beach Villas, Natai Beach, Phang Nga, Thailand.
12 guests (6 ensuite bedrooms: 4 with king beds; 2 with twin beds).
‘Great Room’ lounge and dining for 12; family room with office space; veranda lounge seating and dining; sunken dining sala for 8 and beachfront sunset sala.
25 x 5 x 1.4-metre infinity pool with shallow section for children.
Villa manager; private chef; villa attendants; security; groundskeeper; concierge team and additional staff (babysitters, masseuses) available on request (extra charges apply).
The villa chef is skilled in Thai cuisine. Western, vegetarian and children’s dishes are also accommodated (including special diets).
Complimentary WiFi internet. IDD; fax machine and printer available on request.
Satellite TV; DVD player; iPod dock and speakers; book, music and film libraries; board games.
Villa Shanti is well equipped for families. Facilities include a baby cot, high chair, CDs/DVD’s, board games, toys and pool toys.
In villa treatments selected from a comprehensive spa menu can be carried out by professional beauty therapists (extra cost applies).
Car hire, with or without a driver, can be arranged by the Elite Havens concierge team on request. Transport can be organised for individual trips or for half/full day hire. As Natai Beach is not within range of most Phuket taxi services, pre-organised transport is advised.
Weddings and events are allowed with prior notice.
Barbecue; backup generator; safety deposit box; 2 kayaks; 2 bicycles.
639 sqm (villa); 6,400 sqm (land).
Natai Beach, dubbed “Thailand’s answer to The Hamptons”, lies a short drive north of Phuket in the sleepy province of Phang Nga on Thailand’s west coast. Apart from offering a sublimely peaceful alternative to the frenetic resorts of Phuket, this area also provides the most direct route (from Khao Lak) to the spectacular Similan Islands, an hour and a half’s boat ride away across the Andaman Sea.
Right on the sands of this stunning 10-kilometre-long beach is the Jivana Beach Villas, whose three luxury rental villas provide an idyllic seaside escape. Each palatial villa (two with six bedrooms and one with seven bedrooms) includes four individual, contemporary Thai style pavilions interspersed with emerald courtyards and lush gardens. Deep verandas and corridors accented with hand carved wooden reliefs from northern Thailand, link them together. Shared living spaces are equipped with all of the modern features one would expect from a five-star villa retreat. Lavish furnishings, rich teakwood features and whitewashed walls are tastefully balanced to evoke a sense of utter tranquility, while ensuite bathrooms feature rain showers, private gardens and deep soaking tubs for rejuvenation.
A stylish 25-metre black-tiled infinity pool lies at the centre of each villa’s expansive lawn. Shaded by tall coconut palms, these well-manicured outdoor spaces include two salas for alfresco dining and sunset relaxation, and are perfect for weddings and events. The sand begins where the grass ends with the endless azure of the Andaman Sea beyond.
Villa Shanti, Villa Ananda and Villa Jia come with a welcoming team of staff who embody warm, genuine Thai hospitality. Their service is unparalleled and can be tailored to suit the specific needs of guests. An array of Western and Thai style dishes are prepared daily by a skilled resident chef; groundskeepers and villa attendants tidy and maintain, while a courteous villa manager oversees the team and property. The grounds of Jivana Beach Villas are kept secure and private by 24-hour security working in shifts, while a concierge assists with excursions and transport.