Gorgeous villa gardens
The spectacular outdoor spaces that frame many of Thailand’s lavish private villas offer guests an array of facilities, as well as providing unrivalled natural locations to relax
The expansive gardens at Koh Samui’s Baan Sairee benefit from glorious ocean views
Balmy temperatures, a blissful sea breeze, and sublime sunset skies make the great outdoors a magical place to be if you’re holidaying on Phuket or Koh Samui. While many visitors head straight to the beach to make the most of the gorgeous outdoor scenery, guests residing at one of the islands’ private villas can simply step into their lush, landscaped gardens to enjoy true tropical splendour.
In addition to rolling lawns planted with vivid flora and fauna, many villa gardens are home to an array of outdoor facilities for guests to enjoy. Stunning landscape designs and unique local flourishes add a strong sense of location to a luxury villa stay.
We take a closer look at the different elements that give these private outdoor spaces a unique tropical flair.
A unique seaview sala sits on the edge of the swimming pool at Koh Samui’s Upni Duniya, ideal for an afternoon snooze or a private Thai massage
If you’re on vacation with a group of friends or extended family, one of the advantages of staying in a private villa with its own garden is all of the extra private space on offer. Villas with expansive rolling lawns like Ban Suriya or Baan Sairee provide plenty of space for guests to enjoy. Most villa gardens also come with a host of upscale facilities that go beyond emerald stretches of lawn. Most luxury villas on Koh Samui and Phuket feature private swimming pools and sun terraces. The gardens also offer shadier places to relax, including traditional wooden relaxation salas, perfect for those that want to enjoy the gentle caress of the sea breeze with a good book. The striking island-style sala at Upni Duniya on Koh Samui, for example, directly overlooks the ocean, and is the ideal spot for guests that want to unwind by indulging in a Thai massage treatment
Al fresco dining
The casual al fresco dining area at Villa Napalai is one of the property’s true highlights
When the weather is as kind as it is in Thailand, you want to dine outdoors from time to time – especially during the magical sunset hour. If you’re staying in a luxury villa with its own private garden, it’s likely that there will be an al fresco dining space for you to make use of. Many gardens overlook the ocean so eating outside makes for an unforgettable experience. At Koh Samui’s Baan Sairee, for instance, there is an expansive wooden terrace featuring a striking antique dining table that looks out over the tropical gardens towards the ocean. There are also barbecue facilities for guests in the mood for a surf and turf feast as they dine under the stars. The gardens at Koh Samui’s opulent Ban Suriya also feature their own covered dining sala, which is directly adjacent to the pool terrace and barbecue pavilion.
Moments with nature
The irresistible smell of frangipani flowers perfumes the gardens at Ban Suriya
Thailand is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy quiet moments alone with nature. In many private villas, the proximity of the ocean and an abundance of tropical flora enhance the stunning natural setting. A wealth of plants and trees creates a fine habitat for colourful birds and butterflies – ideal if you want to catch a glimpse of the Kingdom’s tropical wildlife. One thing you can expect to see in many of Thailand’s private villa gardens is palm trees – a symbol of the luxurious, tropical lifestyle. The grounds of properties such as Villa Napalai on Phuket feature an abundance of swaying palms, plus tropical shrubs and blooms that fill the air with a sweet, irresistible fragrance.
Striking design features
The spectacular gardens at Upni Duniya are infused with a distinctive Asian feel
If you’re a fan of traditional Thai and Asian design, then the carefully thought-out landscaping at many of the Kingdom’s luxury private villas won’t disappoint. Koh Samui’s Upni Duniya is the perfect example of such exquisite outdoor aesthetics, accented with striking Thai flourishes. The accommodation is spread through several pavilions, enveloped by a stunning garden space. A stepping stone path leads through the centre of the garden, traversing two tranquil carp-filled ponds topped with floating lily pads. An array of eye-catching Thai sculptures adds extra visual allure, and ensuring that, despite the beachfront setting, guests remember they’re on holiday in the ancient Kingdom of Siam.
The lush gardens at Ban Suriya lead directly onto the soft sand of Lipa Noi Beach
In Phuket and Koh Samui, beaches remain one of the key attractions for visitors from around the world – which is why many of the islands’ upscale holiday properties are positioned in close proximity to the coast. For many guests, a key highlight of the garden is ocean views – and sometimes direct beach access. The lush rolling lawns at Koh Samui’s Ban Suriya, for example, lead directly onto the sublime white sand of Lipa Noi beach. This means guests can enjoy a dip in the villa’s pool before heading down to the beach for a quick stroll along the sand, or to snap a few sunset photographs.
Meanwhile, guests at Phuket’s Villa Napalai enjoy a superb lofty position on the side of a cliff. That means the property’s garden benefits from wide ocean vistas. Thanks to the villa’s prime position on the west coast of Phuket, the sunset views from the pool terrace at are unbeatable too.