Whether you’re traveling in Asia with friends, planning a family reunion or simply looking to escape, sometimes you need a little extra room to stretch out. From the jungles of Langkawi to the coast of Bali, there is no shortage of glamorous villas for unwinding.
We’ve shortlisted a few of our favorites across the continent to suit every occasion:
Not only does this newly opened 26-villa resort promise pristine beaches, beachfront pools and exceptional food, but the accommodations pull out all the stops. For an ultra-exclusive experience, book the three-bedroom Nautilus Mansion, a standalone beach home that’s good for groups.
Sporting thatched roofs and a sprawling pool deck, the 9,924-square-foot unit delivers a Robinson Crusoe-luxe experience with a dedicated butler, colorful bohemian décor, Hermès or Penhaligon’s bath amenities, a curated wine fridge, a massive private pool and breezy open terraces — it’s your own slice of paradise.
The Aquila, Thailand
A newcomer on the sunny island of Phuket, this show-stopping “super villa” impresses with seven bedrooms and 2.5 acres of gardens, not to mention your own personal waterfall. The luxurious estate also offers panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and sleek, contemporary architecture that would look right at home in a James Bond film.
From the alfresco Thai salas (living room) and 98-foot infinity pool to grand spiral staircases, a movie theater, pool table, private gym, villa manager, full-time chef and army of service staff, this villa plans for your every need and then some.
The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
Hugged by the Andaman Sea and a 10-million-year-old rainforest, this legendary retreat on Langkawi Island has long been synonymous with world-class service and nature-centric design. Across the 121-room property, the 37,673-square-foot Datai Estate Villa is the most opulent address. Set apart from the other accommodations, this extensive hideaway feels as though it’s floating amid the canopy thanks in part to a network of alfresco walkways linking the various rooms and terraces.
Across the estate, you’ll have everything you could possibly need: five bedrooms, two living rooms, two pools, a pool table and bar, a 24-hour butler service and a private chef. While you’re here, keep a lookout for dusky langurs (monkeys) and tokay geckos hanging out in the trees. And don’t miss a chance to practice your swing on the championship golf course.
Designed by respected resort architect Bill Bensley, this all-villa property transports you into a regal, larger-than-life world inspired by 12th-century Khmer king Jayavarman. In design terms, that translates to towering columns, alfresco day beds, a dramatic monochrome color palette, gargantuan sculptures and leafy green plants around every corner.
Just 15 minutes from the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the whimsical resort is home to just 10 two-story private villas, each with its own 30-foot pool, rooftop and garden-enclosed deep-soaking tub, as well as a butler to ensure every desire is met.
Mandala Places, Indonesia
For an Instagram-worthy stay, check out this collection of four spectacular private villas across Bali, each with its own personality and perks. Head to Mandala The Rocks in Uluwatu for a cliff-top setting, unrivaled sunset views and surf-in, surf-out access; Mandala The House in Canggu for two glass-bottom pools (swim-up bar included) and some of the island’s best surfing; or Mandala The Home for boho-chic design and incredible paddy field and river vistas.
The most recent villa to join the family, five-bedroom Mandala The Bay sits on the island of Nusa Lembongan, about a 30-minute boat ride from Bali. Like its sister properties, the design-led accommodation feels chic yet casual with a breezy look and bold contemporary art, as well as a library, cinema room, pool and a cliffside fire pit carved out of the rock.
No matter which villa you choose, each comes with a private chef, mixologist, concierge and a staff to take care of your needs.
Arrive at this secluded spot via the all-villa hotel’s own seaplane. Then choose among a slew of activities: you can do everything from explore the surrounding UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve with manta ray researchers to plumb depths up to 120 feet in the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S submarine.
After your adventures, unwind in the Three Bedroom Landaa Estate. The two-story, 8,611-square-foot villa sits along its own 262-foot beach — you can get up-close views from a private two-tiered pool with waterfalls that’s partially tucked under a thatched-roof palapa. The lavish indoor-outdoor space also boasts a stargazing loft, a full-sized kitchen and dining room, and a staff at your beck and call.