With spectacular ocean views, Villa Samira is a six-bedroom hillside haven in a secured estate near Kamala Beach ideal for families or groups. Step through its magical entrance arch and find a 17m pool and jacuzzi, sumptuous indoor and outdoor lounging areas, a media room with projector screen, games room with a pool table, spa room and a modern kitchen and dining room. A team of full-time staff, including a chef, offers friendly, five-star service while many island delights including yacht trips, golf and soft-sand beaches are close at hand. Perfect for a relaxing tropical holiday or a special event.
Though it might be tempting to spend your entire holiday ensconced within Samira’s peaceful realm, there’s plenty to see and do beyond the villa. With enticing soft sands and sunsets, exploring Phuket’s west coast beaches could keep you busy for days, while the island has many cultural sights worth visiting as well.
Check with your villa manager about recommended local activities and attractions, and she’ll help arrange bookings and transport. In the meantime, here is just a sample of some of the varied activities on offer around Phuket.
Charter a luxury yacht for a day cruise on the Andaman Sea. The towering karsts of Phang Nga Bay beckon while the clear waters of the Raya, Similan and Maithon islands offer fantastic places to snorkel, dive and swim.
Enjoy some sea activities closer to shore with windsurfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking or stand-up paddling sessions.
Take the family out for a Thai theatrical spectacle at Phuket FantaSea, or for a wet and wild day out at Splash Jungle water park. Or take a spin down the world’s largest zorbing ball course at the Rollerball Zorbing park near Patong.
Indulge in an elaborate spa treatment at one of Phuket’s well known luxury spas including the Banyan Tree or nearby Paresa resort, or unwind in more simple style with a beachside Thai massage in the shade of an umbrella.
Explore the streets of Old Phuket on a cultural walking tour. Learn about the history behind the island’s cultural mix, take in the colour and beauty of the Sino-Portuguese style shops and mansions and sample the local eats that earned Phuket a UNESCO ‘city of gastronomy’ accolade.
Learn the secrets behind making some of this exotic and flavourful cuisine yourself by joining a Thai cookery class.
Book a tee-off time at one of Phuket’s scenic golf courses including Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Blue Canyon and Mission Hills.
Escape into the island’s diverse and daring after-dark scene from stylish cocktail and wine bars to waterside sunset lounges to raucous nightclubs in Patong.
Reconnect with nature in the island’s interior with elephant and horseback riding, ATV trail rides, waterfalls and jungle walks, the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, zip-lining at Hanuman World, cable wakeboarding, agricultural tours and more.
Hunt for bargains, local treasures and brand names at Jungceylon shopping centre in Patong or along the resort city’s lively street bazaars with arts and crafts, clothing, gadgets, souvenirs and more for sale.