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Luxury villas in Asia: Gorgeous holiday accommodations with amazing design and architecture

Relax and unwind in great style in one of these jaw-dropping villas in Phuket, Koh Samui, Sri Lanka, Niseko and more that boast stunning exteriors and interiors

Mar 08, 2017 | By The Luxe Nomad

Everyone’s idea of a perfect private villa is, naturally, different. You may be sold on the bespoke concierge services accorded to your stay, or the breathtaking view is just hard to beat. And if you’re one who appreciates great architecture, then our list of amazing villas – courtesy of our friends-in-the-know at The Luxe Nomad  – promises to be a feast for your eyes.

Iniala Beach House — Phuket, Thailand

Several of the world’s top talents came together to design the masterpiece that is Initial Beach House, including Brazil’s Campana brothers and Jaime Hayón of Spain. While all of the resort’s villas are opulent in design, the centrepiece is the three-bedroom Collector’s Villa. This indulgent stay boasts a living room inspired by the ceramic temple of Wat Arun, with walls encrusted with over 3,000 ceramic plates. There’s also the “Pearl Wall” which is completely covered in mother of pearl, a crystal dining sala, and a private cinema.

The Lighthouse, Sri Lanka

Amongst Afini’s portfolio of rare, gorgeous luxury holiday accommodations is a 200-year-old residence called The Lighthouse. Built by Dutch traders, the property sits within the 16th century Galle Fort. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it boasts a large private swimming pool, high arches, soaring ceilings, exposed beams and an unmistakable historical charm. There are three en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and a master suite with its own four-poster bed. As an Afini member, you’ll also have a dedicated Lifestyle Consultant who will take care of your holiday needs, from planning to on-site concierge services. To plan your own luxurious stay at The Lighthouse, visit Afini.

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Arguably one of Bali’s most beautiful hotels – its many accolades from DestinAsian, Forbes, TripAdvisor, Conde Nast Traveller cannot be wrong – Alila Villas Uluwatu is the image of modern, unadulterated luxury. Designed by award-winning Singapore architectural firm WOHA, the hotel boasts a spectacular infinity pool that runs along a limestone cliff 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, providing swimmers and soakers a killer view especially during sunsets. Interiors are minimalist with an open concept, and all 84 villas on the property have private salt-water pools, sun decks and cabanas with ocean views. Too comfortable to step out? You don’t have to: there’s a great spa, a clifftop bar for drinks, and two restaurants to while your time.

Villa Sapi, Lombok, Indonesia

An entire luxury property all to yourself? Villa Sapi is your answer. Spread over 2.2 hectares of sprawling lawns, the five bedroom super villa features three swimming pools, a massage pavilion, a home theatre, a tennis court, and a study, on top of an open-plan living and dining room for 14. Here, tradition meets modernity: the main building takes after the the long houses common in Borneo, but has a contemporary, almost futuristic, extension that houses the home theatre; while the standalone, two-bedroom guesthouse goes down the modern route. Service is equally luxe; guests will be well-taken-care-of by full team of 21 staff, including a villa manager, chef, butlers, housekeepers, and security guards.

Samujana, Koh Samui, Thailand

Perched on a hill top and located within walking distance from beaches of Choeng Mon and popular Chaweng, the all-pool award-winning estate overlooks a coral cove, giving each villa uninterrupted sea views and private beach access. The white-washed, sprawling and minimalist design is the work of celebrated architect Gary Fell of GFAB Architects, conceptualised with the natural rock outcrops and vegetation in mind. For the best views on the island, go for the five-bedroom Villa 30, which boast 360-degree unobstructed sunrise and sunset views of Chaweng and Lamai, Choengmon and Plai Laem, Big Buddha and the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan. Read more about Samujana here.

Moon Shadow Villa — Koh Samui, Thailand

Designed by star architect Bodin Sritrakul, Moon Shadow Villa is a multi award-winning landmark and emblem of excellence in Koh Samui. The clifftop villa is made of three free-standing pavilions, offering four bedrooms, a turquoise terrazzo infinity pool, tropical gardens, and an eco-pond, overlooking the beautiful bay of Koh Samui Coral Cove. Sritrakul designed the villa with the environment in mind, and it is naturally cooled by a cutting-edge waterfall power system.

Glasshouse — Niseko, Japan

Niseko’s most elegantly-appointed designer home, Glasshouse earns its name from its stunning glass facade that offers unrestricted views of Mount Yotei. The warm and inviting five-bedroom chalet boasts modern interiors with an earthy feel while incorporating Japanese influences such as a Hinoki timber that is highly valued in Japan for its scent and texture. You can also warm up in the Japanese-style wooden bath or outdoor Jacuzzi.

Lashini House — Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Perched on a hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean, Lashini House is a seamless junction of architecture and nature, designed to maximise interaction between indoor and outdoor. The eco villa incorporates the landscape as an integral design element, featuring an open-sided living room and courtyards that allow airflow and natural ventilation for all three bedrooms. The villa is sheltered by a green-planted roof plane that blurs the distinction between house and landscape when viewed from above.

Asimont Villas — Singapore

Made up of 21 villas in one of Singapore’s prime districts, the Asimont Villas is separated into seven different clusters. The three-story villas boast four bedrooms and a private pool all of which are designed to come together to look like “floating boxes”. Bringing in a bit of nature into the space, are ingeniously placed apertures that allow for daylight to come filtering in.

The Layar — Seminyak, Bali

Meaning “sail” in Bahasa Indonesia, it’s easy to see where The Layar gets its name. The resort offers a collection of pool villas with iconic roofs that taper dramatically to the ground, like the rigging of a traditional sail boat. This unique design creates spacious split-level living spaces with curved or angled walls, finished with contemporary interiors of tropical hardwoods and locally-sourced stone and marble.

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