If you close your eyes and imagine your ideal holiday destination, there’s a remarkably high chance you’re picturing palm trees, unspoilt stretches of sand, divine tropical weather and sea breezes. Even more ideal would be owning a home in one of these dreamy locales, so that you always have a fabulous retreat to escape to with friends and family. Purchasing a holiday home is also a smart way to diversify a city-centric real-estate portfolio, and it can easily become a new income source if you’re interested in renting the property out for weddings and other special events. No matter what your motivation may be, here’s a survey of some of the best holiday homes on the market in Southeast Asia right now.
Thailand’s second-largest island has something to offer everyone, from palm-fringed beaches to mountainous rainforest, humble roadside eateries to posh restaurants at five-star resorts. Fortunately, it’s easy to escape the masses and hide away in the luxury villa of your dreams.
Tucked away in southwestern Samui, Villa Sila Varee (59.4 million baht; about HK$15.25 million) is a tranquil haven for both nature lovers and privacy seekers. At more than 23,000 square feet, the fully furnished property encompasses a two-storey central building and two standalone guest villas for a total of five bedrooms, all of which boast serene views of the sea, neighbouring islands and surrounding nature. Additional amenities include the requisite pool, a back garden with waterfall and outdoor cooking and dining facilities. The property is located inside Santikhiri Estate, an exclusive community comprising 19 homes that has roumnd-the-clock staff and security, so you never have to worry about your home while you’re away.
For a similar sense of serenity, only with easy access to livelier areas, consider buying a home on laid-back Lamai Beach. Completed in 2012, Baan Hinta (US$3.2 million) is a five-bedroom beachfront villa with ceilings that soar as high as 10 metres and contemporary decor inflected with Thai and Balinese influences. Well suited to groups of friends or families with older children, the property features a multi-storey layout and a structure that’s largely open to the elements, making the most of the sea views and breezes. Naturally, there’s the requisite infinity pool overlooking the water, but this is primarily a holiday home for beach lovers, as the villa is equipped with watersports equipment such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
Sister property Baan Hinyai (US$2.8 million) features the same look and feel, including five lavishly furnished suites equipped with king-size beds, entertainment systems and free-standing bathtubs in dramatic en-suite bathrooms, which are built into the beach’s natural rock formations. The open-plan gourmet kitchen sits next to a 20-seat dining table, though outdoor dining is also an option at the poolside pavilion. Should you desire a serious beachfront compound, you’d be wise to get your hands on both Hinta and Hanyai, for a combined 10 bedrooms and all the space you could ever want, right on the white sand.
It’s not difficult to understand Bali’s enduring appeal, but given the island’s sheer size, it can be difficult to know where to begin looking if you want to buy property. While the beach clubs, restaurants and bars of Seminyak may be a draw, it’s best to look elsewhere — after all, this is meant to be a holiday home, not a party pad.
Standing near the southern edge of the Bukit Peninsula, just minutes from Pandawa Beach, Villa Dewi Lanjar (HK$13.327 million) is one of just six homes comprising Karang Saujana Estate. Perched on a towering limestone cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, this four-bedroom, five-bathroom villa spans more than 5,000 square feet in Ungasan near the so-called “millionaire’s mile”, one of Bali’s most highly sought-after residential areas. The spacious interiors are furnished in Balinese style with a contemporary spin, and the villa offers several fabulous living and dining areas, both inside the house and outdoors as well.
If that’s not enough, perhaps a 10,700-square-foot compound in Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre and spiritual heart, will suffice? Listed at around HK$32.9 million, the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom property includes three separate buildings and more than 0.4 of a hectare of land surrounded by lush jungle greenery, making this a peaceful retreat for up to 15 people. The passion project of a furniture designer, the estate’s decor reflects a blend of Indonesian touches and Scandinavian furnishings, with each of the three buildings possessing a unique ambience. There’s ample room for yoga and exercise in the spacious fitness room in the main villa residence, while outside, the 25-metre-long infinity pool is set against the edge of a steep gorge, offering a dramatic viewpoint of the surrounding scenery.
Home to some of Thailand’s most popular beaches and one of the country’s most-visited destinations, Phuket needs no introduction. For some, the large number of travellers to this island in the Andaman Sea will bolster interest in buying property here, while others will choose to seek serenity elsewhere.
It’s easy to escape the crowds in the southern part of the island, where Tree Villa (41.8 million baht; about HK$10.6 million) stands beneath the hills near one of the most desirable beaches in this part of the island: Nai Harn. At almost 20,000 square feet, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features Thai-Balinese design and handmade furniture, while the location and greenery give residents a great deal of privacy, even within the property, as the three bedrooms are housed in separate buildings.
If you’d prefer to live off the island but still nearby — and you’re in the market for something big look north to Phang Nga province. Spanning an acre and a half of land on a prime stretch of beachfront, the impressive Villa Shanti (236 million baht; about HK$60.5 million) is made up of five contemporary Thai-style pavilions which collectively house six en-suite bathrooms. At the centre of the property is a 25-metre-long, black-tiled infinity pool surrounded by an expansive, coconut-palm-studded garden that sits next to the beach. Corridors and walkways connecting the pavilions lend the property a resort vibe, while the immense “great room” and kitchen make this the perfect place for hosting large events such as family reunions and weddings.
You’ve likely never heard of this area on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, but Bang Saray has recently developed into a hot zone for new property developments inside the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor. A 90-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, this emerging district features the unspoilt beauty of the Gulf of Thailand without any of the drawbacks found elsewhere on the east coast, such as seedy Pattaya.
If, rather than buying something fully furnished and being forced to make changes, you’d prefer a holiday home designed to your specifications, look no further than Sunplay Bangsaray, where you can acquire one of a handful of expansive bespoke villas (66 million baht; about HK$16.9 million). Spread across nearly 30,000 feet including outdoors space, each four-bedroom, five-bathroom property in The Villa Collection will be designed to the exacting specifications of the owner, while the layout of each resembles a series of elegant pavilions with open walls that blur the boundary between inside and outside. At the heart of the development is the Sunplay Club, akin to an on-site country club with dining, fitness and recreational facilities; meanwhile, a 24/7 concierge team is there to handle all your requests.
As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.