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by Melati Kamaruddin.

We need a holiday. It’s only August but we can already imagine ourselves on a sunny beach somewhere *exhale*. But where should we go? Bali? Phuket? How about Koh Samui? I know what you’re thinking. You’ve been there a million times and you’ve seen it all. Trust us, you will be surprised. Breathtaking is an understatement. These villas are the most jaw-dropping, fist-clenching, toe-curling, mouth-watering and visually-stimulating we have ever seen *gulp*. And they have been the secret destination for many discerning travellers. Yes, we know. Not fair! So here you go, the secret is out. Here are the most beautiful villas in Asia to get you started on that holiday planning. You’re welcome.

#1 – Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, Bali

Bali, Uluwatu , Indonesia | This magnificent hideaway offers sprawling and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. The stunning infinity edge pool beckons, along with revitalising yoga sessions and luxury treatments at Anantara Spa, where signature rituals are inspired by Indonesia’s Spice Islands. Modern minimalist architecture serves to frame Bali’s natural beauty, with each suite offering wide balconies and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Click here for info & booking.

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#2 – Viceroy Bali

Bali, Ubud , Indonesia | Situated along a secluded ridge on the Petanu River valley – Bali’s own “Valley of the Kings” – the Viceroy Bali is known amongst international travellers as one of the world’s best hidden tropical hideaways. Each of the 25 villas available feature relaxing outdoor spaces with stunning valley views. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take some time and explore nearby Ubud, a town with its own leisurely pace and eccentric air, bric-a-brac shops, curious galleries and quaint restaurants. Click here for info & booking.

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#3 – Luna2, Bali

Bali, Seminyak , Indonesia | Named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon, the Luna2 is in the heart of Seminyak, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Seminyak Beach. Incorporating great modernism of the past century in its designs, the hotel is ultra modern with a hint of retro funk, exuding a ‘Miami-south-beach’ simplicity. You will love the Bisazza mosaics, modernist paintings, vintage European wallpapers classic furniture pieces complete with Bose surround stereo system, the glittering turquoise private pool and the fully stocked bar. Click here for info & booking.

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#4 The Istana, Bali

Bali, Uluwatu , Indonesia | Tucked within a tranquil corner of Bali in an area named The Bukit, The Istana overlooks white sand beaches and a picturesque lagoon. Just a ten minute walk from Uluwatu beach, it is built with a blend of modern architecture and traditional Indonesian detailing. This private luxury villa boasts two beautiful pools, a large dining and living bale, a separate children’s and game’s wing, restaurant-grade kitchen, a spectacular outdoor cliff-edge dining bale and a 20-person strong staff ready to do your bidding. After all, “Istana” means palace in Indonesian. Click here for info & booking.

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#5 The Edge Bali

Bali, Uluwatu , Indonesia | At The Edge, each guest is greeted with their own personal butler to make sure your every whim is catered for. From the airport transfer on arrival to check-out, the hotel does not disappoint. Located at the edge of the Pecatu cliffs, the resort offers magnificent villas with contemporary yet comfortable décor. Each abode comes complete with a large private swimming pool and huge terraces. Click here for info & booking.

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#6 Sava – Villa Amarelo, Phuket

Phuket, Nathai Beach – Phang Nga , Thailand | Villa Amarelo is a stunning six bedroom villa located in one of Thailand’s more beautiful and unspoiled beaches – Natai, in the province Phang Nga. Just 20 minutes from Phuket international airport, this stylish villa boasts open-plan designs that draw in stunning ocean views. Enjoy dining outdoor by the 25m saltwater pool and sundeck where you can soak up the tropical sun for days. Click here for info & booking.

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#7 Villa Duanphen, Phuket

Phuket, Kamala Beach , Thailand | Villa Duanphen, which means “home blessed by a light breeze,” is a beautiful beachfront retreat of unmatched comfort, style and tranquility in Phuket. It features 4 spacious and stylish bedrooms with amazing sea views and 5 luxurious bathrooms. Generous outdoor decks surround a striking infinity-edge swimming pool that looks out towards the azure-colored horizon of the Andaman Sea beyond. Click here for info & booking.

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#8 Villa Mali View, Phuket

Phuket, Kamala Beach , Thailand | Perfect for jet-setting families or group of friends who want a really lavish getaway. You will love its living room with high ceilings, decorated with modern yet comfortable furnishings that accentuate an atmosphere of tropical warmth. Generous outdoor decks wrap around the villa while the infinity-edge swimming pool dramatically looks out to panoramic ocean views and stunning sunsets, as do the 5 elegantly furnished en-suite bedrooms. Click here for info & booking.

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#9 Villa Oleander, Phuket

Phuket, Cape Yamu , Thailand | Part of Cape Yamu which was designed by well-known architect Jean-Michel Gathy and the famous Phillipe Starck, Villa Oleander was completed in 2011. It is a perfect symbiosis of contemporary and Thai, where light, air and rich furnishings further define the magnificence of Heaven. This villa offers a unobstructed sea-view from every room, a 24-meter infinity pool, outdoor dining sala, indoor dining room, formal sitting and informal sitting room, private spa room, boathouse, playroom and gymnasium. Villa Oleander also has its own par 3 golf practice green.

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#10 Villa Ubon, Phuket

Phuket, Surin Beach , Thailand | With stunning views over Surin, Bang Tao and Phuket’s west coast, this villa is contemporary, decorated with art and furniture from all over the world. Comprising two separate villas, it doubles up on swimming pools, private deck areas for each en-suite room, indoor and outdoor living spaces, an entertainment room with 50-inch plasma screen and snooker room with all manner of games. Click here for info & booking.

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#11 Baan Chom Pha, Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Chaweng , Thailand | Located on top of a cliff beside the sea, the Baan Chom Pha gives you the chance to experience cool sea breezes and the soothing sounds of the waves below from a superb elevated vantage point. The villa also features its own private balcony and garden and is situated on the edge of a huge common space – dining, sitting, pool and massage salas, swimming pool and jacuzzis all on the same single level atop the cliff overlooking the ocean. Click here for info & booking.

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#12 La Somitta 3, Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Taling Ngam , Thailand | The traditionally designed La Somitta have been recently restored to a high standard of quality and décor, preserving the abundance of flora and fauna in the area. Natural materials are used where possible, from limed hardwood to thatched roofing. Expect spectacular views across the Gulf of Thailand, the jaw-dropping views and delicious Thai cuisine prepared by your very own personal chef. Click here for info & booking.

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#13 Lime Samui Villa 2, Samui

Samui, Nathon , Thailand | Perched in the hills above Koh Samui’s quaint port of Nathon, the ultra-luxurious villa offers breathtaking panoramic views across the azure seas and islands, and not to mention some of Samui’s most dramatic sunsets. The rooms open onto the fabulous island surroundings, providing a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces, with a generous negative-edge pool as a centrepiece, its cooling waters merging with the ocean vistas for the ultimate sense of liberating escapism. Click here for info & booking.

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#14 Mishara, Samui

Samui, Bophut , Thailand | Mishara’s location on top of a mountain decked out in all the amenities and luxuries available is definitely suited to those looking for a bit more to their vacation. This luxurious abode oozes cool, chic interiors leading out to Zen-like gardens, patios and a 20m infinity pool that looks out onto Bophut Bay and Koh Phang Ngan. Each spacious guest room boasts its own en-suite bathroom and private balcony. Click here for info & booking.

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#15 Saba Bali Villas – Nakula, Bali

Bali, Canggu , Indonesia | Surrounded by rice paddies near Berawa Beach, each villa is equipped with light and airy garden bathrooms with spacious tubs and rain showers as well as a fully stocked kitchen, living and dining pavilion. Enjoy tranquil encounters in the private courtyard, gazebo and the 15m private swimming pool in each villa. Cap off your day at the far end of the pool in a shady, comfortable bale. Click here for info & booking.

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#16 Panacea Retreats, Koh Samui

Koh Samui, Bophut , Thailand | Panacea Retreats boasts gorgeous ocean-facing views, private gardens, and infinity swimming pools where you can revitalize and rejuvenate during your stay. The open-plan concept and natural materials used allows plenty of light into the villas, while luxury touches include Sonos sound systems, complimentary yoga, private limousine transfers, unlimited daily laundry, fresh smoothies and fruit cocktails, plus an ala carte breakfast daily in the privacy of your residence. Click here for info & booking.

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#17 Villa Harietta, Samui

Samui, Bophut , Thailand | This is perfect for ocean-loving families or groups of friends wanting a full-fledged tropical getaway! Nestled upon natural rock formations of Samui, clean and sublime designs were integrated to form this ‘Rock House’. The villa has been crafted in an open plan manner to feature the pristine blue waters of Coral Bay, the rich neighbouring greens and allow in plentiful light that work extremely well with its white facades. Click here for info & booking.

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#18 Sudamala Suites and Villas Senggigi, Lombok

Lombok, Senggigi , Indonesia | Sudamala refers to the cleansing and purification of body and soul. This glorious beachfront resort not only purifies and cleanses the weary traveler; it provides a luxurious haven against the dramatic Senggigi backdrop. Think expansive courtyards, traditional open-air pavilions, lush gardens and private balconies. This is the perfect base to explore the pristine island of Lombok via a scenic road trip along lush paddy fields or dramatic coast lines. Click here for info & booking.

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#19 Malimbu Cliff Villa, Lombok

Lombok, Senggigi , Indonesia | For the globetrotting family looking for the ultimate private retreat or bridal parties, you can expect ultra-chic décor with crisp architecture and vibrant accents here – it is a modern luxury hideout nestled on a hill with private beach access. You will be pampered with own personal service crew, bubble baths on the balconies, massages at your beck and call and diving at the Gili Islands just minutes away. Click here for info & booking.

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#20 The Royal Purnama, Bali

Gianyar, Bali, Ubud , Indonesia | Resting beside the glittering black crystal sands of Pantai Purnama (Full Moon Beach) on the southeast coast of Bali, The Royal Purnama – Art Suites and Villas is an exclusive adult-only boutique retreat (sorry, kids!). The 35 contemporary-styled pool villas and suites revels in local artistry, impeccable service, luxurious facilities, and the tranquillity of a rural, oceanfront setting. Expect canopied king-size beds, semi-open-air monsoon showers and decadent soaking tubs, while poolside cabanas invite guests to perfect the art of laid-back lounging. By the way, the villas and suites have its own private pool or balcony jacuzzi hot tub. Click here for info & booking.

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Which one should we explore?

Images courtesy of TheLuxeNomad.