Thailand’s top 10 design villas

While Thailand may be best known for its temptingly tropical natural scenery, you’ll find this corner of Southeast Asia also offers the utmost in luxury living - with a serious selection of dreamy design villas to cater to those who demand aesthetic perfection. From chic, clifftop retreats nestled amongst pristine rainforest to sleek beachfront abodes, these minimalist masterpieces are works of architectural wonder. Here’s our hand-picked selection of the most stylish retreats around…


1. Villa Amanzi

Clinging to the headland along Kamala’s exclusive Millionaire’s mile, this uber-modern oceanfront residence offers the ultimate in contemporary design. Immerse yourself in uninterrupted sea views from the 15-metre infinity edge pool overhanging the ocean, or descend the private staircase to your own beach deck.


2. Villa Bellevue

Designed by award-winning GFAB architects, Villa Bellevue is a work of minimalist brilliance - cool, clean lines seamlessly set into the island’s hillside, oversized outdoor decking and infinity pool framing all-engulfing ocean views. A sunken outdoor Sala echoes a stylish 70s vibe, while the jacuzzi and private cinema were made for entertaining.


3. Celadon

A heady combination of cutting-edge architecture and Instagram-worthy interiors, this sleek design villa is perched on a secluded hilltop along Koh Samui’s north coast, boasting breathtaking sunset vistas.


4. Baan Sarawaan

Part of the exclusive private development of Cape Yamu, a collaboration by accomplished architects Jean-Michel Gathy and Phillipe Starck, Villa Sarawaan is a perfect fusion of contemporary and oriental design. Spread over three acres of beachfront land overlooking Phang Nga Bay, this ultra-luxe villa offers guests a 24-metre infinity pool, spa, boathouse and golf green.


5. Villa Lime Zest

Designed by Bali-based GFAB architects, Lime Zest features open plan interiors that slide open for a seamless indoor-outdoor feel, while the infinity-edge pool is the ideal spot to sink into the sweeping jungle views.


6. Iniala Penthouse

Overlooking the Andaman sea, architect Graham Lamb’s futuristic vision makes for an otherworldly experience, with suspended beds and cushioned flooring that feels as though you’re walking on sand. An oversized swimming pool features a spectacular fishtail sculpture, while the roof terrace is the perfect spot for stargazers.


7. Villa Divya

Fusing indoor and outdoor living, Villa Divya’s sleek minimal beauty reflects award-winning architects GFAB’s signature design. Clean white interiors contrast with vibrant green vistas and panoramic ocean blues, while an expansive open-air living and dining Sala


8. Villa Lilian

Designed by esteemed architect Martin Palleros, Villa Lilian’s beautiful beachfront aesthetic is a triumph in modern minimalism with a nod to Southern Thai influences. Harmonious interiors furnished by eco-design pioneer Antonio “Budji” Layug epitomise understated elegance and timeless simplicity.


9. The Collector's Villa

Indulge your eccentric side at this beachfront villa, made up of a series of eclectic spaces designed by four leading global designers - an elegant suite from Spain’s Jaime Hayon, a symphony of wood and stone from Ireland’s Joseph Walsh and a seductive boudoir from New Zealand’s Mark Brazier-Jones.


10. Sri Panwa Ocean View Pool Villa

Perched high above Cape Panwa, embrace the essence of tropical contemporary design in this one bedroom pool villa. Integrating jungle and ocean surroundings with every modern comfort in luxury living, this high-end hideaway is the ultimate romantic retreat.

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