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Unveiling the Secret Retreats Pick of Asia’s Luxury Private Pool Villas


8 Most Epic Private Pool Villas in Asia

A summer holiday staying in a private pool villa is the epitome of a luxury holiday for many of us; sipping a frozen Piña Colada or perfectly brewed iced-tea, soaking up the sun in the privacy of your own pool, and perfectly located within a beautiful and fascinating tropical destination in Asia.

Just imagine… there are no strangers to share the pool with, no getting up early to reserve the best spot for the sunbed around the pool, and no getting dressed to walk to the pool. Straight out of bed and start your day with a cooling dip in your private pool, perhaps enjoy a floating breakfast as you contemplate the coming day. In the afternoon or evening after discovering the destination’s must see, must experience spots, celebrate a private pool party with your favourite music or enjoy romantic sunsets with your partner in the pool just the two of you. And the list goes on and on of beautiful moments one can enjoy in a private pool villa.

In this edition, we would like to share with you a selection of charming private pool villas from the Secret Retreats collection. These villas come with an unforgettable holiday experience, exotic designs, luxury amenities, and a sense of privacy. You will surely fall in love with them as soon as you step into these serene paradises. Your luxury pool villa awaits you in Asia…

Slow Private Pool Villas
Gili Air, Indonesia

Grab your partner, family or friends and head over to one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets. A gorgeous resort that inspires wellness and the joy of life, SLOW does exactly what it says on the tin, encourages you to SLOW down and enjoy the beautiful moments of life. Set on the quiet and delightful Gili Air island where the only traffic is by foot, bicycle or horse, here you can explore tropical gardens, picturesque lagoons, picture postcard perfect beaches, dive stunning underwater worlds and simply enjoy the wonderfully azure sea that gently laps the shores of the Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia.

Enjoy charming and cozy rooms with personal kitchen, spacious private garden, outdoor shower, and private swimming pool where the friendly staff will be waiting to serve your breakfast next to the pool. This small island holiday complex features 10 contemporary, Balinese style luxury villas, each with its own private swimming pool. Created by three Belgium friends, Slow’s concept is based on the slow spirit of slow cooking, slow moving, slow stretching.

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Mathis Lodge
Bali, Indonesia

Set in the Tuban Valley at 400m above sea level, Mathis Lodge is located between the mountains and the sea. The hotel sits on 200 acres of tropical gardens with mountains and the Seraya Volcano at its back, and the Lombok Strait at its front. Enjoy jaw dropping views of the ocean and surrounding mountains from the private luxury of your pool villa. The sensitively designed eco-cabanas boast infinity edge pools and luxury semi-outdoor bathrooms. Serene, private, in harmony with the environment and set within stunning natural scenery Mathis Lodge has everything you need for a perfect summer holiday on Bali.

The infinity pools of the pool villas are cleverly oriented to give an incredible sense of space as they face down the valley presenting glorious uninterrupted views of the ocean and sky. Each lodge has been thoughtfully positioned to share both sea views and mountain views with guests, and set with terraces where you can luxuriate in the peaceful views from the comfort of your day bed.

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Paresa Resort Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

Enjoying an unrivalled clifftop vantage point in Kamala, Phuket’s most exclusive stretch of coastline, this luxury resort shares breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea with its guests. All the villas are nestled into the cliffside which shares with guests an ocean view unparalleled in Phuket both from the guest room and from the private infinity edged pools.

Phuket’s best kept luxury secret, the resort is secreted away under lush tropical trees and gardens guaranteeing privacy and serenity. The chic, elegant villas and suites are luxuriously appointed, and all offer unrivalled panoramic sea views from their private infinity edge pools. With 1- and 2-bedroom villas and suites, Paresa is the perfect choice for every occasion whether looking for the ultimate romantic hideaway or honeymoon suite, or for the family holiday of a lifetime, Paresa has a suite for you. Paresa also features a Michelin stared restaurant, a luxurious spa, gym, library and cooking school, all provided with a warm and beautifully Thai 5-star personalized service.

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Koh Jum Beach Villas
Krabi, Thailand

This luxury eco-chic beach hideout is a hidden gem where pristine nature meets luxurious beachside relaxation. The boutique resort offers 19 individually designed villas and pool villas set within tropical gardens and overlooking the resort’s 700-metre-long beach and oceanside frontage. On the west coast of idyllic Jum island in Krabi, Koh Jum Beach Villas is perfectly positioned to enjoy incredible sunset views over the Andaman Sea and the iconic Phi Phi National Park. The beach is just a few steps away from the private decks of most of the Villas where soft white sand stretches away to your left and right with hardly a soul in sight. The beach feels almost private as Koh Jum is very much off the mass tourism radar and there are only a few other small guest houses and simple resorts on the island so privacy and serenity away from the crowds is assured here.

The resort’s 11 pool villas offer a mix of free form pools, traditional swimming pools, and plunge pools, all positioned within the grounds of each villa to ensure privacy for guests. And with villas ranging from 1 bedroom, 2 bed, 3bed, 4 bed and 5bed, there is a villa to match every occasion. Surrounded by national parks the team at Koh Jum Beach Villas take sustainability seriously in the running and management of the resort. They have been active in reef replanting, regularly organize beach clean-ups, have installed their own water purification and bottling plant to reduce plastic waste as all drinking water is glass bottled, their kitchen team sources produce from the local community and the list goes on. Their sustainability actions have been audited by Travelife, an internationally acclaimed sustainability auditor, and the resort was awarded the Gold Standard for their efforts, so your stay here is sustainable, supporting the local community and supporting the protection of their island home.  

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Tugu Lombok
Lombok, Indonesia

Located on Sire Beach on the northwest coast of the island, this luxury art hotel sits on a stretch of private white-sand beach within six hectares of mature coconut plantations facing the ocean and is perfectly positioned to enjoy magnificent sunrises from behind Mount Rinjani. The resort celebrates the romantic traditional culture of Lombok and Indonesia with 100s of pieces of original art decorating the resort, with many pieces inspired by the ancient tales of the Mahabharata. In a thoughtful blend between magical landscapes and unique artworks, legends and modern luxuries, each villa has been given its own unique personality. Tugu Lombok captures the soul and romance of this wonderful location.

The villas are spacious and beautifully appointed, and all just a few steps from the beach and ocean. Bathrooms are to die for at Tugu Lombok with some incredible hand beaten copper tubs, large round sunken baths, oversized rain-showers and all in sumptuous semi-outdoor bathrooms. The pools of the pool villas are all set within private gardens, privacy assured, and set to give bathers ocean views. The villas offer a mix of plunge pools, from the grand 15m pool of the Sanghyang Pool Villas to the ocean facing petal shaped pool of the Puri Dadap Merah Family Pool Villa, and the not to be missed 7m pool of the Sanghyang Djiwo Villa, which is made from a special black stone hand cut from the sacred Mount Merapi in Java. The resort also houses a beautiful spa that overlooks the sea, where you can indulge in treatments or traditional massage while enjoying the sounds of birdsong from the gardens and the gentle lapping of the waves on the beach. Tugu Lombok also offers 101 Dining Temptations, a tailored approach to dining experiences. Guests can choose to dine in almost any location from the quiet beach or the garden, to private dining on the pavilion above the lily pond or a table within the extraordinary Bale Kokok Pletok dining hall.

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Heritage Suites Hotel,
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Heritage Suites Hotel is a sophisticated boutique retreat located in Siem Reap, Cambodia and just 20 minutes away from the majestic architectural relics of the Angkor temple complex. The hotel’s grand colonial façade conceals the 26 intimate rooms and newly refurbished suites nestled amidst lush tropical gardens. This authentic luxury boutique retreat combines French elegance within a Cambodian tropical garden getaway.

The hotel offers six intimate traditional rooms and 20 sophisticated suites including the private pool suites and the villa residence. The Colonial Pool Suites are set with their own private outdoor swimming pool and also a private steam room in each suite. The residence, or Colonial Jacuzzi Suite, has its own private pool and a separate sunken jacuzzi tub. Carefully set within tropical gardens privacy is guaranteed for guests of every pool suite. Elegance and tradition combine beautifully with modern influences to make Heritage Suites a place where past and present blend into a harmony of colours, flavours, and lush green tropical garden spaces. Steeped in an authentic Indochinese elegance, with personalized and attentive service, and an excellent restaurant and bar which holds regular events from art shows to jazz evenings, the Heritage Suites Hotel makes for a perfect base for your Siem Reap and Angkorian adventures.

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Neeleshwar Hermitage Resort
Kerala, India

Come and enjoy a rare gem of traditional Kerala hospitality. The Neeleshwar Hermitage Resort is set on a pristine private beach along a picturesque coastline that overlooks the magical Arabian Sea. Indulge in the quintessential bare-foot luxury experience at Neeleshwar Hermitage, a tranquil hideaway where boutique chic meets Vedic wellness to create complete relaxation for the body and soul. Set in a secluded palm grove that is surrounded by lush gardens of hibiscus and frangipani, and a natural lagoon, the resort is built according to Kerala Vatsu’s traditional architectural principles. The cottages, traditional in design but not lacking in modern comforts, are a mix of wood and thatch, light and airy palm-roofed cottages blend traditional Keralan architecture with contemporary design.

Neeleshwar has 2 pool cottages, Bhakti and Prema. Positioned a few steps from the beach their plunge pools are set within the private courtyards of the cottage adjacent to the semi-open-air bathrooms. The luxurious indoor-outdoor bathroom of each cottage is set with a sunken bathub and separate rain shower and locally made all-natural luxury bathroom amenities. Peaceful verandahs catch the gentle sea breezes and enjoy far-reaching views of the deserted golden coastline. Look carefully and you may spot dolphins playing in the surf whilst reclining by the resort’s infinity pool. Re-align your chakras at the yoga pavilion lulled by the sounds of the surf, and on long beach walks be mesmerized by flocks of sea birds swooping over the Arabian Sea.

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The Bohemian’s Residence
Central Thailand

Lose yourself in the real Thailand while immersed within a rich and luxurious blend of Asian design, modern elegance and comfort. The Bohemian’s Residence is a luxury villa residence set within a delightful riverside location in the heart of Thailand’s central plains, between Uthai Thani and the ancient capital of Siam, Ayutthaya. Operated as a residence rather than a hotel, a stay here is packaged with a full team to take care of your every need, including transfers and imaginative guided tours that get to the heart of central Thailand life. From dining to touring, you are made to feel totally at home in this unique location. Being a riverside residence, a boat is a must so river trips to local temples, or to view the surrounding countryside, or perhaps try your hand at fishing for your dinner on the river Chin with your personal chef ready back at the residence to prepare and cook whatever you might catch…as long as it’s edible!

In a stay at The Bohemian’s Residence, you can expect the very best Thai hospitality delivered in a warm and natural ‘home from home’ style. The property is a walled riverside residence which includes the Heritage House with 2 suites, and the Private Lodge with 2 suites, and shared common areas including a large airy lounge, garden and outdoor pool that overlooks the river. Stays are private, never shared, but with 4 suites The Bohemian’s Residence is as perfect for couples looking for a uniquely Thai hideaway to experience the real Thailand off the beaten path, or for families or groups of friends looking to enjoy that perfect, private, memorable get together. This serene and homely oasis represents the true essence of the owner’s love of Thailand and life in Asia. It is at once exclusive and homely, very much a place for the curious traveller who wishes to spend a few days experiencing the real Thailand, away from the crowds and as authentic as it can get, all the while ensconced in luxury and enjoying personalized and quintessentially Thai service. Thai hospitality’s best kept secret? We think so!

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