If you’re planning a big holiday with family and friends, the need to fulﬁll a range of different criteria might be tricky to manage. When traveling with families and friends, more seasoned travelers are now opting for private villas which provide exclusive personal space for full enjoyment of relaxed and quality time with loved ones. Thanks to our friends at the Zekkei Collection, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite villas in Asia.
Sava Villas on Natai Beach have the most idyllic scenery. The Sava Villas make a great base to explore Phang Nga on a catamaran, particularly if you want to visit James Bond Island, which was made famous by Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun.
Villa Tievoli - This is the biggest unit in the estate. It has a cute kids’ room complete with a slide bunk bed. Staying in Phang Nga means that during nesting season, kids will have the opportunity to learn about conservation by participating in sea turtle excursions, including night walks and dawn patrol in Mai Khao. Here families can scour the beach for nests and hatchlings and make sure they are safe from predators. Villa Tievoli, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/tievoli
The Aquila - This is the newest addition to the collection of super villas in Kamala's "millionaires row". Complete with seven beautiful suites and a spacious kids' room, guests can enjoy this 38000-sq-ft residence and feel like they’re having the ﬁve-star resort all to themselves. The Aquila, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/aquila/
Ban Mekkala - The villa offers a stretch of secluded beach and exciting water sports options. Ban Mekkala has kayaks and paddleboards in the house. Fishing, sailing and hobbie cats can be arranged. All six en-suite bedrooms are located on the ground floor around a big lawn, the pool and dining sala - a beautiful under-the-stars dining area. This is well laid out for a big group to socialize, and also to retreat to their private sleeping space with ease throughout the day. The pool at 25m is big enough for laps, and you can enjoy this all to yourself! Ban Mekkala, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/mekkala/
The View - The villa has all the resort must-have amenities, with its own spa, jacuzzi, gym and yoga studio. Everyone’s ﬁtness and wellness needs are well catered for, and private access to two beaches makes planning excursions for the groups easy. The glass-walled kid’s den, is separated from the main house and complete with a nanny room, it is a child-approved space packed full of artistic details. There’s also the extensive lawn giving them lots of space to roam. The View, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/theview/
The upscale ski-town has evolved into a laidback and family-friendly destination all year-round. In the summertime it offers an array of activities to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Chalet Tsubaki - Tsubaki features a roomy kids’ bunk room with a living/play area to keep the little ones busy. There’s also a hinoki bath to breathe life into weary limbs after a day of skiing. There is ample space for hosting parties and home entertainment with the kids. The villa is located in a quiet spot in the main Hirafu village and is on the free shuttle bus service route, which is conveniently connected to the neighborhood and world-class skiing. Chalet Tsubaki, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/tsubaki/
Chalet Ori - With the ﬁreplace up and running and ample dining space for groups of 30 or more, this is an impressive party pad to wow your guests. The private elevator ensures easy access to all ﬂoors. The zen gardens and terraces are great, not just for meditation but to listen to music, read, and unwind. After a long day on the slopes, children can unwind in the sun-lit bunk playroom, which is located far from the spacious living and dining lounge where the grownups hang out til late. At 5360 sq ft and seven bedrooms, this is one of the few meta chalets in the village. Chalet Ori, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/ori/
The Longhouse - The Longhouse clings dramatically to a hilltop in Jimbaran, with panoramic views stretching over the south coast of Bali. This is the best spot to enjoy magical sunsets. A children’s play area is equipped with toys, books and games. The kids facilities include a baby cot, high chair, car seat and pool fence - on request. It is designed with families in mind to entertain guests of all ages. All six en-suite bedrooms have their own spacious outdoor terrace. With a home cinema, spa room, 12-seater teak dining table and ample lounge space, all make the villa perfect for groups and extended families. The Longhouse, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/longhouse/
Villa Manis - A mix of formal and informal living spaces spread out among eight en-suite bedrooms, including both indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas, a media room, a state-of-the-art gymnasium with sauna, a spa and a pool lounge with bar and jacuzzi. Kids have their own pool and playroom too. The sheer size of both the gardens and accommodation at Villa Manis, combined with rice ﬁeld and sea views, creates the perfect setting for special occasions and large family gatherings. Villa Manis, www.zekkeicollection.com/en/property/manis/