Phuket luxury villa offers picture-postcard panorama – in pictures

Long popular among travellers on a budget, the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, has a reputation for affordability.

But for those with cash in abundance, the destination now offers a new residence at the top end of the luxury scale.

Spectacularly positioned high up on one of Phuket’s most desirable hillside settings, the villa residence offers panoramic views of the ocean and sky.

The property is just minutes from Phuket’s pristine Surin and Bangtao beaches, while the island’s premium entertainment and leisure facilities are all within easy reach.

For those with deep pockets, US$7.3 million gets you 3,000 square metres across four floors of living and entertainment space.

The villa features eight bedrooms, all of which have ocean views, ensuite bathrooms and integrated air conditioning. The master bedroom comes complete with a steam sauna.

There is a contemporary western-style kitchen area alongside a luxury Thai.

There is also a private driving range and putting green and two gyms, a pool table area and full-size bowling alley.

Additional amenities include a home cinema with nine electronically controlled seats; a substantial living room and a cellar. There are also 12 bathrooms, a laundry area and separate maids’ quarters.

To really let your guests know you are in with the in crowd, there is a glass elevator, an underground car park, state-of-the-art CCTV cameras and a security alarm system.

Outside is 42-metre freshwater infinity pool overlooking the the Andaman Sea that features a built-in Jacuzzi and integrated children’s pool.

The garden is overlooked by an expansive roof terrace that includes a well-equipped entertainment area, barbecue and outdoor dining area for up to 16 people as well as another Jacuzzi and a cascading waterfall.

It is certainly a cut above the average Phuket beachside hostel.

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