Villa M

The entrance to Malaiwana Villa M is surprisingly modest. It certainly doesn’t prepare you for what lies beyond: the expansive living room with its wall of sliding glass doors and beyond that the huge pool. Walk to the edge of that and you can take in the full 180-degree jaw-dropping view of the sea and sky.

To your right, way below, are the powdery sands of Nai Thon Beach, one of Phuket’s prettiest yet quietest strands, ready to discover when you’ve accustomed yourself to the luxury of this stunning Phuket villa.

That might take a little while.

Every room at Villa M – the two spacious suites and three luxurious bedrooms, the entertainment room, the gym and spa, the living room and the dining/kitchen pavilion, look out on the same magnificent view

At sunset the view is at its most spectacular: the greens, pinks, scarlets, purples and oranges doubled by their reflections in the infinity-edge pool, then dwindling until you can raise your glass to toast the millions of stars that emerge from the deepening violet void.

Even during the day the view is compelling, constantly changing as the sun’s fiery chariot wheels across the dome of the sky, chased by occasional clouds that change the colours of the sea below, which is rippled by light breezes and arrowed by fishing boats and the occasional yacht.

Ensuring that guests have every opportunity to appreciate the delights of Malaiwana Villa M to the full, the efficient, smiling staff of five (three full time) anticipate every whim. The chef, especially, will cater to any culinary caprice, with Thai or international favourites.

Between meals, perhaps have a lazy swim before refreshing your tan on a sun lounger by the pool. Or order up a soothing massage in the villa’s spa room, or head for the superbly well-equipped gym. Choices, choices. And all of them good ones at Villa M.