The Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket is a treasure trove of villa real estate gems; remarkable properties with glorious sea views, nestled in luxuriously private settings, with incredible architectural designs. Some of Phuket villas for sale are amongst the most desirable with some areas standing out as the best to buy in.

1. Kamala

On the spectacular western side of Phuket, Kamala is home to some of Thailand’s most exclusive villas. This part of the coastline is known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ due to its plush properties affording magnificent Andaman Sea views. Whether beachfront or nestled in the tropical greenery of Kamala’s headland, this enclave of luxury villas is set in a laid-back fisherman’s village edging a quiet bay.

Kamala attracts villa owners who want to relax outside of Phuket’s high-energy tourist areas. While Kamala has some beachfront restaurants and entertainment, it is a far cry from the hedonism of Patong just to the south. A large, long, and white sandy beach, Kamala is safe for swimming. With a great variety of villas to choose from, Kamala is considered an excellent investment area too as it becomes increasingly more upmarket.

2. Surin

Just north of Kamala lies the heart of ‘Millionaire’s Row,’ the beautiful Andaman Beach beauty of Surin. The small-village ambiance combines with A-list celebrity visitors and high-end restaurants and resorts to give picturesque Surin real star quality. Quieter than Kamala, Surin is wonderfully close to the airport, just a 20-minute drive away, and promises sparkling turquoise waters and a white sand beach.

Surin boasts some of the absolute best villas in Phuket. A sophisticated restaurant and bar scene has grown alongside the prime real estate which is mainly nestled in the hills, each a villa oasis and beach retreat. With priceless scenery, Surin’s real estate is considered a significant investment.

3. Bangtao

North of Surin, on Phuket’s north-western shore, Bangtao has a remote, untouched feel, retaining a distinctly Thai vibe, with authentic, non-touristy markets nearby. The six-kilometer beach defines Bangtao, one of the longest in Phuket, as well as the six-hotel Laguna complex. With castaway beaches and a protected bay to the north, Bangtao also offers championship golf and sailing within its resorts, as well as high-end restaurants and bars.

The beauty of Bangtao is that the resort complex is self-contained, leaving quiet enough, hideaway spots for villa owners to enjoy total tranquillity. While there may be a less real estate to choose from, the variety is wide, and for buyers who want a property that is all about being by the beach, Bangtao’s expansive sands are a real selling point.

4. Naithon

Big, beautiful, and spectacularly quiet, Naithon, north of Bangtao, exudes a tranquil feeling. A smattering of restaurants means Naithon, with its west coast sunset views, is not too remote. In fact, the area is just a 10-minute drive from Phuket’s International Airport. The kilometer-long white sands with rocky headlands at either end lies within the Sirinat National Park. The area’s natural beauty is coupled with a lack of development, meaning that the few villas for sale in Naithon are all standout, in-demand properties.

With a village at one end and a beautiful drive through a jungle landscape at the other, Naithon is located in a green valley and promises peace and quiet far from the madding crowd of tourists who flock to Phuket’s visitor hotspots.

5. Cape Yamu

From a small fisherman’s village on the quieter eastern side of Phuket, Cape Yamu has transformed into a sophisticated, elegant villa haven. Luxury properties dot the picture-perfect Peninsula which is just out into Phang Nga Bay. With panoramic sea views of tropical islands, Cape Yamu is home to some of Phuket’s most luxurious, private properties. Upscale and upmarket, many of the villas are set in lofty, hillside plots or part of exclusive gated estates.

Cape Yamu is famed for its fabulous fine dining restaurants too, including some of the best in the region. For property buyers looking for a superb villa with class, style, and a unique quality in a sought-after location, Cape Yamu promises a heady mix of luxury and panache amidst impressive natural beauty; an investor’s paradise and a picturesque location for villa owners looking for the quiet beach lifestyle or to rent out a villa as a holiday let.