Facing one of Thailand's most beautiful yet most secret stretches of powder-white sand, Villa Saanti at Natai Beach, only 30 minutes' drive north of Phuket Airport, is the ultimate beachfront villa for an extended family or a group of friends. Six ensuite bedrooms with sumptuous sea views; luxurious living and dining areas; two large infinity-edge pools – one with a jacuzzi; shady gardens with soaring coconut palms; great entertainment and sports facilities; fine food from a skilled private chef, and staff who anticipate every whim before you even know you have a whim. Villa Saanti is towards the southern end of glorious Natai Beach, an almost deserted seven-kilometre stretch of golden sand. There are other high-end holiday villas in the area, and, further up the beach, Baba Beach Club and The Aleenta Resort and Spa, but it's generally wonderfully quiet. Even the nearby pier, where fishermen used to come in with their catch, has submitted to the demand for quiet by gently falling apart until all that remains are a few picturesque poles from the sea. It looks to have been purposely constructed for those iconic sunset-over-the-sea shots. The nearest town, Kokkloi, is about 6.3 km away, but the villa is only half an hour's drive north of Phuket Airport, and the many natural attractions of Phang Nga province are easily accessible from here.