A sleek and chic 4-bedroom escape, Villa Roxo is just a few steps away from Natai Beach on the exclusive Sava Beach Villas estate, half an hour's drive north of Phuket airport. Featuring open-plan living, contemporary artworks and floor-to-ceiling glass to maximise the sea and sunset views, the villa is stylishly landscaped with pockets of palm gardens and an 18-metre swimming pool. Ideal for families and friends seeking seclusion, Villa Roxo has plenty of space for lounging and entertaining, including a barbecue station and outdoor dining area where you can enjoy sundowners and seafood feasts personally prepared by your private chef. It's getting harder to find in Thailand, but in the Natai Beach area the landscape remains rural and people lead a quiet, traditional way of life. Natai – whose soft, white, virtually deserted sands stretch for 10 kilometres along the shores of the Andaman Sea – lies in the south-west of Phang Nga province, just over the bridge from Phuket. Even at the height of the season there are just a sprinkling of people on the beach, and absolutely no commercial activity. The rickety old pier that you can see from the villa is probably 100 or more years old, once a launching point for transporting tin (the main industry in the region before tourism). You can drive for miles along the road that runs parallel to the beach, and at one point you'll reach a public pier where, in the late afternoon, the locals come to relax while fruit and snack vendors set up their stalls. If you're on the search for dining outside the villa, you could try the well-regarded Aleenta resort or the Iniala resort.. Otherwise, the villa manager can direct you to some of the excellent local seafood restaurants where you'll get to sample some authentic Thai flavours. The nearest town is Kokkloy, about five kilometres away, where you can find basic provisions and banking services. It's a typical Thai town, lined with shop-houses, that so far remains free of any tourist activity. Those wishing to indulge in some golf, shopping or sightseeing can drive over the bridge to Phuket. It takes about an hour by car to reach the main resort areas and Phuket City. For diving and snorkelling, day trips to the Similan islands may be arranged, with boats launching from Khao Lak, about 45 kilometres to the north (mid-October to mid-May only).