Featuring floor-to-ceiling glass and a modern, open-plan design, the stunning beachfront Villa Amarelo faces Natai Beach, a 10km stretch of unspoilt coastline backed by a lush rural landscape, just half an hour's drive from Phuket airport. Bordering the 25m pool is a timber sundeck and beachfront lawn, where a peaceful gazebo invites guests for sea-breeze-cooled nap or a sunset cocktail overlooking the glittering blue of the Andaman Sea. This spacious 6-bedroom villa boasts chic indoor and outdoor living and entertaining areas, and is staffed with a private chef, manager and housekeepers. An idyllic destination for families and a dream wedding venue. On the south-west coast of Phang Nga province, just over the bridge from Phuket, Natai Beach is a sleepy stretch of powder-soft white sand that has been shaken awake in recent years by those seeking a luxurious yet peaceful escape. Lining the 10-kilometre-long beach are some of Thailand's most exclusive private villas and resorts, yet interspersed with these luxury hideaways are rubber plantations, coconut groves and water buffalo fields, giving Natai a distinctive blend of rugged rural landscapes and cutting-edge holiday homes that somehow coexist without imposing on one another. The beach itself is happily free of the jet ski rentals and braying vendors that blight so many sandy shorelines in the Phuket region, and visitors here might walk for hundreds of metres without seeing another soul. Kokkloy, about five kilometres away, is a small but bustling town with banks, local shops, markets and a mid-sized supermarket where provisions may be sourced. Those seeking nightlife excitement, shopping centres and a greater range of restaurants and activities will need to travel by car 20 to 40 kilometres south to Phuket.