A spacious, contemporary, beachfront villa located on pristine Natai Beach, 30 minutes' north of Phuket airport, Villa Cielo offers a stylish tropical escape for discerning travellers. This luxury villa features 6 luxury bedroom suites, a chic living room facing a 25m private pool, indoor and outdoor dining, and a poolside party and barbecue area. The pool table, TV room with home theatre and direct beach access will appeal to adults and kids alike and Cielo is the perfect spot to host a wedding or other special event. Villa staff include a manager, housekeepers and a skilled 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 villa 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).