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With the cooler weather due to arrive any day now, we’re already planning our getaway, and our sights are set on Phuket. Offering so much more than rowdy nightlife, the island is actually a sophisticated oasis for the tropical traveler, and perfect for a quick weekend break.

Coming from a crowded city of over seven million people, we know the best holidays are ones that provide an escape from the masses. Opt for a private villa to get the intimacy of a home, with the 5-star amenities of a hotel. Never thought you’d have an infinity pool to yourself? Think again. Private pools, panoramic sea views, bathtubs, and Jacuzzis are just the beginning, and you don’t have to share them with anyone.

 A quick flight away from Hong Kong, Phuket boasts some of the world’s most pristine beaches, and we’re not talking about Patong. We mean the endless golden sand of Mai Khao, and the towering palm-trees of hidden "Banana Beach". These are beaches that put postcards to shame. Couple that with enchanting private villas, and you’ve got the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.  

 We’ve rounded up the finest selection of luxury villas in Phuket from The Luxury Signature so you can start planning your next holiday today; and with direct flights leaving from Hong Kong daily, you could be poolside in less than four hours.

Villa Amarapura

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 Life’s hard, but staying in this seven-bedroom paradise makes it a little bit easier. Sporting not one, but two outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi and a private cinema, this one is perfect for big groups. The villa’s team will even help arrange a babysitter if you’re traveling with children.

 Villa Horizon 

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Surrounded by ocean and jungle, this 1,300sqm escape is tucked away on the famed Millionaire’s Mile. The hillside vantage grants you clear views of the Andaman Sea and sunsets so beautiful you’ll never want to leave, especially once you’ve found the private spa.

 Villa Ocean’s 11

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Elegant and understated, this villa’s open sitting room and floor to ceiling windows overlook the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay. The modern design is punctuated with Thai touches and playful contemporary art, and the views over Cape Yamu are unbeatable.

 Villa Yang Som

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Catch the cool sea breeze from all three levels of this luxurious, ocean facing villa. Cast your eye down the mountain and feast on a forest vista dotted with traditional Thai roofs, a picture-perfect view. Homey and elegant, warm wooden accents and traditional statues give the space a homey fee.

 Villa Padma

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A stately and sophisticated villa located high above the Phuket foothills for maximum privacy and breathtaking views. Can’t decide if you want to lounge or dip in the pool? Do both – the 25-meter pool has submersed beds! Then lay out and watch the sun set over the nearby mangrove forest.

 Villa Paradiso

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This chic villa looks like it came straight out of the pages of a design catalogue, with clean lines and a neutral palate (excluding the pop-art inspired games room, of course). Overlooking the serene Naithon Beach, this five-bedroom utopia comes complete with a chef, manager and dedicated concierge service. 

 Villa Kalipay

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A plant-lovers paradise, this villa captures the beauty of Thailand’s natural landscape with blooming plants and native trees around every corner. Relax on furniture crafted by international designers from around Asia, or work up a sweat in the gym before tucking into some freshly churned ice cream.

 This article first appeared on hk.asiatatler.com

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