Saanti lies next to the delightfully deserted Natai Beach in southern Thailand's beautiful Phang Nga province, just north of Phuket. This blissful beachfront villa has six-bedrooms, all en-suite, and can accommodate up to 18-people. The spacious two-storey main pavilion and four luxurious bedroom pavilions surround two large infinity-edge swimming pools. Beyond is the palm-fringed garden and then the beach and azure waters of the Andaman Sea. The villa is ideal for a large family gathering or a holiday for a group of friends, and the professional staff team, which includes a skilled Thai Chef, ensures a perfect stay for everyone from tots to grandparents.
Saanti is Thai for 'Home of Peace'. This extraordinary six-bedroom, fully staffed beachfront villa lounges next to one of Thailand's most alluring secrets: Natai Beach - seven kilometres of near-deserted, powder-soft white sand, only 30-minutes to the north of Phuket International Airport.
This stunning designer-chic home is run by Wow (an appropriate name for the manager of a villa with a definite wow factor) and his full-time team - the Chef, housekeepers and the gardener - all ready to satisfy your slightest whim.
And after a spectacular sunset over the Andaman Sea, for which the villa has ringside seats, after an invariably excellent dinner, and after digestifs sipped under the brilliance of a billion stars unspoiled by urban lighting, it's time to drift into a dreamless sleep in Saanti's deeply comfortable bedrooms.
Saanti faces west across the Andaman Sea, its two-storey main pavilion and four glass-walled sleeping pavilions framing two huge swimming pools, and looking out across palm-dominated gardens to the beach. Entering the main pavilion, you find the dining and guest kitchen area on the left and the lounge on the right. Beyond the lounge is the media and entertainment room. Upstairs is the huge master suite and a guestroom, and in front of all this is an enormous shady terrace and the 20-metre main pool, which spills into a second pool - looking out over the garden. And beyond the garden is the glorious deserted beach.
Meals at Saanti are served, unless otherwise requested, at a long, elegant 12-seat table in the dining area on the ground floor of the main pavilion. A second dining table on the veranda, can seat eight people.
To the far side of the dining room is a well-equipped guest kitchen for those who enjoy a little therapeutic holiday cookery (though with a skilled chef in residence, perhaps not unsurprisingly, few actually do). There is also an excellent coffee machine and wine cooler here to ensure the red, white or rosé is always at the perfect temperature.
Next to the dining area is the über-comfortable living room, the place for snoozing or reading through shady afternoons, or for relaxed conversation after dinner amid the chocolate brown décor and furnishings dominated by an antelope skin rug and a huge bird cage.
Next door to that is the entertainment room, with its 55" TV, DVD player and satellite receiver or, for the more energetic, the villa's Nintendo Wii console. wireless internet access is available in every room, throughout the villa grounds and onto the beach, and a SONOS sound system allows guests to play their favourite music just about anywhere in the villa.
Upstairs, past the master bedroom, is the gym, equipped with rowing, cycling and jogging machines, along with weights and exercise balls.
An absolute beachfront holiday in Thailand is all about making the most of the sunshine and the outdoors. With this goal in mind, Saanti is arranged around a huge sand-wash deck furnished with sun loungers, and a barbecue area equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven.
Taking pride of place at the centre of the estate are the villa's two stunning infinity-edge pools. The larger one spills into the smaller one, designed for children and jacuzzi lovers.
To the front of the lawn, under soaring coconut palms (the land on which Saanti stands used to be a coconut plantation), is the beachfront sala, with its sunken seating inviting lazy conversation, reading or just gazing out across the sea to the horizon.
Just beyond, on the sand and in the shade of screw pine and sea almond trees, are six more sunbeds and one of the world's most sublime views - the sapphire-and-emerald sea and cobalt sky.