Situated on the tranquil north-east coast of Phuket, Ao Po is a mariner’s haven, where fishing villages dot the coast and the spectacular Phang Nga Bay beckons on the horizon. Just 20 kilometres from Phuket airport yet a world away from the island’s tourist crowds, the jungle-clad hills of Ao Po enchant with sunrise views and an Andaman Sea panorama of limestone cliffs jutting steeply from emerald waters, soaring sea birds, longtail boats and sleek yachts.
Phuket’s tropical climate, together with its sheltered bay, make Ao Po an enticing destination year-round for discovering the area’s marine delights. Two local piers and the Ao Po Grand Marina offer a choice of launching points and vessels to charter for a day of maritime exploration. Closer to shore, just some of the activities around Ao Po include wakeboarding and standup paddling or kayaking through mangrove-forested inlets, and back on dry land you can choose between a day on a manicured golf course or a hike in the jungle – a true nature-lover’s holiday escape.
An Ao Po luxury villa offers the perfect getaway for discovering Phuket’s wild side at the nearby Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, as well as the misty waterfalls and ancient jungle of Khao Phra Thaeo national park.
Wild adventures of a different sort, at the nightlife venues of Patong Beach, are within less than an hour’s drive of the villa. And the white-sand beaches of Phuket’s west coast, including Surin, Bangtao and Kamala, are about 45 minute’s away. To experience some local colour and history, take a trip back in time to Phuket Old Town with its vivid Sino-Portuguese mansions, delectable local eats and intriguing blend of Hokkien Chinese, Thai and Malay cultures.
Tucked away on the hillsides of Ao Po are some superb holiday villas blending magical sea views and serene surrounds with a retreat of refined luxury. Every Ao Po villa rental by Elite Havens is thoughtfully designed to make the most of the fabulous tropical setting with open-plan rooms, large swimming pools, and lavish living areas inside and out. Ao Po villas are ideal holiday homes for families or groups, with their luxurious bedroom suites and modern Western kitchens. And many villas include exceptional entertainment and leisure facilities such as home theatres, games rooms or spa areas.
Merging Thai charm with professional polish, the full-time staff at every Ao Po villa bring a bespoke style of service in taking care of each guest’s needs. Dining is a dream with a full-time chef preparing delicious Thai dishes, while the villa manager keeps everything running smoothly at the villa and beyond, including planning meals with guests, arranging for in-villa massage treatments or hiring a chauffeur to explore the island.
For a Phuket sea-view holiday escape tinged with adventure and wrapped in serene luxury, the Elite Havens villas in Ao Po offer a heavenly choice.