On the east coast of Phuket
, Cape Yamu is where the island’s traditional side is revealed. While Phuket’s west-coast beaches get most of the fanfare, the quieter east coast is an ideal base for yachting, golfing and exploring the great outdoors. Much of the area is home to fisher folk and plantations of rubber, coconut and cashews, yet it is also something of a go-to spot for distinctive holiday homes and fine dining.
Just 27km from Phuket airport, Cape Yamu is a world away from the island’s more hectic tourist areas. The eastern edge of the cape offers views towards Phang Nga Bay, one of Thailand’s finest yachting destinations, with a floating village and limestone cliff islands to explore. The cape’s western side overlooks Sapam Bay, where sunset views are of boats gliding serenely over the bay’s calm waters.
Crowning the hillsides of Cape Yamu is a collection of modern villas offering a luxurious escape into Phuket’s tranquil east-coast life. Our villas in Cape Yamu showcase innovative style and contemporary design with plush indoor and outdoor spaces taking full advantage of their spectacular tropical island setting. Though staying in an east-coast location usually means sacrificing those coveted sunset views, Cape Yamu villas rest along the peninsula’s western edge, offering full, glorious views of the sun sinking over the sea.
Large and with top-notch facilities, Elite Havens’ rentals in Cape Yamu are the ideal accommodation for families and groups of friends. Sea-view private swimming pools plus comfy lounging and dining areas on the terrace are complemented with plush and well-equipped interior spaces. Sumptuous bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, media and games rooms, grand dining rooms and modern Western kitchens are among the highlights. Our luxurious villa rentals in Phuket are safe and secure; many located within private estates, and some with tennis courts and other prime leisure and sports facilities.
Guests of Elite Havens’ villas will enjoy Thai hospitality from a team of friendly on-site staff, including a private chef and villa manager. Explore Thai cuisine at your own pace and prepared to suit your personal preferences under the guidance of the chef, and discover the island’s more interesting sights and things to do by tapping into the local expertise of the villa manager. Personal chauffeur service is easily arranged, while spa, yoga or fitness experts can be organised for private sessions in the comfort of the villa.
Cape Yamu is close to Phuket’s marinas and boat piers, making it easy to set sail for day trips to the scenic islands nearby. Cape Yamu is also in a prime location for exploring Phuket’s interior, with the Khao Phra Thaeo National park just a short drive away. Families, especially, will have fun wandering up the park’s jungle path to Bang Pae waterfall and visiting the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, a shelter for primates rescued from animal trafficking.
The area around Cape Yamu is also home to Mission Hills, one of the top golf courses in Phuket, and Thanyapura, a wellness and sports centre that attracts Olympic athletes from around the world, as well as those hoping to get fit with the help of its first-class trainers. Phuket’s soft-sand beaches are over on the west coast: both Bang Tao and Surin
beaches are within a 25-minute drive. Though Cape Yamu has little in the way of nightlife, it is home to some surprisingly good restaurants, including the cutting-edge Breeze, which is just down the road from the villas, while the nearby marinas offer more restaurants and cocktail bars.
Phuket Town, 20km from the villas, has some unusual and delicious dining spots, offering both Thai and international cusine, many of which are housed in restored centuries-old Sino-Portuguese buildings. Art studios and boutiques also line the streets of Phuket Town, and the historic Old Town district hosts an evening street market every Sunday. Thalang Museum near Cape Yamu is a modest yet informative place highlighting Phuket’s long history as a stopping point for marine merchants and sea nomads, while more museums and cultural tourist attractions are found in Phuket Town.
For those who wish to delve into Phuket’s lesser-known side while enjoying a lavish tropical holiday escape, Cape Yamu is a tempting destination.