Cape Yamu on Phuket’s east coast just north of Phuket Town was once an undiscovered area known only to the locals who fished or worked in the plantations. This all changed in the early 2000s when some international high-fliers, including renowned designer Philippe Starck and architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Aman resorts fame, discovered its pristine beauty and set about to transform it into a luxury enclave. Now, amidst the greenery and the groves, sit some of Phuket’s most prestigious villa and condominium estates. The Cape, The Bay, Baan Yamu Residences and Grove Gardens projects have since opened up along the fringes of this boot-shaped cape that resembles a tiny Italy. Cape Yamu enjoys close access to the yacht cruising and island-hopping wonders of Phang Nga Bay with three marinas and two piers within a 20-minute drive from the villa. Some islands off the east coast, including Koh Naka Yai and Rang Yai, both with beautiful sandy beaches, can be reached within a 15-minute boat trip. Mission Hills golf club is just 15 kilometres away. The serene Bang Pae waterfall and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre within the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park nearby offer an inland attraction for families seeking an alternative to beach excursions, while Thalang Museum (8km) gives a modest yet insightful look into Phuket’s culture and past.