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If you’re heading to Phuket, Thailand, on your next Asian vacation, you should consider giving the resorts and hotels a miss and renting one of the amazing homes or apartments now available through TripAdvisor’s “Flipkey” rental service.

If you’re not familiar with Flipkey, it’s a vacation property listing service operated by TripAdvisor where people with accommodation for rent can list their properties and travellers can make secure bookings. Like any TripAdvisor properties, you can find independent reviews by other travellers to help you make a good decision.

Here are 10 of the most popular Flipkey rentals in Phuket to get you started on your search.

Baan Nai Fun

Luxury private pool villa by a lagoon, just minutes from the beach

Located in Thu Village in Nai Harn, not far from Karon View Point at the southern end of the island, Baan Nai Fun is like a Balinese luxury villa with a huge infinity pool, three bedrooms to sleep six people and four bathrooms so you won’t have to queue for a shower in the morning.

The villa is set on 1200 square metres of tranquil tropical gardens with views out over a peaceful lagoon. It’s situated inside a gated community just a few minutes from Nai Harn Beach and there’s plenty of local restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from for meals.

If you like to prepare your own food there’s a full kitchen, large refrigerator and all the appliances and crockery, pots, pans, etc you need.

There’s lots of room for kids to run around in the garden, or the kids can feed the fish in the lagoon. When walking back from the village after dinner, make sure to look out for the fireflies near the lagoon.

Villa Padma

A luxuriously appointed and spacious 4 bedroom villa on the beach

If you like the idea of something much more luxurious, Villa Padma could be the place for you to rent on Phuket with a beachside location on Baan Mu Bay, right at the south-east tip of Phuket.

A villa in the style of a luxury Thai beach resort, this four bedroom mansion can sleep up to 10 people with 5 bathrooms to share. The 25 metre pool with submersed sunbeds and luxury pool chairs is a great spot to relax and take in the views of the mangrove forest and the ocean behind.

Villa Padma is ideal for a large family or group and the owners really look after their guests. You can even have a chef to prepare your meals and enjoy your own private movies in the cinema room or relax with a house massage!

Baan Kata Keeree

One of the biggest and best appointed luxury holiday villas on Phuket

Also known as Villa Phuket, Baan Kata Keeree is a 6 bedroom villa that can comfortably sleep 12 people, with an absolute beachfront location at Ban Kata Khiri, near Kata Village and the Big Buddha.

This is a fully serviced holiday rental with a fully equipped gym, a massage and relaxation salon, a fully equipped play room, jacuzzi and a sea-front terrace dining area. The villa has 8 staff including a manager, maids, gardeners and a private chef to cook your meals.

Each bedroom has its own private bathroom with separate spa bath and amazing views over Kata Beach. The grounds are beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of space to wander or find some privacy when you need it.

Nai Harn Beach Condo

This 3 bedroom condo is just minutes from Thailand’s best beach

If budget is more your style (and it is ours), a condo apartment near Nai Harn beach could be just what you’re looking for. Cheap it might be, but that does not mean it lacks style or comfort.

The three large bedrooms in this 150 square metre apartment sleep five guests in comfort, sharing three bathrooms. The furniture is elegant and stylish in Jim Thompson silk accents and lanna timber features.

The owner, Melissa, makes sure the kitchen is stocked with some food, coffee and bottled water so you don’t need to shop before you arrive. The beach is only two minutes walk with lots of local restaurants and bars. The locals are friendly and the streets are much safer than Patong or Kata.

Lots more to choose from

So many vacation rentals to choose from, you’re sure to find something you like!

These are just a taste of what’s on offer in terms of luxury vacation rentals on Phuket from Flipkey. There’s something for almost every taste and budget, with much more amenity and privacy than a crowded hotel or beach resort. Give it a try yourself and let us know what you think!