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Part of the intimate Moon Cove estate, five-bedroomed Taipan is a hidden treasure, situated a few metres back from the sands on an idyllic bay that most visitors to Phuket have never seen or heard about. Though well away from the tourist hordes, Ao Yon is alive with traditional long-tail fishing boats puttering past sparkling yachts, and strings of colourful buoys at the centre marking a cultured pearl operation.Positioned just behind one of the other Moon Cove villas, at a slight rise, Taipan offers a fantastic perch for observing Phuket’s coastal life, especially from its spacious terrace and 12m infinity pool. Down towards the beachfront, which stretches in front of the estate, is the shared garden offering lots of running-around space for the kids and direct access to the sands. At one corner is a pétanque pitch, where you can test your boule-throwing skills in tree-shaded comfort. This villa features two top-floor bedrooms: an elegantly furnished master suite and a twin-bedded room, both set just behind the pool, while downstairs are two king-bedded bedrooms and a fifth ‘spare’ room with a queen-size bed. At least partial sea views are enjoyed from every bedroom and guests are assured a great deal of privacy with ensuite bathrooms in all. Moon Cove estate is staffed by two housekeepers and a groundsman who take care of all three villas and live in separate quarters on site. Breakfast is included in the rate and a professional Thai chef may be hired to prepare other meals for an extra charge, plus grocery costs.

The modern kitchen is well equipped for those who wish to self cater, and there’s a sturdy wooden table set in the glass-fronted dining room for enjoying meals with a view. A set of Burmese style bamboo chairs on the terrace offer a relaxing spot to gather for cocktails. Larger groups can rent Taipan together with Noble House or Hai Leng villas, its neighbours on this exclusive estate. Car hire is essential if venturing out, with scenic roads around the cape to explore and some of Phuket’s best restaurants within easy reach.


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