Phuket's best pool villas and suites

Phuket is considered the Asian birthplace of the modern pool villa. The renowned Amanpuri introduced them to the island back in 1987 and the Banyan Tree followed suit in 1994.

"Luxury is now defined by private pool villas," says Phuket-based Bill Barnett, managing director of consulting firm C9 Hotelworks.

And with no shortage of fine designs and private pleasure to choose from, international visitors with big bank accounts will have few problems finding the perfect spot to sit and swill margaritas as they take in a private seaview sunset.

Hotel and resort pool villa rates on Phuket from this November range from 30,000-210,000 baht (US$1,000-$7,000) per night.Here are th