Man at His Best

Ani Villas will appeal to your debaucherous heart

A private party for your crew at Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

BY Eugene Lim | Feb 1, 2016 | Travel

Photographs from Ani Villas Luxury Resort

Here is a cold, hard fact: each year you gain in age, you lose in friends. Now we’re not being pessimistic about friendship; we’re just saying that you gotta appreciate your crew, and during the rare times when you guys get together to hang loose, you should go all out.

But not to recreate The Hangover either, mind you; merely the chance to retreat to a nice spot in the sun that lets you forget all your earthly responsibilities (better halves, screaming kids, monthly budget reports, levelling up in Fallout 4) and revel in the camaraderie, while pampering yourselves.

This is where Ani Villas Thailand, nestled between Phuket and Krabi, comes in.

First off, you get the whole compound to yourself; we’re talking 10 individual rooms, a swimming pool, a two-storey slide (yaass), a café and a massage room with complimentary masseurs on-call.

Oh, and you know what else is complimentary? The booze and the meals, as in an all-day menu that you can pre-determine before even checking in (foie gras is extra, though).

While there seems to be little reason to ever leave the villa (we assume the constant state of inebriation might be an issue), what is great about Ani Villas, besides its amazing amenities and service, is its home base on the sleepy island of Koh Yao Noi.

Away from gentrification and consumerism, you switch out the fancy rides for the two-wheeled variety, bustling city life for tranquil lagoon and sea cave exploration, the four walls of the gym for outdoor Muay Thai lessons.

While we can’t guarantee that you will never lose another friend, the memories you guys make at Ani Villas will keep the fellowship alive for another year, and that, our dear reader, is priceless.

For reservations, visit Ani Villas

First published in Esquire Singapore's January 2016 issue.