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Villas on Koh Samui, Koh Samui

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Koh Samui, Thailand, Asia: means
Koh Samui


Monkey Theatre Road
Bophut , Koh Samui
Tel: 66 77 427 648

Baan Ling Noi

100-1 M 2 Road
T Bophut A
Bophut , Koh Samui

The Emerald Residences

14/19 Moo 6
Tambol Na Munag
Bang Po Beach , Koh Samui
Thailand's insider take:

Outgrown the plunge pools at those five-star resorts, or want more space than even the presidential suite provides? Swanky, well-stocked villas are popping up all around Koh Samui, offering the undivided attention of well-trained staff plus authentic Thai and gourmet Western cuisine for seriously impressive prices. Rates at the most posh residences can start at $1,400 a night, but when that is spread between the 12 people that it sleeps, you'll find it to be quite the bargain.

One of the island's most indulgent playpens is Suralai, which means "residence of the angels." The name is spot-on for this six-bedroom hilltop spread with jaw-dropping views over coconut treetops to the sea and Koh Phangan. The knowledgeable villa manager speaks fluent English; daily maid service keeps the minimalist pad spotless; and the chef's grilled lobster with Thai spices is one of the best meals on the island. Nearby, the four-bedroom Baan Ling Noi, or "Little Monkey House," offers similar views at a lower rate (between $400 and $850), along with a 50-foot infinity pool and open-air patio that extends into the palm forest. Couples seeking something more intimate can canoodle by the sapphire blue–bottomed pool at the Emerald Residences on otherwise-deserted Laem Noi Beach, along the island's northern coast. These three neighboring two-bedroom houses—which you can rent separately or together-—offer a modern, glass-clad alternative to Thai-style living pavilions. Additional advantages are instant beach access and daily maid service, plus breakfast served in the sea-facing dining room. If none of these villas are available or if you have alternative requirements, check out the offerings on Samui Villas and Homes.

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