Creative Luxury at Ban Suriya
Occupying a former coconut plantation right on Lipa Noi beach, this sophisticated, contemporary Koh Samui holiday villa ticks all the boxes for guests in search of a vacation rental with more than a little wow factor.
Situated on the less developed west coast of Koh Samui, Ban Suriya villa occupies a pleasant beachside spot 10 minutes from the quaint island port town of Nathon and a 35-minute drive from the airport. The villa boasts an excellent vantage point overlooking a pristine stretch of beach and ocean with the spectacular peaks of the Ang Thong Marine Park peppering the horizon beyond.
The villa serves as the perfect venue for guests hosting a private event thanks to its spacious communal areas which are spread throughout the main building, outbuildings and garden. In addition to the 20-metre swimming pool, there is also a separate shallow plunge pool which is great for families with little ones that want to splash about in the water. A swim-up bar, poolside barbecue and hammocks are just a handful of the other outdoor luxuries that make this villa a haven for relaxation. Ban Suriya is also the ideal vacation home for travellers that like to stay in shape. The property’s private gym is situated in an outbuilding, which also houses a games annexe. The gym comes fully-equipped with weights, mats, a punch bag and various other exercise equipment. It’s also possible to organise in-villa personal training, including Muay Thai and yoga classes.
Ban Suriya boasts six private bedrooms and can sleep up to 18 people, making it the ideal property for one large family or two smaller families to share. Several of the bedrooms open directly onto the pool for guests that want to start their day with a refreshing dip. For those that want to hear the soothing sound of the waves as they lie in bed, the Wave bedroom is set directly on the beachfront lawn only a stone’s throw from the ocean. A generous use of glass and glazing means the stylish interiors are flooded with natural light, and a fresh, crisp colour palette contributes to its modern appeal.
Ban Suriya offers guests a superb level of personal service and comes with a dedicated villa manager who essentially acts as a personal assistant and is able to provide a wealth of information on local attractions, excursions, dining and entertainment. The staff can also make bookings and organise transportation on guests’ behalf. Ban Suriya also boasts its own in-villa chef, who whips up divine dishes on request for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests therefore have the opportunity to sample an exquisite array of delectable Thai dishes, all cooked fresh and in the authentic local style. For those that want to take the fiery tastes of Thai food back home, it’s even possible to arrange for cooking lessons. The friendly maintenance staff keep a low profile most of the time so guests can enjoy the run of the villa’s grounds in relaxed privacy, however, they are always on hand should assistance be required. For families travelling with young children, there is also a baby-sitting service available.
Direct access to the beach is just one of the many reasons why Ban Suriya is one of Koh Samui’s hottest holiday properties. There are also plenty of attractions within the vicinity of Lipa Noi for guests to enjoy. Nearby Nikki Beach, for example, is an international beach club where sophisticated travellers gather to kick back and relax on a plush day bed, enjoying a champagne brunch whilst gazing at the stunning ocean vistas. A generous scattering of local restaurants can also be found close to the villa for visitors that want to savour a little local cuisine. Hin Lad waterfall – the most revered of Koh Samui’s crystal cascades – is also just a short drive from Ban Suriya. In fact, the property’s strategic position on the west coast of the island makes it the perfect jumping off point for guests that want to explore the island’s natural attractions, including Thailand’s famous Ang Thong Marine Park, which is best enjoyed on private sailing, snorkelling and kayaking excursions.