Island Luxury at Akuvara
Situated right next to Koh Samui’s enchanting Lipa Noi Beach, this contemporary upscale holiday property offers a stunning coastal retreat for families or groups of friends looking to get away from it all in style.
Nestled just steps from the powdery sand of Lipa Noi Beach, Villa Akuvara is one of Koh Samui’s finest luxury holiday rental options. The oceanfront villa is ideally situated on the peaceful west coast of the island for visitors that want to escape the tourist crowds on the opposite coast, yet it is still just a 30-minute drive from Samui International Airport. While the hustle and buzz on offer at busy beach areas like Chaweng and Lamai can also be easily reached by car, most guests at Akuvara tend to make the most of its undisturbed, exclusive surroundings, opting to enjoy views of surrounding coconut plantations and hear the waves lapping gently on the shore.
The sense of privacy at Akuvara is enhanced by the stately gated entrance that marks entry to the villa grounds, and once inside, every creature comfort is catered for. The two-storey property offers four bedrooms and sleeps eight people, making it ideal for a family holiday, for two families that want to share, or even for several couples, as there are five bathrooms as well. Guests that arrive exhausted from jet lag will welcome the the king size master suite, complete with a large flat screen television and a connected media centre with hundreds of movies to watch as you snooze and recover form the journey. For views so the stunning setting and daily sunset spectacle, the first-floor balcony boasts spectacular views of the ocean, and is also a wonderful place to recline with a book and catch the sea breeze. Outside, an elegant infinity pool provides the perfect place for kids to splash about and play whilst the adults gaze out at the Gulf of Thailand from the blissful comfort of a plush day bed in the beachside sala.
Thanks to the villa’s contemporary layout, which makes the most of its beachside location, the distinctions between indoor and outdoor living are blurred at this attractive holiday property. Tall windows allow warm sunshine to filter right through to the core of the property, where residents can either relax in the plush, furnished lounge or enjoy a meal in the elegantly decorated dining room. The interior design scheme is essentially modern, although splashes of silk and vivid blues and reds here and there give it an authentic Thai feel at the same time. The Southeast Asian ambience is further accented by the use of dark wood and bamboo furniture throughout the residence. This stylish, yet distinctively tropical, décor means that Akuvara truly lives up to its name – which in Sanskrit means “The Sea”.
The hospitality and service at Villa Akuvara is always first rate, thanks to the modest but dedicated team of in-villa staff. The villa manager is always on-hand to answer questions, either about the villa’s facilities or the local area. She is also more than happy to help organise trips to the local sites or even book snorkelling excursions around Thailand’s stunning Ang Thong Marine Park. Guests that feel like pampering themselves can even arrange for a private massage session in the property’s in-villa spa room. There is also a personal Thai chef, so guests don’t need to worry about shopping and cooking during their holiday. The chef can prepare a range of Thai, Western and fusion dishes, so there’s always something on the menu to please the taste buds. The friendly housekeeping and maintenance team keep a low profile whilst guests are staying in the villa, but always ensure it remains clean, tidy and fully operational.
Lipa Noi Beach is well known for its secluded but sophisticated atmosphere, but tourists tend not to flock there in great numbers as they would to places like Chaweng. Thanks to its close proximity to the beach, Villa Akuvara is the ideal base for guests that want to try out a few watersports. A small snorkelling reef is located just 50 metres off the beach directly facing the villa, and the calm waters are also ideal for paddle-boarding, kayaking or sailing. A scattering of local restaurants and the chic Nikki Beach Club offer a pleasant evening or afternoon out. To the north, the area surrounding Nathon Town has plenty to offer in terms of local culture. It is home to s Hainanese Chinese temple, which is well worth a visit for those that want to discover the roots of Samui’s Chinese heritage. There’s also a busy fresh produce market for visitors that want to experience an authentic Thai shopping experience.