Luxurious private villas
Overlooking the quiet west end of Mae Nam, the soothingly upscale, eco-friendly Saree Samui offers private villas, each with more than 90 square metres of space, reached by walkways opening to large fountains and lots of greenery. Designed specifically for couples, the villas have broad dark-wood doors and off-white concrete walls tall enough to keep anyone without a ladder from peering over the top.
Inside you get a smart mix of indoor and outdoor space that blends together via floor-to-ceiling glass doors and multiple entrances that can be propped open. Bedrooms feature gold-and-black lacquer work on antique bureaus placed near sumptuous beds, while outdoor roofed sections come with cushioned daybeds, desks and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are broken into layers, with both indoor and outdoor showers joining Jacuzzi tubs placed over miniature lawns shaded by tree branches. A lack of views beyond each self-contained villa is the potential disadvantage to such a high degree of privacy. In the pricier villas, private plunge pools help to make up for this.
A long and sleek infinity pool fronts the beach alongside a deck with loungers and views to Ko Pha Ngan. You’ll also find a spa, yoga classes and cafe serving dishes prepared from organic ingredients. The soft-spoken receptionist explained that the resort is dedicated to having as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. This is backed up by statements on the resort’s website detailing how an Italian technical control body collaborated on the design.
The resort’s website offers discounts if booking more than 10 days in advance; we noticed villas going for just over 3,000 baht a night in September, which is an absolute steal. The usual rates are also quite competitive.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 17th September, 2016.