There are few places on the planet that take your breath away in an instance, but Samujana Villas in Koh Samui is definitely one of them as FACT’s Edward Smith finds out.
Where The Magic Started
From Bangkok, we flew directly to Koh Samui island with Bangkok Airways. The trip was short and pleasant – even though it was only one hour, they still served us lunch! I thought that was a nice touch. Koh Samui has long evolved from its hippy roots to become a chic destination for luxury travellers. It is a pretty large island and it took about an hour to go halfway around by taxi.
Luxury Home Away From Home
Staying at Samujana Villas was like an incredible dream that we never wanted to wake up from. We stayed four nights in one of the beautiful five-bedroom villas perched on the hillside with our private rooftop complete with an infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand – what more is there to paradise?
Set in the northeast of the island and only 10 minutes away from the airport, Samujana’s charming villas offer modern Thai architecture and breath-taking views. Each of the 26 villas comes with its own private butler and 24-hour hotel services.
Our days were spent in pure relaxation watching movies in our private cinema and tanning at our private pool while our choice of food was being prepared on-site by the very friendly and efficient personal butler. A service that we recommend every traveller to experience when visiting Thailand – and Samujana gets it just right.
Ranging from three to eight bedrooms, with air conditioning throughout, fully-equipped kitchens and reception rooms with state-of-the-art multimedia and sound systems, Samujana provides an unparalleled luxury experience with one motto: “Your Place. Your Time.” True to these words, we felt like time had stood still and we were in a bubble of comfort, taking things easy and REALLY relaxing, disconnected from the outside world and our digital devices.
Many villas also include jacuzzis, private gyms, pool tables and private spas, making it the perfect place for friends and family to gather and have a great time.
Those looking for the utmost privacy will appreciate the in-villa facilities, especially when all you want to do is take it easy and spend quality time with loved ones.
The resort is just a short taxi ride to some exciting activities in the area.
On Koh Samui there are numerous little city centres and they all have their own charm and vibe. With local markets to explore, plenty of restaurants to dine at (if you can tear yourself away from the private butler service), and even the beloved Starbucks. There is something to quell any travellers’ wanderlust on this island paradise: incredible viewpoints, beautiful beaches and tons of watersports.
As for water activities, we would recommend Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is the perfect location for watersports fans. Many tourism agencies offer day trips to the park on which you can kayak, snorkel, hike to viewpoints and relax on gorgeous sandy beaches. It’s a place made for both active thrill-seekers and laid-back sun-worshippers laid-back sun worshippers. Just a couple of miles away from Samujana Villas, you can also find one of Koh Samui’s most popular sandy strips, Chaweng beach. Chaweng stands out for several reasons. It is the most lively neighbourhood in Koh Samui and it is geared towards those who love to party and socialise. Once it gets dark, Chaweng has the most vibrant party scene in Koh Samui, which is also unique as most bars and clubs are along the beach. You can party all night and then leave the club and lay on the beach in the early a.m. – a set-up that was appealing to droves of visitors. For the magical sundowner vistas of Chaweng, we recommend the Jungle Club. This is a nice setting along a lush jungle hillside where you can relax on bean bags and have a light snack overlooking magnificent views of the shoreline and blue waters below. Don’t forget your camera for this is one of the most spectacular views I’ve witnessed in Thailand.
Words Can’t Describe
Samujana Villas is one hundred per cent the most lavish accommodation we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe its beauty and spot-on amenities. It is the type of place that you want to see and be seen in, but at the same time, it’s so special that you want it to be your own little secret. A resort that ticks all the boxes of luxury, bespoke living with a down-to-earth approach – Samujana Villas is the best possible dream that you can turn into reality in Koh Samui.
GO: Visit www.samujana.com for reservations and more information.