6-bedroom Villas in Laem Sor, Koh Samui, Thailand

This very secluded, yet surprisingly long stretch of narrow beach is home to a handful of private villas, modest resorts and restaurants. The area has thus far held on to its quaint, tropical charm and offers fabulous views over to the offshore islands of Koh Matsum and Koh Taen. At one end of the bay, a famous beachside Pagoda sits on a small rocky headland providing the area's main landmark. It attracts both tourists and local people and on special Buddhist holidays, monks and villagers gather to pray, sit and eat in the shade of the surrounding trees, creating a festival atmosphere. Back from the beach, a small community of islanders includes local fishermen plus foreign residents who came in search of a peaceful life. Further around the headland, reachable by road, the traditional fishing village of Tong Krut offers a glimpse of local life as it used to be with small boats mooring to unload their daily catch. Snorkelling trips off the nearby island of Koh Taen can be arranged from there. Humble shops and local restaurants line the beach and provide an excellent source of fresh seafood. Lamai (10km) is the nearest real town with resorts, shops and restaurants offering everything from Thai staples to fine international cuisine.

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Baan Sairee

Baan Sairee

Thailand » Koh Samui » Laem Sor

It's wasn't until we drove from the airport and saw how developed Samui is becoming that we realised just how special Baan Sairee is both in terms of its design and the secluded location. Authentic wooden buildings and unspoilt surroundings make the villa feel very established – something built by a trader perhaps, or a member of the Thai aristocracy – and more akin to the traditional accommodation available in the north of Thailand, but with added bonus of a beach and superb facilities for the kids.     

For families there is more than enough space and although the villa is a fair distance from the main tourist centres, there’s plenty to keep you occupied onsite. A combination of swimming, volleyball, badminton, tennis, a trampoline with safety net and frisbee sessions on the lawn, plus the added treat of kayaking (there are two provided with the villa) when the tide comes up, will keep the kids smiling all day and sleeping well at night. Unless you feel the urge to venture out often, perhaps to visit a waterfall or ride on an elephant, it’s hardly worth hiring a rental car (and the staff can organise transport if needed).    

The villa manageress couldn't do enough for us and the chef carefully caters for all tastes. The staff are also used to coping with kids’ food requests (although the manageress told us she often manages to get them to try new things – apparently chicken satay is now on quite a few ex-guest's weekly menu). For special occasions such as birthday parties the staff will set the table on the lawn and organise fireworks on the beach.    

Baan Sairee offers the chance to experience an authentic but luxurious Thai home and enjoy it as your own. It's not a place for those looking to dine out and party all night. That would be a waste of the villa's special charm.  
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From $1,500 ++

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 8-12*

Our
Rating 7.8

Ban Mekkala

Ban Mekkala

Thailand » Koh Samui » Laem Sor

Ban Mekkala is now considered one of the grand dames on Koh Samui's ever-expanding luxury villa list. Although the fixtures and furnishings are a touch faded, there’s no lack of indulgent comforts and private holiday bliss, and the multitude of fine facilities on offer are well thought out, especially for a large group or family holiday. We enjoyed the natural Thai elegance of the place, which fits perfectly with the secluded tropical setting.

Even though we’d hired a car, it remained in the car park for most of our visit as we opted to stay put and enjoy the relaxed confines of the villa. Waking up to the stunning blue seascape, breakfast served on our poolside terrace by the gentle staff, set the scene for days of idle pleasure as we switched between the pool, the jacuzzi, the massage table, the beach and the dining sala.

Balmy evenings begged for outdoor repast and we explored the suggestion menu with gusto before retiring to the poolside loungers to stargaze. A proliferation of TVs makes it well worth stocking up on films, while the poolside bar and barbecue are great for impromptu parties. Once you begin to adjust to the peaceful surroundings though, you may find that early nights become one of your holiday treats.

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From $1,850 ++

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 12

Our
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* Additional charges may apply for maximum occupancy
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