Privacy, serenity, space and luxury in a beachfront coconut grove.
A villa with the ambiance and amenities of an exclusive private-island-hotel, but one where guests have the luxury of dictating their own schedule and choosing who they share precious holiday time with. This was the impression we took away with us following our recent stay at Villa Kalyana.
Whether you want a tropical holiday retreat for family and friends, an exclusive executive escape, a dream wedding venue or space for some other special celebration, Villa Kalyana fits the bill. With nine privately positioned and thoughtfully appointed guestrooms (five with romantic garden bathrooms) plus a kids bunk room, and an abundance of cool communal areas, both outside and in – including a dining room fit for a banquet (and a kitchen to cater for one), a games room for the gents, movie room for the kids and poolside lounge for the ladies – options for fun and relaxation are seemingly endless.
The villa’s quiet beachside location on Samui’s southernmost tip may not suit the clubbing crowd whose idea of the perfect holiday is to be out on the town every night, but it’s ideal for large group gatherings who enjoy their own company. There’s little need for nightlife, restaurants, shops and other amusements at this self-contained villa where a team of willing staff are on hand to look after you; there’s an impressive selection of gizmos gadgets and games for entertainment, and friends and family provide all the company you could wish for. The huge (chemical-free) swimming pool, vast gardens and virtually private beachfront make Kalyana a great choice for families with energetic children too.
Kalyana only opened to guests mid 2012 and with a few finishing touches, including a more confident and polished dining service, we feel sure that it will soon rank easily among the best private luxury villa experiences on the island.
The away-from-it-all, idyllic tropical beach location, coupled with spacious and well-appointed bedroom suites (the garden pavilions in particular), make Kalyana an especially desirable villa escape.
Straws might need to be drawn to decide who gets which bedroom as we felt that the garden pavilions were definitely a cut above the rooms in the main pavilion. Khun Jin, the head housekeeper, is charming and helpful, but other staff speak little English so communication can be difficult. The villa was between chefs during our stay, although Khun Jin produced a good tom kha gai (chicken coconut soup) and spicy pork salad for us.