Climbing up hill from bustling Bo Phut village towards Villa Kya, it seems reasonable to expect quite a view from the top, and you won’t be disappointed.
The jungle-green hillsides and wide golden sweeps of Bo Phut, Mae Nam and Big Buddha bays are spread out below through ‘wall’ of glass doors that front Villa Kya. More glass panels between the walls and the gracefully curved ‘butterfly’ roof, coupled with white walls, lots of mirrors and creamy terrazzo flooring, make this villa bright, airy and welcoming. And wrapped around the contours of the hillside are a dizzying number of options for sunning and chilling out, including the ‘moon terrace’ a sociable circle of all-weather sofas with the best views in the house.
Down a flight of white steps the soft contours of the infinity pool and pool deck are bordered by a pretty lawn dotted with palms and shrubs, to the far corner of which lies a charming thatch-roofed dining sala – a favourite spot for breakfast. In the water, stools flank the pool bar and a cute lower level pool provides a broad shelf for lying back and sipping sundowners.
The villa’s four bedrooms lie in a curved row on the villa’s middle level, with the master at the far end boasting its own sea-view balcony and romantic outdoor bathtub for two. Below the master is sheltered lazing lounge furnished with waterproof beanbags and a big built-in sofa. This is a great spot for kids to play or adults to shelter from the tropical sun if it all gets too much.
Villa Kya is owned and managed by a couple of long-term Koh Samui residents from the UK who are always on call and have lots of inside info on what to do and where to do it. Helping them daily in the villa is a small, friendly and efficient staff team who will take care of the housekeeping and provide a complimentary continental breakfast. Other meals can be self-catered in the well-equipped kitchen or prepared by skilled Thai chef, Khun Kiat for a reasonable extra charge.
Villa Kya is in the hills above Bo Phut Fisherman's Village, reached by a side road that leads up a steep hillside surrounded by tropical forest and coconut palms. Several other high-end properties share the location, but the fact that it's entirely residential and a fair distance from the island's main road means it remains quiet and undisturbed. There are no shops or restaurants nearby, but with a car, provisioning is easy as the island's two main supermarkets (Big C and Tesco Lotus) are just a short drive away, as are the restaurants and bars of Bo Phut.
From a private parking area, steps lead to double doors that open to reveal Kya’s glorious views. Furnishings throughout the villa complement the soft natural tones of the landscape: custom-built tables and sofas of cool white wood, topped with sandy beige and turquoise cushions. An abundance of mirrors reflect back the stunning views and all rooms give the option of both air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
The well-equipped open-plan kitchen, with its wide breakfast bar, lies to the left of the entrance, facing a sunny furnished terrace. Up a few steps is the comfortable living room, where a trio of sofas face a wall-mounted 42-inch TV with satellite channels, movies and a sound system wired indoors and out. A wide terrace beyond the living area houses a dining table for eight and the circular ‘moon terrace’ a gorgeous spot for social evenings under the stars. A guest washroom is situated to the rear.
From this floor, a flight of steps leads down to the four bedrooms, all of which feature king-size beds, are romantically furnished and boast exceptional views through their floor-to-ceiling windows. Ensuites in the three guest rooms are tucked neatly behind a partition wall and feature hammered steel washbasins with a WC to one side and an enclosed shower to the other. Facing each double vanity is a generous built-in wardrobe.
The master bedroom is slightly larger than the guest rooms and boasts a walk-in dressing areas as well as a roomy bathroom with a circular double bathtub set in a private garden courtyard. Armchairs and a coffee table furnish a balcony to the front of the master bedroom.
Down another flight of steps, the free-form pool is bordered by a bright terrace furnished with two double sun loungers. At one end of the pool is a shallow area, ideal for kids; at the other end, submerged stools face the views at the thatch-roofed pool bar. Just below, a small pool with a wide shallow shelf offers another lovely spot to laze.
On the lawns a thatched dining sala seats 8+, while lazing lounge strewn with colourful waterproof beanbags and a built-in sofa, provides a shady spot to relax during the hottest part of the day.
BEDROOM 1 - MASTER