Finding Blue Samui isn't easy and that's part of the appeal. Even though the villa is just ten minutes from Samui's main port town at Nathon, it’s hidden away up a winding lane that emerges onto a forested hillside fronted by breathtaking seascapes. Although one of the first luxury villas to be built on Samui, recent upgrades like new roofing, fresh decor and attractive modern furnishings mean you never lack for comfort. Appealing additions such as the sink-into planters' chairs on the bedroom terraces provide the perfect spot to relax and read; the cool combination of natural materials and white walls creates an overall sense of space and light while contemporary artwork adds a touch of style. Daily activities generally revolve around the pool, the sala (gazebo) and the lounge. The former quite small at just eight metres, but perfectly positioned for a dreamy dip and for catching the refreshing sea breeze, with the water pouring straight into the spectacular scenery. If you can live without the beach on your doorstep, Blue Samui has everything else you’ll need. Start with a late breakfast and then laze by the pool – switching between the sun loungers and the shaded sala – before moving inside for dinner and a movie in the evening and retiring to the air conditioned comfort of your bedroom. The kitchen has every appliance and accessory needed to create your own gastronomic delights and there's also a barbecue at your disposal for alfresco feasts. The villa comes with two friendly and committed live-in staff who keep things very clean and ordered, as well as helping out in the kitchen (although they are not trained chefs – the villa is self-catered) Fine, serving drinks and nipping out for supplies. With a car you are only minutes from some pleasant beachside eateries, while the popular beaches of Bo Phut and Chaweng also offer a good choice of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Although Blue Samui may not be ideally suited to toddlers or seniors due to its elevated position and proliferation of steps, the two adjoining guest bedrooms make it a comfortable family villa for those with older kids (10+).
A secluded hillside location gives Blue Samui a very private feel. The bay directly below Blue Samui is known as Kao Laem Noi: a small, quiet beach at the northernmost tip of the Samui coast. It is sandy but with very shallow water, especially during the low summer tides from March to July when you can walk out for up to 100m and explore the rock pools. There are a number of traditional Thai-style roadside restaurants at the back of Kao Laem Noi. The luxurious Four Seasons Resort occupies a hidden cove around ten minutes drive from the villa, up the hill to the left, while to the right, at the end of the beach, a rocky headland reaches out towards the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan. This provides excellent photo opportunities, especially when the local fishing boats head out in the evening light.
The recently renovated villa is built over three levels and reached via steps from its two-vehicle car port. The lower level features a spacious, open-plan living and dining area with ensuite bathroom. A recessed space houses a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with DVD and surround-sound in front of two comfortable sofas (there's also an iPod dock and a notebook computer with WiFi for guests' use). The eight-seater dining table sits on a rug in the centre of the room and is served by a modern, well-equipped kitchen with an oven, hob, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Outside, a covered verandah maximises the views while beyond that a spacious sun terrace and pool patio with cushioned loungers surrounds the infinity pool, which is modestly sized but perfectly positioned. A comfortable, furnished sala is poised for shaded relaxation between dips. Stairs climb through the centre of the property separating the villa’s two pavilions. On the second level, overlooking the pool area, one of the pavilions houses two guest bedrooms (one queen, one twin) connected via a shared bathroom with rain shower, perfect for a family. Both bedrooms are pleasantly furnished and accessorised with polished wooden floors and built-in wardrobes (there are no TVs in the bedrooms), and each slides open onto a covered verandah with a soft sofa and comfortable planters’ chairs facing the dramatic views. A second verandah runs behind these two bedrooms, shaded by the lush, cliff-side vegetation. The third level sits above the living area and houses the master bedroom, with unobstructed views right from its king size bed. The room opens onto a wrap-around verandah and is simply but tasteful furnished with an emphasis on space. The attached bathroom is literally built into the cliff side and includes a rain shower plus a separate room with a glazed rear wall revealing the roots of an ancient Banyan tree, and boasting a generous bath tub with stunning ocean views, ideal for a romantic soak. The villa holds a commanding position on the hillside and although it opens right into the views from every room, none are overlooked. Folding doors allow you to close off the outside world when needed and there's concealed air conditioning throughout.
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