Villa Nava’s owners clearly designed their tropical island getaway with family in mind and have created a social, warm and welcoming home as a result.
Carefully planned to optimize the delightful hillside location, every room at the villa boasts a furnished terrace from which to admire the splendid ocean and island views. The infinity edge of the small but perfectly placed pool falls away to well-tended gardens bursting with bright tropical blooms, and a comfortable westward-facing sala to one side of the pool terrace makes an idyllic spot to sip sundowners and admire the spectacular sunsets.
Living, dining and kitchen areas are arranged to merge informally from one to the next, but each with its own stylish décor and mood, and all with the same glorious views. On the lower floors of the three-storey main building are a spacious master suite and a triple-bedded kids room, while, privately situated in the gardens, is a two-bedroom guest bungalow that makes ideal accommodation for extended family, friends, or a second family group.
Villa Nava is well provided with kids’ equipment and games (including cots, high chairs, car seats, Sony Playstation, toys, movies, etc.), and youngsters and adults alike will be warmly looked after by Irene, the manageress, who tends to the villa and its guests with cheerfulness and charm.
Guests can opt to self-cater or to hire in a cook who shops for and prepares Thai and Western meals for a very reasonable fee plus the cost of the groceries. A car and driver can be booked for airport transfers, and hired for island sightseeing through Irene (both extra charge).
Villa Nava is situated a short distance up a steep forested hill on Samui’s north west coast, just a stone’s throw from the Four Seasons Hotel and a quick walk away from a gentle, sandy beach – good for paddling and catching crabs. The authentic small port of Nathon, where regular ferries depart for the Thai mainland, lies a couple of kilometres to the south and is an interesting place to visit for those who want a glimpse of the less touristy side of the island.
From Villa Nava’s carport and gateway a path zigzags down to cross a water feature before arriving at an imposing double doorway, through which wide ocean views are revealed. The villa has been designed to maximize the panorama from every angle and an expanse of glass doors enhance this by folding back to create a wonderfully tropical indoor-outdoor living space.
To the far left, comfortable sofas face a 42-inch satellite TV/DVD player, and look out to the views beyond. Next to the lounge is an eight-seater dining table and to the right of that, a spacious kitchen, well equipped with Smeg appliances, plus a big breakfast island that makes a great spot to socialize and snack, opening to the pool deck on two sides.
A covered barbecue area is conveniently situated next to the kitchen and, beyond that, a fan-cooled sala presides over the pool and gardens; built-in sofas poised for spectacular sunset panoramas. A broad terrace, furnished with shady sun loungers, wraps around three sides of the 8 x 3m infinity pool.
Stairs leads down from the dining area to the master bedroom and the same-sized kids bedroom on the floor below. Both rooms are equipped with air conditioning, 32-inch satellite TV/DVD players (plus a Sony Playstation in the kids room) and feature folding glass doors opening widely onto furnished balconies and coastal views. A large dressing room lies to the rear of the king-bedded master whose ensuite bathroom is fitted with an oval terrazzo tub, twin vanities and shower.
Three single beds stand sentry in the kids room, each with a hand-painted storage chest at its base. In one corner is a nest-like bamboo ‘den’, while blue floor cushions around a low table and a big box of toys complete the picture. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a large tub, double washbasins and shower.
In the gardens, privately situated below the main house, is the guest bungalow. Two identical, bright, air-conditioned rooms open through wide glass doors from a shared terracotta-tiled balcony, simply furnished with queen beds, side tables, easy chairs and 32-inch TV/DVD players. Ensuite bathrooms feature moulded terrazzo washbasins and baths and glassed shower cubicles. Fitted wardrobes and small vanity areas line one wall.
BEDROOM 1 - MASTER
9m x 5.5m
BEDROOM 2 - KIDS ROOM
9m x 5.5m
BEDROOM 3 - GUEST
5m x 5m
BEDROOM 4 - GUEST
5m x 5m