Wake to the sight of swaying palms and rolling waves at the beachfront 5-bedroom SHA+ (plus 2 kids' bedroom) Villa Malabar. The villa sits on Laem Sor Beach along the island's quiet south coast, offering a taste of old Samui and local village life.
The villa is SHA+ certified meaning guests travelling under the Test and Go or Blue Zone Sandbox schemes can check straight in on arrival and no need to book a quarantine hotel for the first night.
Communal areas and bedrooms open up to the gorgeous surroundings, offering true indoor-outdoor living. Luxury extras include a private pool, fitness room, and personal chef. Sleeps 10 adults and 8 kids.
The living's easy at Villa Malabar, with a sprawling layout across several pavilions joined by rolling lawns.
Watch the waves roll against the shore from the main living pavilion. Flop-in sofas are cleverly angled to offer the ultimate view for morning coffee and evening cocktails, and windows on every side open to let in the coastal breeze.
The state-of-the-art kitchen is your personal chef's playground, of course, but it's also a great hangout spot. There's a large central island with bar stools and the whole space opens to the outdoors. No matter how you spend your days, we recommend coming together at dinnertime for a Thai feast around two stately dining tables.
An office area offers a laptop-friendly space to check email if you're feeling motivated, and guests also have access to a fitness room with a treadmill, step machine and weights if you want to be extra good.
The sound of the ocean is your sleepy-time soundtrack in all five adult bedrooms—all truly luxurious, each with a king bed wrapped in crisp white linens and an opulent, private en-suite bath.
In the main pavilion, the sumptuous master suite offers lie-in-bed ocean views, and the bedroom next door has a partial ocean view.
Upstairs, another oceanfront bedroom puts a sea view front and center. The upper level also has a children's bedroom with a bunk bed, and a single bed with a trundle. While the grownups enjoy downtime, the kids can stay up late with a movie in the media room, complete with a flat screen TV with Apple TV, PlayStation, sleeper sofa, and en-suite bathroom.
In the oceanfront pavilion, two more bedrooms offer dreamy coastal vistas.
The outdoor space is equally impressive. Take a plunge in your glittering infinity pool, or laze in the sun on the palm tree-dotted lawn. Decisions, decisions! Of course, there's always the option of hitting the beach, with a glittering sea view stretching before you. Did we mention it's just steps from your door?
Let the fun continue into evening, as you sip sun-downers around the poolside sala. The sunken lounge is the perfect place to chat while the chef grills a seafood feast in the outdoor kitchen.
We want you to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. To give you an experience that lets you truly relax and rejuvenate. That's why everything about our service is tailored to you. Nothing less than 5-star luxury.
For instance, you'll have a resident Thai chef to prepare lunch and dinner from the in-villa menus. Your chef will buy fresh seafood and produce from the market on a daily basis, then prepare and serve your gourmet meal in the comfort of your villa.
Our 5-star service also means giving you high-end services, including in-villa spa treatments, an in-house concierge to book day trips and boat tours, and resident staff to keep the villa immaculate throughout your stay. From the moment you arrive, you'll also have an English-speaking manager to attend to your personal needs.
Laem Sor Beach is home to a handful of private villas on the quieter south coast. The vibe is seriously laid back, making it oh-so-easy to fall into a languid, beachside lifestyle. After a bit more buzz? The town of Lamai is only a 15-minute drive for nightlife and shopping.
The neighbouring villages of Thong Krut and Taling Ngam offer several options for seaside dining, from local beachfront eateries to restaurants in five-star resorts.
The jungle-clad island of Koh Taen is nearby and great for snorkeling (glimpse everything from clownfish to stingrays), and you can enjoy a swim within a 5-minute stroll along the beach.
• English-speaking manageress and resident villa staff
• In-house concierge service
• Full-time resident Thai chef
• Fitness Room
• Private airport transfer
• Daily continental or Chinese breakfast