Escape the rat race (finally) to the new-look Suralai, one of Koh Samui’s most luxurious private hideaways.
So you will have heard that Thailand is pretty much open to quarantine-free tourism, marking the end of the global pandemic that’s had us contemplating our navels here at home for almost two years. So, if you finally need to scratch that travel itch, you’ll want that first trip to be pretty sublime, tranquil, tropical, and communal in only the best ways. Fortunately, we think we know exactly where you need to go.
Make a beeline for Samui, Thailand’s luxury playground, and Suralai, one of the island’s most beautiful private villas. This luxurious six-bedroom villa is perched on the hills overlooking the island’s northern coast and recently underwent an extensive renovation to ensure its place as your Thai home-away-from-home.
With fully-vaccinated staff and hygiene protocols in place, Suralai is SHA-approved and combines distinctive Thai-inspired architecture with a cool contemporary look. Catering to 12 guests, each of the six spacious ensuite bedrooms and suites boasts a covered terrace or balcony overlooking the pool and panoramic views of the sea and Koh Phangan (Full Moon Island) in the near distance.
Recent renovations include the addition of cool grey ceramic floors, new louvered blinds, and drapes, as well as stylish new soft furnishing accents in rich Jim Thompson silk fabrics. Enhancing the vast living and dining pavilion, new outdoor furniture has been added to the wide wrap-around terrace, while the open show-kitchen and long island bar have been upgraded with a sharper, fresher look.
At the poolside, comfortable new loungers overlook the pool and at one end, a Thai-style sala with wide, inviting daybeds has been refurbished to provide a truly special place to escape the sun and enjoy a book, a massage, or to gather for a casual poolside lunch.
Your every whim will also be catered to by an experienced villa manager, from organizing island-hopping escapes and private alfresco dining to trainer-led gym sessions, while a private chef will create tailored menus for all dietary requirements.
After all you’ve been through we think you deserve a little escape.
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