Akuvara sits at the quieter south side of the Lipa Noi peninsular. There is nothing of consequence in the immediate vicinity of the villa, which ensures complete peace and quiet. The soft sandy beach is secluded and the sea is deep enough for swimming for most of the year. A small jetty for ferries to the mainland sits a few hundred metres left of the villa, its only impact being the occasional announcement of a departure. Local life centres on a small fishing village towards the end of the bay, which is also the chef's source of fresh seafood.
One of Koh Samui’s best-kept secrets, Lipa Noi boasts three kilometres of curved white sandy beach smack in the middle of Koh Samui's west coast. With its local village ambiance and laid-back beachside vibe, Lipa Noi makes an ideal destination for family holidays or a special getaway with friends. If stunning sunsets, calm crystal waters, fine sands, swaying coconut palms and a selection of exceptional private luxury villas tick your boxes, then take a closer look at Lipa Noi.
The picturesque sandy beach here is one of the best on the island for kids, and there’s plenty of shade from the coconut palms lining its edge. Calm and very shallow water means year-round safe swimming and a good choice of watersports, and although Lipa Noi is only five minutes from the mainland ferry pier, it is the most serene and untouched beach on Koh Samui’s west coast. For a carefree family holiday, Lipa Noi is hard to beat.
You’ll find plenty of places to eat, both on and off the beach and a massage under the shade of a palm tree, with views across the island-speckled waters of the Gulf of Siam, is easy to fix. Lipa Noi is also close to a number of popular Koh Samui attractions, including the island’s main waterfalls at Namuang, the Magic Buddha Garden high in the hills, and Paradise Park Farm, a family friendly adventure with a hilltop pool, animal and bird feeding and amazing views.
Although Lipa Noi and the west coast of Koh Samui is better known for its peace, quiet and exclusivity, it’s also home to one of Samui's trendiest beach clubs, the Nikki Beach Resort, which draws visitors from across the globe.
With some of Koh Samui’s most sought-after accommodation located close to the beach and in the lush forested hills above the ocean, a Lipa Noi luxury private villa holiday is guaranteed to deliver total rest and relaxation.
The third largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui is just 21km at its widest point and 25km at its longest. The hinterland consists of forested limestone hills and the shoreline is made up of countless coconut palm-fringed beaches and bays.
Traditionally a coconut plantation and fisherman's haven, in the last few years the island has grown into a major holiday destination with regular connections to Bangkok and direct flights from Hong Kong and Singapore. Despite rapid development, Samui is small enough to retain its charm and its modest size also makes it a convenient, laid back location even during busy seasons.
As well as fine beaches, Samui is known for recreation, relaxation and fine food. The blue waters of the Thai Gulf provide a wealth of possibility for water sports, while on land the island is well known for its professional and indulgent spas and health retreats. Fresh seafood is a specialty at most of Samui's restaurants, but you can also enjoy food from almost every corner of the globe thanks to the island's strong international influences.
Each beach on Samui has its own particular character and ambience. The east coast beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are busy, commercial areas with everything from beach vendors to fast food chains, while to the north, Bang Rak and Bo Phut have a more relaxed local village atmosphere. Beaches like Lipa Noi and Laem Set on the western and southern shores feel much more remote and untouched.
Koh Samui combines comfort and convenience with a sense of real escape and this has made it a popular choice for residential as well as tourist development. The island is an eclectic blend of nature and sophistication, one that draws repeat visitors every year to indulge in its tropical delights.
From Akuvara’s gated entrance, a long, red-brick drive leads to a central walkway which, in turn, leads down past sleeping and living pavilions to the pool terrace, garden and beach. The villa's design is unashamedly modern, but sandstone bricks and olive detail create a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings.
The two-storey living pavilion at the far end of the walkway houses a small, but well-equipped kitchen and two separate lounge areas downstairs, plus a glass fronted ‘sea lounge’ upstairs where two daybeds are positioned to enjoy the stunning views over to nearby islands. The downstairs lounge areas both feature attractive water-hyacinth furniture and large flat-screen televisions, and DVDs, connected to the villa’s state-of-the-art music and movie hard drive. At the front of the living pavilion, large sliding doors open onto the spacious pool terrace, where a dining table seats eight, perfect for starlit meals.
The 15m blue-tiled infinity pool is a constant daytime draw and features an attractive, Thai-style wooden sala complete with two daybeds facing the quiet beach and sea beyond. The dining room is set in its own pavilion – but easily accessed from the kitchen – and boasts a large wooden table (seating eight) and contemporary Thai artwork on the walls.
Three of the four bedrooms are housed in their own pavilions. All have air conditioning, ceiling fans and televisions and two have king-size beds while the third has twin beds. As well as its king-size bed, the master bedroom - which looks directly out towards the sea – has an indulgent ensuite bathroom with an outdoor stone bathtub, partially shaded from the elements and overlooking a small courtyard and a walkway to the beach. All the other bathrooms have both overhead and hand-held showers. The fourth bedroom (more of a studio) is located on the upper level of the two-storey building at the entrance to the villa, above the carport. With its own kitchen, ensuite bathroom and large, comfortably furnished balcony overlooking the rest of the villa and the sea beyond, this king-bedded suite is perfect for guests who want to be a little more private or self-contained.