Ask the Villa Expert

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Ask the Villa Expert - Lipa Noi, Koh Samui Our resident villa expert Max Vee visits Lipa Noi — a picturesque and exclusive peninsular on Koh Samui’s idyllic west coast - to give his views on the exceptional villas and visitor highlights in this picturesque beachside location. Lipa Noi — a picturesque and exclusive peninsular on Koh Samui’s idyllic west coast. About the location Despite being one of Koh Samui's luxury villa hot spots, Lipa Noi largely remains a secret from many visitors that stay in other parts of Thailand's most popular boutique island. Unlike its more crowded beachside counterparts like Chaweng, Lamai and even the quaint but bustling oceanside strip at Bophut, this untroubled peninsular has remained all but untouched by mainstream tourism and therefore retains a refreshing desert island feel. A small fishing village sits at the southern tip of north facing beach and a handful of very local shops are scattered along the access road that leads to the main island Ring Road and on to the port town of Nathon. From there it's around a 30-minute drive along the island;s northern coast to Koh Samui International Airport, so despite Lipa Noi's relative seclusion, it is still a very convenient location for a superlative beach break. Why choose this area? Lipa Noi suits those in search of a personalised luxury escape. Though relatively modest in terms of its size and tourist amenities, the peninsula's two beaches are home to some of Koh Samui's most impressive private villas and also play host to the island's only international branded beach club — Nikki Beach. This, combined with the unspoilt tropical surroundings, really gives the area an exclusive, hideaway atmosphere. What stands out as special? The west coast location gives guests a very special advantage — sunset views — and even on a short break you are likely to experience one of the best natural light shows you have ever seen. The Lipa Noi beaches also overlook the famous limestone islands of the Ang Thong National Marine park, and on a clear day also the dramatic cliffs that mark the rugged edge of the Thai mainland. These geographical marvels, combined with blue and crimson skies, guarantee photographs and memories you won't forget in a hurry. Where would you eat? With a choice of Signature Collection villas offering the services of a full time chef to prepare exquisite meals form the in-villa menu, eating out may seem unnecessary, but for those that feel like exploring, Big John Seafood at the Lipa Lovely resort is famous for its fresh daily catch and Nikki Beach also offers an impressive Sunday Brunch with tastes from around the world and fine wines to match. Nikki Beach offers an impressive Sunday Brunch with tastes from around the world and fine wines to match. For a big night out?  The villas in Lipa Noi are certainly more than well equipped for an extravagant private party or large scale function, which is why many of them are also popular as upscale wedding venues. For those looking to head out for a fun session, Nikki Beach is the place to celebrate with its expansive poolside decks, sea view dancefloor and cushioned chill out spaces. The venue also hosts international DJs and is famous for its themed parties, particularly the annual White Party which includes performance artists, fireworks and even celebrity guests from around the globe. What keeps you busy? With a private pool overlooking the calm bay and shallow waters good for swimming, kayaking and jet ski-ing, plus personalised indoor indulgences like spa rooms, private cinema rooms and children's play areas, you're unlikely to get bored in your villa. Fir day trips, Lipa Noi is also close to a number of Koh Samui's most popular natural attractions, including the Hin Lad and the Namuang Waterfalls, The Magic Buddha Garden, Elephant Trekking centres and even a living museum of Thai village life. Boat trips to the Marine Park can also be easily arranged for snorkelling or scuba diving and the maze of country lanes that criss cross the peninsula is great for bicycling. What about the villas?   When it comes to renting private beachfront villas, Lipa Noi is undoubtedly one of the most popular choices on Samui for a personalised luxury beachside vacation. The choice of stunning private properties is perhaps the largest on the island and all the villas in the area come with their own staff and a full range of splendid onsite facilities. Many of the residences cater for larger groups, with access to neighbouring villas allowing for an extended family gathering or special celebration. Baan Puri Baan Puri, luxury beachside villa. A sophisticated 6 bedroom luxury beachside villa with a 30 metre private pool, lawned garden and superlative luxury amenities. Baan Kilee Baan Kilee, oceanfront residence with an incredible range of facilities. An opulent 8 bedroom oceanfront residence with an incredible range of facilities, plus 6 dedicated staff, children's rooms and an outdoor cinema. Baan OraChon Baan Orachon, oceanfront property with private pool. Bold architecture and cutting edge design features combine in a unique, luxurious 4 bedroom contemporary oceanfront property with private pool. Akuvara Akuvara, luxury beachfront residence. The epitomy of contemporary tropical sophistication — natural touches create harmony with beautiful surroundings at this 4-bedroom luxury beachfront residence. Waimarie Waimarie, private bungalows set in a lush tropical garden with an oceanview pool and private tennis court. Almost a private resort, this villa's 6 bedrooms are housed in private bungalows set in a lush tropical garden with an oceanview pool and private tennis court. INASIA Inasia, private estate with open-plan living pavilions. An 8 bedroom private estate with open-plan living pavilions, two private swimming pools and panoramic views over the bay and its scenic sunsets. Ban Suriya Ban Suriya - A private spa, fitness centre and outdoor cinema just a few of the magnificent facilities offered to guests. " The Sunshine House ", sits on a former coconut plantation with 6 luxurious bedrooms, a private spa, fitness centre and outdoor cinema just a few of the magnificent facilities offered to guests. Baan Tawantok Ban Tawantok, perfect for families or groups looking to share an idyllic and expansive private hideaway. Available as a combination double-villa hideaway, providing 10 bedrooms in total, this villa is perfect for families or groups looking to share an idyllic and expansive private hideaway. Baan Chao Lay  Baan Chaolay, natural wooden floors and cool fold open living spaces. An attractive 5-bedroom property with contemporary interior design touches and modern furnishings complementing the villa's natural wooden floors and cool fold open living spaces. Dhevatara Cove Estate Dhevatara Cove Estate, An unique, award-winning luxury beachside serviced. An unique, award-winning luxury beachside serviced enclave featuring four expansive, sophisticated and luxurious 5 bedroom residences, each one boasting its own private pool, generous gardens, special design features and indulgent range of personal amenities and onsite services. Baan Rattana Thep Villa Haineu Baan Samlarn Baan Tao Talay     by