Our Villa Expert Max Vee visits L2 Residence, a recent addition to the accommodation scene on Koh Samui's secluded southern coast. The villa is a stylish, 3-bedroom hillside retreat that offers guests a rare combination of stunning seascape views, tranquil surroundings and contemporary styling.
L2 Residence is one of a handful of unique luxury villas that occupy prime positions overlooking the idyllic southwest coast of Samui. The villa is part of a modest estate and surrounded by tropical gardens with a common area swimming pool and a yoga sala, 24/7 security staff and professional onsite management.
This part of Koh Samui offers a tranquil escape from the constant bustle of the island's north and west coast tourist centres. The south is also home to the award-winning Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, as well as a handful of low key resorts and restaurants, many with views of the landmark Five Islands and Thailand's National Marine Park decorating on the horizon beyond.
The first thing that strikes you when you enter L2 Residence are the breathtaking ocean views. The villa has been carefully designed to make the most of its dramatic hillside location with a choice of in- and outdoor living spaces bathed in 180 degree vistas of pure marine magnificence.
The architecture and interiors at L2 Residence combine natural elements with contemporary styling to offer guests an attractive modern take on tropical luxury. Open-plan designs draw in the ocean breezes with lively decor, hand-picked furnishings and subtle artistic touches giving the property a distinctive personality that stands out from the cookie cutter designs that characterize some other villa estates in Thailand.
The villa is built around huge natural boulders – a spectacular feature of the natural landscape in this part of the island. The surroundings are lush and green with tropical flowers offering splashes of colour and the villa's hillside garden extends from a natural waterfall that fills a cool plunge pool offering a true sense of island retreat.
At the villa's upper level entrance, a spacious ocean view chill out lounge provides a jaw dropping welcome for guests, with an open air dining terrace and bar providing the perfect spot for private dinners accompanied by stunning sunset views over the bay. Downstairs, an open-plan kitchen, furnished living space and dining area with seating for 10 offer yet more choices for an indulgent stay.
The villa's three comfortable bedrooms are housed in a dedicated building connected to the main living areas through a small garden and a planted courtyard area. Spectacular views can be enjoyed right from the bed through full length sliding glass doors and the bathrooms in the master suite and one of the guest rooms even include showers with ocean views.
Though modest in size, L2 Residence offers couples, small families or groups of friends plenty of choices when it comes to refined relaxation and contemporary comforts. The peaceful location and gentle emphasis on outdoor living make this an ideal choice for those in search of an authentic island escape – far from the tourist crowds and surrounded by the soothing sights and sounds of nature.