Three exceptional new villas recently opened their doors to guests on Koh Samui’s unspoilt northwest coast; each one part of a tranquil beachside estate within easy reach of bustling Chaweng.
Our Villa Expert, Max Vee, offers an inside view of Samui’s latest luxury addition.
On an island peppered with more than your average number of fantastic private holiday villas, it’s not easy to raise the bar in terms of private luxury; but the villas on the Sangsuri Estate manage to do exactly that.
Three stunning properties sit side-by-side on a hidden tropical hillside halfway between the bustling resort town of Chaweng and the altogether more sleepy beachside village of Choeng Mon. Chaweng is the island’s busiest tourist area – a 5 km roadside strip of shops, restaurants and bars, while Choeng Mon is known as a peaceful family holiday spot and a favourite dining destination for lovers of fresh seafood, which is served at several of the area’s beachside restaurants.
Ideally suited to families, groups of friends or large wedding parties, but also available with reduced occupancy rates for smaller numbers of guests, the three properties offer guests a rare blend of unspoilt nature and impressive contemporary luxury. Of course, there are other equally impressive villas on offer around the island in terms of the comfort, facilities and personalised services they offer, but few manage quite so well to combine the island’s original natural appeal with contemporary style and easy access to such a wide range of tourist amenities.
Each of the Sangsuri villas is essentially a private resort in itself, and comes with a full complement of indulgent facilities. There’s a 20+ metre pool in each property, leading edge iPad-controlled entertainment systems for music, TV and movies, and fully equipped kitchens where the estate’s private chefs can prepare a range of delicious dishes throughout the stay, either served in air-conditioned comfort or out on one of the villas’ many garden and beachside terraces. Villa 2 also has a private gym, which can also be used by guests in the neighbouring residences.
Stylish, modern designs are artfully balanced against the unspoilt tropical surroundings throughout the Sansuri Estate, with rustic touches like thatched-roof bedroom pavillions and shuttered bathrooms creating a gentle sense of natural elegance. It’s easy to effortlessly enjoy the blend of in- and outdoor experiences on offer as you drift between the various living spaces and levels that make up these impressive and expansive residences.
An inspired use of natural furnishings and hand-picked Asian artefacts adds further to the distinctive appeal of the villas. Solid wood dining tables, bed bases and window frames, earth toned colour schemes and original artworks combine in a symphony of graceful design that’s leagues away from the cookie-cutter model so often applied to larger resorts and even some other villa developments.
With three huge villas to service and maintain, the staff that look after the Sangsuri Estate are an integral part of the overall experience. Their smiling, hospitable but discrete presence means that as a privileged guest you are free to make the most of the fabulous facilities and surroundings without worrying about small details.
The resident manager has worked for the owner for several years and knows the properties inside and out, having supervised their construction and launch. In addition to a resident team, Luxury Villas and Homes’ management team also provides a full suite of top class, personalised services for guests. The staff members are also a mine of local on island attractions and activities, and will happily offer recommendations for the best places to eat, shop and party in nearby Chaweng.
The villas on the Sangsuri Estate not only increase, but considerably improve the choices available to guests considering a private villa stay on Koh Samui. Everything from the location and design to the facilities and staff is top notch, and staying so close to Chaweng without being disturbed by its noise and bustle really does offer the best of both worlds.
Unless you are the kind of person that would rather hide from nature than embrace it, the Sanguri Luxury Holiday Villas can be considered among the best accommodation the island has to offer. It’s a unique luxury vacation experience in a one-of-a kind settings and no matter how long you stay at the Sangsuri Estate, you will leave you wishing you had more time.
Villa Expert Highlights at Sangsuri Estate
• Plenty of space for large groups to spread out and enjoy the surroundings without fear of imposing on each other’s privacy
• Perfect location close to a range of attractions and holiday services
• Intelligent, practical designs, including fold-open bedroom pavillions
• Experienced and adaptable staff team
• Stunning views and mature tropical gardens
by Wayne Hue