If you are looking for the perfect holiday villa to rent, who better to ask about a particular property than its owners? Our villa expert Max V talks to Neill and Leslie Macpherson, owners of Villa M in Bophut Fisherman's Village about the highlights and inspirations behind their perfect holiday home.
Lovingly designed and constructed by Neill and Leslie Macpherson, Villa M
on Koh Samui
is a unique and appealing holiday home nestled in one of the island's most sought after locations — Bophut Fisherman's Village.
Recognising the importance of Thai culture, the couple asked monks from the local temple to conduct the Buddhist rituals commonly practised when building a new home on the island and even followed the auspicious dates chosen by the monks for the build.
"We chose Thailand for many reasons," says Leslie. "We love the Buddhist culture, the warm, hospitable and friendly people and of course the delicious food. Simply put, whenever we visited the Land of Smiles we felt that we were coming home."
From the very beginning of the project, the couple paid special attention to every possible detail in order to make sure they created the perfect vacation home. Inside the the 3-storey villa, every room has been thoughtfully furnished and decorated in an intimate colonial Asian style, with antiques and artwork from India, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and of course, Thailand
"For the furnishings, we were inspired by memories of the colonial homes we loved as children growing up in Asia," says Leslie. "We were also influenced by cherished stays at The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok as well as The Strand in Yangon, and Raffles in Singapore. We paid particular attention to the design and sourced some wonderful furniture and antiques from all over Thailand and the East. We also added special pieces and memorabilia from our private collection."
Staying at Villa M is a rare blend of pleasures. On the ocean facing side, the villa opens right onto a private, lawned beachside garden and pool, with inspiring views of Koh Samui's stunning north coast and offshore islands. Covered terraces on each floor offer magnificent seascape views, whilst the roof-top is an exceptionally idyllic spot to relax on a sun bed, enjoy sunset cocktails at the bar, or luxuriate in the Jacuzzi, overlooking the fishing harbour and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Siam.
The villa's idyllic beachfront setting is also just a short stroll from the island's most picturesque seaside village, its streets lined with traditional wooden shophouses, home to fine restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The location offers a peaceful, sophisticated alternative for visitors looking to avoid the island's more crowded and commercial tourist areas and the colourful Friday walking street market has also become a regular draw for residents and tourists alike.
"We found Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, on the north east coast of the Island, particularly charming as it consists, for the main part, of wooden and original Chinese shop fronts. Neil's father was Chinese and a descendant of Chinese traders so he felt an instant connection," adds Leslie. "Whether its R and R under the palm trees on the beach, watching the sunset from the roof top jacuzzi, relaxing at home, dining in with friends or discovering new restaurants…. over 40 in the strip, we love it all."
by LVH Marketing