Koh Samui is in a gorgeous enclave in the Gulf of Thailand. Fondly known as coconut island, the year-round, perfectly formed tropical island is ideal for sun-seeking travelers. It’s got all the right ingredients for a family holiday with almost daily sunshine, azure skies, and the gentle lapping of warm water on the white sandy shores. The island is the second largest after Phuket. It offers a lazy-days atmosphere perfect for a ‘toes-in-the-sand’ holiday. The Little Steps team has chatted with parents visiting and living in Koh Samui to round up the ultimate guide of villas suitable for families.
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Thailand is world-renowned as the land of smiles and its exotic appeal, attention to detail, and exemplary service offerings. You can choose from little own-service beach huts on the south coast, fully staffed villas in the mountains with open-plan living and areas for poolside entertaining, or urban-inspired luxury with every mod con and full butler service. Koh Samui presents a beautifully curated collection of luxury villas for families, large and small. Numerous villas on the powder-soft sandy shores give access to clear emerald waters under gravity-defying coconut trees that provide shade from the sun. Samui has everything for a much-needed break with your family.
Koh Samui is synonymous with tropical luxury and is easy to navigate; it takes just an hour to circumnavigate the freshly-laid beach ring road. There isn’t much public transport other than costly taxis and the charabanc-style songthaews converted pick-up trucks with wooden benches that can fit up to 10 people. The island is packed with a wide variety of delicious restaurants, from street-side Thai to freshly imported oysters in a wine bar or lavish lobster in a luxury hotel. There is something for every tastebud and pocket. The Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone karsts, waterfall-filled jungles, and white-sandy beaches with hidden coves to explore.
Private yachts and rickety longtail boats are always on hand for watery quests. You can explore tiny islands, watch pink dolphins play, swim with pigs, or laze in remote boat-only bays. There are plenty of Instagrammable moments with pretty swings, random dinosaurs, secret gardens, and ethical elephant sanctuaries. If you have an adventurous nature, there’s ziplining, hiking, 4X4 island tours, diving, waterfall climbing, paintballing, or trying your hand at the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai.
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RECOMMENDED VILLAS FOR FAMILIES IN KOH SAMUI
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Ministry of Villas offers superior service for travelers booking a villa holiday in Koh Samui, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Their knowledgeable teams will help you research, plan, and book your ideal villa. Using their services certainly takes away any ambiguity. They have first-hand experience, exemplary industry knowledge, and above all, a genuine passion for finding you the perfect villa.
Ministry of Villas, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/category/thailand/koh-samui/
Built into the lush hills, Suralai offers spectacular panoramic views over the island and out to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The thoughtfully designed villa exudes Thai authenticity with its traditional peaked roofs and covered pavilions that are ideal for entertaining. The sitting room is furnished with comfy settees and armchairs that face the vast flatscreen television. It's on the top floor and has a wrap-around balcony accessed by sliding glass doors for all-important sunset drinks. The dining room can comfortably seat 12 guests for formal dining; casual poolside dining is popular with families who appreciate the great outdoors. The garden has sun loungers and an expansive 20-meter swimming pool for ultimate relaxation. Although luxuriously private and situated on the cool hillside, trendy Bophut and Fisherman's Village are a mere 15 minutes away.
Proudly occupying a high-up headland, the two-bedroom Headland Villa is the epitome of luxury. The panoramic views are extraordinary and roll down the granite cliffs to a white sandy beach and over Taen Island, Koh Mat Sum, Koh Wang Nai, Koh Wang Nok, and Koh Rap. Ancient banyan trees and natural rocks surround the time-worn, much-loved gardens and the swimming pool. You'd be forgiven for thinking you were alone on a deserted island. The sitting-dining room is open plan with contemporary ivory furnishings highlighted with carefully chosen Samui-centric antiques. The dining table comfortably seats eight guests; sliding doors open onto the terrace for the ultimate al fresco living. Upstairs is a TV and games room, perfect for snuggly evenings and a good movie. Four other villas are available on the same headland if you travel with a large group of friends and family.
Headland Villa One, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/the-headland-villa-1/
Villa M offers a sense of Hampton's beach house glamour with bright white interiors in the heart of busy Fisherman's Village. The coveted location allows you to walk outside straight onto busy shore-side roads lined with delicious restaurants and fun cafés. The four-bedroom villa is nestled on the beach, framed by coconut palms, and has exceptional views over the sea. Laze in the beach-front pool or the rooftop Jacuzzi. Just close the front door for the ultimate privacy and peace. The sitting room and adjoining living room give you ample space for entertaining old friends and new ones. The floor-to-ceiling glass wall gives you the perfect view of the ever-changing scenery; just open the doors for al fresco living, access to the pool, and a few steps down to the beach. Villa M has four spacious bedrooms with king and queen-size beds, all with en-suite bathrooms. The primary bedroom on the top floor has an impressive balcony with endless views.
A vast eight-bedroom villa on the west coast of Koh Samui in Lipa Noi, you’ll find Baan Kilee on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand with indescribable views of the islands in Ang Thong National Park. The U-shaped Balinese-inspired villa encircles the swimming pool just a few steps away from the white sandy beach. Huge windows allow plentiful natural light, while the high dark wood ceilings give you a cozy feel. You'll have your own villa manager and a team of butlers looking after you throughout your stay. Whether traveling with a larger group of friends and family or celebrating something special, Baan Kilee is truly outstanding in every way. The sunsets in Lipa Noi are dreamscape worthy. The villa is ideal for families; it has substantial lawned areas for outdoor games, a kid's pool, a fun playroom, and a family suite with single beds for the kids. There is a movie room and a bar for the grownups in your party.
Baan Kilee, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/baan-kilee/
An exclusive estate of 23 boutique villas, Samujana is built on a picturesque hillside with breathtaking views across the jungly enclave and the azure waters surrounding the island. Choose from villas with three to eight bedrooms, each with flawless service, contemporary interiors, and private infinity pools. Depending on your villa, you can enjoy facilities such as a 20-seater private cinema and a commercial-standard gymnasium with visiting instructors, including a Muay Thai coach. As a resident, you'll have access to a range of experiences, such as a private cruise on the estate's 43-foot-long catamaran. Your in-villa chefs can cook exceptional local dishes and even offer you, cooking classes, including a visit to the local market. During your stay at Samujana, be sure to take advantage of the estate’s childcare facilities and lusciously pampering spa treatments.
Samujana Villas, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/samujana-villas/
The impressive Villa Moonshadow is high up and nestled in the towering cliff face of Chaweng Noi on the east coast of Koh Samui. Surrounding the contemporary villa is a beautifully tended tropical garden with an expansive pool that boasts 180-degree views of the sea. Award-winning Moonshadow was thoughtfully constructed with the environment in mind, eco-design, cutting-edge technology, and elegant, modern-day aesthetics. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a light color palette afford beautiful sunlit rooms. The villa can sleep up to seven guests over three bedrooms. The sitting room has bi-fold doors open to the large terraces, a massive flatscreen television for the latest movies, and delightful inside-outside entertaining. Upstairs on the mezzanine floor is the impressive dining room, which overlooks the sitting room and the sea views beyond.
Villa Moonshadow, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-moonshadow/
If you seek utter peace and tranquillity, Villa Sea Renity is far away from the madding crowds on the southernmost tip of Koh Samui. The modern architecture is sleek, encasing the villa in glass for the ultimate sea views; the seven-bedroom beach-front villa sprawls over multiple pavilions, giving a sense of exclusivity. The villa features enclosed living and dining areas, a state-of-the-art cinema room, sauna, massage pavilion, outdoor trampoline, a 21-meter lap pool, and a kid's splash pool. The sitting room has a comfy U-shaped sofa, giant flatscreen television, and a pool table. The dining room is off the kitchen for family meals, or you can choose to dine in the sunken area by the pool. Movie buffs will love the cinema room for the latest blockbusters with a high-definition projector and a large screen.
Villa Sea Renity, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-sea-renity/
Further north on Maenam beach is the blissful Miskawaan estate. Shorefront Villa Frangipani is a pristine villa with impressive unobstructed views across the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Phangan. The expansive sitting and dining room has vastly high vaulted ceilings giving a respectful nod to traditional Thai architecture. The entire villa lazily enfolds the gorgeous swimming pool and various outdoor areas that are perfect for entertaining. Miskawaan’s private chef can prepare your meals with freshly grown herbs, fruits, and vegetables straight from his kitchen garden. Within the luxe estate is Miskawaan Health Group which offers unique healthcare services. The Miskawaan estate has several other villas if you travel with other families.
Villa Frangipani, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-frangipani-miskawaan/
Reach Villa Haineu via a stepping stone bridge which brings you into a beautiful courtyard and onto the expansive lawns that overlook the sea. The five-bedroom villa is on the island's southwest coast, close to the popular port town of Nathon. Haineu is a beautifully Thai-inspired villa with high pointy rooftops giving a quaint village feel. Whether you use the inside spaces or prefer the casual pool-dining-pool-lounging vibe, this private villa has everything you could wish for. The temperate climate is ideal for inside-outside living. Outside, the garden is home to ample sun loungers, an impressive infinity pool, and a gateway onto the white sandy beach. The sitting and dining rooms are open plan. They allow little nooks so you can read a book, watch television, or play family games. The gym will help you keep up with your fitness routine if you enjoy regular workouts. Each bedroom is fitted with contemporary-style wooden and natural furnishings; some rooms have balconies and outdoor and en-suite bathrooms. Your onsite Thai chef will happily prepare Thai cuisine and Western favorites.
Villa Haineu, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-haineu/
Slightly futuristic in design, Villa Tao is in Chaweng on the east coast of Samui. The villa nestles happily in the jungle and boasts extraordinary sweeping views of the island and the Gulf of Thailand. The three-bedroom villa is state-of-the-art modern yet remains cozy within the cocoon-inspired structure. A bedroom occupies each of the three floors giving your guests ample space and privacy. The elegant sitting room has sliding doors so you can step out to the pool. If you prefer to shut the world away, the room is bathed in natural light and furnished with a calm, neutral color palette. Comfy lounging furniture is set in front of a large flatscreen television for chilled-out evenings. The dining room and kitchen comfortably entertain up to six guests. The crowning glory of Villa Tao is the sun deck, home to relaxing loungers and the angular infinity pool with views across the island and down to the sea.
Villa Tao, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-tao/
Suma Villa has an enviable and peaceful location on the southernmost tip of Koh Samui. The villa is built over two floors with seven bedrooms, offering an ideal space for larger families and groups of friends. It is decorated in bright white with natural wood accents and different shades of blue. Three bedrooms and ample living areas occupy the ground floor; on the first floor, there are four more bedrooms, including a bunk room for the kids. The sitting room is beautifully furnished with comfortable seating and a large flatscreen television for the latest series and movies. The dining room and kitchen can easily accommodate 12 people; there is an al fresco dining area next to the pool with views over the pristine beach. Suma has an idyllic beach-front location, a 12-meter zero-edge pool, and a lazy hammock in the gardens steps away from the sea.
Suma Villa, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/suma-villa/
The multiple-level, six-bedroom modern villa Villa Asi boasts two swimming pools and extraordinary views of Chaweng Bay. The views cascade down the hills to the shores of Chaweng Bay from the villa and its two swimming pools. The expansive contemporary villa built into the lush tropical hills offers large families and groups of friends extraordinary accommodation for a blissful Samui retreat. Villa Asi is contemporary and decorated in bright white accented with soft earthy colors. The living rooms take over the top split levels of the villa and provide comfortable entertainment spaces with wooden settees and a large screen television for film buffs. The 12-seater dining room and kitchen are part of the entertainment area and have vast floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto one of the pools. The lower level houses the second, slightly smaller pool leading to an elegant sunken lounge area. For games and family-inspired picnics, the lawn is on the lowest level of Asi. Each bedroom has a furnished balcony, an en-suite bathroom with at least a shower, a walk-in wardrobe, and smart television. Ask your butler for anything; there is almost nothing they can't manage for you and your family.
Villa Asi, https://www.ministryofvillas.com/villas/villa-asi/
Appropriately named Karibu, which means welcome in Swahili, the newly renovated house is on the shores of beautiful Bang Por beach on the northwestern coast of Samui. This area is fast becoming the chicest up-and-coming neighborhood in Samui, particularly for food-lovers. The owner’s love of Bali inspires the three-bedroom villa interiors decorated in soft whites and pale greys with pops of turquoise. The two-story house has a shaded terrace overlooking the sea; there’s an en-suite bathroom on the ground floor and two further bedrooms on the first floor. Although the beach-house-vibe villa doesn't have a pool, it's only steps away from the temperate waters of the Gulf. Bang Por is one of Samui's best-kept secrets and is in the heart of an extraordinary collection of delicious privately owned restaurants worth exploring.
Escape from the city in style in this large four-bedroom, three-floor villa. Three bedrooms occupy the upper floor and boast panoramic views across the northeastern coastline of Koh Samui. The lower floor is home to the fourth bedroom. The middle level of Villa Seven features an open plan living and dining room and kitchen that leads directly onto the pool terrace, making it ideal for entertaining your friends and family. The villa is decorated in an earthy color palette with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can watch the day turn to night. The sitting room has a large flatscreen television for the latest blockbuster movies or silver screen classics. Villa Seven is close to the island's ethical sanctuaries, including Samui Elephant Haven, which cares for over 20 previously 'working' rescued elephants.
The Ridge Villa Seven, https://new.rentalsunited.com/Property/2592181?df=29/09/2022&dt=04/10/2022&nop=2&sc=563776
With 180-degree views of the western sunset coast of Samui and the offshore islands of Ang Thong National Park, the five-bedroom Villa Zest is the epitome of luxury. Just above the bustling port town of Nathon, Zest is in a large estate surrounded by ancient rainforests and coconut plantations that rise sharply above the white sands. The impressive villa extends over three floors and has a wide range of private and communal areas for you to enjoy. Each bedroom has impressive mountain and sea views and an en-suite bathroom. Socialising is, as expected, impressive with an 18-meter infinity pool, a shaded living and dining sala, and a study with its pool deck. The stunning white pool terrace is arranged with stylish sun loungers for the ultimate sun-worshipping. There's a fully equipped gym and games room for you and the kids to enjoy. The sitting room looks like a 1960's film set with a vast sunken sofa and massive flatscreen television. The dining table can accommodate 14 guests for food served from the swish designer kitchen. You are unlikely to leave.
Villa Zest At Lime Samui, https://www.whiterosesamui.com/villa/16-villa-zest-at-lime-samui/
Last, but absolutely not least, the largest villa in Southeast Asia, Villa Kalyana is a vast private shore-side villa on the peaceful Laem Sor beach on the south coast of the island. The interiors are light and bright with an interesting fusion of antique and contemporary furnishings. With 26 bedrooms, Kalyana is ideal for big groups of friends and families with lots of kids in tow. Throughout the impressive resort, you have access to lounge pavillions, private terraces, swimming pools, massage salas and the beach. The devoted in-villa team is on hand throughout your stay to respond to your every request. They’ve mastered entertainment with a dedicated cinema, a yoga studio, a gymnasium and a games room for indoor fun. The Kalyana events team and chefs can arrange almost anything for you, from a healthy breakfast laden with locally sourced exotic fruits, a bubbly afternoon tea, a BBQ or even a picnic on the beach and popcorn for your movie night. They’ve got you covered.
Villa Kalyana, https://villakalyanasamui.com/