Sukhavati Retreat is located at Leam Set within Santikhiri estate (Peaceful Hill), a gated community of 28 private properties and extensive common areas. The villa is well situated at the top of the Santikhiri hill and a one minute easy walk away from the gorgeous community infinity-edge swimming pool, the beautiful open air community yoga sala and community walkways along the summit of the Santikhiri hill with stunning views in four directions.
Sukhavati Retreat evokes this vision. It is situated high on a hill side in a glorious natural setting of giant granite boulders and lush tropical trees. There is a breathtaking view of sky, sea, distant hills, the beaches of Samui's south-eastern coast and a multitude of coconut trees below. Only 15% of the land is built on. This ensures a secluded and private environment with no visible neighbors and an experience immersed in the fantastic vegetation, landscape and vistas.
The Main Villa is raised high off the ground on soaring columns. It is reached by walking through a delightful small garden and then crossing a magical suspension bridge to an entry deck. Inside is a large open plan space (5.5m x 9m) encompassing Living, Dining and Kitchen Areas as well as a walk-in Pantry and a Powder Room. Designed to make the most of indoor/outdoor living, there are very few walls and instead, large glass windows and doors that open to catch the breezes. With views on all four sides of the building, the feeling is of being in a tree house. The high vaulted ceiling, ventilation louvers in some of the exterior walls and open windows and doors provide a surprisingly cool interior environment which can be supplemented by ceiling fans.
The Living Area looks out at the fantastic view and is furnished with: a comfortable and large corner sofa, easy chair, teak side tables with good lighting for reading, stereo system, overhead fan and an elegant teak cabinet filled with books, binoculars, games and music cds.
The Kitchen is well equipped with: gas stove and oven, full size fridge/ freezer, microwave, plentiful granite counter space, water filter that provides drinking water, electric kettle, coffee maker, toaster, juicer, etc; as well as lots of cups, plates, cutlery, pots and pans, cooking utensils, etc. The kitchen island is a great place to work from while enjoying fabulous views to the sea beyond.
The substantial teak dining table seats four comfortably. In order to make the most of the magnificent view, it is positioned next to an enormous window. However, the table can be moved to accommodate more people.
An outside cantilevered staircase with spectacular sea views leads down to a covered deck, the Master Bedroom, the Master Bathroom and the Laundry Room.
The Master Bedroom is spacious (5m x 6m) and also has a large walk-in wardrobe area with plenty of storage space and a safe for personal belongings. From the luxuriously made up king size bed, the large teak desk and the sitting area, the same superb views are enjoyed. There is a large, flat-screen HD tv and dvd player along with an extensive selection of dvds. Windows at this level are fitted with mosquito screens to give several options for air comfort: by breezes from open windows, from fans or by air- conditioner with closed windows.
The Lower Villa embodies the word 'retreat'. It is hidden to all but those at the Main Villa and reached only by steep steps that wind down through a magical tropical garden.
The Second Bedroom is a large and airy room (5m x 6m) with a high vaulted ceiling that is furnished with: two twin beds, good lighting for reading, a large built in wardrobe, a substantial built in desk, bean bag chairs, electric kettle and a small refrigerator. One unusual feature is the small boulder that juts out of the hard wood floor from the land below. There are mosquito nets on all windows and doors to offer options for air comfort: natural breeze, ceiling fan or air-conditioner. Oversize sliding glass doors open out to a narrow deck and a wonderful view of the sea seen through a maze of coconut palms and other tropical trees.
The spectacular Outside Bathroom and garden area are situated at the base of an enormous boulder and under the leafy canopy of a giant ficus tree with massive exposed roots. An extra-large terrazzo bathtub and a glorious shower provide the indescribable pleasure of bathing outside in nature. Because of the remote location and difficulty of the terrain, there is no need to worry about being seen. Under the sink is another water filter that gives drinking water.
Sukhavati Retreat is perfect for one to four guests:
? A couple looking for a romantic hideaway.
? A small family after a different kind of holiday experience high on a hill top.
? Nature loving friends who want to enjoy Thailand's glorious flora and fauna.
? Worn-out people who want to get away from it all and luxuriate in a place of peace and relaxation.
? Adventurous spirits wanting a base from which to explore Samui.
? Those looking for an inspiring atmosphere for contemplative work.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Leam Set beach 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Koh Samui international airport 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden|
We are located 40 minutes south of Chaweng and 10 minutes south of Lamai, in Hua Thannon, Koh Samui. Our villas are very easy to find, as you can just follow the signs for the Kamalaya Resort and the Butterfly Gardens that are found on all the roads around the island.
Driving from the airport you get onto the ring road going south by passing the main holiday town of Chaweng. Stick to the ring road south to Lamai, by pass Lamai to Hua Thanon. The road makes a distinct right turn at the end of the village to head north 200 meters turn left towards Bang Kao. Follow sighs to the Tiger Zoo, Butterfly Garden, past the Centara Resort. steep climb up over and almond past the award winning holistic spa Kamalaya. Road dips for 200 meters then on the right hand side is a vertical material sign saying 'SANTIKHIRI'. The villa number is Plot 19.
We are just a two minute drive from Kamalaya, a famed world-class resort with restaurants and a renowned spa and award-winning wellness center, providing the best in massage and natural health treatments.
There are at least ten restaurants near your holiday villa, covering every price range within five or ten minutes by walking or by car or motorbike. In your area you will also find resort bars and simple local bars, traditional thai massage shops, laundry services, and mini-marts. In the same ten minute range is the butterfly garden full of the local varieties of butterflies, a tiger zoo, and an aquarium featuring tropical fish. The beach overlooked by your holiday villa has access points from the main road. The ocean there is shallow for the first hundred meters, and then becomes deep, making it perfect for walks or for small children. Beach access is also easy through the local Shasa, Centara, and Samui Orchid resorts, which all have restaurants and other facilities available to outside visitors.
A section of the beach that is better for swimming is just five minutes away, down a one hundred meter path from the local restaurants, grills, and bars. In addition to the local resorts, restaurants, and bars, just a five minute drive by car is the nearest village, Baan Hua Thanon. Hua Thanon is a traditional Koh Samui fishing village, with fishing boats along the beach. It has a local market with fresh fruits and vegetables and freshly caught fish, and a well-known local seafood restaurant serving a great variety of seafood delights.
Just ten minutes away is Bang Khao, from which you can take a fifteen minute boat ride to the neighboring islands of Koh Tan and Koh Matsum. These islands are part of the ocean-view you see from villas located on the front of our hill. There you will find coral reefs where you can snorkel and view colorful tropical fish.
There are also two waterfall parks within 15 minutes by car, with hiking trails for day trips or picnics.