Tawantok Beach Villas are twin absolute beachfront villas on Koh Samui’s loveliest yet quietest beach, Lipa Noi. These Samui villas look out west across the Gulf of Siam, with a huge ocean view dotted with islands. They are six minutes from the nearest town, Nathon (good for easy, basic shopping) and 50 minutes from Chaweng, the island’s nexus for shopping, dining and nightlife. Lipa Noi is 50 minutes drive from Koh Samui airport, while the jetty for the mainland car ferry is 13 minutes away.
Koh Samui is not a big island – it’s just under 230 square kilometres, and much of that is still pristine forest-covered hillside – but it offers a wealth of fun and interesting things to do. Let your villa manager know what sort of activities you’re interested in and he or she will help guide your choices and can also arrange transport to take you there.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are some suggestions.
Dusit Deva Cultural Centre is a slightly eccentric garden filled with creatures from Buddhist and Hindu myths. Kids will love it.
Koh Samui has two golf courses; Santiburi (18 holes and really distracting ocean views), and Bophut Hills (nine holes).
Treat the family to Sunday Brunch by the pool at the internationally famed Nikki Beach Club, just a few minutes away along the beach.
Visit nearby Nathon Walking Street Night Market on Thursdays or the bigger Fisherman’s Village Night Market in Bophut on Fridays.
Go island hopping! The Ang Thong National Marine Park encompasses a cluster of islands – the ones you can see from Tawantok Beach Villas. The heavily jungled islands are carefully controlled to keep them in pristine natural condition. A trip to them is a must.
There’s a kite surfing school on the beach at Nathon where you can rent a rig or learn how to do it.
Regular Thai boxing tournaments are staged at the largest stadium on the island, the Petch Buncha near Chaweng. These are not tourist demo fights; they are the real thing.
Samui has a number of spectacular waterfalls. We would recommend starting with the Namuang Falls. Take your bathing costume; there’s a very inviting pool at the base of the falls.
Have an adventure atop Khao Pom mountain on ATVs or the zipline, or just gaze out at the scenery below from the viewpoint.
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Tawantok is Thai for “sunset”, a totally apt name for this west-facing Koh Samui retreat. Looking out across the lawn and pools, the main rooms have huge glass doors that open to let the sunshine and tropical breezes in.
Just beyond the pools is the talcum-soft white sand of Lipa Noi Beach, arguably one of Samui’s and possibly Thailand’s most beautiful yet quietest beaches. Beyond that, one’s gaze is drawn to the warm, sapphire-blue sea and the indigo silhouettes of islands on the horizon, the perfect setting for each evening’s sunset spectacular.
Ensuring that guests have every opportunity to appreciate the delights of Tawantok Beach Villas to the full, the staff seem to be equipped with emotion sensors that tell them what you want before you yourself know.
The chef caters to your every culinary whimsy with a delicious selection of Thai and international dishes. Indeed, his skills are such that many guests never feel the need to go beyond Tawantok Beach Villas to eat. Between meals, choose to lounge in or around the pool, play a game of tennis on the villas’ superbly maintained court, or order up a masseuse to iron out any kinks in your body or psyche. Or, of course, you can take full advantage of the beach and ocean. Enjoy a book under the shade of a palm tree, or a gentle surf on one of the villas’ stand-up paddleboards.
The possibilities are many and all of them deeply tempting. Welcome to Tawantok Beach Villas.