Here is a video report I made to show what we villa owners could expect in our finished villas and how far the construction had proceeded since it started in 2004.

Mary and I had returned to Koh Samui to see if construction had started and what a difference two years made. The last time we saw this scene it was full of coconut palm trees. At least one is still standing.

The view was even more impressive now the site had been cleared. You could see the sea from every angle. It looked to us like a lot of the earth works had been completed and the site was almost ready for construction.

Was this the evidence we were looking for – trucks on the site moving earth? Kalkin was the construction company that had won the contract to build this luxury residential villa resort on Koh Samui and their first task was to bring in trucks and earth moving equipment to clear and prepare the site for villa construction.

This involved removing most of the palm trees, but leaving some in situ; later these palm trees will be reinstated where suitable. Also, moving tons of earth from an escarpment at the top end of the site to the bottom end making a gentle slope across the whole site.

The site was going to consist of 34 villas, a restaurant, spa and other amenities. The villas were to be arranged in rows starting with two large beachfront pool villas of four bedrooms with rows of three bedroom pool villas behind them going all the way up the site to the main ring road.

Between each row of villas they were going to put in a small path, big enough for golf size electrical buggies to travel along. These buggies would be used to take villa owners and guests to their villas and act as service vehicles around the residential resort.

RockPool_KitchenLocation, location, location, and then there is the RockPool Restaurant and deck at Kanda Residences Samui. This breathtaking location on the sweet spot of the island is home to one of Samui’s best loved restaurants serving superb international and local cuisine using only the finest organic ingredients from the north of Thailand, fresh local seafood and wagyu beef and lamb from the island’s premiere suppliers.

RockPool is especially known for its fine selection of Oysters from around the world expertly shucked by Executive Chef David LLoyd and matched with the best Australian and New Zealand wines. If you are a lover of Oysters then Sunday Brunch is a must, as you can eat them until your hearts content and then move on to a mouthwatering selection of dishes catering to every taste. Lounge on the decking, take in the view and while away the afternoon enjoying the endless supply of sumptuous food. Sundays will never be the same again!

Romantic evenings start on the deck at RockPool. Set atop the rocks with views along the coastline, the deck is the place to relax and enjoy the evening breeze as you sip one of David’s exotic cocktails. From sunset to early evening the transition in the sky is magical. RockPool has the perfect setting and the food to match.

RockPool Restaurant is located in KANDA Residences at 80/32 Moo 5, Bo Phut, Surat Thani 84320, Koh Samui, Thailand. A short walk from Villa 14.
Tel: +66 77 234 500 Email:  If you are not staying in KANDA Residences then it is 5 minutes drive north of Chaweng Beach.