Dear diary,

For a number of years we had been going for our holidays in Phuket, staying in the wonderful Boathouse hotel on Kata beach. Then one year we rented a villa with great sea views. A sea views situated villa was what we had dreamed of and renting was one way of experiencing that dream. After that we rented a villa with great sea views we never looked back.

Months later and back in Hong Kong, Adrian went to a property exhibition in the Mandarin hotel which was selling villas in Thailand. He rang me at work to say that he had found the perfect villa with sea views, but it wasn’t in Phuket, it was on the tropical island of Koh Samui.

Initially, I panicked. We had put a deposit down on a condo in Phuket with sea views, our second choice, as we had not found the villa of our dreams despite years of looking. Koh Samui was not on our radar, in fact the last time we visited the island was in 1989.

Reluctantly, I visited the exhibition with Adrian to see what had got him all excited. Upon seeing the beautiful villas proposed by the developer, most with sea views, we looked at each other and at that point, we both knew this was what we had been looking for all along. Within two days we had decided to purchase Villa 14 a beautiful Samui sea view villa in Koh Samui.

We were relieved when we got our deposit back from the Phuket property company and, could not believe our luck, years later, when we found that the Lanna style Penthouse we were going to buy, was not built as described in the plan – still with sea views, but with a flat roof – a lucky escape!

Jerzy and Ruth, great friends from Hong Kong, wasted no time in getting their kit off and taking a plunge into the pool villa. The weather was beautiful and the water so inviting they didn’t even unpack first. They needed no introduction, they made themselves at home straight away. Afterward, looking around, Jerzy said to me what a cool pool villa you have.

Mary hails from West Cork in Ireland and Adrian from London. We lived for many years in London until we moved to Hong Kong in the 1990’s. We are city people really and love the energy of Hong Kong, but we have always felt the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living. We both had a dream of becoming villa owners, owning a holiday home where we could relax and rejuvenate.

Over the years we travelled around Asia and eventually settled on Thailand for its friendly atmosphere and easy going lifestyle. We thought Phuket might be the place to buy and become villa owners, that was until we discovered Koh Samui. Then one day we visited an exhibition in Hong Kong selling villas with sea views on Koh Samui and we made a snap decision when we saw the beautiful location with south facing sea views.

Koh Samui is now our home in paradise and as proud villa owners we try and get here as often as possible. We like to share it with friends and rent it to guests when we are not in residence. Our villa is so relaxing that we sometimes stay in for days without going anywhere. Because our villa is in a 5 star resort we get great villa service and all our needs catered for, all we have to do is lift the phone and call for whatever we need. Perfect bliss! It works for us and we guarantee it will work for you.

Bespoke weddings and honeymoon villas… KANDA Residences Samui Villa 14 is the beach wedding without the sand! No need to worry whether you should wear your Manolo’s, high heels or sandals on the terrace by the pool villa or on the wooden decking overlooking Koh Matlang. Your choice of dress will be perfect round the villa …just remember to bring your sunglasses!

For those of you who want to have a wedding tailored to your exact requirements with every last detail taken care of, then Bespoke is the way to go. The villa is romantic with south facing sea views and also Ideal for wedding parties of between seven to ten people and if you are looking for honeymoon villas with sea views then rent Villa 14 it has it all.

Villa 14 is a private luxury villa nestling on a hill on the far side of KANDA Residences Samui a 5 star resort and has the best views of any villa in the resort. You will feel private here and at home, as we the owners, have made it like a home and not just a villa for rent. The layout of the villa, which is ‘Bali’ style, allows one to be private wherever you are in the villa, perfect for a honeymoon couple.

Your guests can be enjoying the sea view from the Living/dining pavilion while you are enjoying a moment alone together on the balcony of the master bedroom with a romantic sea view you cannot imagine.

Lights are very important to us as they set the ambience of a room. Creating the right ambience in a room can be fun. Never be afraid to have too many lights in a room.

Small moveable lights are useful as they can be placed on the floor, on a table, on a bookshelf and just about anywhere in a room. If they are on dimmers all well and good as you can adjust the colour temperature to whatever suites your mood or needs. For example, dim for that romantic candle light effect or up high if you want to read.

We love our lights, which are head height, and we usually put them in the corner of a room to great effect. They can act as a key light in the room and then you can balance all your other lights to it. A lot of new houses have down lights already fitted in the ceiling and these are useful as a fill light in the room.

We find a combination of all types of light work well and the choice of lights is impressive as a lot of designers now include them in their product line up.

In the guest suite of villa 14 there are two articulated halogen lamps either side of the king size bed. These are great for reading at night as they can be set at any angle or bounced off the wall for a calming effect. Also, seen in the photograph are two silver framed low bedside tables covered in leather.

Remember, never be afraid to experiment with lighting and think of ways you can enhance the overall look of a room or change the mood by using small lights or lamps which can be placed anywhere.

In KANDA Residences Samui Villa 14, you will step out of the master bedroom and see the dawn sky …
the view never ever goes away

Even when you step inside the dining/living pavilion. This side of the dining area has a Luxaflex electric blind, which covers the sliding doors and windows. It also reflects the heat. This is very useful first thing in the morning as the sun rises on this side of the villa and can get very hot. Leave it down first thing in the morning and put it back up when the sun rises overhead.

If you are into cooking…

the view never ever goes away

No need to imagine the view you will have when you are dicing the onions on the island worktop. The dining area has an indoor outdoor feel about it when all the sliding doors are open.

Take a midday nap…

the view never ever goes away

Our day room | third bedroom with, you guessed it, a view of the sea. The four corners of this lounger can all be angled as seen in the photograph. This is a great room if you want to enjoy some time out of the midday sun reading or listening to music or you may want to take a midday nap. If you do, just draw the blackout curtains and put your feet up. To this end, we chose an Edra piece of furniture in white leather, which can be a banquette, a chaise and a really comfortable queen size bed at night.

In KANDA Residences Samui Villa 14 wake up to a view of Koh Matlang…
the view never ever goes away

Over the years, we have come to the conclusion that our best holidays also consisted of a very comfortable bed. Early on, we decided to splash out on some serious designer beds and mattresses. Most people visiting have a hectic work schedule and appreciate their good sleep, waking up refreshed and to stunning views of Koh Matlang.

Talking of beds, the day bed area on the terrace next to the pool, in aquamarine coloured mattresses and cushions, is another place to chill out. It is also the perfect place to have your Thai massage whilst enjoying the sea breeze.

the view never ever goes away…

In the picture over, Mary is sitting with our friends Paul, Ronald and Leo from Le Cadre in Hong Kong who stayed in KANDA Residences Samui Villa 14. They gave us fantastic support whilst villa 14 was being built. During the construction phase we bought all our modern furniture from them and they stored it until our villa was finished and we were able to ship it to Thailand. Here are their villa recommendations Koh Samui:

Dear Mary & Adrian

We all thank you so much for sharing your wonderfully decorated villa with us. We feel very much at home very ‘Le Cadre’! (though Le Cadre doesn’t provide such beautiful sea views, fresh air, soothing ocean sound, etc.).

The perfect weather in the past days (except today) let us soak up enough tan to last through Hong Kong’s winter. I hope your remainder of the stay here will have the terrific weather and sun we have enjoyed. We definitely hope to return here again and again at different times of your visits so we won’t “displace” you elsewhere!

Enjoy your stay! See you guys back in Hong Kong in January. Again thanks for all you have done for us.

Happy New Year!
Ronald, Paul, Leo and Bing

Villa guest Koh Samui Villa 14: “…We had a fabulous time in Koh Samui, made all the more pleasurable of course, because of our scenic and beautiful villa. Our stay was very comfortable and we very much enjoyed being at the resort so we could take advantage of its facilities (i.e the kids club, restaurant, dining in etc).

When we plan our next trip to that side we would like to stay, if possible, in the same villa again and would recommend it highly to all our friends as well.”

– Uzaira Mirza

Here is a review on tripadvisor from other guests who stayed at Villa 14.