Hugging the lush hillside in south-west Samui, Element of 8 is a contemporary holiday home for large groups. Enjoy stunning sea views from its clifftop pool deck, or the many indoor-outdoor living areas spread across the villa. Each of the six bedrooms boasts magnificent sea views, connected by wraparound terraces and hidden staircases. Built over three levels, the villa poetically tumbles down the hill, the last level featuring a private gym and beachfront barbecue area. Element of 8 is all about the sea views, which can be enjoyed from every corner of the villa. With a capable team of staff tending to your every wish, this is a hidden paradise for peaceful and luxurious island vacations in Koh Samui.
Element of 8 is designed over three descending levels. A boardwalk leads from the car park to the topmost level with a lawned garden cradling a swimming pool, a thatched sala and the main living and dining rooms.
A wide, covered terrace extends the entire length of the villa, connecting the sitting area and show kitchen to the master suite which enjoys secluded privacy at the far end of the villa. The professional kitchen for staff use is at the rear of the building.
A staircase leads down to the lower level terrace, with access to four spacious, ensuite double bedrooms. A sixth bedroom is located in a separate pavilion, reachable through the garden. Further down, the lowest level accommodates an impressive private gym and from here a natural stone staircase leads down to a beachfront barbecue area.
The main living and dining room is bathed with natural light, featuring bleached wood vaulted ceilings, white walls and full-length glass doors. Overhead fans and air conditioning keep the indoors cool, and you can always pull back the white louvred panels to let in the cool sea breeze while enjoying the breathtaking views.
White hues continue in the sitting area, which is furnished with sumptuous sofas, armchairs and ottomans, and has creamy terrazzo floors complemented by soft sandstone tiling on the terrace.
Eclectic Southeast Asian decor and monochrome motifs decorate cushions and carpets, while a large wall-mounted photographic triptych is a striking backdrop for the show kitchen. Three large, beaten silver lampshades are suspended above a rich dark-wood counter with bar stools and a service area for casual dining and socialising.
Though you may prefer stargazing, the kids are sure to love movie nights in the living room which has surround sound audio and a 72-inch LCD flat-screen satellite TV.
Indoor and outdoor living merge effortlessly throughout the villa, as full-length glass doors and white louvred panels slide away to reveal covered terraces with splendid views. On the main wraparound terrace, you will find a solid wood dining table with rattan seating for 8, setting the scene for meals with a view.
There are plenty of terraces throughout the villa, furnished with comfortable and inviting rattan daybeds and sofas, ideal for quiet reflection as you contemplate the beauty around.
Meanwhile, for sun lovers, a 21-metre lap pool is surrounded by a lawned sun terrace with relaxing sunbeds and umbrellas. A thatched Balinese sala nearby is furnished with large comfortable cushions and a low wooden coffee table, a lovely and shaded spot to enjoy a casual lunch or to relax and recharge with a massage.
For a unique experience, enjoy private barbecues at the beachfront spot designed for this use. Built around a central grill with comfortable cushioned seating, it makes for some memorable evenings under the stars, by the surf.
Each of the six ensuite bedrooms is bright and elegant. They feature full-length glass doors and white louvred panels which open onto terraces with sea views. Bleached wood panelling, ceiling fans, cushioned rattan sofas and daybeds, and terrazzo floors are common themes that run through all the rooms. King-size beds are made inviting with an eye-catching array of Southeast Asia-inspired black and white cushions and throws. All the rooms are fully air-conditioned, with a personal safe, WiFi and satellite TV with high-definition LCD screens.
Master Bedroom 1
Occupying the far end of the villa, the master bedroom is supremely private, with a high vaulted ceiling, an overhead fan and mesmerising sea views.
A king-size bed is positioned for you to wake up to amazing views. The room has an adjoining study and dressing room, which leads to the ensuite bathroom with a double vanity and rain shower. And with a flat-screen TV facing the luxurious, standalone bathtub, this is one dreamy room.
Cushioned rattan sofas and a soft natural rug add comfortable touches, while on the terrace, sun loungers are laid out for guests to enjoy their own private corner of the villa.
Guest Bedroom 1
One level below, a guest bedroom channels the master suite with similarly spacious spaces and an ensuite bathroom opening onto a private corner of the terrace. A large double-sided dressing area leads to the bathroom with double vanity and a rain shower set above a striking black and white chequered base. This bathroom too features a freestanding bathtub facing a flat-screen TV.
Large cushioned rattan sofas and armchairs, as well as a striking black and white lounger sitting on a soft rug invite you to relax and enjoy the view. On the terrace, a small dining table is the natural place to order breakfast for two.
Guest Bedrooms 2 & 3
Sharing the same lower terrace, guest bedrooms 2 and 3 are similar in layout and décor. Spacious and bright, the rooms have king-size double beds, a double-sided dressing room with generous wardrobe space and an adjoining bathroom featuring a rain shower, single vanity and partitioned WC.
Comfortable rattan chairs and loungers, soft natural rugs and a collection of rustic Southeast Asian wooden furniture and figurines create a distinct sense of place.
Guest Bedroom 4
At the far end of the lower terrace, guest bedroom 4 occupies its own private area with wraparound full-length windows, white louvred panels or drapes opening onto the terrace and views of the lush tropical landscape and the sea beyond.
This charming bedroom has a king-size double bed and an ensuite bathroom with a single vanity and rain shower, an antique wardrobe and a collection of rattan easy chairs, both indoors and on the terrace.
Cocooned in a separate pavilion, privacy is assured to guests staying in guest bedroom 5. It can be reached via stairs from the main pool terrace, and even has a private entrance from the car park. Enclosed by full-length windows and louvred panels which open up to views of the sea and surrounding landscape, the suite features a king-size double bed and ensuite bathroom with a rain shower as well as a bathtub with sea views.
A freestanding kitchen and service bar with stools, a hob, sink and refrigerator make this a convenient self-contained space for casual dining, drinks and fabulous sunsets.
Laem Sor, Taling-Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand.
12 adults and 2 children (6 ensuite king-size bedrooms); 2 extra beds and a baby cot are available (extra charge).
Lounge with 72-inch flat-screen TV; open-plan show kitchen with an island bar and wine fridge; dining table with seating for 8 on the covered terrace; lounge-style seating on upper and lower terraces; lawned sun terrace with 6 loungers and umbrellas; thatched Balinese-style outdoor sala.
Saltwater pool - 14m (long) x 4m (wide) x 1.6m (deep).
Villa Manager; private chef; housekeeper; gardener and estate security.
Complimentary breakfast. Other meals on request. Grocery is charged at cost plus 20% handling fee, which is subject to service and tax at the prevailing rate.
WiFi internet access; mobile phone coverage; mobile phone for guest use.
Satellite TV in the main living area and each bedroom; digital music library and Bluetooth Sonos speakers and board games. Pool, billiards, snooker and table tennis available on request.
Element of 8 is well-appointed for families with young children, with items such as baby cot and high chair. A collection of DVD/CDs for children as well as a range of pool toys, sea kayaks and paddle boards are available.
An outstanding private gym with state-of-the-art training machines, weights, yoga mats and other equipment. Villa staff can arrange for fitness trainers, yoga instructors and spa therapists to visit the villa on request (extra charge).
Complimentary one-way airport pickup and drop-off. Taxis or rental cars, with or without a driver can be arranged by the Elite Concierge (extra cost applies).
Events with up to 40 guests (seated) and 60 guests (standing) can be arranged at the villa with prior permission (event fee applies). The villa also features an impressive restaurant-standard kitchen built to cater for larger events.
Barbecue; safety deposit boxes in all bedrooms.