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Two words: Paradise found. The Miskawaan Luxury Beachfront Villas are not a hotel, they are an escape to paradise where privacy meets impeccable service and the promise of luxury is around every corner in a setting that is simply to die for. I am a traveler who does not like to repeat experiences and looks for new accommodations if returning to a previously visited locale, but I can guarantee that I will be back to Miskawaan and can’t wait for the opportunity. The property is encompassed of 11 beachfront villas each with private pool and gated entry to pristine personal stretch of beach. Located on the world famous Mae Nam Beach, the turquoise waters are steps from your lavish lodgings. With villa options sleeping 8 to 14 adults, it is an ideal option for families as well as groups of friends. Villas Sila and Wayu can accommodate 14 adults and 6 additional children with bunkrooms. The entire complex can be rented for weddings or corporate events while keeping guests close together but offering personal space to truly relax in paradise. My favorite perks? A private villa manager who acts as your personal concierge as well as a private chef complete this amazing package.
Each villa is enhanced by a private pool complete with immaculately landscaped gardening and cushioned lounge chairs, daybeds and umbrellas. I’m not sure how many hours I whiled away in the sun surrounded by the sound of the waves and intermittent dips in the cool pool waters, but I only wish I were there again right now. Step through the pool’s gated entry to the silver sands of Mae Nam Beach. Shallow waters made it possible to walk out quite far for a dip, which was wonderful to take in the surroundings. Kayaks and paddleboards are available for daily use at your request to explore the sea which we took advantage of daily. The beach is a peaceful escape as this stretch is privately held by the hotel and is only for you and fellow guests to take advantage of. The villas were not fully booked during our stay so the beach was that much more peaceful and we hardly saw another guest. Miskawaan can also arrange for other water sport activities such as jet skiing, kite boarding, deep-sea fishing and boat charters should you choose.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
There are restaurants within walking distance of the villas along the beach as well as options just a short car ride away that can be arranged by the hotel management. Koh Samui’s nightlife spots are nearby and your villa manager can take care of all transport and reservations for you. No single standing restaurant or bar reside on the hotel property; however, there is something that every lover of luxury travel will be pleased to hear. Each villa comes complete with your own personal chef. Each day we were allowed to choose what time we would like our breakfast served and what we would like to have. The freshest local fruits awaited us each morning and we woke to the smells of freshly brewed espresso and omelets being made. There is a very large menu to select choices from for your entire stay. We were told any dietary restrictions could be met and if something wasn’t offered on the menu that we would like that the chef would do everything possible to make it available. There was no need to even ask for anything that wasn’t listed on the menu as it seemed there was more than enough. The lunches and dinners were even better than the breakfasts and we didn’t think it could be possible. The best Thai food that I have ever eaten and will dream about was served to us at our dining table that looked out over the sea. If traveling with children the chef is happy to cater to a kid’s preference in cuisine. Western dishes are also available to those who aren’t as keen about Thai food or might simply have a craving for a taste from home. Do take advantage of the amazing seafood offerings cooked countless ways. My mouth waters thinking of the various dishes we indulged in. On our final evening at Miskawaan our villa manager arranged for an oceanfront al fresco dinner. It was utterly romantic and such a wonderful surprise we had never thought to request. This might not be something every manager takes the initiative to organize so know that it is also available upon request.
The villas are wonderfully spacious and afford guests room to mingle as well as places for privacy. All bedrooms are en suite, some with personal outdoor shower which is a wonderful perk, each with their own ocean view. Sea breezes billow through the open concept communal living space while the bedrooms are cooled down with individually controlled air conditioners. The kitchen is kitted out with high-end Siemens appliances where you can cook for yourself or enjoy the flavors that the chef seems to effortlessly produce. The living area is a relaxing spot for a respite from the sun where you can lounge atop cushions that you sink into and a recommended afternoon siesta location by yours truly. Fresh flowers seemed to appear throughout our stay making the villa smell as sweet as the pool garden and at dusk each day mosquito candles were lit to keep any annoying bites at bay. Impeccable service by a wonderful staff saw to all of our needs while remaining nearly invisible. Every detail was looked after without our ever having to ask.
When you are in paradise and looking for serious relaxation a spa treatment usually comes to mind. And while Miskawaan does not offer an onsite spa, they are able to arrange for in-villa massages and also work with numerous spas in the area and can arrange for a perfect day of pampering. We also saw many massage parlors along the main road within a few minutes walk of the hotel which looked to be quite popular. If you are looking for a little adventure there are many options to get your adrenalin fix or cultural intake. The hotel can arrange various day tours around the island to other beaches, national marine parks as well as eco safaris at Na Maung. Yoga and Thai boxing, jet skiing, kite surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, elephant ride tours, cooking lessons…the options seem endless. Our villa manager arranged for us a spa day at Tamarind Springs, a must-visit spa if you want to experience amazing private outdoor treatment spaces surrounded with the sounds of the birds and breezes through the trees. Some spas have to play soundtracks while you receive your massage but at Tamarind Springs, nature is the soundtrack and it is beyond relaxing.
MISKAWAAN WAS MADE FOR TRAVELLERS WHO REVEL IN RELAXATION
As I’ve said, I have never repeated a vacation down to the detail but I would do a stay at Miskawaan again, and again, if given the opportunity. The attention to detail, postcard-like views, amazing culinary experience and relaxation at its finest will keep me thinking about Miskawaan for a long time to come. I would highly recommend a trip with family or friends to one of these amazing villas and can certainly see why groups have reserved the entire property for weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations and corporate events. The only caveat is that if you are traveling as a couple you will need to rent an entire villa as there are no options for single rooms, but having your own private oceanfront villa is something that simply can’t be beat.