Christian Stan, at 11 Sep. 18, in News, Sea View Hotels

Once serving as an alternative to Thailand’s heavily touristed island of Phuket, Koh Samui’s beautiful white-sand beaches were long only visited by those in the know. Cape Fahn Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, will open now on a private island just off the northeast coast of Koh Samui. With just 22 villas, the intimate property promises an unparalleled sense of privacy for the area.

On a private island just 200 metres from relatively quiet Choeng Mon Beach on Koh Samui, you’ll be able to reach the island resort via a short transfer. Head over by boat after some post-flight relaxation at the Cape Fahn Hospitality Lounge – or walk to the island from Koh Samui across the 200-metre strait when the tide is out.

There’ll be Instagram-worthy experiences to inspire a fun, laid-back vibe like the Moonlight Cinema, where guests can watch films on floating pool chairs and stand-up paddleboards to head out on and watch the sunset. The food is set to be deliciously creative with two restaurants for guests to choose from; The Crest, an Art Deco beach house bistro, and Hue, where you can dine on international and Thai food all day.

Just 22 pool villas means you’ll get an intimate island experience. Clean and understated, everything from the double bed to the scatter-cushion seats are made for sinking into. Each villa has a private pool and the difference is the view – Tropical Pool Villas will sit amid vivid green flora; Ocean View Pool Villas will have dazzling sea views from higher spots on the island; Deluxe Pool Villas will be scattered around select locations for extra privacy, and Beachfront Pool Villas will place you seconds from the beach.

The spacious accommodations, the smallest of which is a palatial 3,000-plus square feet, are staggered throughout the isle, shielded from each other by lush tropical gardens. Each boasts separate living areas as well as a sun deck complete with a 26-foot pool. Interiors are simple but chic, using plenty of natural wood and a largely white and taupe color palette with the occasional blue accent to add a hint of color. Vaulted ceilings make the rooms feel airy, while oversize windows allow for natural sunlight to flood in and offer up spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand.

There’s no doubt you’ll want to soak up as much sun and sea air as possible from your private villa, but the three saltwater pools on the property—one of which is adults-only—shouldn’t be missed. You can also spend some time at the spa or partake in one of the many weekly activities, which range from yoga sessions and poolside movie nights to private yacht charters for day excursions to some of the gem-like islands in the surrounding area. Just don’t miss out on taking a stroll across the narrow strait that connects Fahn Island to Koh Samui during low tide—it’ll present some seriously good photo opportunities as well as access to the soft sands and glassy waters of Choeng Mon beach.

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