Anyone looking to escape Samui’s crowds and relax in a peaceful setting with unrivalled views would be pleased with their choice of Headland Villa 5. Arriving at the main parking area, walk up a few stairs and along a landscaped garden path past the other four villas in the Headland development. On entering the grounds, the villa’s pleasing architecture and the way it subtly blends into its surroundings certainly catch the eye, but it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the view beyond.
The villa’s design incorporates several areas for entertaining and unwinding, and is ideal for multi-generational families or groups. The main lounge is perfect for socialising while meals are prepared in the excellent self-catering facilities of the modern, fully equipped kitchen. Bar stools are angled to the island cooking area, and comfortable flop-in couches encourage chats over a coffee from the state-of-the-art coffee machine. There’s a special room just for the kids, equipped with a TV and DVD player, plenty of toys, books, a foosball machine and kiddie-sized couches too. And if the teenagers want their own space, there’s a separate TV lounge downstairs, or they can escape down the steep path to the beach. As three of the bedrooms and most of the entertainment areas are on ground floor, grandparents won’t feel out of the loop, and with the pool being close to – and within full view of – the lounge, it’s easy to keep an eye on the little ones.
Although all the Headland Villas are close together, they’ve been carefully positioned so not to obstruct each other’s views, and clever landscaping with hedges and shrubs keep them perfectly private. The five villas in this tasteful development (four-bedroomed Villa 5 is the largest, while Headland Villa 1, Villa 2, Villa 3 and Villa 4 all have two bedrooms) are ideal for groups of friends travelling together who would like to be close but still have their own privacy. Housekeeping staff are there when you need them but disappear when you don’t. Breakfast is included and if self-catering for other meals is a chore, the villa management company can organise a Thai chef, either full time or for specific occasions.
The Headland Villas are set on a secluded cliff side overlooking a stunning bay, the beach in front of the Five Islands Restaurants, as well as the Five Islands themselves. The islands are known locally as Koh Si Koh Ha (4 islands 5 islands) as one is hidden behind the others. Interconnecting pathways and steps lead to each villa entrance, and from the main parking lot you’ll pass the other four villas before reaching Villa 5. More steps lead down to a semi-private section of Taling Ngam beach that's quite rocky in places but swimmable at high tide and shared only by occasional guests from the nearby InterContinental Baan Taling Ngam Resort: the guarded (public) road that leads to the villas’ car park is also used by this up-market resort. The villa manager can organise buggies to take you to the resort's restaurants and spa facilities. There’s also a gym and tennis courts available that can be booked via the hotel. A one-kilometre drive (the road is walkable, but steep) takes you to Baan Taling Ngam village and beach offering a handful of low-key resorts and restaurants, plus a peaceful temple to visit.
Headland Villa 5 has four ensuite bedrooms (plus a fifth room for nannies). Three of these are housed in the main building along with the open-plan lounge / kitchen area and the children’s play room, while the fourth, which is in a separate pavilion only a few steps away, offers the best of the bedroom vistas, with 180-degree sea and jungle views from the bed and the small furnished balcony. This simply furnished room has a king-size bed dressed with crisp white linen and an ensuite bathroom with rain shower. The lack of fussy furnishings keeps your eye on the view through the stack-away doors.
The other bedrooms are also simply yet tastefully furnished in whites, natural tones and splashes of pale turquoise that mirror the pool and ocean beyond. The master bedroom with king-size bed, has an ensuite bathroom with rain shower plus a large outdoor bathroom with stone tub. Next to the master bedroom is a room most likely to be used for children, but still suitable for adults. Downstairs are two single beds, and a ladder leads up to a mezzanine floor with two futon-style mattresses, ideal for older children, but not little ones due to the ladder access. A playroom that would make any child or teenager happy leads off from an ensuite bathroom, but is also accessible from outside. The fourth bedroom is on a mezzanine level and reached via an external staircase. This twin-bedded room (also with ensuite shower) is decorated predominantly in shades of white and can be closed off from the lounge below by way of a sail-type blind on a pulley system.
The main lounge is open to the bright-white, modern, fully equipped kitchen which leads through to the outside dining area that can be covered by a weather-proof awning. Again, the décor is simple yet stylish, with large mirrors, comfortable seating in tans and white, and scatter cushions the colour of the ocean. The TV room is located below the stand-alone bedroom and is accessed via an external staircase (which also leads to the nanny’s room). As well as comfortable couches in plums and greys, there’s a large desk here for those who need to catch up on a bit of work or update their travelogue.
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