Sublime Samui A villa stay makes so much sense when you’re travelling in a bigger group, whether you’re with extended family or enjoying a reunion with friends. Here, we profile one such property on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. Set on picturesque Lipa Noi Beach, on Samui’s scenic western coast, Akatsuki is a five-suite private residence where you can get away from it all and enjoy private time with family and friends in a laidback tropical setting. The oceanfront villa is set around a three-tiered pool with access to its own private beach and views over the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding islands. Inspired by a fusion of traditional Thai and modern Japanese aesthetics, Akatsuki blends seamlessly into the landscape and offers the kind of complete barefoot luxury that we all long for – a personal butler, an on-handmasseuse, and an executive chef to wait upon your every culinary whim. The Akatsuki team says that their ultimate aim is to harmonise omotenashi , the Japanese spirit of hospitality and service, with the heart-warming Thai smile. Akatsuki is available for exclusive hire year-round for groups of up to 15 guests. Having only one booking per visit maximises the sense of freedom and comfort that comes with your own luxury haven, rather than being spread across several hotel rooms. Plenty of sea and land activities are available, too – from shopping at food markets to yoga and Muay Thai. Or, for an extra-special experience, you can have a private beachfront dinner under the stars, enjoying entertainment from fire dancers and gentle sea breezes.

SPECIAL OFFER Readers of Expat Living can enjoy an exclusive 10 percent discount on stays at Akatsuki until the end of November 2017. Just mention “EXPATLIVING” when booking at reservation@, or visit the website for more details.



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