We had always dreamed of living in a beach house but had never imagined we’d have the opportunity to stay somewhere quite this beautiful. We loved the apartment and villa we stayed in on the first part of our Malee Seaview tour on Koh Lanta, but our final villa was something else.
The beachfront villa A2 was the family home of Mia and Matthias, the Swedish developers of the Malee Seaview complex but they have just started renting it out at beachvillalanta.com. As soon as we walked in the door we were astounded by the level of detail and love that had gone into creating this stunning, designer luxury villa, right on Long Beach.
There’s fast WiFi throughout the house, and it’s fully teched up with four flatscreen TVs with DVD players, one with a full range of cable channels, and of course the huge projector screen. There is A/C in all the bedrooms and cinema room but not downstairs.
The living area is spacious, bright and open plan with double height ceilings and a glass roof that lets in lots of light. Big sliding glass doors and windows make the most of the view of the pool and the sea beyond.
Modern art painted and carved by local Thai artists decorates the house throughout and the furniture is both stylish and comfortable.
There are two living areas. Inside there is a large sunken sofa seating eight people with plenty of cushions and a view of the pool which comes right up to the house. There’s also a small table and a piano, which Simon loved as he hasn’t had access to one in nine months.
Oh, and there’s a rock garden inside too!
Our favourite living area was the glassed in terrace where you can pull back the sliding glass doors to make the most of the view and the sea breezes – with four good fans as well this was the coolest spot downstairs. There’s a large dining table and three comfortable couches piled full of cushions, and a beautiful wooden floor carved with designs. The large flatscreen TV is hidden but at a press of a button emerges from a cabinet and you can watch DVDs or cable TV.
We loved the way the pool comes right up to the edge of the villa so you can see underwater. There’s a seamless transition from inside to outside.
The kitchen is open plan between the two living areas, and you can see the sea as you cook. It’s very well equipped with a five burner gas hob, oven, large fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, coffee maker, toaster, and water cooler for easy access to cold drinking water. The only thing we missed was a wok. There’s also a washing machine downstairs.
From the comfortable king size bed you can enjoy the views of the sea out of the sliding glass doors which lead to a terrace with table and chairs.
If you can tear your eyes away from the view there’s a TV and DVD player. There is A/C but it takes a while to cool down such a large space.
The bathroom within the bedroom is open plan, so the lack of doors isn’t for the shy. It’s large and stylish with his and hers double shower heads.
Downstairs there are three more bedrooms – two are good-sized doubles and one is smaller with bunk beds. We loved the way the bedrooms were hidden behind immense wooden carved doors – custom made and hand crafted by a Thai artist.
The downstairs bathroom is large with a glass wall with views of bamboo and a stone sculpture.
A real standout feature is the cinema room upstairs. How often do you get your own private cinema?
There are six super comfortable, fully reclining cinema chairs plus beanbags for watching a DVD from the vast collection on the projector screen. We made use of it every night and it makes a cool retreat from the heat.
There’s also some gym equipment in here but with those comfy seats calling us we never got around to using it.
Ah, the pool. A large infinity pool, the turquoise reflecting the sea just beyond – you can’t get much better than that. There’s even a bridge that crosses the L-shaped pool to access the lawned garden and beach just a few metres away.
We spent hours here every afternoon – swimming, floating, gazing out at the sea from the underwater seats, and in Simon’s case somersaulting into the deep end. Or you can jump into the sea for a change of scenery.
The little details that we love so much inside continue out here – with the stepping stones over the pond to get from the terrace to the pool, the stone sculptures that overlook the pool, and the fact you can swim right up to the house – useful for putting in a drinks order!
Although the villa is right on Long Beach it’s very quiet on this section of the beach and we heard nothing but the crashing of waves. The beach directly out front is a bit rocky but a few metres to the right it’s nice and sandy. Long Beach is 4km long so it’s never crowded and is the perfect place for long walks.
The sea is usually calm but Simon took advantage of the rainy season waves and used the villa’s boogie boards.
We’ve written more about the area in our Malee Seaview tour Part 1.
Have a look around this beachfront villa in our video tour:
This is a truly stunning beachfront villa – luxurious, spacious and designed with Asian style, plenty of love and lots of attention to detail. We have stayed in some amazing places on our travels but this ones takes the prize. For a special place to stay we highly recommend it.
- Beachfront location
- Gorgeous large infinity pool
- Cinema room!
- Stylish design
- Flow between inside and outside spaces
- Views from almost all rooms
- Attention to detail throughout
- Well equipped kitchen
- Fast WiFi
- It gets hot downstairs (but we were there in the hot season)
Recommended for: Families, and couples on a romantic break – it’d be a wonderful place for a honeymoon.
Beachfront villa A2 costs 25,000 baht ($792) a week in the low season (15 April-15 October) and 68,000 baht ($2154) a week in the high season. Electricity and water is extra.
The villa sleeps up to eight people and the minimum stay is one week. There are discounts for stays longer than three weeks.
For more information see Beachvillalanta.com
For other villas and apartments on Long Beach, Koh Lanta see our Malee Seaview review Part 1.
We’d like to give a big thank you to Mia and Matthias for hosting us at Malee Seaview.