Luxury Beachfront Villa A2 at Malee Beach, Koh Lanta

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Our dream of living in a beach house came true when we stayed at beachfront villa A2 in the Malee Beach complex right on Long Beach on the Thai island of Koh Lanta. 

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.

We’ve stayed here a couple of times over the years and it’s still one of our favourite places to stay anywhere in the world. 

Read our post on what to do in Koh Lanta for more details on this gorgeous island. 


The Villa

Villa infinity pool

Malee Beach Villa A2 is a spacious four bedroom villa on two levels with a private infinity pool, the beach at the end of the garden, and even a cinema room.

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.

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Living Area

Living area

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.

Living room

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 a long time.

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.

Terrace living area
Terrace living area

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.

Pool view from the terrace living room
Pool view from the terrace living room
Simon underwater
Simon underwater

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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.

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Master bedroom

The master bedroom is upstairs in a large loft style room with high ceilings and exposed beams.

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.

View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom

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.

Master bedroom bathroom

Downstairs there are three more bedrooms—two are good-sized doubles and one is smaller with bunk beds.

Since our stay the beds in the downstairs rooms have been updated to twin beds rather than queen beds. The lower bunk bed is a double. 

We loved the way the bedrooms were hidden behind immense wooden carved doors – custom made and hand crafted by a Thai artist.

Bedroom doors
Bedroom doors

The downstairs bathroom is large with a glass wall with views of bamboo and a stone sculpture.

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Cinema Room

Cinema room
Cinema room

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.

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Infinity pool

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.

Simon jumping in the pool

Above water there are a couple of sun loungers and a thatched pavilion with a hammock and mattress for lazing on.

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!

Stepping stones to pool
Stepping stones to pool

The sunsets here are spectacular and every day is different.

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Long Beach, Koh Lanta
Long Beach

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, especially at sunset.

The sea is usually calm but Simon took advantage of the rainy season waves and used the villa’s boogie boards.

Villa A2 is part of the Malee Beach villa complex at the southern end of Long Beach. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and shops in walking distance—see our Koh Lanta guide for some of our favourites. Beachfront restaurant Fat Turtle is just a few doors down. 

Our post on where to stay on Koh Lanta gives more information about Long Beach and how it compares to the other beaches on the island. 

You can manage without your own transport in this area, but renting a motorbike or car will give you more flexibility to explore the island. 

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Have a look around beachfront villa A2 in our video tour:

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Villa A2 at Malee Beach 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 on Koh Lanta we highly recommend it.

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  • 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
  • Piano

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  • 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.

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Beachfront villa A2 costs 40,000 baht ($1296) a week in the low season (1 April-15 November) and 91,000 baht ($2949) a week in the high season. Electricity and water are extra.

The villa sleeps up to eight people and the minimum stay is 5 nights. There are discounts for longer stays. 

For more information visit Lanta Hideaways.

For more affordable accommodation at Malee Beach see our reviews of Sai Naam apartments and Pool Villa F5 (one house back from the beach). 

This post was originally published after our first stay in 2012 and was updated in 2021. We were guests of the owners at Villa A2. 


  1. Hi Erin,

    Many thanks. Sadly they had some loss in the family which is why there was a delay in response, but unsurprisingly, the place is booked over xmas and new year…
    Ah well, the hunt continues…

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  2. Thanks a lot Erin.
    Unfortunately these are both the contact points I have tried, without success..
    You don’t have a telephone number by chance…?
    Lucky you guys – twice there – don’t blame you!
    kind regards

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    • I don’t and I know they are back in Sweden for the summer. I have sent Mia a Facebook message to see if she received your email.

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      • Thanks a lot Erin – really appreciate this support!
        Looking forward – hope you don’t mind me contacting you like this…
        Best regards

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  3. Hi Simon and Erin,

    You stayed at a gorgeous villa owned by Mia and Matthias, and I have been trying to get in touch with Mia to reserve this lovely place (beachfront villa A2) over new year but without success.

    It will be a brillinat surprise for my wife and children, who would adore this place.

    Can you share another way to contact her/them? this would be really appreciated..

    Looking forward with hope… and thanks…


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  4. Does anyone know if the smaller islands like Koh Lanta now have any Tsunami warning systems in place. I know the Thai government have now ensured better warnings in the most touristed places like Phuket but don’t know if this applies down the coast to the smaller islands. Thank you!

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    • We actually experienced a Tsunami warning while we were there and were evacuated to the top of a hill. We waited around for a few hours, they gave us a snack, and then when the danger had passed went back down again.

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      • That’s great, thanks Erin.
        Also, do you happen to know of any good places to stay in Bangkok?
        Planning a trip next year with my partner who has never been to Asia and my 5 year old daughter. I was in Thailand 26 years ago! Back when you could get a thatched roof bungalow on the beach for 40 baht – amazing. My trip was for 3 weeks bit I stayed 3 months, fell in love with everything about the place and the people. Although a little sad things will have changed so much, its great ot hear that there are some islands that still sound like paradise. :)

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  5. we are looking for a beach front villa with 3 bedrooms and aircondition for our family (5+1) from December 30. to January, the 9. for 9 nights; can you send us an offer?

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  6. This is an absolutely stunning place and we looked at the site but there is no contact info on how to book. Could you please provide a link or email for us to contact Mia & Matthias?

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      • Thanks. How close is everything around to it? Restaurants, supermarket, 7/11, etc.

        How much extra was the electricity and water?

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        • There are restaurants and small shops a few minutes walk away and then a bigger supermarket 15 minute taxi or scooter ride away. Our stay was sponsored so we didn’t pay the electricity and water but I can’t imagine it will come to much. We paid under $60 for both for a month in Chiang Mai.

  7. The place is wonderful. Very refreshing and I love the overlooking place as well. This place is perfect for couple vacation. hope I can go that place.

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  8. The place looks fantastic. Problem is with all the luxury there I may not want to get out and explore the area much.

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  9. Wowzers! That place is amazing!! And the price is actually very good for all the space you get. Nice score!

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  10. This place looks like something out of my wildest dreams. I’d love to stay there!

    Those sunset photos are stunning.

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  11. That looks truly incredible. And in the off season, if you could find seven mates to share with, that is a mind bogglingly cheap price for what you get!

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      • This place looks truly amazing. Would you recommend it for a bunch of friends celebrating their 30’s?

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        • And you mention amazing deals in Koh Lanta off season, any other clues of where I should look? ;-)
          Thanks in advance!

        • Definitely. For the off season deals you just need to ask places for a discount, but usually the rates are much lower in off season anyway (like this villa is).

  12. Wow, that place looks amazing!! I’m not a big fan of “fancy” but when places are just really nice and have great details like this, I’m all for it. My only issue with the shower would be that I always get the bathroom too wet in showers without a door or curtain!

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    • We are used to the annoying wet room bathrooms in Thailand but luckily this one wasn’t really like that as it had a ledge that stopped the water getting into the rest of the bathroom. Plus the shower area was very spacious.

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  13. Hey, this looks very nice ! We travel down 16.06 and will be in three weeks. Looking forward to staying in this wonderful house. Got lots of information from your fine website….

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  14. Oh my golly goodness. That place is amazing! I loved everything but the cinema room. With all those tvs why would you need a cinema room? Oh wells, not a bad downside is it. The pool and view is beautiful. You two have been very lucky :)

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    • We were very lucky – it was an incredible place. It was more a case of with the cinema room you don’t need all the TVs (which we didn’t watch). The cinema room was awesome! It was really cool in there so was nice to retreat to in the evenings and the seats were super comfortable. We really liked the feeling of going to the cinema in our own house.

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