We’re back on Koh Lanta which we think is the most relaxed but liveable island in Thailand. Last time we were here we met the lovely Swedish couple Mia and Matthius who created the Malee Seaview complex of villas and apartments on the quiet southern end of Long Beach. They were kind enough to invite us to stay in a couple of their places again including the Sai Naam apartments, the beachfront villa A2 (one of our favourite places in the world), and F5, an ultra modern stylish villa that we haven’t stayed in before.
Mia and Matthius have used their wonderful sense of style and attention to detail to create another beautiful villa. F5 is more modern than A2 but just as luxurious. It’s one house back from the beach but there’s a sea view from the upstairs terrace and the beach is just a one minute walk away. The villa features three bedrooms and a private pool.
F5 stands out from the other villas in the area due to its angular shape and mysterious black wall. It’s not obvious where to enter at first—the large black door blends into the wall and you push it open to enter the garden. It feels very fortress like, complete with a moat—the pool wraps around the front of the house and you cross a bridge to enter the house. It’s certainly a dramatic entrance and we knew this was going to be special.
Inside it doesn’t disappoint. We felt like we’d stepped into the pages of a glossy magazine.
The living area is open plan with high ceilings and big glass windows letting in lots of light. The decor is modern with black tiled floors and white walls.
We loved details like how one of the stairs on the floating staircase extended to become the long stone dining table. This is where we worked with the constant temptation of the pool next to us, as the sliding glass doors lead straight to the pool and create a flow between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The shiny black kitchen has tons of space with an island worktop, two fridges (!), oven, microwave, dishwasher, and fancy fixtures. There’s a water machine for cool filtered water, and a welcome pack greets you with information about the island and some fruit, snacks, and drinks to get you started.
There is plenty of kitchenware although being picky I would have liked a blender, rice cooker and wok.
Downstairs there are two comfortable double bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room (you can even send dirty clothes down a chute from the master bedroom).
Upstairs is a large loft style master bedroom with attached bathroom and a small adjoining room with a cot and bed for a small child. There are no windows up here but two frosted glass doors do let in some light. The bathroom is very stylish with his and hers showers and a porthole window with a sea view.
Each bedroom has air conditioning and a flatscreen TV.
A walkway from the master bedroom leads to the upstairs terrace with a table and chairs where you can enjoy sea views and watch Koh Lanta’s spectacular sunsets.
The outside area is a tropical paradise.
The long pool wraps around the front of the house and you have to swim under the bridge to get from one end to the other. There are seating areas built into the pool and we spent every afternoon cooling off here.
My favourite place to work was curled up on the huge comfortable sofa overlooking the pool.
We always return to Long Beach on Koh Lanta and think the Malee Seaview villas have the perfect location on the quiet southern end. The beach is just one minute walk away and there are plenty of shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk (try Mays for great Thai and Red Snapper for delicious tapas). See our Koh Lanta guide for more recommendations.
It would be easy not to venture far from the villa but having your own transport is the best way to explore further afield—we recommend heading to the quiet beaches in the south of the island or across to the east side to the stilted wooden houses of Old Town. Luckily use of a tuk tuk is included with the villa—these motorbikes with attached sidecars are a popular way for families on the island to get around.
Have a look around villa F5 in our video tour:
- Stylish design
- Lots of space and light
- Close to the beach
- Gorgeous pool and jacuzzi
- Various comfortable seating areas
- Well equipped, spacious kitchen
- WiFi throughout the house
- Use of tuk tuk
- There is only air conditioning in the bedrooms and it gets really hot in the living area. We were there in the hot season (April) though and it wouldn’t be as much of a problem if you were spending most of the time in the pool or on the beach. As we were working it was an issue and we had to retreat to the pool in the afternoons (poor us!).
- There’s not much natural light in the master bedroom.
- No blender, rice cooker or wok.
This is a stunning villa with a unique modern design and plenty of space and light. The pool area is a tropical paradise and we loved the flow between inside and outside spaces.
Families with older children and groups of friends looking for a special place to stay.
Villa F5 costs 25,000 baht ($772) a week in the low season (April to October) and up to 68,000 baht ($2007) a week in the high season. Electricity and water is extra.
The villa sleeps six people and the minimum stay is one week. There are discounts for stays longer than three weeks.
For more information about F5 and the beachfront villa A2 see beachvillalanta.com.
A big thank you to Mia and Matthius for kindly hosting us in their gorgeous villas. We were under no obligation to write this post but we wanted to share this beautiful place with you.
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