Koh Phangan, Thailand

Anaia Villa


Tropical Thai modernism


Thickly clustered coconut grove





There’s more to Thai paradise isle Koh Phangan than its full moon to celebrate – its gold-dust beaches, fairy-tale jungle waterfalls and lustrous coating of coconut palms. Coyly peeking out from one of these dense groves is tropical-modernist marvel Anaia Villa, an estate that doesn’t skimp on life’s small and significant luxuries. Aside from the main house, with a cinema room and infinity pool with a bar, there are serene garden pavilions, a yoga shala, spa and hammam, viewing platform overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and rollicking acres of mango trees and shaggy palms. Plus, with five bedrooms (one in the villa, and four in the grounds) that each enjoy a spectacular aspect. But, it’s ravishing and responsible, built contoured to the land (a giant boulder has been made a feature in the living room) and operating as greenly as its verdant surrounds.

Smith Extra

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A 120-minute Journey of Anaia spa treatment each, including a welcome drink, Thai herbal steam, floral foot ritual, and an oil massage. And a round of sunset cocktails made by the in-house bartender for the first night, served at a scenic viewpoint

First Glance

  • A modernist villa, 4,300 square metres in size, designed to bring the outside in, tucked into the many palms coating Koh Phangan’s hilly hinterland.
  • To stay sustainable, food is sourced from as close by as possible.
  • Fully equipped kitchen and an open-plan sitting and dining room (where one of the striking giant boulders has been used as an architectural feature) on the ground floor, with a Sonos sound-system with six speakers..
  • Spa space with a hammam.
  • On the second floor there’s a jungle-themed cinema room, with a projector, TV with Netflix streaming, Sonos sound-system and its own bar.

Villa highlights

  • Rampantly green estate
  • Sleek contemporary style
  • Earth-kind hideaway

Sleeping arrangements

  • Five bedrooms in total, one in the main villa and four split between two garden pavilions, all neat and modern with white walls, rush matting, plants, local artwork and terrazzo flooring.
  • The master bedroom – set in the heart of the main villa – the Ocean Suite (40sq m) has a private furnished terrace (15sq m), king-size bed, built-in wardrobes, a dressing room, desk and sofa. The open-plan ensuite bathroom has a freestanding bath tub, walk-in rain shower and twin sinks. Either two baby cots or a baby cot and a bed for a toddler can be added to this suite.
  • The Garden Suite (30sq m) has a private furnished terrace (15sq m) with bean bags and a sunken bath tub. Within, there’s a king-size bed and built-in wardrobes, floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the leafy views, and the terrazzo-tiled open-plan bathroom has a large walk-in shower. A baby cot can also be added to this suite on request.
  • The Jungle Suite (30sq m) has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook tropical greenery and a private terrace (15sq m) with beanbags. Within there’s a super-king-size bed that can be twinned on request and wardrobes for storage, plus an ensuite terrazzo-tiled bathroom with a shower. A baby cot and bed for a toddler can be added to this room on request.
  • Bright and breezy, the Waterfall Suite (30sq m) has a private terrace (15sq m) with beanbags and an alfresco shower large enough for two. Within, there’s a king-size bed and wardrobes for storage. The ensuite terrazzo-tiled bathroom has a walk-in shower that opens out to the balcony and a baby cot can be added to this room on request.
  • The Rock Suite (30sq m) has floor-to-ceiling windows, a super-king-size bed that can be twinned on request and built-in wardrobes. A private terrace (15sq m) is furnished with beanbags and the terrazzo-tiled bathroom has a walk-in shower which opens out to the balcony.

Key kit

  • Chilled towels and a welcome drink on arrival
  • Sonos Bluetooth speakers in each room
  • Board games
  • Record player and a selection of classic vinyl
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bathrobes
  • Free bottled water
  • Air-conditioning
  • Customised lighting
  • Central cooling system
  • Common Ground bath products
  • Free high-speed WiFi
  • Highly tailored concierge service
  • On request and for a fee, staff can arrange for one of their chefs to cook a lavish feast to your tastes (they work with a local chef if you'd like an authentic Thai meal), DJs or musicians for events, and personal trainers
  • A personal bartender can be brought in for a class or simply to keep your glass topped up
  • Spa therapists can be arranged for massages and more


  • A swimmable 18-metre private infinity pool with a dedicated swimming lane, entry steps and a sunlounger-lined deck. Plus, there's a shallow section (0.5 metres) for kids to safely splash about in, and towels are provided.
  • Pool bar (with cocktail service on request) and a sunken lounge.
  • A smaller, more intimate plunge pool with a waterfall feature.


  • More than 3,000 square metres of manicured and wild jungly gardens, with a profusion of palms, plus cashew, frangipani and gooseberry trees, and bamboo stalks.
  • Two secluded pavilions (each with two bedrooms) set down stepping-stone pathways.
  • Peaceful yoga shala and cabana.
  • Alfresco callisthenics gym with free weights.
  • Viewpoint deck (with cushioned seating and two stretched nets for guests to lie on) which sits above a waterfall-fed plunge pool deep in the grounds, and overlooks the vividly blue Gulf of Thailand out to the islands of Ang Thong National Park. Facing west, it's the ideal sunset-watching spot and stargazing perch after dark, and it can hold up to 20 guests for a special event.
  • Barbecue and dining space on the deck.


  • Anaia Villa is secluded amid plentiful palms in the hills of south-west Koh Phangan island.
  • The easiest way to reach the island is to fly into Koh Samui’s airport (direct flights arrive here from Hong Kong and Singapore, but most international visitors transfer via Bangkok) then take the 30-minute ferry ride (or 20-minute speedboat ride) over to Koh Phangan’s port.
  • You’re just a five-minute scooter ride from lively port town Thong Sala (home to the island’s only boxing stadiums, if that’s your bag), where ferries arrive from Surat Thani and Donsak on the mainland, and all ports in Koh Samui. Here you can explore the deliciously scented food stalls of the night market each Saturday or admire the serene artistry of temple complex Wat Rat Charoen.
  • Villa staff can help you to make the most of the island by planning myriad adventures: macaque- and monitor lizard-spotting treks by the Haad Rin Hills, refreshing bathes in the Phaeng or Wang Sai waterfalls, survival expeditions in untamed parts of the jungle with a local guide, zippy scooter trips (a driving licence is required), daredevil climbs up mountains and coastal rock faces, mountain and motor biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, bamboo cooking in the jungle and private boat hire for scenic scuba-dives.
  • Koh Phangan is famed for its dance-till-dawn Full Moon parties – held the night before or after the celestial body reaches its curviest phase

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