Anaia Villa

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Thong Sala for the night market, ferries and shops: 2km (5 mins by car)
    Closest beach: 2km (5 mins by car)
    Closest restaurants: Within 5 mins by car
  • Koh Samui Airport (USM):
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Anaia Villa

What is the story behind Anaia, what was your inspiration to create it?

I have been based in Asia for the last 18 years and, for the last 12 years, I have been going to Koh Phangan quite frequently. It became my go-to vacation island to escape the big cities of Singapore and Hong Kong. With its tropical, easy-going lifestyle, it provided a big contrast to the stress of city living. 

Over the years, I developed this idea to create a space where I could meet with friends and family once a year and enjoy quality time as a group. As I traveled around Southeast Asia, I always got ideas and inspiration and the villa is the result of these. It combines all of my interests, hobbies and passions in a micro-luxury retreat and wellness space. 

Initially, we just wanted to have the villa and offer a few activities. But we have ended up with four full-time staff, two part-time staff and dozens of partners on the island who offer different experiences. It’s like a mini resort. You have all the facilities you would expect from a big, luxury resort but you only have to share them with people you choose in seclusion and privacy. With each group that comes, we try to understand what their intentions are and suggest experiences for their stay that are tailored to their interests and needs. 

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of the villa?

The villa is designed as a space where you can spend quality time with your friends and family while still being able to easily explore Koh Phangan. Most properties on the island boast sea views but they are often on very steep hills, which means you are largely stuck in the house. With Anaia Villa, we wanted something secluded but with a big garden to bring the nature component in. I wanted to be able to walk around barefoot and be surrounded by plants commonly found on the island.

We decided to work with a French architectural firm, Sicart and Smith (which is based in Saigon) because they had experience working in Southeast Asia and with materials local to the region. While we used local materials and workers, we wanted a tropical, contemporary style, rather than something that was traditionally Thai.

All of the buildings connect indoor and outdoor living spaces and we tried as much as possible to preserve what we had. For example, we positioned the buildings so that the existing boulders and trees were incorporated into the design. We also used many of the stones found on the site to create the stone wall cladding on the buildings. It took six months of manual labour to break down the rocks and make the walls and they ended up being one of the main construction materials.  

Anaia Villa
Living area
Living area
Living area
Pool area
Pool area and BBQ
Main building
Dining area
Show kitchen
Show kitchen
Ocean room
Ocean room
Ocean room bathroom
Ocean room bathroom
Waterfall room
Jungle room
Garden room
Garden room
Cinema room
Cinema room
Cinema room
Breakfast preparation
Fully equipped kitchen
House and BBQ area
Plunge pool with waterfall
Yoga shala
Yoga shala
Yoga shala and steam room
Outdoor workout area
Outdoor workout area
Garden cabana
Sunset viewpoint
Plunge pool
Pool area
Pool area
Aerial view
Villa entrance
Main building entrance
Sunset viewpoint
Evening view
Evening view

Anaia Villa rooms & rates

Quick overview: One main two-storey villa with master bedroom (accommodates 2) Two garden pavilions with 2 bedrooms each (each bedroom accommodates 2 guests) Open-air living room Open layout modern kitchen & dining room

When you arrive at the villa, the first building you encounter is a covered garage, which we use for storage and as staff quarters. A pathway leads to the main building, which is set across two floors, with the main living space on the ground floor. Here there is a kitchen and dining area, as well as an indoor/outdoor lounge that connects to a deck and infinity pool.

Adjacent is a lounge that can accommodate up to 30 people and a barbecue area/pool bar where our in-house bartender creates cocktails. Also on the ground floor is a second kitchen that is used by staff to prepare meals for guests and a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer. 

On the upper floor is our Ocean Suite, which has a 43-square-metre open layout and sliding doors that connect to an ensuite bathroom. Behind a secret door is a jungle-themed cinema room, which is equipped with a projector, a Playstation, a karaoke machine and board games. There’s a skylight on the roof so you can look at the stars and a sofa that opens into another bed. 

The villa also has two garden pavilions — one to the right and one to the left of the pool. Each has two bedrooms with ensuites and private terraces with outdoor furniture. Two also have additional outdoor bathrooms — one with a shower and the other with a sunken bathtub. 

In three of the bedrooms are king-size beds while the two remaining rooms have two twin beds that can be combined into super king beds. In total, we can accommodate up to 18 people and can provide toddler beds and/or baby cots on request. 

  • Anaia Villa for 10-11 people / 4300 m²
    52470 / night
    • 2 Twin bedrooms
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 5 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 2 Kitchens
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include onsite staff services for cleaning and gardening services and linen and towels (changed once per week).
Optional extras
Available on request: airport transfer – private Thai chef – car rentals – musicians and DJs for private events.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. We have 1 baby cot (age 0-2) and 1 toddler bed (age 2-13) at no extra fee.
Minimum stay
3 - 5 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Bar
  • Children welcome
  • Air conditioning
  • Concierge service
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Maid service
  • WiFi
  • TV
  • Babysitting on request
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Music system
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Gym
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe box
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Laundry service
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

Our swimming pool is 18 square metres and was designed so that you can swim, jump (it has a maximum depth of 1.6 metres) and play with kids. The shallowest end is 0.5 metres in depth and is shaded by a cantilevered section of the house. We also have an outdoor gym with dumbbells and weights made from local stones. 

In the garden is a yoga shala that can accommodate up to 10 people and we also use it for outdoor massages. There’s a hammam/steam room and a plunge pool with a waterfall cascading from the rocks. At the top of the property is a bamboo viewing deck that faces west, making it the best spot for watching the sunset. We also have a fire pit that we set up in the evenings and a garden cabana that provides an escape for reading and meditation. 

One area of the garden is flat and planted with soft, Japanese grass, making it ideal for events or outdoor games. We provide petanque, badminton and volleyball equipment for guests. 

Additional services (charged separately) include private trainers or practitioners, such as yoga teachers, reiki masters and capoeira instructors. We can also set up a buffet breakfast, which is charged per person, per day. It is available from 7 am to 3 pm and offers guests flexibility if they want to eat outside on some days during their stay. Our in-house bartender is available at any point and there are fixed prices for all drinks. Additionally, we have a bottle service for wines and spirits. 

Private dining experiences are available in the main living area where we have a beautiful dining table that weighs almost one ton. We work with five different chefs on the island, all of whom offer unique dining experiences, from Thai fusion to seafood barbecues and nine-course degustation menus. 

18m infinity pool & pool bar — Daily room & house refresh service — Jungle-themed cinema room & cocktail bar — Open-air events space for weddings, parties, events — Personal trainers, health & wellness specialists, and masseuse & spa therapists — Yoga shala — Wellness hammam — Outdoor lounge — Outdoor fireplace — Outdoor cabana — Natural stone plunge pool — High-speed Wifi, TV & State-of-the-art sound system — In-room safety boxes — 3,000 m2 of lush garden and coconut grove — Outdoor Calisthenics gym — Private viewpoint deck with sea view

Things to do in Koh Phangan & Surat Thani

  • Art / Culture
  • Night life
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

One of the most popular activities on the island is a jungle cooking experience where guests go into the jungle with a chef and prepare food alongside a small stream. It’s all done the traditional way using bamboo and the experience combines culture, history and nature. Other jungle treks access some of Koh Phangan’s viewpoints or natural pools with waterfalls. 

I’d also highly recommend doing an island-hopping trip to visit Ang Thong Marine National Park — it has great snorkelling and secluded beaches to discover. Alternatively, you can do a private boat tour around Koh Phangan or go scuba diving with our local partner. Nearby Koh Tao has long been considered one of Thailand’s best dive destinations but one of its most popular sites is actually closer to Koh Phangan. 

Kite surfing is possible during the season and you can do a range of water sports — jet skiing, paddle boarding and kayaking — throughout the year. Koh Phangan is also famed for its parties, particularly full-moon parties, and there are lots of year-round events and amazing DJs based on the island. For something more relaxing, we partner with some of the best masseuses on the island who offer a range of treatments at Anaia Villa.

The location of Anaia Villa

The villa is around five minutes’ drive (1.5 kilometres) from Koh Phangan’s main town of Thong Sala, which is where you’ll find the pier, restaurants and shops. It’s here that the ferries arrive from the mainland and Koh Samui. Most of our guests fly into Koh Samui Airport (either through Bangkok or direct from select Asian destinations) and we have a staff member meet them there. You’ll then be transferred via private speedboat to Koh Phangan and will be at Anaia Villa in around 45 minutes. 

The villa is surrounded by a coconut grove in a secluded part of Koh Phangan but still within walking distance of the town and its cafes, shops and markets. There are a couple of temples nearby and the closest beach is 800 metres away. Here you can rent kayaks, go snorkelling or watch the sunset. The most beautiful beaches are on the west and north side of the island, with the nicest ones within 15 minutes’ drive. 

Koh Phangan is relatively small and it’s easy to rent a car or scooter to explore the island. You can drive from one side to the other in less than an hour. It’s small enough that you can easily explore anywhere on the island in one day, without encountering much traffic. That being said, it’s also a vibrant island, with lots of different activities to do, from jungle trekking to water sports and yoga.

When is the best time to visit Koh Phangan?

Koh Phangan has a tropical climate, so it’s good for swimming all year round. Some months the seawater gets up to 29 degrees, which might not feel refreshing for some!

The peak tourist season is from mid-December to mid-January but I wouldn’t say this is the best time to visit. The main rainy season extends from mid-October to the end of December, which usually means short, intense showers. However, in November, it can rain for entire days. January to April is the best time to visit, with February and March being the driest months. July and August are usually good too.