You’ll find the all-villa Belmond Napasai in a somewhat rural island setting – amongst a grove of cashew trees, with water buffalo just lazing about. But don’t let this fool you, as the property is among one of Koh Samui’s top resorts. This shrine to upscale, barefoot luxury features contemporary Thai villas strewn throughout its expansive grounds, between manicured gardens and quintessentially beach-scene coconut trees.
Our one of just a magic number of 69 villas featured a waterfall bath and outdoor massage room, just in case we didn’t know that relaxation was the order of the day here. Ours didn’t have a private pool, as per the Oceanfront Pool Residences, but the resort’s 24-hour infinity pool melts seamlessly into the Andaman and a stretch of sandy beach is right on the hotel’s doorstep.
The layout of the property lends itself to being serene and private; you’ll notice other guests, generally adults only, around mealtimes and at the bar but never have your personal space invaded. What you will notice is the charming staff, attentive, but never disruptive – with Belmond’s firm commitment to LGBT travel, you’ll know the welcome is truly genuine.