Suralai is a Thai-inspired hillside sanctuary nestling snugly amidst the tropical Thai jungle. The expansive villa boasts extraordinary views over the mountains, the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan and the twinkling Angthong National Marine Park in the distance. Suralai’s prime location is the epitome of romance and affords breathtaking sunrises, sunsets and nighttime skies.
The multi-level villa offers six spacious ensuite bedrooms comfortably accommodating 12 guests in a haven of paradise. Suralai is fully staffed with the constant attention of the villa manager, a private chef, and housekeepers. Spa lovers can enjoy beauty treatments and massages from some of the island’s top therapists in the peaceful poolside sala.
Award-winning architect, interior designer, and owner Karl Grebstad has recently upgraded the villa with cool grey ceramic floors, new louvred blinds, elegant curtains, and stylish soft furnishing accents in rich Jim Thompson silk fabrics. Suralai, with its vast open-plan show kitchen, living and dining pavilion, wrap-around terrace and long island bar, lends itself effortlessly to a destination wedding for up to 80-guests.
Designers can stage the 25-metre infinity pool for a fairytale wedding ceremony as guests are seated on the adjoining lawn or shaded terraces. The villa is set in expansive grounds, so there is no need to worry about noise. Top-notch florists, lighting and pyrotechnic teams, bands, musicians and even the island’s gorgeous ladyboys all work together to create a wedding that your guests will talk about until the end of time.
The upper terrace is ideal for the wedding breakfast. It can accommodate one delightfully long table or separate round tables before your guests dance the night away. Koh Samui has a handful of world-class wedding planners that work with Suralai’s villa manager, Khun Tee, to create weddings of your dreams. Tee and his team are always on hand if you want to arrange a picnic, dinner party or pre-wedding cocktail party.
Your group of guests can also celebrate onboard the tastefully refurbished, 44-foot Shuttleworth-design sailing catamaran ‘Odyssey’. Perfect your sun-kissed look with languid afternoons of tropical sunshine and warm turquoise waters, hidden bays, and palm-fringed beaches with soft, powder-white sand as you relax under the care of your captain. You can also have a sunset cruise with nibbles and bubbles as the sun sets in traditional full technicolour. The boat has two comfortable air-conditioned double cabins and two single cabins for intimate overnight trips.
Suralai is minutes away from the bustling Fisherman’s Village and Bangrak, home to a host of beach clubs, trendy restaurants, walking street markets and chic boutiques for artisanal souvenirs and Thai interior design must-haves. If you need more accommodation for your guests, there are also a few other villas in Suralai’s neighbourhood. A five-minute walk takes you to Samui Elephant Haven, where you can meet the two mischievous babies under their constant care.
Whether you choose to stay at Suralai for a couple of nights or a week, you’ll be spoilt for choice, receive attentive service and create unforgettable memories.
For more information and bookings, visit https://www.suralai.com/.
Katie Hollamby is a well-travelled public relations specialist turned writer for various international publications, tourism boards and ethical brands. Originally from the UK, she’s worked around the world, lived in and explored North America, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and now Thailand. She’s passionate about the welfare of animals and sustainability. For more adventures, you can follow her on Instagram @thekatybooks.