Dreaming next to the soft sand of Samui island's serene Lipa Noi beach, Ban Suriya is the ultimate absolute beachfront getaway, with sparkling views out across islands and on, to the sunset. With six spacious bedrooms that can sleep up to 15 people in comfort, this is the ideal family retreat or friends reunion venue. Arranged around a shady garden, huge deck (ideal for wedding parties) and 20-metre pool, this Samui villa has it all: hyper-efficient staff, personal chef, five-star cuisine, a spa room, a tree house for massages, and all the entertainment you can devour. Ban Suriya is at the centre of Lipa Noi's slightly busier, north-facing beach, but it is still a peaceful spot, home to a few local fishing families that moor their boats close to the shore and gather their nets for repairs in the shade of the coconut palms. On clear days you can enjoy fabulous views out to the Angthong Marine Park, while a short walk north brings you to some low key beach resorts and restaurants. The Nikki Beach Resort is also on this stretch of beach, but far enough away to remain unobtrusive. There's a ferry pier to the mainland around two kilometres away, but this has little impact other than occasional through traffic on the road behind the villa.