WHERE IS IT?
Koh Samui has been in the tourism business longer than almost any other Thai island. Familiarity, however, has not dulled the charms of this perennial crowd pleaser. In fact, the island has matured as a destination and has diversified its product to ensure it stays ahead of the game. Tucked away at the north end of Lamai Beach, Beach Republic The Residences enjoys glorious seclusion yet is just a short hop from the facilities of Lamai town.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
You don’t leave Thailand behind, of course, when you pass through the gates of Beach Republic The Residences, but the property has forged its own unique identity since opening in 2008. Styled as an independent estate, the resort has an individual feel and culture of its own, marrying the exoticism of the Orient with a contemporary and hip Mediterranean beach lifestyle.
The property’s collection of private pool villas and penthouses are in keeping with the overall vibe of understated Mediterranean sophistication. All of the sleek and airy villas have their own private, chemical-free, salt water pool while villas also have the advantage of their own private walled garden.
The centrepiece of the property is its sumptuous Ocean Club, a beachfront oasis with oversized day beds and private cabanas fronting ocean-facing infinity edge pools. The resort’s restaurant has won several awards while other highlights include the Samui branch of Whisgars, a fine whisky and cigar lounge.
The grand Ocean Club is the venue for some of Samui’s best parties. Meanwhile, the resort’s spa has the island’s largest herbal steam room.
Owners have the option of using their time or participating in the Beach Republic rental pool and guaranteed returns of about 6 percent for three to five years are offered with certain purchases.