With northern Thai design flourishes and panoramic sea views, Villa Shambala is an elegant holiday home set high on the hillside near Surin Beach. Embodying its Sanskrit name – ‘a place of peace’ – this four-bedroom, fully staffed villa blends contemporary style with its majestic natural surrounds to form a serene and welcoming escape for families and groups.
Let the days drift by as you relax in the comfort of Shambala’s generous living spaces, which include an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that opens front and back to the tropical hillside. Take in the sea views from the terrace while soaking in the 20-metre infinity pool or retreat to the furnished deck at the rear of the villa, where the hill’s rock face, trickling with spring water, forms a natural wall and adds a soothing touch – perfect for a quiet read or yoga session. Find more privacy and peace in the four king-bedded suites, each with sea views, sumptuous marble bathrooms and terrazzo bathtubs.
Enchanting bronze patina Kinaree statues adorn the terrace reflecting the villa’s character; these angelic figures of Thai mythology are celebrated for their grace, beauty and artistic skill. A sense of grace and harmony flows through the villa, with its stately pitched roofs, extensive use of natural stone and wood, lily pond feature, clean lines and charming art accents including African wildlife paintings and colourful lamps shaped like bejewelled Fabergé eggs.
The team of full-time staff at Villa Shambala includes a villa manager and a talented Thai chef, who prepares all meals in the modern kitchen. Just 500 metres away is Surin Beach, a stretch of soft sand with umbrellas for rent, while larger beaches including Bang Tao and Kamala, plus golf, dining and other leisure activities are within a 20-minute drive.