Saturday, 24 May 2014
A luxury love nest near Lamai, Samui, Thailand.
"We are a hotel for lovers," says Khun Nok, with a cheeky sparkle in her eyes. Indeed, lounging in the airy reception area is a bit like watching something from Noah's Ark ... the couples come in two by two. No families. No solo travellers.
I didn't ask her what percentage would be honeymooners, but I suspect a lot. For Villa Nalinnadda is billed as a small luxury romantic hotel. Even the dining area on the sand near the pool has only two tables. And the hotel itself, only a handful of rooms.
The chaos and madness of Chaweng is a long way from this love nest. In a good way. This villa is just south of Lamai,
which has enough bright lights, bars and restaurants for those who want to come up for air.
The dazzling white rooms are purpose-built. Centre stage are large four-poster beds, and a sumptuous tub. The top floor rooms
feature a jacuzzi-style tub on the balcony. To lie there amid the bubbles, gazing into your lover's eyes - or even at the milky way
above - is a prelude to love and romance. There is no turning back!
"Some more conservative Thais complain about this," says Nok. "How can you make it so ... so ... obvious," she chuckles. But
a seedy love motel this is NOT. All the fixtures and fittings are beautifully and carefully selected. Like the feather-decked curtains,
adding an indulgent orgiastic feel. I note, though, that the standard mini-bar supplies don't include condoms.
And breakfast can be served in your room, at the reasonable
waking hour of your choice.Then the day is yours, recline
around the pool, or to amble along the beach with resident
spaniel Pistacchio waggling along with you.
Just nearby is the setting off point for Samui's famous fleet of
squid boats, who dot the horizon at night with their green
A wry reminder that everything is "GO" at this villa. In a raunchy
red-light romantic kind of way.