Tucked away at the secluded northern end of Chaweng Beach just a 10-minute drive from the airport the beachfront Akyra resort offers 65 rooms and suites. Styled in Japanese aesthetic, the accommodation is minimal yet functional recreating the innocence of the original Samui beach huts. The one-bedroom villa offers 70 sqm of luxurious privacy with a pair of sun loungers on the terrace.

On entering guests are greeted by the polished concrete floored living area complete with a sofa and occasional table for casual in-room dining. The only decoration is two framed Japanese floral silk prints. Next door is the polished teak floored sleeping area where a protective mosquito tent hangs from the ceiling.

A short bamboo corridor connects the lounge and bedroom with the larger wet space. On the left are double alabaster wash basins while on the right is a large circular bath tub scooped out of a single block of granite set in it’s own private bamboo garden. Overhead is the outdoor rain shower. Southern Thai style green glass windows are used in the indoor shower and toilet area.

The beachfront swimming pool looks out onto a pristine white sandy beach and a crystal clear sea in 50 shades of blue. An adult’s only retreat.