After some time spent in Thailand’s crazy capital for TBEX Asia 2015, I was ready for some island time, and while Bangkok has my heart, I boarded my early flight to Koh Samui, looking forward to spending the next week in the islands. When I say early, I mean early; I watched the sun rise over the wing of my Bangkok Airways flight, the short 45 minutes of which included a free meal – take note, US airline carriers!

Having touched down on Samui, I was straight on a Lomprayah Ferry service across to Koh Phangan.

My base camp here was a luxury villa by Bay Residence; it was spacious, stylish and had a killer infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Check out this mini video for an illustration of how super amazing this place was.

I spent a fair bit of time in the sunken outdoor seating area; it’s huge, and with a view of the sunset, it’s great for a hosting friends or for somewhere to catch up on work.

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The villa is just steps from Haad Salad bay so I took a stroll down to the beach to find amazing turquoise waters, nearly empty but for one or two fishing boats.

This simply gorgeous spot was perfect for stopping to enjoy a frozen coconut shake. Back at the villa, I took a dip in the infinity pool before exploring the master bedroom on the second level, which boasts its own private balcony.

I have to admit, I was surprised, even shocked to find such a great place on Koh Phangan. The villas are ideal for a little island vacation and on the same development, Bay Residence has apartments for sale, so you can own a slice of paradise. There’s luxury everywhere if you know where to look. Which is why, if you don’t already, you should follow me on Twitter and Instagram and, if you’re heading for the Gulf and looking for a slice of elegant beachside living, you should check out Bay Residence on Facebook and Twitter too.

I left, a little reluctantly, on a hazy day – the ocean flat and calm, and headed back to Samui for the next instalment of my island luxury tour. But I’ll leave that for another blog – stay tuned.