Location: Chaweng Beach, Samui Island, Suratthani, Thailand
Completion: December 2008
Site Area: 6,400m2 (4.0rai /1.6ac) 49 Rooms
Client: Sareeraya Villas & Suites
Architect: C.C.W. Co., Ltd.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN CONCEPT
With a design theme of ‘Oriental Chic’ Sareeraya combines elements of Thai and Chinese architecture found in Southern Thailand. Characteristic elements such as temple forms, open courtyards within buildings and lily pools are used to create a distinctively styled resort.
Located between prime beachfront and a busy main road, a midrise block at the back comprising spacious suites enables sea views whilst screening the property from road traffic. A decorative wall encloses the main drop off and entry court, so that a sense of tranquility and escape is experienced directly at guest arrival. After passing the foyer and ‘pagoda’ themed sculpture, narrow views gradually open up to the Gulf of Thailand.
Individual villas with their own plunge pool and outdoor shower are staggered and set on a series of stepped lily pools so that each has sea views. The lily pools give privacy without obstructing views from the suite block. Each suite also has direct access to a shared pool in front of their respective block.
At the beachfront an infinity edge swimming pool overlooks the sea. Distinctive temple inspired decorative walls frame the pool and bar. Existing coconut palms are maintained and a sculptural piece designed especially for the resort, represents ‘Sareeraya, the princess of water’, from the Thai mythology after which the resort was named.