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Koh Samui is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket—and its beaches are considered second only to Phuket's in quality. But vacationing in Koh Samui offers benefits. It's among the few Thai islands that stay sunny and dry during the annual summer monsoon season, for example, and it's home to Villa Malouna. This luxurious Zen- and mid-century modern-inspired beachfront vacation rental, starting at $1,200 per night, which accommodates up to 12 guests.

While the villa's streamlined open-plan design is noteworthy, the surrounding landscape is what makes the property so spectacular. It sits on Laem Noi Beach, featuring white sand and palm trees set against a backdrop of distant mountains and pink-streaked evening skies. A short swim or kayak trip leads to a coral reef filled with colorful fish. And the villa's centerpiece is a 90-foot infinity pool touting emerald green Sukabumi tiles, a floating couch, and a generously sized deck made of sustainable Dutch wood.

Much of the natural scenery is visible from inside the villa, thanks to adjustable woven screens that, when raised, allow the indoors and outdoors to blend. That means you can sit in the living room alternately watching TV and gazing at the sunset. Other interior highlights include the black kitchen with copper lighting by Tom Dixon, and six black-terrazzo bathrooms with rain showers opening onto a garden of frangipanis and birds of paradise. If you're traveling with kids, they can escape the heat in the villa's gigantic playroom. And for a truly over-the-top stay, you could opt for add-on services like a restaurant concierge, fresh groceries, and spa services.

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