Take the house tour
Rent The Pool on the Hill in Koh Samui, Thailand for your best-ever vacation (and your very own freshwater infinity pool).
Inside, the house offers five bedroom suites and a spacious open-plan family kitchen/living room (think four-metre ceilings and three walls of windows). Outside? Even better. Enjoy a chemical-free infinity pool and all the tropical outdoor space you can imagine. All you need do is choose your nine favourite family members.
5 en-suite bedrooms sleep 10 people
Ocean views from every room
Indoor/outdoor tropical living
"As soon as you walk through the gates you feel completely wowed and yet immensely relaxed. " – recent guest
Welcome! The Pool on the Hill is just a short drive from Koh Samui Airport (you’ll be here in fifteen minutes or less).
For a totally stress-free arrival your reservation can include airport transfer to and from Koh Samui Airport. Our lovely team of staff will be ready to greet you at the house with big smiles, cold drinks and can help with your luggage. Your only job is to race through the gates and get your first glimpse of The Pool on the Hill.
quick and easy airport transfer
juicy Thai mangoes (in season)
lily pond (with happy fat frogs)
keyless entry system and CCTV
Juicy, juicy mangoes
If you’re more patient than most guests, you might take a second to see if our happy mango tree is fruiting. If so (usually in December), help yourself to an endless supply of organic mangoes during your stay – blended, mashed, paired with sticky rice and coconut or eaten straight off the tree.
Ready to see inside? Come on in…
Step through the antique Chinese gates, and begin your time at The Pool on the Hill. Here, you get your first peek at nearby island Koh Som, and perhaps Ang Thong Marine Park on the horizon. Ready to hop, skip and jump across the pond?
The pond (and its happy frogs)
By now, you’ve met at least three frogs and perhaps a butterfly or two. (Keener eyes will spot our new fish – kept very busy eating whatever the frogs don’t). If you’re a plant person, you might pause mid-stride to meet your new tropical friends: pink lotuses, a variety of water lilies, and ‘fishing rod’ plants.
Otherwise – if you’re like a recent teenage guest – you’ll head straight across the pond steps, down the stairs to the pool and won’t emerge until dinner. But there’s so much more to see!
Across the pond
Want a quick break? If you’re already noticing that it’s *hot* in Thailand, take a break on the antique teak Burmese bench and – if nothing else – pause here to liberate your feet from shoes and socks. You won't need them for awhile.
Whether ‘foyer’ is the right word for an area entirely outside, we can’t be sure, but your arrival continues in a wide open space that connects five ‘junctions’: the main gate and pond steps, the side gate, the master bedroom, steps to the kitchen/living area and the main staircase to the pool level. If the ocean views aren’t stealing all your focus, you might spot a large frangipani tree (or perhaps smell it – frangipani flowers smell glorious).
Side gates & keyless entry
Throughout your stay, you might find the side gates are your most convenient entry and exit to the villa (spot it in the driveway photo – the gate on the left). Unlike the main gates, they have just one small step so better suit little legs (and lazy ones, too).
At this gate, you’ll find your keyless entry system. Embrace your vacation brain and never worry about losing keys or locking yourself out! During your stay, you get a unique lock code to enjoy easy, instant access in and out of the villa. For your peace of mind, it locks automatically when shut.
Did it take three thousand hours to find a way to add modern keyless locking technology to a one-hundred-year-old antique door? Yes, it did. Is that any of your concern? Not at all (but if you have a second – please be impressed).
Down the main staircase, you’ll find the pool and pool deck, a variety of outdoor living areas and four of the five villa bedrooms. (The master bedroom is on the main living level, in its own separate building). A second, covered staircase beside the kitchen is another option – especially if you’re avoiding the strong sun or any rain.
Indoor & outdoor living
We’ve built the house to maximise two sacred things: ocean views and time with people we love.
To this end, you’ll find both indoor and outdoor living areas for all-night chats or riotous games. Best of all? Whether stretched out and relaxing on an indoor or outdoor sofa, you’ll always have an ocean view.
so many places to relax
ocean views from the shade
music system indoors and out
acoustic guitar and board games
"I enjoyed relaxing as the living room was so large!" – a recent guest
Half a dozen steps separate the entry area from the large upper terrace. With cool tile and shade from wide roof coverage, it’s a favourite spot for enjoying beautiful views while avoiding sunburn. Its proximity to the coffee pot (≤10 seconds) doesn’t hurt, and this might be the spot you end up spending the most time.
Outdoor seating (and great coffee)
Two large outdoor sofas will fit a gathering, and extra wicker chairs can be rearranged as people move in and out of the conversation. If you manage to find it all to yourself, it’s an ideal place to blaze through an entire book in one sitting (ideally having trained a relative to bring you a fresh coconut on the hour, every hour). Outdoor speakers stand ready to add a soundtrack – just sync your phone to the Bluetooth in under a minute.
Keep your cool
Breeze off the ocean and a pair of ceiling fans help to keep you cool. In all but the hottest parts of the year (usually April and May), it’s comfortable here in the shade all day long.
Want some sunshine?
No need to go downstairs. A comfy bench seat overlooks the pool and is long enough for two adults to sit stretched out. Whereas the terrace is covered and remains in the shade until late afternoon, the bench seat is open to the sun all day (and is wonderful for star-gazing at night).
Secret stairs (and gecko HQ)
Just around the corner, off the kitchen, you’ll find a half bathroom as well as the second staircase down to the pool level. The outdoor ceiling in this area is a popular spot for little geckos – so say hi. They're totally harmless, pretty cute and (usually) stay outside eating mosquitoes.
Family living room
Let’s head inside! At The Pool on the Hill, every day is your favourite kind of Saturday. Open-plan living, ocean views (and seriously comfy sofas) offer you the best of home and holiday combined.
Lose the shoes!
A quick request: Before you enter a room, would you mind slipping off your shoes? It’s Thai custom to remove shoes or sandals before going inside a home, as feet are considered dirty. As such, we ask you to slip your shoes off outside the kitchen/living room, your bedroom or the downstairs sala. You’ll see that staff and housekeeping does likewise – it’s just common Thai courtesy all around. Thanks!
Included in the living room
Three supremely comfortable sofas
Large coffee table (ideal for multi-player Monopoly)
Various antiques and decorative pieces
Smart TV (Netflix/Amazon capable)
Board games and jigsaw puzzles (actually – they’re in the kitchen cupboards)
Selection of books and magazines
Bluetooth music system with indoor/outdoor speakers
From time to time: a frog, a butterfly or a gecko (casing the joint, we presume)
Air-conditioning with remote (and instructions)
Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and windows – to open as you choose
Solar battery socket and USB charging point (in case of power cuts)
USB charging station for phones, iPads, etc
We keep an acoustic guitar for guests to release their inner Dylan. It’s not studio quality but it's better than bringing one as carry-on (unless your roadies do that for you).
In or out?
You’ll love the foldable floor-to-ceiling windows – essentially moving glass walls that can be totally open or completely shut, as you like. For the ultimate 'indoor-outdoor-tropical-living' success, you can open a total of five walls of windows. (Guess what? You'll find the same sliding windows in the bedrooms, too).
Suitability for children
While families with kids have loved their time at The Pool on the Hill, please note that the home has many features that have an inherent risk to children. Within the living room, three walls of sliding windows open directly on to the pond.
Can't make this up
Fun fact: A woodworker named Sh*t helped construct the living room's vaulted teak ceiling. While that was his actual name (seriously, 'S-H-eye-T'), the result is *anything but*. It’s four-metres tall and at many times of day comes alive with reflections off the pond. Two ceiling fans and a healthy amount of accent lighting set you up for some serious relaxing.
Kitchen and dining
Your kitchen. The inevitable gathering point for any group? We think so.
The Pool on the Hill's open-plan kitchen means you can bring your favourite family traditions with you to Koh Samui – whether it’s Saturday pancakes, lazy brunches or home-made birthday cakes (baked with an ocean view).
pre-order your food and drinks
in-house chef and catered dinners
filtered drinking water (and ice)
"The large kitchen/dining area is well equipped and great for either larger groups or those who enjoy space." – a recent guest
Kitchen island (on an island)
With power outlets on each end and four comfy stools in the middle, you can catch up on Colbert or peruse Pinterest for some recipe inspiration – ideally in the company of your very best people and an overflowing bowl of tropical fruit.
The large kitchen island is where you’ll realise, most days, that it’s past noon and you’re still in pyjamas. Worried about missing the view? Don’t worry – a mirrored backsplash keeps you fully informed of passing planes, nearby sailboats and rudely-shaped clouds.
Appliances and kitchen storage
The Pool on the Hill’s family kitchen includes a large island and high-grade German appliances including gas and induction hobs, two ovens and a microwave. What you can’t see? The tap water is potable – so you won’t need plastic water bottles (more on that magic here).
Induction hob (with idiot-proof instructions)
Two ovens and a microwave (and more easy instructions)
Fridge/freezer with ice machine (made with drinking water)
Dishwasher (uses filtered water)
If you manage to fill up the kitchen cupboards during your stay ... you have a hoarding problem. While both under-counter and under-island kitchen drawers hold everything you need to cook, roast, bake, chop and generally feast, everything at eye level and above is empty cupboard space for your snacks (excepting one magic cupboard that holds board games and jigsaw puzzles). Snacks that someone else – if you ask nicely – will go and buy for you (more on that, below!).
Amongst the concierge services available when you stay at The Pool on the Hill is the chance to pre-order groceries, snacks and drinks; ready and waiting for your arrival. (Ask for anything and everything coconut – it’s Koh Samui’s speciality).
Also Included in the kitchen
Drinking water from the tap! (7x filtered and UV sanitised)
Double sink and small bar sink
Full set of cookware, roasting and baking dishes (IKEA)
General kitchen knives and utensils
Cutlery, dishes and drinkware for ten guests
Pool-safe (unbreakable) plastic wine and cocktail glasses
Your dining options
At The Pool on the Hill, you’ll find a great variety of places to eat breakfast, have a snack or enjoy cocktails at sunset. There’s the kitchen island, indoor and outdoor dining tables, the pool deck and the sala. (Or, for the particularly greedy, face-first in the mango tree outside).
Don’t like cooking?
We don’t blame you – it’s hot! Instead, there are plenty of in-house dining options requiring no effort: request an in-house chef, catered dinners and BBQs, or try dozens of great Koh Samui restaurants on nearby Choeng Mon Beach and vicinity. (Dining on the Rocks and SALA Samui Restaurant are both just a few minutes' drive away).
Dining table for ten
While dining under the stars is always tempting, the large dining table will be a favourite spot for brunch and dinner. (If you put take-out Thai food into your own dishes you can totally take chef credit). While the table in the photo is set with eight chairs, you can fit all ten guests together around the table. It’s a slightly tighter fit, but you’re all friends, right?
Once fed, let’s do exactly what our mothers told us not to: head downstairs and go swimming.
Freshwater infinity pool
What’s special about this pool? It’s infinity edged – nothing gets in the way of you and the view – and chlorine-free!
At The Pool on the Hill you get ocean views from every room. Double the drama from the infinity pool – it's not only chlorine-free but shows off Koh Samui at its best.
180-degree ocean views
freshwater (chlorine-free and salt-free)
46 feet long (14 metres)
six pool beds and cocoon pod seat
"It has to be one of the best views on Koh Samui, being on top of a hill overlooking the ocean and sunset." – a recent guest
Included in your view
What will you see? For starters: 180-degree ocean views that include all of Koh Samui's north coast (from Bang Po, Maenam, Bophut, Bang Rak, Plai Laem across to Choeng Mon's northeastern corner) as well as Ang Thong Marine Park, Big Buddha, Koh Som and Koh Phangan.
Lucky Koh Samui sights and local landmarks included in your view at The Pool on the Hill
Sunsets (pray to the weather gods!)
Private jets landing at Koh Samui Airport
Birds and butterflies
Tropical storms and maybe a rainbow
Every shade of blue
Koh Phangan and Koh Som islands
Koh Samui's Big Buddha
Fishing boats and Chinese junks
Wat Plai Laem (local temple)
Angthong Marine Park
Freshwater infinity pool
Freshwater (chlorine-free and salt-free), filled with filtered Koh Samui rainwater
Faces Koh Samui's northwest for year-round sunsets
14 metres long (nearly 46 feet) – perfect for swimming
The Pool on the Hill’s infinity pool is as chemically free as a pool can be. As for size – at 46 feet (14 metres), it's long enough to swim laps, shallow enough for adults and big kids to paddle, definitely big enough to play Marco Polo.
Embrace your inner Gwyneth! There’s a world of space available out here, and many guests love booking private yoga classes to enjoy poolside every morning.
Sunsets from the pool
"Swimming in the pool while enjoying a cocktail is like something out of a movie. We will definitely be back to live the dream again." – a recent guest
Pool deck sun and shade
Throughout the day, sun and shade make non-stop trades across the pool and pool deck. On a sunny day, you’ll always be able to enjoy one or the other in a comfy spot with a great view.
Pool beds and poolside seating
Six pool beds share three large pool umbrellas, and every pool bed has its own built-in tray table for your book, sunscreen and a cold drink. In the kitchen you’ll find a selection of pool-safe cups and glasses and, if you need further refreshment, the answer is literally there in front of you.
A favourite spot
A favourite spot is the cocoon pod seat – claim it just for yourself or curl up together and enjoy what might be the best view in the house – straight down the pool, to infinity and beyond.
The pool is not fenced and is directly accessed from four of the five bedrooms. The infinity edge has a steep drop on the other side. As with any pool, parental vigilance will be required.
More pool questions?
Is the pool heated? How is the pool “chlorine free”? What's on the other side of the infinity edge? Can we use inflatable pool toys? Get answers to all these questions and more in our FAQs.
Tropical living outdoors
What’s a sala? Somewhere you definitely want to spend lazy days.
A sala is a Thai word for an outdoor room, small building or platform – covered with a roof to provide shade. Our sala sits poolside and is big enough for a family meal, enjoying sunset cocktails or a memorable Monopoly game.
poolside shaded sala
oceanview outdoor living room
outdoor music system
Why you’ll love spending time in the sala:
You get extensive ocean views along Koh Samui’s coastline all the way to Koh Phangan
Read books in it, take long naps, or start writing your life story
Or, just look across to the small island of Koh Som, contemplating world peace
We think this might be our favourite spot in the whole house. Or is it the kitchen? Can’t decide...
Outdoor living room
Enjoy tons of tropical outdoor space: sunshine when you want it, and lots of shade for naps (and sissies). A few steps down from the pool’s deep end you’ll find yet another space to hang out – an area we’ve given the very original name “outdoor living room”.
Shade when you want it
This space is in glorious shade until the very late afternoon. Two bedrooms (the second master suite and bedroom five), adjoin this outdoor space so it’s a great communal spot for a smaller group or the whole team.
A pair of outdoor couches and an immense antique Balinese daybed can fit all ten guests at once or – if you’re like us – three adults playing 'Exploding Kittens' with near-rabid intensity.
As on the upper terrace, outdoor speakers will gladly play from any Bluetooth device (if that sounds confusing, it isn’t – we road-tested our instructions sheet on a 70-year-old technophobe). Soundtrack suggestion: If you, as well, plan to play 'Exploding Kittens' … you’ll find that 'Eye of the Tiger' is a suitable soundtrack. These downstairs speakers are on a separate system to those upstairs – so no parent has to suffer their teenagers’ “music” (or vice versa).
Bedrooms & bathrooms
The Pool on the Hill’s five bedrooms sleep up to ten people. All five bedrooms have ocean views and en-suite bathrooms.
The rooms are massive – and every one of them is different. With en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and floor-to-ceiling windows (and tons of closet space!), each of the villa’s five bedrooms is a large hotel-style suite in itself.
5 bedrooms (4 king beds & 2 twin beds)
ocean views from every bed
all en-suite with rain showers
"The decor, design and views are amazing and each of the well appointed bedrooms have their own feature that makes them unique." – a recent guest
Included in each bedroom
Sealy Posturepedic mattresses with Microban®
IKEA pillows and light duvets
New (2018) linens
Air-conditioning with remote
Ceiling fan with remote
Custom closet with hangers
Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and windows – to open as you choose
Bedside tables with reading lamps
Instructions for air-conditioning and shower controls
Solar battery socket and USB charging point (in case of power cuts)
Included in each en-suite bathroom
New (2018) towels: bath towels, hand towels and washcloths
Travel amenities: soap, shampoo and conditioner
Laundry basket (laundry is available through our concierge)
king bed (four-poster canopy)
on the main level
en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath
indoor & outdoor showers
walk-in closet and dressing room
private living room
separate outdoor terrace
on the pool level, next to the outdoor living room
indoor & outdoor showers
walk-in closet and dressing area
two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows
separate balcony area
on pool level
walk-in closet area
super king bed
on pool level
indoor shower & sunken bath
spacious wall closet
two twin beds
on pool level
Driveway and parking
As you can see, there’s ample parking for your entire group – should you ever want to leave the house. If you’d prefer to walk, it’s certainly possible to walk to Choeng Mon Beach (twelve minutes downhill).
If you come back from the beach and have sandy feet, you’ll find a tap in the driveway – just beside the gate.
As an eco-villa, The Pool on the Hill is a 100% non-smoking home – both inside and outside. If your group includes smokers, we request that they use the driveway area as the designated smoking spot. Shade is always available, and ashtrays can be provided.
You might spot external security cameras, whether at either of these gates, in the driveway or on other perimeter areas of the house. In addition to 24-hour security guards within our gated community, we have CCTV cameras operating on the property perimeter. Don’t worry – Big Brother is not watching you! None of the cameras observes or infringes upon your privacy within the villa.
The pool – by the numbers
4 steps for shallow paddling (or reading)
14 metres long (nearly 46 feet)
1.1 metres at the shallow end (3.6 feet)
1.7 metres at the deep end (5.5 feet)
31°C: the record warmest water (87.8°C)
With a microbiology background and a clean-freak streak to surpass Monica Geller, the villa owners have not one … not two … not three … but four steam-cleaners, which are regularly put to use on all soft furnishings, mattresses included. Cleaning with steam is just another way we try to keep The Pool on the Hill as chemically free – and as squeaky clean – as possible. Take that, tropics!
Much like our healthy collection of steam cleaners, we have more than our fair share of pressure-washers. A Tim Allen amount of power is regularly combined with our filtered rainwater supply to keep the pool deck (and everywhere else) in ship-shape.
Ever had to run across a beach of burning hot sand? As Koh Samui is so close to the equator, the sun here can turn inanimate objects into scorching torture devices. As such, The Pool on the Hill’s pool deck (and entry foyer) uses a light coloured sandstone – it doesn’t absorb heat, so your bare feet stay as cool as possible. At the hottest times of the year, it can get warm to the touch but never burning. Worst case is a lazy hopscotch into the shade, never anything like a full “ow!ow!ow!” sprint.
Two master bedrooms
We bear good news. If your group includes two couples of Mama Bear/Papa Bear status, two of The Pool on the Hill’s five bedrooms have “master bedroom” status. The first is upstairs on the main living level and would best suit any relatives who (A) would rather avoid stairs, (B) want a little more space and privacy or (C) just want to be closest to the fridge!
How to choose your bedroom?
Choosing your bedroom will take exploration and perhaps some bartering with your family. Wondering who will sleep where? The second master bedroom is directly beneath the first, on the pool level. Both have indoor and outdoor showers, as well as immense walk-in closets. Tough choices? Probably, but you can do it.
Relaxing bath or outdoor shower? Both?
Here’s a hint: Don’t choose your bedroom until you’ve looked at all five en-suite bathrooms, and made some careful considerations. Do you want a bath in an oval tub with an ocean view or in a sunken tub surrounded by twinkling lights? Do you want a shower amongst tropical plants and – if so – indoors, or out?
Every bathroom is different and bath-people have as many tough choices to make as shower-people. No matter the bathroom you choose, you’ll enjoy the rare chance to bathe in Koh Samui rainwater that’s heated with Thai sunshine (What?! More on that here).
This is your official invitation to totally over-pack. Every bedroom has enormous closet space and stands ready with dozens of hangers. Both master suites have their own walk-in closets with custom fittings and drawers galore. Bedrooms three, four and five have large hanging areas and in-room closet spaces – with ample room to tuck your luggage out of sight and really feel at home.
Please note that none of the bedrooms has their own TVs – instead, we offer a Smart TV in the living room. If you’d like to watch TV or movies in bed on your own devices, the fibre-optic WiFi is almost always* at your service.
*See our caveat about Koh Samui internet and power here.
New linens and enormous pillows
Look forward to bright white linens, super fluffy pillows and – thanks to daily housekeeping – a bed that magically makes itself. Your sheets are high thread-count cotton, ideally suited for Koh Samui’s climate, and are changed every third day of your stay.
Perfect temperature control
Find your perfect sleeping temperature, thanks to air-conditioning and ceiling fans – both of which you can remote-control from the bed. For an “I’m tired and I just want to sleep” head-start, we even provide instructions on finding your perfect setting in five seconds or less.
Stretch, sprawl, sleep, repeat
If you do your best sleeping on a diagonal – more good news: four of The Pool on the Hill's five bedrooms have king-sized beds with miles of room for you to stretch, sprawl, sleep and repeat.
Jet-lagged, or just want a nap?
Get a great night's sleep thanks to blackout curtains and supremely comfortable Sealy Posturepedic mattresses with Microban® technology (a non-toxic fabric treatment to prevent bacteria and dust mites).