The top 10 (best-ever) sunsets
Below, find ten of our favourite sunsets enjoyed at The Pool on the Hill.
1. Koh Samui’s Big Buddha at sunset
An especially gold sunset featuring Koh Samui’s Big Buddha. You can see Big Buddha at all times of day from The Pool on the Hill (it’s Koh Samui’s biggest sightseeing attraction and is just a ten-minute drive away). However, at sunset, the Big Buddha silhouette is particularly special. We took this photo through a long lens and love the shape of Koh Samui’s hills beyond: they include the entire north coast of the island – Plai Laem, Bang Rak, Bophut and Maenam in the distance.
2. A watercolour sunset showcasing nearby Plai Laem Beach and our closest island neighbour, Koh Som.
The small jetty at the bottom left is Plai Laem Marina, where you can charter boats to a variety of locations including Koh Som for a short day-trip, Koh Phangan and even Ang Thong Marine Park (just visible on the horizon). Plai Laem Beach is walkable from The Pool on the Hill: it’s about a 20-minute walk on very quiet roads. Though the return walk involves a steep hill (the house name gives you fair warning a hill is involved!), it’s an interesting way to see a quiet part of Koh Samui that few tourists will see.
Plai Laem Beach, and the marina’s jetty especially, are great places to look for shells. The beach isn’t especially suitable for swimming as it’s very shallow and slightly muddy, but it’s a popular spot for fishing and even stand-up paddling.
Our closer beach, Choeng Mon Beach, is better for swimming and is a shorter walk: twelve minutes, or a really quick zip down the hill in a car (three minutes door to door).
3. Ang Thong Marine Park on the horizon (and an enormous sun – dropping quickly)
On especially clear days (and evenings), you can see Ang Thong Marine Park on the horizon directly facing The Pool on the Hill. In this sunset photo we’ve used a long lens to see the islands’ outlines in great detail. Given Koh Samui’s proximity to the equator, the sun drops fast – once it nears the horizon you can actually see it moving. When it gets to this position, challenge your friends and family to guess how long – in seconds – until the sun disappears from view. The most woeful attempt makes the next round of gin and tonics.
4. An orange and purple sunset showing off Koh Samui’s beautiful hills
Often, cloudy days produce the most dramatic sunsets at The Pool on the Hill. In comparison to the long lens photo above, this view is similar to what you’ll see in person and gives a better idea of the proximity to Big Buddha and Plai Laem Beach (10-minute and 5-minute drives, respectively). As sunset turns to dusk, the busier parts of Koh Samui start to light up and it’s easy to see Fisherman’s Village a few bays to the northwest. Should the mood strike you, you can easily order a taxi through the villa’s concierge service and enjoy dinner or a night out in Fisherman’s Village, a 15-minute drive away.
5. Rosé all day?
If you prefer wine at sunset, you’ll be happy to find pool-proof wine glasses at The Pool on the Hill: unbreakable, BEP-free plastic glasses that are totally safe to use around the pool (or in the bath!). Want to add a board game? Find a selection in the kitchen cupboards.
6. Leopard-print sunset?
There’s probably a term for a sunset like this – we just said “wow” over and over. The day itself had been fairly overcast and unremarkable, and there was no sinking ball of sun at sunset either. All of this magic happened afterwards, making it the best after-party we’ve ever enjoyed in bare feet. While we certainly can’t guarantee sunsets, know that – if there is a sunset – it’s always different and you just never know what it might look like. Stand ready with a favourite cocktail, your camera and some favourite music and see what the Sunset Gods deliver.
7. & 8. Side-by-side sunsets on consecutive nights overlooking The Pool on the Hill’s infinity pool
These photos were taken in March, when the sun sets behind the hills near Maenam and Bang Po. A few months later, it sets straight out to sea – as in the photos that follow – highlighting Ang Thong Marine Mark. Towards the end of the year on Koh Samui (around Christmas/New Year) you'll see the sun set behind Bophut's hills, as seen in the photo at the top of the page.
*Secret vila perk*
What if sunset was the prelude to a totally catered barbeque? Amongst the many concierge services available to you at The Pool on the Hill a fully catered BBQ is a guest favourite. Enjoy an al fresco feast and then doubly enjoy the fact that someone else handles the clean-up.
9. Red sky at night …
is even more delightful with palm trees in silhouette (as seen here on Plai Laem Beach).
10. This could be you!
From The Pool on the Hill you have a great view of planes landing at (and taking off from) Koh Samui Airport (a 15-minute drive away). If you snag a window seat on the left side, you might even be able to spot the house before you land. See you soon (but try to get here by sunset).
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