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Sleek Villas on Chic Thai Island Off Limits to American Buyers

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Created by the Singapore-based firm MAPS Design, the Residences at the W Koh Samui are some of the most attractive beachside villas in the world. With more than a half mile of white sand beach, only 19 residences, and a remote location, there's little chance of a crowd forming to spoil the paradise. The two- and three-bedroom homes are priced from 65M thai baht, or $2.07M, but there's little sense in converting the prices to dollars. According to the official W website: "The residential units are not offered to individuals who reside in the United States, entities organized under the law of the United States, nor to persons or entities located in the United States." It's not quite clear why this is, but perhaps it explains why Facebook's Eduardo Saverin, a Singapore resident, is looking to renounce his American citizenship.
· The Residences [W Koh Samui]