If you’re heading to the southern coast of Thailand looking to unwind in luxurious secluded tropical splendour, the newly established Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is the place for you. A partnership between Marriott International and Malaysia’s YTL Hotels, the resort is constructed on a former coconut plantation and many of the trees have been left in situ, adding lush greenery to an already verdant site.
Truly, the resort reflects a harmonious blend between pure paradise and premium hospitality; a man-made haven of relaxation nestled in nature, boasting exquisite contemporary design and traditional elements. With an emphasis on immersing guests in the island’s local heritage, here you will find quintessential Thai aesthetics interwoven in the design of the resort’s 175 stylish suites and pool villas, and in its lavish amenities and services.
Scuba diving on Samui’s coral reef and island hopping are among the most popular attractions on the island but visitors will also find plenty to keep themselves entertained without having to leave the resort. If lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun on the resort’s secluded beach is not enough, The Ritz-Carlton has got you covered. A purpose-built on-site swim reef is home to over 50 species of colourful fish and offers a unique guided feeling and snorkeling experience. For the athletically inclined there is tennis, boarding, kayaking, jogging and hiking. Sports enthusiasts can even take complimentary Muay Thai lessons.
Then there’s Spa Village Koh Samui, which is anything but a regular spa. A paradise within a paradise, it is inspired by the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients and age-old healing practices of the region. Seek to restore balance to your mind, body and soul through uplifting traditional Thai healing practices that incorporate coconut, healing herbs, water therapy and fresh flowers.
In terms of dining, be prepared for culinary treats. You haven’t truly visited a place without having tried the local food and for a taste of southern Thailand’s bold flavours the resort’s Pak Tai restaurant overlooking the swim reef is a must. In addition, the Baan Talat outlet offers an outdoor street food and entertainment experience every Saturday. Other dining venues include Shook!, a stylish restaurant serving creative Asian and Western dishes and a vast buffet selection at breakfast, and Sea Salt, a beachside dining space where you can indulge in international and Thai classics to the sound of waves breaking on the golden shore.
At the end of a perfect day in nirvana, what better way to unwind than with refreshing creative cocktails and sundowners at One Rai or at Tides, the poolside bar? Both are ideal spots for watching the sun dip into the Gulf of Thailand, just one of many sensory experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui that make it hard to leave.
For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/koh-samui.