The extremely anticipated Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui is the newest luxurious lodge to open in one among South East Asia’s most trendy island places.
Koh Samui is a part of a sequence of idyllic, sun-kissed islands scattered alongside the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The Samui Archipelago has a popularity as a veritable tropical paradise, recognized for its white sandy seashores, 5-star resorts and high-end spas. The unique nickname, ‘Coconut Island’, is owed to the bountiful coconut groves strewn throughout its shores.
The oceanfront resort has a post-card good backdrop; nestled in a personal bay, with 175 suites and villas perched amongst the luxurious tropical greenery that sweeps right down to the stretch of blissfully secluded seashore under. Cue: Waves gently lapping towards the sand, and water so astonishingly blue, it have to be seen to be believed.
In reality, on the 58 acre property, you’ll discover two pristine personal seashores (full with palm timber swaying within the balmy breeze), a lagoon-like beachside pool and a one-of-a-kind specifically constructed swim reef teeming with a vibrant parade of over 50 species of fish.
The Ritz-Carlton’s first foray into the East Coast of Thailand completely encapsulates the essence of the island, while mixing the lodge model’s signature luxurious with conventional Thai hospitality. Guests can expertise the Samui lifestyle with rigorously curated wellness programmes, cultural immersions and culinary ideas.
Whilst there are a selection of room choices out there, in case you’re desperate to blow your baht on a memorable expertise, look no additional than the Ultimate Pool Villa.
The polished, modern design options Thai accents, while a palette of deep honey-coloured timber and muted tones permits for the panoramic views to take the limelight. The dwelling area is elegantly furnished with colonial-style ceiling followers, touches of rattan and nice native materials, comparable to silk. Floor-to-ceiling home windows and sliding doorways create a vibrant and breezy ambiance, and the toilet includes a double basin, a stand-alone bathtub and separate bathe. Guests can anticipate plush robes and Asprey facilities.
A morning spent by your personal infinity plunge pool is what island getaway goals are made from.
As tempting as it might be to lie all day lengthy by the pool having fun with countless ocean views, you’ll should peel your self away out of your poolside chaise lounge to expertise extra of what the resort has to supply. Plus, nothing says ‘resort-life’ like chauffeured golf-buggies that whisk you across the sunny, frangipani- scented sanctuary.
Whilst sipping Tiki cocktails poolside (we’re speaking island-inspired concoctions corresponding to Mahiki coconut rum, peach, pineapple juice, freshly-squeezed lime and pandan syrup) is a pleasurable approach to spend the afternoon, remember to cruise on as much as the arrival pavilion in time for the complimentary night drinks and canapés. Here is your best guess for securing the dreamiest views of the well-known Samui sundown.
Thailand is famend for its wealthy culinary choices and The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is not any exception. Fittingly, there are six eating places showcasing dishes from genuine Thai, to trendy western delicacies, and even citrus-cured specialties on the poolside cevicheria.
Pak Thai (pictured above) provides a positive eating setting, serving spicy Southern Thai delicacies in discrete eating terraces surrounding the reef. Alternatively, for a rustic-chic beachfront restaurant, comply with the bamboo torches that illuminate a path right down to Sea Salt Deck, the place visitors feast on recent seafood beneath the star- studded sky.
One of probably the most thrilling eating experiences is Baan Talat; an al fresco night time market held each Saturday within the courtyard as exquisitely dressed Thai dancers carry out properly into the night. Stalls are brimming with conventional street-eats ready by Ritz-Carlton cooks, together with classics comparable to cardamom-scented Massaman curry and heat, flaky roti.
For the hopeless romantics on the market – a stunning moon-lit eating expertise could be privately organized on the Sala Thai pavilion, the place you’re positive to be serenaded by a tender thrum of cicadas.
For those that need to take a style of Thailand residence, enrol in ‘The Southern Gastronomic Journey’ – an immersive culinary class that begins with a chef-led tour round an area produce market.
The market-sourced components are included into the cooking class, the place you’ll be getting ready dishes corresponding to an fragrant inexperienced curry and – for a heavenly dessert – mango sticky rice with coconut cream.
After indulging in a feast of native flavours, and kidding your self that coconut ice- cream is guilt free (it’s categorized as fruit, proper?) – it’s time to work up a sweat. Like any resort of this calibre, there are ample choices for bodily lively friends resembling operating tracks, a well-equipped fitness center and outside yoga courses. For a complete physique exercise with a Thai twist, e-book in for a Muay Thai lesson. You’ll be whipped-into-shape by an skilled, who will practice you in what is called ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’.
Take benefit of your blissful backdrop – browsing, kayaking or get up paddle boarding are all on supply. If you want to discover the crystal-clear waters and snorkel across the nearby islands, reserve an unique tour on the glamorous Ritz-Carlton speedboat.
Luckily for you, the resort occurs to be a partnership between Marriot International and YTL Hotels, which have a portfolio of properties throughout Asia and Europe that function the signature ‘Spa Village’ idea. In the case of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, the Spa Village has been superbly conceived – drawing upon the lodge’s heritage as the location of a former coconut plantation. There are eight remedy suites, three open-air therapeutic massage pavilions, a yoga studio, a well being bar and a lap pool ignored by stylish cabanas.
One solely has to look up on the putting coconut husk chandelier hanging within the spa entrance to understand that the fruit is a vital aspect within the spa expertise. Opt for the ‘Samui’s Coconut Heritage’ remedy, which begins with a pre-ritual Songkran bathe (impressed by Thailand’s water pageant) and an exfoliating coconut husk scrub, adopted by a 90-minute therapeutic massage and nourishing hair remedy with virgin coconut oil. It’s the definition of bliss.
For extra info on YTL Hotels’ The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui go to RitzCarlton.com