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18 luxury experiences in Koh Samui that you can’t miss

Imagine beach walks and golden horizons, a faint whiff of the ocean and the scent of romance in the air. That is Koh Samui for you: a gorgeous island that is one of the largest in Thailand. With its sun-kissed shores and tailored experiences, it has made a name as one of the hottest honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia. What’s more, despite the boom in wedding tourism, the island has managed to keep its hospitality clean and green by capitalizing on natural beauty and affirming sustainability. From the finest eco-friendly resorts to the most romantic activities by the oceanfront, here are 18 luxury experiences you need to try on your visit to Koh Samui:

18 luxury experiences in Koh Samui

For a great stay

Enjoy hilltop views of turquoise views

Wherever you are amidst the 60 pool villas and private residences of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, nature is never beyond your reach. Here you can capture soothing views of the tip of Thailand atop a palm-fringed slope. The resort’s private beach will likely keep you perched on the premises, so while you’re there, rejuvenate with your loved one with a Siam Lovers massage at the in-house spa. The treatment is spiced with homegrown herbs, and concludes with a rose bath in an alfresco tub. With an equal degree of care, the resort also looks after its reefs and marine life by planting over 20,000 coral fragments around it and rehabilitating injured sea turtles.

Exchange Vows Against the Limitless Horizon

When your love is as deep as the oceans of water, it deserves an exceptional celebration. And no place suits better than the private bay location of The Ritz Carlton Koh Samui, where you and your partner can exchange your vows against the backdrop of the limitless horizon. The resort offers multiple wedding packages with services ranging from a private couple’s dinner under the stars to a 60-minute Samui’s Coconut Heritage couple’s treatment at Spa Village. That all spa treatments here are inspired by natural local ingredients such as fresh flowers and healing herbs is just an added bonus.

Reconnect in privacy

Soak in the sun against sparkling waters and enjoy a drink in seclusion at Kimpton Kitalay Samui. You can saunter down a quiet stretch of Choeng Mon beach from here. Reconnecting with your partner becomes easier, thanks to the unique kids club at June, where your young ones can learn about the Samui way of living while you sip on shaker cocktails in your private lawn by the shore.

Go the nautical way

Who knew that just five kilometers from the Koh Samui airport, traditional Thai-Chinese boat vessels sit refashioned into luxurious private suites? At Melia Koh Samui, the maritime culture of the country takes on a new shade for the modeish traveller, with rustic wood shaping the form for a truly romantic getaway from the daily ordinary. When not in their private chambers, couples can soak in the alfresco bathtubs looking over a chocolate beach. With loop pools and sun loungers, there is enough space around the property for siesta lovers, and a tiny museum relates the history of the vessels for the enthusiastic.

Go big with your love

At Centara Reserve Samui, there’s something for everyone. This 184-key property is ideal for that massive destination wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Perched along a quiet corner of the Thai isle, the paradisiacal property mixes traditional Thai elements with a contemporary setting. There are a range of dining venues, from Sa-Nga for Thai and Act 5 for culinary theater to The Gin Run for a wild cocktail evening in the cool gulf air. For a clean and green stay, this is the place to be: a homegrown spice garden supplies wellness and culinary treatments across the resort, and the use of plastic and paper remains next to nil as per Centara ideals.

Give back to the community

Six Senses Samui takes you into the heart of the land with activities that seamlessly blend sustainability and tourism. With 14 curated experiences to choose from, the resort offers you a chance to laze by the sweet Samui shore, learn Thai cooking and host a private barbeque where no one can reach you. But there’s more: this is where you can feed poultry at the Farm on the Hill, engage with the community for beach clean up drives and reduce your carbon footprint by participating in the resort’s no-plastic policy.

Discover wellness

In Koh Samui, discovering wellness is a way of life. For those looking for an escape into themselves, the island offers a host of retreats and therapeutic programs. At Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort Guests can indulge in relaxing massages, yoga and mediation and revitalizing spa treatments within luxurious villa-style accommodations. And on top of a hill Kamalaya Koh Samui offers a secluded sanctuary of personal growth. To fill your days, the land is also studded with umpteen yogic retreats, health spas and clean food restaurants.

For exploration

Dive deep

Explore the dynamic variety of Thailand’s marine life. With multiple diving points from Hin Wong to Hin Bai, Koh Samui offers a gateway into the wonders of the underwater world by way of scuba diving and snorkelling. Angthong National Marine Park near Koh Samui is where the hidden waterfalls and rocky coves reveal themselves to the adventurous. You can also swim through coral reefs and engage in clean up drives while you explore.

go island hopping

Charter a boat and cruise along the Gulf of Thailand archipelago. Book a yacht with Oceana Samui Charters to visit islands such as Koh Tao, Tan island and the fisherman’s village against the setting sun. Midway, you’ll be met with mangrove pockets and pink dolphins, along with white sandy beaches that are perfect for a snorkelling dip.

Visit the local temples

Deep into the woods atop the Khao Pom mountain stands a secret Buddha garden. Constructed as a sculpture park, the secluded spot beckons travelers with its magnificent monuments and animal figurines resting in quiet solitude. This is just one of the many local pious spots of Koh Samui. Also worth visiting are Laem Sor pagoda on the southernmost tip of the island, the massive statue of Buddha in Wat Phra Yai, the Hin Lad waterfall temple and the embalmed remains of a monk named Luong Pordaeng in Wat Khunaram.

Chase sunsets

Picture this: a saxophone is dispelling jazz tunes into the salty island air from somewhere behind you. In front, the Samui skyline stretches beyond infinity, painted in an orange glow more dazzling than a tequila sunrise. With a bespoke cocktail experience, Air Bar at InterContinental Koh Samui was considered one of the 1,000 places to see before you die, and for good reason.

Run with the wildlife

Indulge in ethical elephant tourism at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Friendly mammals dwell on the palm lined shoreshere; having been rescued from a thick life of careless entertainment, they now thrive happily in the quaint surroundings of the sanctuary. This is where you can prep food for them, feed them and watch them stroll in their habitat for a truly Thai experience.

Learn the secrets of green living

At Island Organics, an organic micro farm on the island, travelers can spend a day of their vacation learning about aquaponics and micro farming. The classes break down the basics of nurturing green life so that even beginners can learn to build their own garden. While you’re at it, also sneak into the Thai cooking classes which teaches traditional recipes using fresh produce sourced from the in-house micro farm.

to dine

Dining on the Rocks

This flagship restaurant in Six Senses Samui is where culinary exploration comes to life under the stars. Each deck stands on a cliff of choppy rocks, constructed wholly of teak and wood.

You can book a private table with the ocean waters stretching before you, and dive into a fresh, balanced fare prepared sustainably from the resort’s own farm.

Tree Tops Sky Dining

At this fine dining spot in Anantara Lawana Koh Samui, island romance comes alive somewhere up in the tree canopies. Complement the set menu of your choice with a sip (or two or ten) from their exhaustive wine list. As the sun begins to set and the twilight covers the sandy patches in front of your eyes, the location becomes one of the most intimate spots to tell your better half how you love them.

Jahn

Experience Thai cuisine at its best at Conrad Koh Samui‘s in-house restaurant. Traditional Thai cooking meets the flavors of international ingredients at this seaside perch. For a larger evening, book their 28-seater candlelit dining room and raise a toast in style.

cliff

Taste flavors of the Mediterranean surrounded by modern art and oceanfront views. This restaurant has an extensive menu that builds on Portuguese and Italian influences. An alabaster lined bar serves up fresh fruit cocktails that take the heat off the tropical temperatures of the island.

Kiree the Bistro

Asian delicacies simmer in European flavors here. The menu vacillates between local signatures such as crab omelettes and artfully plated Serrano ham. With its plush armchairs and alfresco seating options, Kiree experiments with the elements of classical fine dining, making it ideal for an innovative, slightly more cozy experience.

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