Dotted with super-luxe resorts and first-class spas, Koh Samui has always been an ideal choice for those who enjoy beach escapes without any roughness around the edges. Newly opened this month, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui is the latest five-star hotel to debut on this colourful tropical island. If you’re looking for a new reason to visit this sensational beach getaway — do you really need one though? — The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is it.
Situated in a secluded part of northeastern Koh Samui, not far from the airport, The Ritz-Carlton has 175 exquisite suites and pool villas scattered around a former coconut plantation. Set amidst 68 acres of lush greenery and soft, powdery sands, each of the guest rooms boasts expansive water views of the Gulf of Thailand. While the spacious suites offer oversized terraces with comfy daybeds, the villas give you private plunge pools and outdoor rain showers. Step into one of the rooms and you’ll immediately notice the caramel hues and cream colour scheme, creating a calming aesthetic in these beachfront abodes. Paying homage to the former coconut plantation, The Ritz-Carlton has also weaved in custom furnishings made of coconut shells and plantation wood, reflecting a sense of place and history with style.
Aside from gorgeous scenery and natural attractions, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui features an array of world-class facilities. For starters, they’ve got eight dining and bar outlets here, serving up fresh seafood, Thai delights and delectable international dishes. Shook! is the all-day dining restaurant where you can savour a selection of Asian and Western cuisines. If you’re looking for fun street eats, you’ll love Baan Talat’s small bites and laid-back vibe. With two cool beach bars boasting stunning ocean views — Tides and One Rai — the resort also lets you enjoy sundowners with spectacular sunset hues, too.
For those seeking adventure, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui provides myriad exciting — and relaxing — ways to fully experience all the island has to offer. You can snorkel in a reef, explore neighbouring islets, pick up Muay Thai, or simply pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment for a lazy, indulgent day. The oceanfront resort has a dedicated Spa Village Koh Samui — a 3,800-square-metre haven — that houses eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar, and even a lap pool with cosy cabanas. If you’re up for some cultural activities, you can visit nearby Bophut, a charming coastal town with a quaint fisherman’s village where you’ll find old wooden shophouses and native residents purchasing the catch of the day.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui makes the most of the idyllic island setting by offering lavish accommodations peppered throughout the coconut palms. Only a 45-minute flight from Bangkok, the resort will transport you to a sanctuary of luxury by the water.
The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, 9/123 Moo 5, Tambon Bophud, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, +66 77 915 777