As the sun kissed the top of the palm trees, we slowly rose to the birds morning chirping sounds. The island storms are long gone with the wind and the sun ventures us to enjoy the sun-kissed island of Koh Samui.
We had the privilege of staying in a Grand Reserve Pool Villa enveloped by a private 40-square-meter swimming pool and garden within Santiburi Samui Resort & Spa. The air there – compared to what we’ve been facing in the city — was gut-wrenchingly good and the bed was unbelievably warm and comfy, hugging every inch of our bodies like it never wanted us to leave. Although the stylish 250-square-metre villa was a marvellous weekend treat, we were there mainly for another great new highlight of the resort, the kids club.
Situated behind the lush palm tree-lined beach and sky-blue water, Santiburi boasts an array of water activities and facilities like beachfront villas, Santiburi Spa and a golf course in the unbeatable location of Samui. Now adding another amenity to their repertoire, the family-friendly resort is elevating the family stays to new heights after their launch of Panya & Yim’s Junior Camp — the resort’s kids club for young explorers.
Aimed to be a paradise for both the parents and the kids, Panya & Yim’s Junior Camp provides young guests of all ages with an extensive list of outdoor and indoor activities while giving parents a peaceful moment to enjoy their kidless retreat. “At Santiburi, we understand the challenges and joys associated with family travel. We want to make it easier for parents to relax during their vacation, safe in the knowledge that their kids are energised and entertained,” says Sabine G Lamberts, the General Manager, Santiburi Koh Samui.
Liberating the parents by busying the kids with an array of arts, crafts, sports and games — think along the lines of the art corner, kids library, indoor basketball, outdoor playground with a colourful slide, PlayStation Room, a karaoke stage, a climbing wall and a full-on tree house — the naturally lit-lit kids club promises to delight the senses of any kiddo who steps into it.
With additional programs of arts and crafts classes like Thai dance, candle making, origami, kids’ yoga and a cooking class, the Junior Camp can simply be a full-day amusement park for your children. Santiburi also hosts a weekly “Parents’ Night Off”, which allows parents to unwind in their much-deserved time while the kids are being looked after by the resort’s skilled nannies at the Junior Camp.
Spacious and airy, the children’s activity centre also stretches over 250 square metres of land, including both an indoor and alfresco area which helps to guarantee your children will not be stuck inside a square dark room all day watching TV or be on their phones.
After all, the opening of Panya & Yim’s Junior Camp pretty much means every person in the family can now take full pleasure in the resort’s facilities. Whether it’s the in-house restaurants, booze-filled bars, wellness and spa centre, water sports or the Junior Camp, Santiburi Samui offers everything that will cater to everyone’s needs on their stay.
Some advice: if you wish to bath in the sun and not soak in the rain, avoid going to Samui in the rainiest months (October till late December) and go there during the sunniest months (February to September) just to get the most out of this sun-kissed island.
Santiburi Samui Resort & Spa, 12/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thaialnd, +667 742 5031