Thinking of heading to Ko Samui for the weekend? Koh Samui is just a a few hours away from Hong Kong and one of our fave Thai getaways. Quintessentially has provided a guide to what’s hot and what’s not on this ever popular island paradise…
Where to Stay
14/1 Moo.2, Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut – +66 77 422 767-8 www.thelibrary.name
An ultra-cool and stylish boutique resort right on Chaweng Beach. Their fabulous beach bar is in a league of its own, though it’s the red-tiled swimming pool that steals the spotlight.
80/32 Moo 5, Bo Phut – +66 77 234 500 www.karmasamui.com
Just a little removed from the chaos of Chaweng, Karma Samui is a lovely collection of 36 villas rising gracefully from the blue sea and golden sand. Come here if you want some proper R&R.
Where to Spa
205/3 Thong Takian, Lamai – +66 77 424 221. http://www.tamarindretreat.com/
Enjoy their relaxing treatments in open-air pavilions and check out the herbal steam cave built into the rock face. We love the three plunge pools and back-to-nature vibe of this unique spa and, if you can’t bring yourself to leave, check in to one of their wonderful residential villas.
Six Senses Hideaway Samui
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bo Phut – +66 77 245 678. http://www.sixsenses.com/Six-Senses-Hideaway-Samui
If you’re feeling flush, treat yourself to one of the superb therapies on offer at this cliffside spa in the Six Senses Hotel. Their Tamarind Skin Exfoliation is just divine.
Where to Eat
96/3 Moo, Lipa Noi – +66 77 914 500. http://www.nikkibeach.com/kohsamui/events.php
Ridiculously cool lounge Nikki Beach has just celebrated its first birthday on Koh Samui and is still going strong. Come here for a long, lazy and boozy lunch surrounded by beautiful people.
103, Moo 3 Bo Phut – +66 77 413 797. http://www.drfrogssamui.com
Dr Frogs has an amazing cliffside location and a strange-sounding fusion of Thai and Italian food that somehow works. The fresh seafood is a must-try, though you’ll have a hard time tearing your eyes away from the breathtaking view.
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