KOH Samui’s newest hotel the Ritz-Carlton officially opened back in October but I just received a stack of photographs snapped around the luxurious Thai property and thought it was worth showing them off.
The resort occupies land on the holiday island that was once home to a coconut plantation with the 175 suites and pool villas positioned to gaze across the Gulf Of Thailand’s sparkling turquoise water.
“Koh Samui, known for its charm and pristine natural beauty, is a favourite destination for travellers, and this resort is an exceptional blend of both The Ritz-Carlton and Thai cultures,” says The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company president Hervé Humler.
“Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the resort pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials such as ceramics, touches that imbue a sense of place and help immerse guests in their destination.”
A highlight of The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui is the “one-of-a-kind temperate swim reef” which sits at the heart of the resort and is home to more than 50 species of fish making it the largest of its kind in South-East Asia and offering snorkelling and fish-feeding encounters.
The swim reef also features two white sand beaches, a beachside resort pool, a water sports centre, and two floodlit tennis courts while the address boasts six locations to eat and drink and the Ritz Kids zone to keep junior guests entertained.
To help guests become immersed in the region’s culture staff have come up with “authentic southern Thai experiences” including the Muay Thai Gym where guests can learn the martial art from trained instructors or join an excursion to a local market followed by a cooking class revealing the secrets of southern Thai cuisine.