DestinAsian – With its dramatic orange-hued sunsets and pristine beaches, Koh Samui has become a worthy competitor to other paradisiacal Thai destinations such as Phuket and Krabi. The island adds a new tinge of glamor with the opening of the 58-acre Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, which, with its 175 suites and pool villas, aims to bring the best of island life to sun-worshipping guests.
Built on a former coconut plantation with cinematic coast lines, the property showcases its own Swim Reef, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Here, guests can snorkel in glittering turquoise waters with as many as 50 species of the most colorful marine animals. Children will also enjoy feeding the vibrant sea creatures, while adults can enjoy lounging on its two sugar-white sand beaches.
Bringing authentic local experience is one of the resort’s priorities, which is why it offers its own Muay Thai gym. Here, guests can try their hand at the much-venerated ancient combat sport under the guidance of experts.
A visit to idyllic Koh Samui will not be complete without a taste of its famed cuisine. For guests keen to try their hand at cooking, they’ll be given a guided trip to a colorful nearby farmer’s market to get the freshest produce. They’ll have the opportunity to whip these up into yummy Southern Thai dishes with the help of the resort’s capable dining team.
Other note-worthy facilities include Spa Village Koh Samui, a haven which harnesses local treatments to bring wellness; and Tides, a watering hole serving perfect sundowners.
To know more about the property, visit its website.