Stay in Koh Samui’s Newest Beachside Digs

Midcentury modern style meets unbridled fun in the sun at Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club.

A Groovy Sea View Suite with a wraparound balcony at Avani Chaweng.

A stylish, retro-chic retreat has just opened its doors a few paces from the white sands of Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui’s east coast. Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club channels the glamour and freewheeling spirit of 1950s Palm Beach and Miami, making it a valuable addition to the Thai island’s party circuit. Stays here are unconventional from the get-go: guests check in at the mixology station at SEEN Beach Club Samui, an oceanfront setting for epic pool parties and world-class entertainment featuring top DJs. There’s a swim-up bar, while patrons wanting to top up on Vitamin D can bliss out on the snug poolside cabanas, plush daybeds, and overwater hammocks.

A little farther back from the sand, Avani Chaweng’s 80 rooms and suites all have a midcentury-modern flair. Bangkok-based interior design firm SOHO Hospitality gave the three-story hotel its clean lines and organic shapes that characterize both the public and private spaces. The names of the accommodation categories reflect the property’s casual-cool vibe. Cool Pool View, Sweet Sea Breeze, and Fabulous Sea View rooms deliver exactly what they promise — Instagram-worthy views from spacious balconies, in addition to 21st-century comforts and bright, photogenic interiors. On the ground floor, Funky Poolside rooms feature terraces that open straight out onto the inviting courtyard pool.

Revelers in the indoor area at SEEN Beach Club.

A Cool Pool View Room with twin beds.

Bathrooms of Groovy Sea View Suites come with double vanities.

The living area and bedroom of a 90-square-meter Groovy Sea View Suite.

Measuring in at 61 and 90 square meters respectively, the Groovy Sea View Suite and Double Groovy Sea View Suites are just the place to get the party started. Costumes, wigs, and other must-have accessories are available for rent, plus a vinyl record player and cocktail-making station to take things up a notch. Those staying in a suite can call on a private DJ to spin the decks and hire a photographer to ensure no moment of revelry goes undocumented.

No matter what time of the day you want a bite, Avani Chaweng presents a tantalizing array of snacks, refreshing tipples, and hearty meals that will satisfy any craving. SEEN Beach Club serves up decadent champagne breakfasts as well as wholesome lunches incorporating Mediterranean, Asian, and American flavors. Refuel all night long at the 24-hour Social Bar, where the menu offers late-night comfort foods and summery cocktails are the perfect accompaniment as you spend time with friends, chill out to jukebox tunes, or even catch up on emails.

And it’s not just pool parties that draw hip young holidaymakers; guests also have myriad off- and on-site activities to choose from. Hop aboard SEEN’s own catamaran for a sunset cruise or diving and island-hopping excursions. Personal trainers are on hand to help travelers attain their fitness goals at AvaniFit, a 24-hour gym that offers a combination of endurance and resistance training, aerobics, and high-intensity interval training to ensure you stay at peak performance. Other leisurely pursuits include SUP yoga, ice breathing and ice bathing on the beach, and portrait sessions with a resident artist for a special memento.

For more information, visit avanihotels.com/en/chaweng-samui

Cool Pool View Rooms measure in at 29 square meters.

Balconies look out over the hotel’s courtyard pool or the Gulf of Thailand.

Funky Poolside Rooms at Avani Chaweng feature their own private terrace.

The swim-up bar at SEEN Beach Club.

This article was brought to you by Avani Hotels & Resorts.

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