HONORS CIRCLE: THAILAND
Centara Reserve Samui
Maret, Natien Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province, Thailand
While its prime location at the tranquil southern end of Chaweng Beach remains as alluring as ever, the former Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui has been totally reimagined and upgraded as the debut property of the Centara Reserve brand, a new collection of luxury hotels from Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts that is committed to delivering a highly personalized experience.
Still distinguished by the classic colonial-inspired facade of its predecessor, Centara Reserve Samui has been transformed by the stylish AvroKO group into a contemporary haven of 184 redesigned rooms, pool suites, and beachfront pool villas that blend contemporary comfort with Thai design elements. There is a story behind every detail, providing guests with an immersive experience that invites them to write stories of their own. There are no less than 13 room types to choose from, with each room featuring a private balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean; suites and villas are attended by a dedicated Reserve Host, Centara’s unique take on butler service. For even more exclusivity, there’s The Reserve Ocean Pool Villa, a 501-square-meter beachside abode that is the ne plus ultra of sophisticated island living.
The environmentally centric resort—it’s plastic-free and bottles its own drinking water on-site—is also home to six newly conceived dining venues and bars. Sa-Nga is an elegant Thai tapas restaurant with an open kitchen where chefs prepare a selection of unique small dishes to order, bringing a whole new approach to Thailand’s iconic flavors. At Salt Society the focus is on fresh caught seafood and craft cocktails, with a chic beachfront setting that capitalizes on the sea views. All-day restaurant The Terrace serves a diverse range of global fare, while Act 5 is all about modern high-end cuisine. Mixologists at The Gin Run, meanwhile, celebrate all things juniper in a menu spanning more than 35 homemade gin-based concoctions. If that’s not enough, guests can arrange to dine anywhere on the property, whether it’s romantic in-room dining for two or a castaway beach picnic.
Centara Reserve Samui’s recreational facilities include several swimming pools, including a free-form beachfront pool with a poolside bar, an adults-only infinity pool, and a children’s zone and wet playground so the whole family can splash out. There’s also a first-class fitness center fitted with the latest equipment, a yoga pavilion, as well as Reserve Spa Cenvaree, where skilled therapists deliver hand-picked treatments that utilize freshly blended oils and clays infused with ingredients grown at a dedicated herb garden.