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3 Reasons to Visit Koh Samui in 2015

Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui is quickly growing into a sophisticated tropical retreat.  If you’re looking for a place to re-centre, relax and re-charge, reward yourself by escaping to these luxury secluded hotels.

1Absolute Sanctuary

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Flying into Koh Samui you are immediately transported to a haven switched off from the business of life. This rhetoric is flawlessly carried through to this luxury jungle escape, Absolute Sanctuary – only a 5 minute drive away. A place if your trip is in the name of pure health and vitality – the idea location to re-centre. The beautiful Moroccan-inspired hotel is Thailand’s premier detox and yoga resort.

DO & SEE
Try one of the three detox packages on offer. The ‘Ultimate Detox’ equips you with a supply of high grade nutritional supplements , special Detox massages and yoga exercises to help you clean inside and out, and begin anew. If you haven’t practiced yoga before, there are not only many different levels to cater for all stages, but the teachers are phenomenal – wise, willing to chat and guide, and moreover encouraging with how to introduce yoga into your normal life in an achievable way. In the early evening make your way down to Choeng Mon Beach for a spectacular sunset, something that can’t be missed.

PACK
Relaxed light pieces as you most likely wont leave during the duration of your stay. And workout gear.

 

Absolute Sanctuary

88 Moo 5. Tambol Bophut, Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani | www.absolutesanctuary.com

 

2The Conrad

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Situated on the South-Western tip of superb Samui Thai Island, the Conrad Koh Samui is breathtaking from the outset. A relaxing escape overlooking the azure reefs of Aow Thai Beach, an innovative and modern resort which allows complete privacy and seclusion whilst simultaneously offering a wide range of activities.  Although having 81 free-standing pool villas, 3 restaurants, 2 lounges and a private wine cellar, the uniquely private structure of the hotel makes you feel like you are the only ones there apart for the few people on their buggies or at meals.

DO & SEE
Take the complimentary speedboat across to the near by islands for superb snorkeling. Visit the spa’s VIP treatment suite and indulge in a massage and unwind in the private spa plunge pool, over-sized tub and steam room. After your spa experience anticipate a savoury dish paired with magnificent wines at the Conrad’s, Azure Lounge – perched high above the resort featuring open flame pits and chic decor. Don’t forget to make it down for happy hour.

PACK
Stylish laid back items and a smart casual option for the evenings – collared shirt and canvas shoes.

 

The Conrad

49/8-9 Moo 4, Hillcrest Road, Tambol Taling Ngam, Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani | www.conradkohsamui.com

 

3Santiburi Resort

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This resort is situated alongside Koh Samui’s only full sized 18-hole golf course – the Santiburi Samui Country Club. If you are wanting a destination to kick back and re – charge, Santiburi is the answer. Offering beachfront villas with plunge pools and their own terrace with an integrated jacuzzi, this destination is a luxury haven authentic in it’s interiors and welcome.

DO & SEE
Travel only 10 minutes from the hotel on the complimentary shuttle bus and play a round of golf at a time of your choice –  the retreat offer tee times priority to guests. Take your camera if you can as the course has great ocean views and it’s fairways are surrounded by coconut trees and dotted with streams and waterfalls. Seeking some private downtime? Grab a book and head down to Santiburi’s own private beach and in one of their hammocks. If time is not an issue, test your skills with a Thai cooking class and master a Tom Yum or Panang curry.

PACK
A paperback and appropriate golfing attire.

 

Santiburi Beach Resort

12/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani | www.santiburi.com

By Oliver Grand

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