A tropical paradise where the pressures of modern life seemingly melt right off you the very second you sip your first Mai Tai
the distance and the ocean breeze running through your hair. It took every fibre of our being NOT to throw our iPhone into the island’s surrounding waters – which are, quite frankly, so ridiculously crystal blue they’re almost a selfparody of themselves – before gathering up reeds of bamboo and having a crack at recreating our own Gilligan’s Island.
Today, Koh Samui is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For every cabana-esque beach bar or backpacker haunt, there’s an artisan eatery or fine dining brasserie. And while it’s no secret that Koh Samui has become more commercialised over the years, with even a Starbucks panoramic views of the entire island, authentic Thai cuisine and signature cocktails, it’s so easy to wile away the hours in a hammock that missing your flight home soon becomes a very real possibility.
We stayed with the simple, yet contemporary, OZO hotels in both destinations, which is a new mid-market chain from the Thailand-based group Onyx. Both of the hotels are in absolute stellar locations, too. The Hong Kong hotel – OZO Wesley Hong Kong – boasts residence on Hennessy Road, which is in the prime Wan Chai district, merely minutes away from some of the best nightlife Hong Kong has to offer.
Meanwhile, the Koh Samui hotel