San­dal­wood Re­sort

Amari Palm Reef Koh Sa­mui

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STAY

Ranked as num­ber one on Trip Ad­vi­sors Trav­eler’s Choice five years run­ning, The San­dal­wood Re­sort runs one fan­tas­tic lux­ury ho­tel. If the reviews are any in­di­ca­tor, (one cus­tomer de­scrib­ing it as “Heaven on Earth”), you will not find a bet­ter place that of­fers the most pro­fes­sional and pris­tine ac­com­mo­da­tions and ser­vices. Lo­cated on top of a hill, the re­sort al­lows guests a prime view of the sur­round­ing ocean and is­land. You can en­joy this view whilst walk­ing through the stone-paved, lush green gar­dens, or from the pri­vacy of your very own villa.

You can choose from 10 dif­fer­ent Thai-style pavil­ions, from a stu­dio up to a four-bed­room villa, each with di­rect ac­cess to one of the re­sort’s five in­fin­ity pools.

The flo­ral-named one bed­rooms or stu­dio vil­las are ac­cented with stun­ning mar­ble work, giv­ing the room a so­phis­ti­cated and royal tone. Jux­ta­posed with a color scheme that is also soft and sooth­ing, the room ex­udes a wel­com­ing and com­fort­ing at­mos­phere. Heavy drapes line the beds and win­dows and the room is dec­o­rated with lo­cal Thai art. As a spe­cial amenity, all of the rooms come with a Jacuzzi for you to re­lax with a spe­cial some­one and en­joy the pre­mium view.

The one bed­room vil­las are open and airy, with floor to ceil­ing win­dows that give full ac­cess to the stun­ning back­drop with a bal­cony and pri­vate pool.

Stay in style in a two-bed­room vil­las with hard­wood fur­ni­ture, mar­bled floors and bright touches from the Thai art­work. The kitchen fea­tures gran­ite coun­ter­tops and plenty of room to cook and the pa­tio of­fers a quaint spa bath and those tak­ing ad­van­tage of the hik­ing ven­tures on the is­land will ap­pre­ci­ate this spa after a long day of ad­ven­tur­ing.

Fi­nally, the Leelawadee Villa is the re­sort’s gem. Fea­tur­ing both in­door and out­door liv­ing, this villa has an in­fin­ity pool, Jacuzzi, out­door shower, and an out­door bal­cony with a din­ing ta­ble, and that’s only the ex­te­rior! The in­te­rior fea­tures a full kitchen, three bed­rooms and lounge area. This is an un­sur­pass­able villa for those stay­ing with a group or those look­ing for the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury.

DINE

Thai­land’s cui­sine is known for their spices and fla­vors, all of which are done ex­traor­di­nar­ily well at the Blue Ginger Restau­rant at San­dal­wood Re­sort. The menu fea­tures some Thai spe­cial­ties, in­clud­ing the de­lec­ta­ble Nua Pad Nam Pad Hoy, a sa­vory beef dish served with car­rots, spring onions, pep­pers, chiles and an oys­ter sauce. If you have a sen­si­tive palate, any of th­ese dishes can be made mild. And if you’re miss­ing home, the Blue Ginger Restau­rant also fea­tures a Western Menu, com­posed of fet­tuc­cine, Greek Sal­ads, and sal­mon en­trees amongst oth­ers. One en­tre you won’t want to miss out on is the Thai dessert. The mango with sticky rice is a tra­di­tional and de­li­cious Thai del­i­cacy, and is per­fectly re­fresh­ing after a long day in the sun.

PLAY

Whether your per­fect va­ca­tion is re­lax­ing on beau­ti­ful beaches or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­cit­ing new ad­ven­tures, the San­dal­wood Re­sort aims to make sure that you have ac­cess to it all. For those ad­dicted to adren­a­line rushes and the ex­cite­ment of ex­treme sports, or per­haps just wish­ing to try some­thing new, Bungy Jumping is of­fered at the Chaweng Beach. Or if you’re look­ing for some­thing on the qui­eter and sub­tler side, you can go kayak­ing at the Ang Thong Na­tional Marine Park or visit the beau­ti­ful wa­ter­falls lo­cated through­out the Is­land. If you are look­ing to im­merse your­self in Thai Cul­ture, the re­sort of­fers Thai Cook­ing Classes at the Blue Ginger Restau­rant. Classes can be taken on a one on one ba­sis, or with a group of your friends or fam­ily. Guests can also par­tic­i­pate in the art of Muay Thai, which is a tra­di­tional sport played on the is­land, sim­i­lar to box­ing. But don’t worry about it be­ing a con­tact sport, it has turned into more of an aer­o­bic and fit­ness ac­tiv­ity over the years.

SPA

The Sanc­tu­ary Spa at San­dal­wood is a true sanc­tu­ary of re­lax­ation. Ev­ery de­tail and de­sign en­hances an at­mos­phere of calm and com­fort. The Spa rooms are beau­ti­ful, with dark hard­wood floors, an airy open space with win­dows that over­look co­conut trees and the ocean.

The Mas­sages here are catered to cou­ples and the re­sort of­fers a va­ri­ety of pack­ages for you and your part­ner. The Spa Lover pack­age is an es­pe­cially popular one, where you and your honey can each re­ceive a one hour fa­cial treat­ment, a one hour body scrub or body wrap, a one hour Thai mas­sage treat­ment, a one hour foot re­flex­ol­ogy mas­sage, a one hour aro­mather­apy es­sen­tial oils mas­sage and daily use of the steam room.

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STAY

Guests rave about the lo­ca­tion of Amari Palm Reef Re­sort, call­ing it the “best lo­ca­tion” and stat­ing that “Amari does it bet­ter”. This re­sort is lo­cated on the north­ern end of the is­land in a se­cluded sec­tion next to the Is­land’s most popular beach, Chaweng Beach. Not only do the ocean views and pri­vate at­mos­phere grant it a great lo­ca­tion, but the re­sort is also walk­ing dis­tance from the popular shops and restau­rants of Chaweng.

On the prop­erty guest rooms are sep­a­rated into three dif­fer­ent sec­tions: The Beach­side, the Thai Vil­lage, and the Deluxe Gar­den. Each wing fea­tures their own unique ameni­ties, rang­ing from pri­vate pool to per­sonal fit­ness rooms.

The Beach­side Wing is per­fect for those look­ing to see and be on the beach as much as pos­si­ble. All of the rooms of­fered in this wing are ocean view and come with a beach­side swimming pool as well as a scuba dive shop for those ex­cited to see the marine life. There are three dif­fer­ent room op­tions: the Su­pe­rior Beach King Rooms, which fea­ture a bal­cony and a con­tem­po­rary Thai Style; The Deluxe Beach Wing which of­fers plenty of open space; and the Ju­nior Suite Ocean Views, with per­fectly fit­ting Thai fur­nish­ings and dé­cor you’ll want to ship home!

The Thai Vil­lage Wing of­fers quaint ac­com­mo­da­tion in the tra­di­tional Thai fash­ion, fea­tur­ing ameni­ties like a pri­vate swimming pool, fit­ness room, and spa. Th­ese rooms are large and per­fect for guests stay­ing with fam­i­lies. Most of the rooms have floor to ceil­ing win­dows so you can en­joy the is­land and its scenery in its full glory. In this wing you can choose from the Deluxe Thai Vil­lage, the Deluxe Thai Vil­lage Fam­ily, and the Deluxe Pool View.

The Deluxe Gar­den Wing rooms are the most spa­cious and serene and are sur­rounded by the land­scaped trop­i­cal gar­dens of the re­sort. The Deluxe Gar­den View rooms fea­ture a pri­vate ve­randa with a din­ing ta­ble so you can en­joy your meals be­fore the nat­u­ral beauty of the is­land. The rooms fea­ture hard­wood floors and tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture en­hanced by bright tra­di­tional Thai dé­cor.

DINE

There are two restau­rants and two bars at the re­sort. If you are look­ing to try tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine, check out Mer­ante, which fea­tures Asian and Thai din­ing. If you are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more close to home, the Amari Palm Reef also of­fers a fine din­ing Ital­ian op­tion at a restau­rant called Prego. It fea­tures a ro­man­tic, open-air din­ing set up, and the menu in­cludes fresh sal­ads, de­lec­ta­ble piz­zas, hand-made pasta and fresh seafood.

The two bars on the prop­erty are the Bar@c and Pool Bar. If you are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more up­scale, the Bar@c is a sea­side bar, placed specif­i­cally so you can watch the sun­set as you en­joy your drink. The Pool Bar is per­fect for day­time loung­ing to en­joy a cock­tail while re­lax­ing pool­side.

PLAY

Other than play­ing in the surf at the beau­ti­ful Chaweng Beach just a quick stride from your doorstep, the Amari Palm Reef rec­om­mends you hire a car to take you to the beau­ti­ful wa­ter­falls lo­cated at the cen­ter of the Is­land or visit the large co­conut groves that Koh Sa­mui is known for. As an ex­tremely spe­cial and once in a lifetime op­por­tu­nity, the re­sort is con­nected with the Dis­cov­ery Dive Cen­tre, a premier 5-star PADI cen­ter and one of the largest run­ning dive shops on the is­land. At the dive school you can dis­cover scuba div­ing as well as open wa­ter div­ing. The staff is pro­fes­sional and friendly and will gladly take some pro­fes­sional pho­tos of you so th­ese mem­o­ries can last a lifetime.

SPA

The Breeze Spa has per­fected the art of well-be­ing. The Amari Palm Reef con­structed the Spa Sanc­tum in the mid­dle of their trop­i­cal gar­dens and you can re­ju­ve­nate amongst the beauty of the Is­land. With an ex­ten­sive ser­vice menu of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of in­di­vid­ual and cou­ples mas­sages and ther­a­pies, choose from tra­di­tional Thai style mas­sage, body pol­ishes and wraps, fa­cials, wa­ter treat­ments and clas­sic beauty ther­a­pies.

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