The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui em­braces the is­land’s laid-back way of life

The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui af­fords guests op­por­tu­ni­ties to em­brace the is­land’s laid-back way of life.

YTL Life - - Contents - Words MARK LEAN

Dur­ing the lat­ter part of the 19th cen­tury, the is­land of Sa­mui pro­vided a safe haven for the sea traders, fish­er­men and sailors who sought refuge from fre­quent storms when ply­ing routes across the Gulf of Thai­land. Two cen­turies later, the is­land has trans­formed into a dif­fer­ent kind of refuge, one that opens its arms to world trav­ellers seek­ing trop­i­cal es­capades with so­phis­ti­cated lux­ury ac­cents. To­day, Koh Sa­mui’s main draws are its stun­ning beaches and the south­ern Thai warmth and gra­cious­ness of its peo­ple.

The is­land’s lat­est fab­u­lous gem is The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui, sit­u­ated in a sprawl­ing 58 acres of an al­cove stretch­ing from beach to hill­top on the north-east­ern part of the is­land. With its 175 lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed suites and pool vil­las, the prop­erty em­braces the Sa­mui way of life, com­ple­mented by The Ritz-carl­ton’s sig­na­ture hos­pi­tal­ity.

The re­sort, an ex­cep­tional blend of The Ritz-carl­ton and Thai cul­tures, sets the scene for cre­at­ing new mem­o­ries in sought-af­ter lo­ca­tions. De­sign el­e­ments pay homage to the prop­erty’s is­land lo­ca­tion, mar­ry­ing tra­di­tional and modern el­e­ments. Ma­te­ri­als such as finely honed wood and state­ment light­ing nod to its lo­ca­tion as a for­mer co­conut plan­ta­tion. The Ar­rival Pav­il­ion is a pic­turesque set­ting with

DE­SIGN EL­E­MENTS PAY HOMAGE TO THE PROP­ERTY’S IS­LAND LO­CA­TION.

shim­mer­ing ponds that re­flect sky and sea.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions em­body fine liv­ing. A modern de­sign, pal­ettes of creams and beiges as well as sub­tle Thai craft­ware adorn the spa­cious suites, which have sep­a­rate seat­ing ar­eas, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to both rest and re­lax. Beds are plush and guar­an­tee an ex­cel­lent night’s rest, while stand­alone bath­tubs are ideal for re­lax­ing in af­ter a busy day on the beach.

The re­sort’s ex­clu­sive Ocean View Pool Vil­las are all about lux­ury trap­pings. Each villa has its own pool and deck area where one may read a book, catch some sun or en­joy a ro­man­tic din­ner. The Ul­ti­mate Pool Vil­las boast stun­ning panoramic views of the Gulf of Thai­land that cap­ture the essence of an idyl­lic trop­i­cal get­away.

The re­sort’s el­e­vated Sala Thai that looks out onto the shim­mer­ing Gulf of Thai­land waters is just the spot for an out­door wed­ding to re­mem­ber. The im­pres­sive open-air lo­ca­tion en­joys cool sea breezes and is the per­fect venue for cou­ples to ex­change their life­time vows in an in­ti­mate set­ting with fam­ily and close friends.

The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui’s med­ley of bars and restau­rants of­fers the best of Thai and in­ter­na­tional dishes. Shook! – the re­sort’s prime open-air break­fast and din­ner venue – serves a hand­picked selec­tion of dishes from East and West. For pre-pran­dial drinks, the ad­ja­cent cir­cu­lar bar One Rai and its well-trained bar­tenders come highly

THE RE­SORT, AN EX­CEP­TIONAL BLEND OF THE RITZ-CARL­TON AND THAI CUL­TURES, SETS THE SCENE FOR CRE­AT­ING NEW MEM­O­RIES IN SOUGHT-AF­TER LO­CA­TIONS.

rec­om­mended. At Pak Thai, south­ern Thai dishes are tra­di­tion­ally pre­pared, while at Baan Talat, an out­door food mar­ket, guests have their pick of the best street food stalls as well as chances to ex­pe­ri­ence vi­gnettes of tra­di­tional Thai cul­ture. Dur­ing the day, the out­door Sea Salt is just the place to grab a feta cheese and to­mato salad or sip on a fresh co­conut, while pool bar and ce­vicheria Tides of­fers de­li­cious spe­cial­ity cock­tails served in ce­ramic Tiki tum­blers and cit­rus-cured seafood dishes flavoured with a trop­i­cal vibe.

From out­door ad­ven­tures to cul­tural dis­cov­er­ies, a host of ac­tiv­i­ties awaits. Learn the art of Muay Thai, ex­plore the in­tri­ca­cies of south­ern Thai cui­sine or em­bark on a cruise aboard a lux­ury yacht. Lo­cated on the prop­erty is an out­door tem­per­ate Swim Reef brim­ming with over 50 unique species of fish. As the largest in South­east Asia, the Swim Reef is where guests can snorkel, feed the fish or merely ad­mire the ma­rine life.

The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui, with its sparkling azure waters and sandy shores, is just the place to cre­ate in­spir­ing mem­o­ries in a lo­ca­tion one may find hard to for­get.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit ritz­carl­ton.com/kohsamui

THE RITZ-CARL­TON, KOH SA­MUI’S MED­LEY OF BARS AND RESTAU­RANTS OF­FERS THE BEST OF THAI AND IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DISHES.

The prime lo­ca­tion of the Ul­ti­mate Pool Villa means that you’ll en­joy un­beat­able In­sta­gram­wor­thy views of the Gulf of Thai­land. Fac­ing page: en­joy im­mer­sive snorkelling dis­cov­er­ies and sched­uled su­per­vised fish feed­ing at the Swim Reef.

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