Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most famous islands – a destination renown for its beauty as well as its culture. As far as Thai islands go, it’s one of the more developed destinations, but as Ryan Nerone from Banyan Tree Samui told us, the island still maintains its rustic charm. Find a tropical oasis of ocean villas in a private bay at Banyan Tree Samui and use the resort as a base to explore marine parks, sunbathe on white-sand beaches, visit stunning Thai temples and burn your tongue off with the island’s fiery cuisine. Ryan tells us how to do Koh Samui right.
Sea. Sand. Sun.
Samui is an island that has retained its rustic charm, yet has welcomed modern development. In doing so, the island delivers an opportunity to escape to tropical splendour, yet keep within reach of numerous options for dining, entertainment, shopping and nightlife.
Visitors to the island should definitely fit the following into their itinerary:
Enjoy a ride on one of our complimentary bicycles at the resort and take the three-kilometre journey into Lamai.
Sands, our beachside restaurant, which features a relaxing terrace for dining views of our private bay. A range of culinary options are on offer, but I suggest the tiger prawns on tropical fruit som tam (som tam is fresh, grated papaya salad) or kraprao pizza, a unique creation which blends traditional flavours of basil with elements of a well-known Thai dish.
Book a sunset cruise aboard our resort’s private speedboat, Sense of the Sea, to enjoy a three-hour journey along the southern coast of Samui, past the famous Five Islands as well as Koh Taen and Koh Matsum. Then sit back and relax with your favourite beverage in hand as the sun dips behind Ang Thong National Marine Park and illuminates the surrounding sky.
Not to be missed is the incredible dining experience on offer at the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, Saffron. The special touches throughout the service are only topped by the delectable cuisine from our culinary team. Highlights include: crisp rice noodle-wrapped prawn, with grilled tender chicken breast satay, roasted peppered pork spare ribs and the mango sticky rice for dessert.
Retreat to the privacy of your private pool villa to unwind on the sunken lounge just off the villa’s terrace or go for a late-night dip in your pool. Order a beverage or dessert of your choice and kick back while taking in the natural surroundings and starry sky above.
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