The resort of Samujana, on the island of Samui, is planning some exciting events for guests in April and May, starting with a two-day celebration to welcome in the Thai new year, and continuing with a weeklong yoga and Thai kickboxing retreat in May. Here’s a description of both events, sent to us by Samujana’s general manager:
Songkran Celebration (April 12–13)
Samujana is a great place to visit in April because the island will be celebrating the Songkran festival. The Thai new year is celebrated yearly with a huge water festival across Thailand to purify the souls for the new year. At Samujana, we are going to create “Songkran Eve.” This has not been done before and is not celebrated in Thailand like New Year’s Eve is celebrated elsewhere, so it’s quite a cool idea. On this evening, we will create an elegant pop-up Thai restaurant in a spectacular Samujana villa. The evening will be filled with traditional live Thai music, traditional Thai dance and a mesmerizing fire-fan ballet performance. Guests will enjoy delicious Thai delicacies, served family-style, as the evening entertainment transports them to another era.
Menu items will include softshell crab and mango salad, spicy pomelo salad, fiery Tom Yum Khung (hot and sour prawn soup), Massaman beef curry, Panning red duck curry, wok-fried clams with Thai basil, steamed red snapper with chilli and coriander, mango sticky rice, coconut ice cream, and fresh exotic tropical fruit.
The dress code will be resort elegant, and we will start serving Tom Yum martinis from 6:30 p.m. as the arrival sunset cocktail. Once the sun has set and all guests have arrived, they will be shown to their respective dining tables and the evening’s entertainment will begin.
The price is approximately GBP 50 per adult with wine and drinks charged on consumption.
April 13 is Songkran Day and the atmosphere is completely different from the night before. At 11:30 a.m. a Thai long-drum parade will lead guests from their villas down to the Big Lawn, where they will be welcomed with flower garlands and a traditional Buddha blessing ceremony.
Then the fun begins! All guests will be armed with water pistols and the Big Lawn will erupt into a playground for adults and children alike. Water balloon fights, water slides, games, food, music, and even our own circus school will ensure everyone is completely soaked. Learning to juggle water balloons is always fun! A shaded “no water” zone with cushions and picnic rugs will offer a welcome space to catch your breath and relax before the next round of splashing. The celebrations will run from 11:30 to 4 p.m., and guests can then choose to visit Chaweng and continue the festivities.
The price is approximately GBP 55 per adult including food, soft drinks, wine, and beer.
Both of the above events will be included for all villa bookings of more than five nights that include April 12 and 13.
Samujana has partnered with Yogarden (Koh Samui’s leading yoga sanctuary) and Andi Jones, champion Muay Thai boxer, to create a bespoke and holistic wellness retreat— a week of stretching, breathing, relaxing, reflecting, punching, kicking and living well. Through a combination of the stretching, breathing and relaxing exercises of yoga, with the high intensity workout and endurance training of Thai Kickboxing, guests can achieve the ultimate balance and decompression in the comfort and privacy of their own villa, set against a stunning panoramic sea view backdrop. The training sessions are complemented with an immersion into the best experiences Koh Samui has to offer, from island tours and a spa afternoon at the Six Senses to local market visits and luxury yacht charters. Our guests are also set nutritional meal plans which consist of fresh, locally sourced ingredients—the ultimate recipe to leave them feeling refreshed and re-energized.
Samujana is a collection of vast and opulent villas, for sale and for rent on the island of Koh Samui. Each villa has large infinity-edge pools as well as unobstructed sea views and a beautiful coral cove. The villas are different sizes from three to eight bedrooms and are ideal for families, friends, or couples. Due to the variety of sizes they are also excellent for destination weddings and other chic special events. Onsite facilities also include private cinemas, gyms, spa services, fitness retreats, tennis courts, beach access, and all the hospitality of an upscale resort. Samujana has been featured on the FT How to Spend It cover as well as Marie Claire and Condé Nast Traveller, as well as other publications. For more information or to make a reservation, contact: Samujana.