Stunning Koh Samui, once known as Thailand’s ‘beach party’ island, has been gradually transforming and shedding its wild reputation. Today, the island is enjoying a renaissance thanks to its manicured beaches, luxurious beach resorts and yoga spirit which are attracting luxury travel seekers, honeymooners, families and avid foodies. One of the best places to enjoy the full spectrum of Koh Samui’s rich cultural activities, is Samujana, a gorgeous luxury villa estate perched on a hilltop overlooking a coral cove and the Gulf of Thailand beyond. The Samujana team tells us more about the various aspects which set Samujana apart and make it the perfect holiday destination for travelers of all styles and ages.
Designed by award winning architect Gary Fell, the estate is built around the complex terrain of the hillside. Each uniquely designed villa features a spectacular ocean-facing infinity pool, built into the villa’s structure so you can enjoy the stunning views over the coral cove. Exquisitely sleek and comfortable, they are a sublime home away from home.
With villas ranging from three bedrooms to eight, the estate also offers a concierge-like service via its dedicated villa managers making it possible to do whatever your heart desires (a fully-fledged circus party has taken place within the estates walls… you get the idea). Equipped with private gyms, infinity pools, private cinemas, games rooms and outdoor terraces as well as private access to the estates tennis courts and exclusive beach, the facilities on offer at Samujana provide that no one in your group could ever get bored on the estate. Here are some of the attributes and activities on and off site which could attract diverse travelers.
Best for Beach and Watersport Fans
Whether you’re venturing to Koh Samui for the annual family beach holiday, a romantic retreat or a cultural respite from the daily grind — Koh Samui has something to quell any travellers wanderlust. From private yachts to Jet Ski’s and banana boats there is always something on Koh Samui for water-sports virgins and thrill-seekers alike. Also, Popularised by its role as home to a utopian beach society in the movie version of Alex Garland’s novel The Beach, Ang Thong National Marine Park provides a picture-perfect vista almost anywhere you look. With many caves playing home to types of birds and a narrow coral reef, Ang Thong National Marine Park is the perfect location for watersports fans to truly get stuck in.
Samujana boasts its own private yacht, Kindred Spirit, available for guided cruises around Koh Samui and surrounding islands. The excursions are ideal for visitors wanting explore the local secluded islands or enjoy a picnic on a secret beach, not to mention the phenomenal snorkelling and diving opportunities on offer in Ang Thong Marine Park.
Best for Families
Naturally, the island of Koh Samui is surrounded by stunning white beaches, making it an ideal location for those seeking a cultural yet relaxing beach holiday with the family. One of Koh Samui’s most popular beaches is the Chaweng beach. With powder soft sand and crystal clear water, it’s the perfect location for a relaxing day at the beach. Other than the fabulous family-friendly activities the staff at the resort can arrange (like Muay Thai boxing lessons), there are number of dedicated family friendly attractions are also dotted around the island including the Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park (think waterslides, bungee trampoline and inflatable castles) along with the ‘Samui Canopy Adventure’, a series of treetop rainforest zip lines – ideal for adult adrenaline seekers and adventurous little ones alike.
Best for Foodies
Samujana’s luxury villas offer authentic on-site Thai cooking courses with a local chef. Guests can learn to make a number of local dishes and sample dishes from the world’s most celebrated cuisines in the comfort of their own villa.
For those wanting to venture out and explore the local foodie offering, the town of Chaweng has a range of boutique beach front restaurants (think casual cushion-lounging and cocktails). Or for a true taste of Asia, Shabash Restaurant is on Big Buddha Beach and is renowned for its culinary diversity, boasting a range of fusion dishes with Thai, Indian, Singaporean and Indonesian influences.
For those looking for a truly authentic casual dining experience, check out some of the fisherman’s village walking street, every Friday night it turns the town of Bophut into a haven of culinary delights. From the famous Thai treats like pad Thai to banana pancakes to tempura seafood, there is something to impresses simple street food lovers and discerning foodies alike.
Best for Culture Lovers
Religion is a unique and intriguing aspect Thailand’s culture. There are a number of Wats (temples) on Koh Samui, as well as monasteries. The largest and most famous being the Big Buddha, would make for an interesting excursion for any culture vultures. Or one of the most popular temple attractions is Wat Phra Yai, built in 1972. As well as its impressive stature and religious intrigue, the temple also offers fortune telling to give travellers a truly authentic impression of the place.
Best for Those Seeking Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Samujana’s dedicated villa managers are on-hand to help organise any R&R requirements you may have during your time on the island. Offering dedicated professional Thai masseurs, guests can enjoy a truly authentic thai massage or a variety of treatments from the comfort of their own villa.
A number of activities are also available on-site including yoga lessons with a private instructor, personal training sessions either making use of a variety of Samujana’s great outdoor spaces of one of the villa’s own private fully-equipped gyms. Or, for those craving a more traditional spa experience, the nearby Six Senses Spa is a great destination to retreat to for some must needed me time.
Koh Samui brings together the best a holiday destination can offer and Samujana is your perfect base for a fun, relaxing, active, cultural and delicious vacation. Whatever tempts you on a given day, you can have it all at Samujana. Learn more about Samujana and start planning your ideal island holiday with them at this link.