Relaxation begins upon arrival at Koh Samui International Airport and continues twenty minutes later at the Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort and Spa. Unique in its architecture and intimate in its setting, the hotel design is an homage to Chinese craftsmanship with traditional Thai aesthetics that feels like the inviting home of a wealthy merchant. Fourteen villas and sixty three suites spread out surrounded by fragrant trees and verdant tall plants lining the walkways to the rooms, affording intimacy and privacy.
With a continuing nod to feng shui, one night ritual is their 1919 tradition. At the designated time of 7.19pm, guests gather around a wading pool to welcome the night by releasing a krathong – small floats shaped like a lotus – and make a wish, truly a moment to unwind and watch the twinkling lights. And if that doesn’t calm you enough to retire for the night, a free shuttle awaits guests wanting to check out a little more action on Chaweng Beach.
For another version of a magical night – there is the Ocean Pier, a 120-metre platform gently bobbing on the water with views of fishing boats on the Gulf of Thailand. On serene mornings you can feed the fishes or practise yoga poses – but a sundowner marks the best way to end the day. A Starlight dinner is available, a private dining setup where a curtain of lights gives you privacy from the rest of the world.