Koh Samui is believed to have more coconuts per square metre than anywhere else in the world. So it seemed fitting that we were staying at Santiburi, a resort on the coconut lined shores of Mae Nam beach, for our adventure in Koh Samui.
Walking through the resort is like exploring tropical gardens. There are winding walkways that lead you to each villa and these paths are lit up by little lamps in the evening. It’s easy to get lost in a resort so large but with our villa being so luxurious I must admit, we barely left the spot of beach right outside it!
Our villa had contemporary comforts in the style of a traditional Thai villa. We had a living room, bedroom and large marble bathroom. Outside we even had our own private plunge pool and sun beds (perfect for catching your partner having a cheeky outdoor shower after a swim in the ocean). For those who want even more privacy, I would opt for the garden villa with a plunge pool. These are more secluded than the beachfront villas as they’re tucked away in the corners of the resort but we loved being so close to the sea and didn’t mind the other guests walking past the walls on their way to the water sports centre.
The resort’s pool is a lush shade of green surrounded by orange deck chairs and umbrellas. It was easy to spend a day doing little else but lazing around the pool and sipping iced coffee.
The vibrant orange sunbeds reminded me of a French film from the 60s – very glamorous and exceptionally luxurious. I could just imagine Brigitte Bardot sauntering past in a stunning swimsuit to order a cocktail at the pool bar. Mojito anyone?
The water sports centre was right next to our villa so we spent lots of our stay out on the water in Kayaks and Paddleboards. All of the boats and equipment are free to use for hotel guests so it was great to paddle out on a kayak and watch the sunset.
On our last night we went out on a catamaran with one of the hotel staff who sailed us around the bay when the wind and waves were good for sailing. Next time I’m coming back for some luxury island hopping by boat!
Each day between 4 and 5pm complimentary afternoon tea is served. The mini Mango Sticky Rice (my favourite dessert in Thailand) was delicious and definitely worth getting there early for! Rich mango dripping in syrupy sticky sweetness – you’ll encounter this treat everywhere in Thailand and the little servings at Santiburi were hard to beat.
Along the 300 meters of golden sand private beach there is also The Beach House restaurant where we had a lovely dinner. It’s the perfect spot for fresh seafood like grilled tiger prawns and famous ‘Phuket’ lobster. My photos didn’t really do this dinner justice as it was very low light so you will have to believe me when I say it was an incredibly romantic setting. The sea gently rolling into the shore and a live jazz band playing in the background… that evening really made our trip special.
Wondering when you should visit? Koh Samui has a tropical climate and the best time to visit is from February to September, which is relatively dry. October to January are wet with the monsoon coming from the northeast across the Gulf of Thailand but you can usually visit without too much rain and maybe a little stormy weather will be romantic? We had a quick spell of rain during our stay despite visiting in March but it didn’t stop us exploring.
If you’re looking for laid back lifestyle in a luxury resort then Santiburi is where you’ll find it. It’s the perfect place to spend all day in a hammock sipping from a fresh young coconut…
Have you been to Koh Samui? Comment below to let me know what you loved about the island!