The white sandy beaches and shimmering turquoise waters of Koh Samui in Thailand truly justify the label ‘breathtaking’. As the second largest island in Thailand, second to Phuket, Koh Samui flaunts its natural beauty to tourists from all over the world and highlights the exotic culture of Thailand.
Hidden away in serene Koh Samui is the stylish, Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa. This five star accommodation and day spa, is the perfect location for a luxury getaway, packed with amazing features defined by a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. Visitors will experience the vibrant tastes, sights and sounds of everyday Thai culture and luxuriate during sunny afternoons lying out next to the pool, or perhaps under coconut trees in this peaceful oasis in South East Asia.
Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa sits next to the clear, warm waters of Laem Yai beach, and the resort grounds are plush with gardens and close to tropical rainforest surrounds.
Serene meets style at Mai Samui
- The soul of Mai Samui Resort and Spa is the serene and peaceful spa setting. Guests are welcomed with relaxing treatments such as invigorating coffee and spice citrus gel scrub scrubs and therapeutic after sun feather treatments. Gentle massage therapy sessions help the guests unwind after an adventure-filled day.
- Thailand is known for it’s cuisines and the meals on offer within this resort are world class. The MAI Pub & Restaurant serves traditonal Asian dishes and tapas late into the evening. If you’re after an international affair, The Fine Dining Sala, overlooking the pool, provides a diverse menu and the wine cellar hosts a range of wines from around the world. During the day, poolside drinks and snacks from the BBQ beach club will keep you feeling satisfied.
- At the heart of the resort, guests gravitate towards the three shimmering outdoor pools with plenty of room to soak up the sunny days in the refreshing water.
Lots to see and do at Mai Samui:
- For adventurous types, relaxing can be nice but there’s always time for a little exercise and exploring. Mai Samui offers Yoga classes, sea kayak hire, and fishing. Sunday trips to a waterfall and temples will give you the full effect of the island.
- Thai cooking classes held at the resort showcase the four basics of Asian cuisine (sweet, sour, salty, spicy) and teach guests how to cook specialties from all over Thailand. There are also lessons in traditional Thai fruit and vegetable carving.
- To explore a little more, there is a free shuttle bus from the resort to Chaweng Beach where you’ll find a multitude of nightlife options from lively bars to trendy restaurants on the famous Green Mango Strip.
Koh Samui in Thailand
Koh Samui is a great spot for family holidays and couples retreats with plenty to see and do on the island which stretches an area of 228.7 km2.
Travel tip: The best way to get to Koh Samui is a short 80 minute plane trip from the capital city of Bangkok.
Explore temples in Koh Samui
The temples in Koh Samui are awe inspiring. The Big Buddha is a 12 meter gold statue of Buddha, built in 1972 and sitting at Wat Phra Yai, a Buddhist temple located just off shore of Koh Samui on Koh Fan. The islands are connected by a small causeway allowing tourists to visit this incredible landmark and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
Delicious dining options
There are over 50 restaurants on the island of Koh Samui, so grabbing something different and exciting for dinner is never a problem. When searching for the perfect Thai cuisine, make sure to look for dishes with signature flavours of Thailand such as fish sauce, chilli paste, lemongrass, lime and ginger.
For international cuisine we recommend heading out to The Cliff Bar and Grill for an unforgettable dinner.
Beaches and waterfalls
Koh Samui is abounding with waterfalls, but only a few are accessible to tourists. The Hin Lad waterfalls are a stunning spot on the East coast of the island, but pack your hiking boots, as it’s a two kilometer trek down to the pools. Na Muang Waterfall is located in the center towards the Southern coast of the Island and makes a good swimming hole, if care is taken.
Travel tip: April to June is a prime travel time to visit if you’re after a sunny experience, for a wet and wonderful waterfall visit, October – December is rainy season.
Where to shop
The best place to find shopping is at the local markets in Koh Samui. There are three to look out for; Nathon market, Chaweng market and Lamai market. These market precincts are bursting with handmade goods from all over Thailand. Gold, silk and pearls are specialty items whilst tailors await to create the perfect outfit, custom made for you.