THE BACKGROUND: Mai Samui is a contemporary five-star resort with style. It is set in a secluded spot on a typically tropical Koh Samui beach.
WHERE IS IT? Located on the north-west coast of the island, the resort is a 40-minute taxi ride or complimentary hotel transfer from the airport. It is a beach-front property just along from the stunning Leam Yai Beach.
THE ROOM: We enjoyed a very spacious and luxurious first-floor deluxe room with a large en-suite that included a plunge pool bath, two sinks, shower room and toilet. The room included a balcony overlooking the pool with a table and chairs and large white chaise longue. All rooms at Mai Samui are also air-conditioned with refrigerator, cable and satellite television, tea, coffee, mini bar and free wifi. The room-style was contemporary Thai and furnished to a very high standard.
THE RESTAURANT: TThe hotel has three restaurants plus beach and poolside bars and its own cooking school. The cuisine on offer is a mix of authentic Thai, western dishes and Indian food. Breakfast is served in the cool, calm contemporary surroundings of the Mai pub and restaurant which serves an a la carte menu with many different choices.
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES: The hotel has a contemporary, luxurious spa where guests can enjoy many body and facial treatments just a few steps from the beach. Daytime activities centre around the attractive swimming pool, which loops around and through the hotel and includes a section of infinity pool facing the beach. For those who want to get active the staff are very helpful in encouraging the use of the hotel mountain bikes, squash courts, kayaks or fitness room.
HIGHLIGHT: Sipping cocktails on the deserted beach watching the sun slowly set on the sea over Ko Phalui.
RECOMMEND TO: Honeymooners or romantic couples who want to enjoy some peace and quiet. If they do leave the hotel, the nearby towns of Mae Nam and Bo Phut offer a good selection of seafood restaurants, bars and shopping including an array of local tailors. The famous Chaweng is around a 50-minute taxi ride.
THE COST: The hotel has five different room types and rates vary from a low-season deluxe room for 10,400 baht (£212) to 24,700 baht for a deluxe beachfront villa in the high seasons which run from January 8 – March 31 and July 15 – August 31.
THE DETAILS: Address: 2/6 Moo 5, Laem Yai Beach, Angthong, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84140 Thailand. T: 0066 (0)77 914600; F: 0066 (0)77 914611
A beautiful and peaceful setting to enjoy a relaxed luxurious beach holiday with excellent food and very attentive, friendly service.
Contributer, Selling Long Haul