The highly anticipated Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui has officially opened its doors on the Eastern coast of Thailand marking another milestone of YTL Hotels’ partnership with Marriott International. Their joint portfolio includes nine properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the country’s third largest island and is famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and pristine oceanfront beauty which offers a variety of memorable experiences.
Nestled within a private bay, The Ritz-Carlton, marries the distinguished and personalised Ritz-Carlton service with the traditional spirit of Thai hospitality and Samui island life culture to create a one-of-a-kind experience for guests.
The luxury reosrt offers 175 suites and pool villas built on the site of a former coconut plantation.
Paying homage to its past through the extensive use of natural materials, the design inspires a sense of place, while a 3,800-square-meter Spa Village Koh Samui celebrates the healing culture of the region with eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar, and a lap pool with intimate cabanas.
The hotel’s culinary offerings reflect Koh Samui’s destination across seven dining experiences including Pak Tai, offering fine dining interpretations of traditional southern Thai cuisine with views over the swim reef from secluded individual dining terraces.
Additional venues include Shook!, a stylish interactive dining space serving innovative Asian and Western dishes complemented by a superb selection of fine wines; Sea Salt, offering international classics and Thai favourites in a relaxed dining atmosphere; and Tides, an ideal spot for sun-lovers to unwind with a refreshing cocktail from the poolside bar.
With its circular bar and lounge, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired small bites. Additionally, on select days guests can enjoy Baan Talat, an outdoor food market experience with street food stalls, dancing and crafts.
To further draw guests into the local culture, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui has curated some of the best authentic southern Thai experiences to explore and experience, including the Muay Thai Gym with its indoor kickboxing ring, where guests can learn the martial art of Muay Thai (or ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’) with trained instructors. Additionally, guests can sign up for a journey to a local market to source seasonal produce, followed by a class to unlock secrets of southern Thai cooking.
It also offers a one-of-a-kind temperate Swim Reef within the resort that teems with over 50 species of fish, making it the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia to offer unique snorkelling and fish-feeding experiences.
The resort also features expansive facilities including two white sand beaches, a beach-side resort pool, a water sports centre and two floodlit tennis courts.