Ko Samui is home to jungly, palm-fringed beaches, a smattering of world-class spas and temples galore. Here’s where to stay and what to see on this paradisiacal Thai isle…
Dotted along the cliffs on the island’s west coast, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is a tropical retreat with tonnes of personality. The smart interiors are enlivened with artful Oriental touches (think dark wooden screens, elephant-adorned lamps and cushions in bold, zingy colours), and the sun-dappled terraces make an afternoon snooze all too tempting. Thanks to the pinch-yourself-perfect setting and easy-going vibe, it’s safe to say you’ll find it hard to leave.
Dine al fresco at Amber, a contemporary gem at the InterContinental Samui Resort dishing out Thai classics like Gaeng Phed Ped Yang (roasted duck in red curry with lychees and basil). Mediterranean flavours meet Asian flair at Ocean 11 on Big Buddha Beach and for sundowners, head to Air Bar where expert mixologists craft potent peach negronis with views out across the Gulf of Thailand.
Escape the baking heat of the day at Six Senses Spa Samui on the northern tip of the island. Try the hour-long Zen Na Tai, a therapeutic massage inspired by ancient healing methods that rids the body of toxins and lulls you into deep state of relaxation.
The island's verdant hills are fantastic for walking. Seek out the majestic Na Muang falls where cool spray rushes down over craggy russet-hued rocks, or take to the aquamarine waters in a powerboat. For a spiritual awakening, the vipassana meditation sessions at Wat Hin Lat temple are wonderful.
What to wear:
Cindy lace cover up, £250, Melissa Odabash; visit odabash.com
Lip balm in cucumber melon, £12.50 (for a pack of two), EOS from boots.com
Juli bag, £300, YOSUZI; visit yosuzi.com
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