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Koh Samui, Thailand – 3 October 2017 - Marking its first presence on the Eastern coast of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to announce the newest addition to its collection of renowned global properties with the opening of
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, the resort seamlessly combines the brand’s legendary service with the traditional spirit of Thai hospitality and colourful Samui island life culture to create a unique melting pot of indelible new memories.

“Known for its charm and pristine natural beauty, Koh Samui is a favourite destination for travellers. An island sanctuary amid breathtaking and diverse beauty, this resort is an exceptional blend of both The Ritz-Carlton and Thai cultures and fulfills our mission to offer inspiring new memories in sought-after locations,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “We are confident that The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will make a valuable contribution to the long-term success of this destination and enhance the memorable travel experience for guests from around the world.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui offer 175 suites and pool villas nestled amid 58 acres that overlook the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the resort pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials, touches that imbue a sense of place and help immerse guests in their destination.

The oceanfront resort features Spa Village Koh Samui, a 3,800 square metre haven anchored in the healing culture of the region, complete with eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar, and a lap pool with intimate cabanas. The resort’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 its 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, where international classics and Thai favourites are offered in a relaxed dining atmosphere; and Tides, an ideal spot for sun-lovers to unwind with a refreshing cocktail from the poolside bar and enjoy a citrus-cured specialty from the cevicheria. With its circular bar and lounge, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired small bites. On Saturdays, guests can enjoy Baan Talat, an outdoor food market experience with street food stalls, traditional dancing and local 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 (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 culinary class to unlock secrets of southern Thai cooking.

The resort features a one-of-a-kind temperate Swim Reef within the resort that teems with over 50 species of fish. It is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and offers unique snorkelling and fish-feeding experiences. Two pristine beaches, a beachside pool and two floodlit tennis courts are available for enjoyment and relaxation. The Ritz Kids programme, with a dedicated playroom, encourages indoor and outdoor activities that help to strengthen family ties through shared moments.

Extraordinary and stunning weddings are a signature at this resort. Lifetime vows can be exchanged at Sala Thai, an elevated pavilion overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Thailand.

The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui affirms the long-standing relationship between Marriott International and YTL Hotels, which owns the property. “The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui marks another milestone of our strong partnership with Marriott International. With the opening of this resort, our portfolio, together with Marriott International, now encompasses nine properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe,” said Dato’ Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels.

For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/koh-samui.