A Romantic Getaway
- Breakfast on the Beach.
Go for an early stroll to the powdery white-sand beach, Choeng Mon, and enjoy the solitude of a nearly empty beach. Breathe in the ocean air as you watch local fishermen head out to sea.
- Massage for Two.
Book the Thai for Two treatment at Spa Village Koh Samui. It begins with the signature Songkran Shower, followed by a Custom Thai Massage and ends with a traditional Thai Herbal Facial that uses tamarind and turmeric, along with rice, honey, yogurt, coconut oil and din saw pong (Thai white mud).
- A Stroll Through Town.
Head to Fisherman’s Village, a historic district near Bophut Beach. What used to be the epicenter of a lively fishing community is now a bustling area of shops, restaurants, cafés and hotels. Spend a couple of hours leisurely exploring its narrow streets and experience the local culture of Koh Samui.
- Take a Cooking Class Together.
Since 1999, the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts has been teaching amateur and professional cooks the secrets of Thai cuisine. Prepare, cook and eat your food, then make it again when you return home from your visit. People with dietary restrictions need not worry — most of the recipes can be adjusted and adapted.
- A Piece of Paradise.
Though you’ll be right next to Chaweng, Koh Samui’s most popular beach, skip the crowds and head south to Coral Cove, a secluded stretch of sea that’s great for snorkeling or lying in the sun, admiring the gently swaying coconut trees.
- The Greatest Show on Earth.
Koh Samui is known for its stunning sunsets, and there may be no better place to catch the show than on Bophut Beach. Grab a pre-dinner drink at one of the bars that scatter the shoreline and watch as the sun slowly dips behind the horizon over the Gulf of Thailand.
- Bon Appétit.
For dinner, head to one of the island’s top restaurants, Chez François, on a small street near Fisherman’s Village. Spot the neon sign and walk through its ornate wooden doors for a delicious French meal. There is no menu — just a four-course meal prepared by Chef François Porté-Garcia that changes daily. Reservations are a must.
- Island Hop.
Take to the seas with a jaunt to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park, northwest of Koh Samui. You’ll take a boat to this cluster of 42 pristine islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Once there, you can take your pick of activities: snorkeling, hiking or kayaking through the islands’ many magical coves, lakes, mangroves and waterfalls.
- A Quick Respite.
After a busy morning of exploring, head back to the hotel for a little rest and relaxation. Grab an early lunch at Sea Salt and enjoy lying out by the pool.
- A Peaceful Place.
While Namuang 1 and 2 are the better-known waterfalls on Koh Samui, Hin Lad is perfect for a less crowded and more secluded experience. After an easy hike, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view and a swimmable pool at the base of the fall. On your way back, have a serene moment together at the nearby temple gardens and meditation area.
- Another Day, Another Spa.
Koh Samui is known worldwide for its abundance of spas, so go ahead and indulge a little — or a lot. Set in the middle of the jungle, Tamarind Springs Forest Spa offers a plethora of treatments, from steam caves and hot stone massages to foot reflexology and outdoor plunge pools.
- One Last Sunset.
Make your last island sunset your best by viewing it from the sea. Charter a yacht, catamaran or sailboat for a special — and private — experience that you’ll remember for ages. As you glide around the coastline, you’ll stop for a snorkel before you sail into the pink and orange sky.
- Private Dining.
The personal dining spaces at Pak Tai make for a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Enjoy Thai cuisine that uses the finest ingredients sourced daily from local markets, and toast to a great trip.