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Santiburi Samui Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand

1 August 2017

On the island of Samui you’ll find a cacophony of birds, waves and the ubiquitous buzz of scooters. In the midst of this beautiful bedlam is Santiburi Beach Resort and Spa, an oasis of tranquillity.

Set on golden sands, the frangipani-filled gardens are dotted with discreetly positioned villas and adorned with wood panelling and jewel-toned silk upholstery.

The 25-year-old resort – owned by the family behind Singha beer – underwent a US$20 million facelift in 2015 with redecorated rooms, a sports centre and a revamped spa with products made entirely from local ingredients. A treatment for sun-sensitive skin involving coconut ice cubes is one to look out for. The resort is just a tuk-tuk ride from jungle waterfalls and bustling markets while guests can also hire boats to go snorkelling, or take advantage of Santiburi’s sister site, a mountainside PGA Asian Tour golf course.

Whatever your plans, head to the beach bar at sunset for an expertly mixed cocktail and live jazz – the perfect ending to another day in paradise.


Words: Lucy Taylor Image: Santiburi Samui