Home' micenet eMag : micenet October 2018 Contents Koi Samui – paradise regained
The second leg of the TIME2018 famil was held in Koi Samui where its history and historical
relics date back more than 1200 years. It was not until the late 1800’s that Samui started to
become known, even to the Thai people themselves.
A one hour flight from Bangkok on Bangkok Airlines, Samui International Airport has been
described one of the nicest and most charming tropical airports in the world. Here features
such as lush gardens, low rise design, Thai pavilions and streetscape shops make it one out of
the usual airport box.
Best described as a cosmopolitan melting pot, Samui Island revealed itself to be home to
many luxury resort and villas on white sand beaches. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng
Beach to the lively yet relaxed atmosphere of Lamai Beach, the tropical beach paradise of
Maenam to the timeless feel of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, a short stroll along the beach from
the Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui has a broad appeal, especially for chilling out.
Home for the international group’s stay was the Anantara Bophut Samui, and while it may not
be the newest resort on the island, the long term establishment of its lush surrounds and
waterways make it a delightful venue for outdoor events and a welcome haven to return to after
a day in the sun where every bit of shade is appreciated.
The resort’s 106 guest rooms compose of a collection of seven room and suite types, all
designed in contemporary Thai style with a rich palette of warm earth colours and spaces filled
with natural light. The Premier Garden View room features 32 square metres of living space,
while the Deluxe Garden View and Deluxe Sea View rooms comprise 36 square metres. In
addition there are two beachfront pool suites.
A textbook start to the stay began with a transfer and reception under the red sails of the Red
Baron, a traditional wooden junk boat, gliding through the Andaman Sea, lured forward by a
setting golden sunset.
With the day done and the sunset gone, the group were transferred to the luxurious Six
Senses Hideway Samui. Set on a headland,with glorious Gulf of Thailand vistas, the 66-villa
resort with its award-winning venue - Dining on the Rocks - was the setting for a remarkable al
A group breakfast the following day was tailed by a table top session: product showcase &
theme coffee break, allowing the visitors to meet with local suppliers and learn more about how
the destination can best service their clients.
Later a hotel site inspection and lunch at
the new The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui where
all the bells and whistles expected of a fine
five-star hotel were revealed. These included
175 exquisitely designed suites and pool
villas, six distinctive dining experiences, two
secluded beaches, a stepping stone
designed entrance pool and the largest swim
reef in Southeast Asia within a resort.
With its distinct beach vibe, dinner that
evening was at Charm Eatery and Bar
located next to the entrance of the renowned
Big Buddha Temple and where the authentic
Thai food is inherited from the chef’s
grandma’s home-cooked meals.
The evening continued with a walk through
Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village where the
Friday market was in full swing and where the
island’s fishing industry was born. For some
of the group the lure of bars, beanbags and
cabanas, large projector screens and
entertainment on the beach, made it the
place to be for a late-night chill-out.
Following breakfast on the final day a
marine biologist gave an impassioned talk on
the sustainability of the reef, turtles and its
sea creatures. Then clad in TIME2018 Trash
Hero T-shirts, a CSR team-building beach
cleaning activity with Trash Heroes massed a
huge amount of rubbish washed in from the
sea. This worldwide movement’s mission is
to bring communities together to clean and
Back at the hotel there was time for a
refresh before heading to the very stylish W
Koh Samui located between Maenam and
BoPhut, for lunch and an inspection of the
resort with its 150 sq.m meeting space and a
look at one of its 74 guest rooms, all with
private pool villas.
The W’s major wow factor is its fabulous
WOOBAR® with ultra-cool floating lounges
and expansive sea back drop. Definitely the
place to hang out.
Then, as if to ensure no one was going to
forget Koi Samui and the Anantara in a hurry,
a final farewell full moon beach party and
BBQ was held on the resort’s beachfront
where fire dancers, temporary neon tattoo
artists and a DJ added to party atmosphere
and the exuberant displays of dancing. m
SO Sofitel Bangkok
- Park Society Terrace.
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