Built on the northwestern end of the Samui island, amidst lush tropical greenery, Four Seasons Samui is a boutique resort of self-confident elegance and sophisticated style.
You can hardly find a sight more quintessentially Thai. The steep hills that host Four Seasons resort descend to a long private beach, flanked by the “classic” tall palm trees, swaying in the warm, tropical wind. An elegant restaurant overlooks the beach, and set amongst the palms is an easygoing bar, conveniently located right next to an infinity-edge pool.
Food and spa
The beach restaurant is called Pla Pla, and it’s great for light lunches. Then the Lan Tania restaurant, located in one of the highest points of the hotel, is perfect for a romantic dinner—especially at the sunset hour, as it enjoys views on both sides of the island.
One of our favourite places at Four Seasons Samui was the Spa, located in the thick bamboo forest. A winding wooden footbridge, leading deeper and deeper into the jungle gets you to the massage rooms, quietly set in the deep shade.
The sessions here are called ‘experiences’, and the best ones combine wellness and beauty treatments. For example, Air Divine takes four and a half hours and consists of a private yoga session, a massage with warm coconut oil and a herbal sauna.
In the Four Seasons Samui project, architect Bill Bensley skillfully infused traditional Thai style with understated luxury, creating an elegant and sophisticated design.
Bensley achieved a sublime harmony in the hotel interiors, by mixing polished teak floors, rosewood furniture, hand-woven carpets and fabrics, kept in beige tones, with occasional touches of turquoise.
The villas are the best example. By using natural materials, local artifacts and perfectly matched colours their interiors come across as thoroughly “Thai”, with perfectly balanced dose of a modern luxury.
Stone-paved bathrooms have separate areas ‘for her’ and ‘for him’ and the freestanding, egg-shaped bathtub is positioned against a floor-to-ceiling sliding door, filled with glass.
Connected to the bathroom is a spacious terrace with swimming pool, next to which is the lounge area, furnished with spacious sofas, a minibar, coffee maker and a Lavazza fridge for champagne and wine.
Should doing absolutely nothing ever get tiring, Four Seasons provides some options for a more active holiday. There is a tennis court and water sports are available, and staff can arrange a catamaran sunset cruise—or private lessons with a Thai kickboxing champions.
Families with children will feel welcome too, thanks to the all-day care program Kids For All Seasons, in the excellent children’s club.