The W Retreat brings a new dimension of modern design to the northern coast of the increasingly popular Samui island.
An exciting combination of the futuristic, the organic and the idyllic, all working to create a unique brand of tropical elegance creates a hotel filled with an almost youthful enthusiasm.
Under the W Name
Such quasi-urban aesthetics is a hallmark of the W brand and the implementation of it in the Samui property was given to the award-winning designer Carla Almeida from the P49 studio. With the Samui project, Almeida raised the competitive bar for Thai resorts in terms of style, space and modernity.
Clean lines and elegant shades of stone dominate the glass-walled villas, underscored by reflections from the private pools—warmed by earth tones of wooden objects.
The interiors are striking: boldly juxtaposed colors give them a feel of extravagant and creative modernity, but softness of Egyptian cotton and goose-down-stuffed bedding add a much needed sooth.
The villas are huge, packed with electronics and equipped to the top specs. The villa-length-long private pool is tiled with a luxury mosaic and is connected with the spectacular exterior bathroom. Here the central stage takes an impressive circular bathtub.
Things to do
The hotel makes sure there is no shortage of places and ideas to make your stay a busy one.
There is a fitness center, spa and a library, and several bars and restaurants, including the Tonic Bar, with a healthy “spa” menu, or Namu, which offers Japanese cuisine. The eclectic Lounge is perfect for a sundowner.
Right next to The Lounge is the stunning WOOBAR. From here, the view of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding hills is magnificent. “W Happenings” are organized here—events reflecting passion of the brand W Hotels to music, design, fashion and film.
The Retreat was able to secure one more thing that is most sought after on Samui: almost a kilometer-wide, private beach.