Living The High Life At The Four Seasons Koh Samui | MF Travels
On a moderately sunny day, I find myself in Koh Samui making my way to the top of a hill. No, this isn’t an adventure story but the first open air lobby I’m experiencing. The sound of a traditional gong sounds, and the massive doors of Four Seasons Koh Samui open to reveal a view which is the closest to paradise as it can get.
The breath taking vistas of the ocean, coconut and palm groves and tropical forests make me stop and stare at nature’s bounty. A welcome drink of dragon fruit and lychee juice topped with ginger ale keeps me company as I complete my check-in formalities against this stunning backdrop.
Post check-in, the staff shows me around. They tell me that the property overlooks the mystical Gulf of Siam and was the first one on the island with access to a private beach. It houses 60 one bedroom pool villas and 10 luxury residences that comprise of two, three, four and five bedrooms. Each of them designed along traditional Thai lines and have their own infinity pool.
After a swift show-around, the golf buggy shuttles me off to my plush one bedroom pool villa. I step into a lavishly furnished Thai-style villa with his and her dressing rooms, a sea view bath, and a huge terrace; complete with double daybed, outside dining area, outdoor bar and wine fridge. Also my private plunge pool overlooking the jungle and sea below! One look at it and I knew that over the next three days, I will get a taste of how billionaires holiday.
I particularly enjoyed gorging on Thai delicacies at KOH: Thai Kitchen, the restaurant that commands grand views over the resort and bay. Among my favourites at the restaurant were the Tom Kha Gai which was a scrumptious coconut soup with mushrooms, chicken and galangal and the Khao Phad Poo-a sumptuous crab meat fried rice which I couldn’t get enough of. Among the sweet treats, the Mango, Coconut and Sticky Rice Mini Popsicle and Char-Grilled Rice Pudding in Coconut Leaf were on the top of my list.
Chilling like a boss
As if my room hadn’t spoilt me enough, it was time for even more regal pampering at the Secret Garden Spa. Hidden in the jungle, candlelit bamboo walkways led me to a gorgeous tree-house spa that sits halfway up a hill. The therapy I experienced was the Kala Coconut Massage- a signature therapy that utilizes the goodness of virgin coconut oil. The unique 90-minute treatment has to be one of the most blissful spa therapies I’ve had till date. I also enjoyed my time at the resort’s private beach with its talcum-white sands, towering palm trees and transparent blue waters which is easily one of the best ones at Koh Samui.
Waking up to the uninterrupted views of the ocean had to be the highlight of my room experience. The property in itself is a dream of coconut and palm trees, tropical forests with torch-lit walkaways and hidden pool villas. As you may have guessed, leaving this stretch of paradise with its ever-graceful staff had to be my hardest goodbye.
Recommendations: Laid-pack pursuits can be found in the resort itself. I recommend a morning yoga session at Yoga Sala and tai chi in front of The Beach House at the Bill Bensley-designed Muay Thai training ring.
Hits: This is one of the best Four Season properties in the world (and I’ve been to most of them).
Misses: The resort is built on the side of steep mountain ridge. To get you around, you might need to take a golf cart. While the staff tries their best to be quick, occasionally you have to wait for it.
Where: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
219 Moo 5, Angthong, 84140, Thailand
Phone: +66 77 243 000
Rates: One bedroom pool villa starting from THB 25,500 x 18.7% (room only) per room/night