Koh Samui, Thailand

January 25, 2023

We arrived into Koh Samui past dark, the sweetest driver from our hotel picked us up in a comfy van equipped with WiFi, phone chargers, hot towels, coconut cookies, fresh pressed juice, and water. It was the best way to ride into town. I kind of love getting to a place at night and then waking up in the morning to a scene completely different than the one I saw the night before. Upon arrival to Napasai, we were greeted with more treats – beautiful fresh flower necklaces and homemade coconut ice cream. Such a delight!

I’m always a fan of Belmond hotels for their charming, old world interiors that always seem to blend right into the surroundings. This property did not disappoint! Our room was an over the water bungalow, so the view was stunning. It was plenty spacious, but not huge, and had a nice outdoor patio connected to it. The floors were old and creaky wooden ones that immediately made me feel nostalgic for time spent in my best friends old beach house growing up. It smelled like that house, too. Beach house smell = best smell. #iykyk 🙂

Anyway, it was exciting waking up in the morning to this beautiful property. We walked the windy, uphill pathway up to breakfast and took in the scenery each morning. Is there anything better than a gorgeous hotel breakfast display? The food at the hotel was great, and there are three restaurants on property. I ordered crab fried rice to my chair on the beach multiple times and we also did a curry tasting one night.

When we weren’t totally vegging out at the beach, we loved exploring the other activities the hotel had to offer. The spa was amazing- my husband and I both got massages and they were probably our favorite on the trip. We also booked a bike ride tour with a guide from the hotel, Lek. He was so kind and became our buddy! He took us to a local market, a private beach and a temple. It was really fun to see the island this way, and an easy place to bike around (sidewalks and pathways). One morning I did yoga and it was a great way to start the day.

We didn’t leave the hotel much, but decided to check out the Fisherman’s Village, which is just a quick cab ride away. We stumbled upon a delicious local spot for dinner called Marigold. We both had curry and gosh, it was good! After dinner, we went to Coco Tam’s, which is a really fun spot for a drink. It’s a big restaurant with different levels and sections, all along the beach. When we were there, there was a DJ and fire dancers performing. Super entertaining and a really upbeat vibe.

The only thing we weren’t able to do that we would have liked to was go to Ang Thong National Marine Park. We were too late getting a reservation, and all of the good tours were booked. It’s usually an all day thing (8 hours), where you explore these really unique and beautiful looking islands. So, if you’re planning a trip to Koh Samui, make sure you book that in advance.

Our visit to Koh Samui was peak relaxation. We honestly considered extending our stay and skipping our trip to Bangkok, but all good things must come to an end, I guesssss.