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Kathryn Brierley
Kathryn Brierley

A keen skier and a yoga teacher, Kathryn has travelled extensively.

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Caroline Sylger Jones

Has been visiting and reviewing spas and retreats worldwide for twelve years.

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koh samui

koh samui thailand

Koh Samui is a little island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear seas, and forrested hills.  And four fabulous spa and wellness resorts.

  • Kamalaya - for the ultimate spa experience in splendid luxury.
  • Absolute Sanctuary - for a slightly lower budget, with its own private mini island for yoga classes.
  • Six Senses Samui - Six Senses takes luxury to new levels wherever it goes - and Six Senses Samui is no different.
  • Banyan Tree Samui - another excellent Banyan Tree resort
  • Four Seasons Samui - probably the most luxurious and glamorous resort on the island. 

Many people visit Koh (which means 'island' in Thai) Samui again and again, and it's easy to understand why.  The gentle, laid back atmosphere combined with the Thai's legendary hospitality is just part of it.  The delicious healthy food, the stunning beaches, the climate, the turquoise sea.... and our pick-of-the-best spa hotels.

Koh Samui is a two hour flight down from Bangkok with easy connections from many international flights.

Other ideas in Thailand

  • Six Senses Yao Noi - gorgeous island resort and spa, half way between Phuket and Krabi
  • Six Senses Soneva Kiri on the remote island of Koh Kood on the eatern edge of the Gulf of Thailand, near the Cambodian border.
  • Chiva Som - world famous spa resort on the beach in Hua Hin

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Weather and when to go

Hot and sunny almost all year round temperatures are steady in the mid to high twenties for much of the year, nudging up above the 30°C mark between April and August. As it is in the tropics it is susceptible to short, sharp rain storms, however these rarely last more than 20 minutes, except in November when it can rain all day.

Getting here

There are no direct flights from London to Koh Samui.  It's an easy connection in Bangkok after a 12 hour flight - or enjoy a night or two in the city before flying on - and then it's about an hour to fly down to Koh Samui.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  12 hours
  • Currency:  Baht
  • Language:  Thai
  • Visa requirements:  6 months left on your passport for trips less than 30 days
  • Time difference:  GMT +7
absolute sanctuary

absolute sanctuary


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £1,160

Absolute Sanctuary offers excellent healthy food, lux spa treatments and yoga teaching in a peaceful away-from-it all setting. Beautiful location and great value.

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kamalaya

kamalaya


koh samui, thailand    7 night retreats from £1,459

This holistic island wellness retreat is a wonderful place of sanctuary where you can do as much or as little as you want. Set away from the throng on Koh Samui, the settlement is centred round a tiny cave temple where Buddhist monks used to meditate, and has a genuinely peaceful feel.

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six senses samui

six senses samui


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £1,855

Six Senses takes luxury to new levels wherever it goes - and Six Senses Samui is no different. Set in twenty acres on the northern tip of Samui, this resort is about maximum privacy and superb panoramas. All villas are split-level with an extraordinary sense of space and light and utterly fabulous sea views.

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four seasons samui

four seasons samui


koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £2,800

Generally regarded as the most luxurious and glamorous resort on Koh Samui, this stunning Four Seasons resort is perched on one of the most scenic and unspoilt parts of the island and takes full advantage of the spectacular setting.

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banyan tree samui

banyan tree samui

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koh samui, thailand    7 nights from £2,930

Overlooking the sapphire waters of scenic Lamai Bay, the resort is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove in the south-eastern coast of Koh Samui. Reflecting traditional Thai-style architecture, the villas are elevated structures offering magnificent views of the Gulf of Thailand.

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