In November 2010 hip and trendy W Hotels opened the doors of W Koh Samui, the first W in Southeast Asia. The all-villa beachfront resort uniquely located at the peak of the north shore of Thailand’s famed Samui Island brought an alluring new dimension to Thailand through its location, forward-looking design, and vibrant contemporary lifestyle.
Located between Maenam and Bo Phut, W Koh Samui’s 74 all private pool retreats offer all the indulgence and luxury you could possibly ask for. Book yourself into one of the W’s Jungle Oasis Villas and you’ll be greeted by a spectacular array of red, from sofa pillows and silk designer lamps to sideboards and wall integrated shelve. When you’re out and about, a huge wooden deck sets the scene for an expansive private pool. An oversized day bed, two sun lounge chairs and a wooden dining table for two completes the escapade.
Tan fans looking to set up shop for a day of paradise island rest and relaxation unwind at WET. The W’s refreshing infinity pool offers spectacular island vistas best enjoyed from comfy daybed.
If soft sand is more your thing, marvel at spectacular sunrises and sunsets at W Beach, located on the tip of the northern peninsula where Bo Phut and Mae Nam bays come together. It’s one of the best beaches in Koh Samui for jumping in and enjoying the water, lay out and lounge or play a few beach games. For something a little less down-to-earth, take flight and see why Koh Samui is called one of the best kite-surfing spots in Thailand.
If you’re feeling peckish while swaying in a hammock have a friendly Beach Ambassador bring you a kaffir lime leaf spiked local craft beer (brewed especially for the hotel) and a selection of tacos and epic burger from nearby SIP kitchen and bar.
Each morning guests wake up to the world while nibbling through the W’s epic brunch buffet at its all day dining restaurant, The Kitchen Table. Settle into plush, high-backed sofas to enjoy a sweeping outdoor beach view while sipping between freshly squeezed OJ and frothy cappuccino.
The restaurant features a massive open concept kitchen where chefs converse with guests as they pluck their morning meal. Highlights include colourful salad bar flanked by imported cheese and charcuterie, freshly baked French pastries, a la minute egg station and a rotating daily selection of classic Wester entrees (eggs bennie, pancakes) and spicy Thai faves.
Open on three sides and perched on the corner of a hillside, WooBar offers 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand. Guests arrive to WooBar from the hotel’s W Lounge where interactive digital floor projections give way to an environment accented with off-white terrazzo floors, high ceilings clad in angular bleached wood veneer panels, large bookshelves and oversized lamps.
Whether you’re taking in the views of the Gulf of Thailand or chilling with a craft cocktail while tapping your foot to the W Music Curator’s beat heavy playlist, you’ll quickly recognize why Woo Bar at the W Koh Samui is a destination all on its own. Craft cocktail fans swoon for WooBar’s thoughtful presentation with favourites including a hazelnut adorned glass bird and sweet sphere filled with fresh florals.
Taking its name from the Korean word for wood, W Koh Samui’s signature Japanese restaurant Namu showcases classic Japanese dishes with a twist which embody a new culinary world the chef describes as Asia Tomorrow.
Stylish individual elements underline the minimal clean lines of the décor that sets the scene for inventive Japanese cuisine. A dramatic textured ceiling spirals downwards, flanked by green glass rods, representing bamboo. Diners can opt to sit outside on the beachside terrace, at one of the six tables indoors, or at the best seats in the house – along the counter of the open kitchen for a firsthand glimpse of the action.
No better dish perfectly embodies Namu’s culinary creative spirit than the kitchen’s now iconic Lobster Udon. Guests jaws drop as a massive bowl of steaming noodles arrive at the table topped with plump lobster and dazzled with a duo of spicy jalapeno dressing and chili bean sauce. Comfort food cool.
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