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Luxury in the sun

Luxury in the sun

WEDNESDAY, October 04, 2017

The luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain shows its means business in the Gulf of Thailand with the opening of a new property on Koh Samui that combines the brand’s first-class hospitality services and the colourful island culture.

Settled on the site of a former coconut plantation, the Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconuts and other natural materials such as ceramics, touches that imbue a sense of place and help immerse guests in their destination. It offers 175 suites and pool villas nestled amidst 58 acres that overlook the turquoise waters. 
“Known for its charm and pristine natural beauty, Koh Samui is a favourite destination with travellers. An island sanctuary with breathtaking and diverse beauty, this resort is an exceptional blend of both The Ritz-Carlton and Thai cultures and fulfils our mission to offer inspiring new memories in sought-after locations,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
“We are confident that The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will make a valuable contribution to the long-term success of this destination and enhance the memorable travel experience for guests from around the world.”
The oceanfront resort features Spa Village Koh Samui, a 3,800-square-metre haven anchored in the healing culture of the region, complete with eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar, and a lap pool with intimate cabanas. 
The hotel’s culinary offerings reflect Koh Samui’s destination across seven dining experiences including Pak Tai, offering fine dining interpretations of traditional southern Thai cuisine with views over the swim reef from its secluded individual dining terraces. 
Additional venues include Shook!, a stylish interactive dining space serving innovative Asian and Western dishes complemented by a superb selection of fine wines, Sea Salt offering international classics and Thai favourites in a relaxed dining atmosphere and Tides, an ideal spot for sun-lovers to unwind with a refreshing cocktail from the poolside bar and enjoy a citrus-cured speciality from the cevicheria. 
With its circular bar and lounge, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired small bites and guests can enjoy an outdoor food market experience at Baan Talat. 
There’s also a one-of-a-kind temperate Swim Reef that teems with over 50 species of fish. It is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and offers unique snorkelling and fish-feeding experiences. The Swim Reef also features expansive facilities including two white sand beaches, a beach-side resort pool, a water sports centre and two floodlit tennis courts. 
The Ritz Kids program, with dedicated kids check-in and amenities for children, offers both indoor and outdoor activities. 
“The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui affirms the long-standing relationship between Marriott International and YTL Hotels, which owns the property. “The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui marks another milestone of our strong partnership with Marriott International. With the opening of this hotel, our portfolio, together with Marriott International, now encompasses nine properties across Asia-Pacific and Europe,” said Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels.
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