Stayed: Amari Koh Samui
Location, location, location is the well-worn mantra of real-estate agents, and at Amari Koh Samui they’d have little problem closing the deal. After all, this property is located in the bustling heart of the island, Chaweng, but has also managed to stake a claim to its own little slice of the coconut-fringed beachfront.
Downtown Chaweng is an exciting little strip chockful of interesting restaurants, bars, beach clubs, souvenir shops, and everything in between. Amari is situated in the ideal spot just on the fringe – close enough to explore on foot and then retreat to the peaceful oasis that is the resort.
The Amari actually feels like two resorts with a lobby, spa, restaurant, beach bar and pool on one side of the road, while the rear of the property maintains a private vibe with traditional Thai-style bungalows scattered around a freeform pool beneath coconut palms swaying in the breeze and a garden of lush tropical plants.
The meticulously maintained two-storey bungalows are decked out with traditional flourishes and covered verandas. Inside, the furnishings and features are contemporary and high-quality with tasteful touches of wood – it is the Amari, after all.
From the polite and helpful staff to the macarons waiting in your room to the fine sand on the beach, it’s hard to find fault. With invitingly comfortable beds, quality linens, and too many conveniences and luxuries to list, a lot of pride has clearly been taken in setting up this property, and it shows.
As for breakfast, it’s worth staying at the Amari for the morning buffet alone. It also boasts the well-known Italian bistro, Prego, with brick-oven pizzas, homemade pasta and piquant risotto on the menu.
When hunting for a resort in Thailand, you never quite know what you’re going to get. At Amari, though, you can be sure you’ll enjoy flawless service and luxurious amenities, all at a beautiful and convenient location. And macarons – lots of macarons.
Amari Koh Samui
14/3 Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
+66 (0) 77 300 306