Stayed: Farmer’s Boutique Resort

Majestic birds swoop in and out searching for fish in the shallow rice paddies. The droning hum of a spectrum of frogs hypnotise the night, a reminder that the entire nocturnal ecosystem is active in the shadows. A top-notch Thai restaurant overlooks it all, as steaming plates of cuisine fit for royalty find their way from the kitchen to the tables of already content guests. If you’re one of those guests, you’ll feel like someone has let you in on a guarded little secret, the one that led you to learn of this resort oasis.

Of course with a website offering online bookings, Farmer’s Boutique Resort is no secret. Without the constant hustle of busier areas like Chaweng, the Mae Nam district where Farmer’s is located maintains a more toned-down, natural vibe.

The property lies on a sprawling 16-rai parcel (more than 6 acres) with verdant rice paddies, lily ponds, and 45 luxurious villas. Split into two by the lobby/parking area, the villas line each side of 2 ponds with infinity pools at each end.

The villas themselves fall into four spacious categories ranging from 50 to 100sqm, some boasting their own private swimming pools. The rooms are big and airy with tall vaulted ceilings and huge sliding glass doors opening onto breezy verandas. Colonial-style furnishings are carved teakwood and give the villas a regal air. Refresh under the rain shower head in the partially open air bathroom.

If rest and relaxation is your primary objective, you’ve found the perfect spot. Early morning and sunset are enchantingly picturesque with low-hanging mist illuminated by the rising sun. Thai water buffaloes graze and bathe on the neighbouring undeveloped land. Sip a steaming cup of Thai-grown coffee in the open air breakfast restaurant and listen to the soothing rustle of wind blowing through the bamboo stalks. Although it’s not a beachfront resort, the sea is close by and bicycles are provided for you to explore the neighbourhood.

The Farmer’s private ownership also lends to its secret hideaway feel while maintaining a high bar for friendly and helpful service. The staff are prompt, courteous, and attentive. Compared to corporate hotel groups, Farmer’s feels unique and personal, like you’re staying at your friend’s resort.

The owner also offers cooking classes so you can learn how to cook authentic Thai classics as well as some Thai/Indonesian fushion recipes. The restaurant serves her recipes and they are mind blowing.

If Farmer’s were a secret, it’s not anymore. But that’s okay, some secrets just shouldn’t be kept.

1/26 Moo 4, Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, farmersboutiqueresort.com

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