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A palm-fringed island dotted with luxury resorts, white sandy beaches, and majestic temples, Koh Samui makes for the perfect destination, irrespective of whether you’re on your honeymoon, a romantic getaway, or a group trip with friends and family.

Savi in infinity pool at Conrad Koh Samui
The views that await!

 

How to get there

Bangkok is well connected to most major cities around the world. Koh Samui is a short flight away from Bangkok. Koh Samui airport is really pretty and surprisingly well-equipped for an island airport. You will find everything from wifi to snack bars here. Visa for Thailand can be obtained on arrival at Bangkok or Koh Samui airport (if you’re flying in from Singapore or any other country directly).

Packing for Koh Samui

While you might be inclined to pack beachy clothes for Koh Samui, I would urge you to pause and rethink. Yes you will need shorts and bikinis. But you will also need a couple of evening dresses and a pair of nice shoes if you intend to dine at a nice restaurant or celebrate an occasion. Most importantly you will need clothes that cover your knees and elbows in order to visit some of the magnificent Thai temples in Koh Samui. Lastly don’t forget to pack your toiletries (especially sunscreen!) because they are marked up significantly in Koh Samui.
Girl in a Flowing dress at Giant Buddha in Koh Samui
Flowy and covered dresses for the win 🙂

Where To Stay In Koh Samui and our favourite experiences

Conrad Koh Samui is one of the most famed properties in Koh Samui and over the years, many of our readers recommended the hotel to us because they know we love ourselves a scenic hotel. And scenic it is. Individual villas come equipped with huge bath tubs and plunge pools that provide unending views of the turquoise water and distant islands.  There are hammocks and loungers in the middle of the water. Kayaks are provided to all guests in order to make the most of its beach side location. Even the breakfast area provides panoramic views of the Gulf Of Thailand.
But that’s not all. Every room is spacious and well-equipped with rain-showers, indulgent toiletries, and luxurious beds. The resort, located on a hill, offers privacy to its guests and its idyllic environs provide a perfect excuse to disconnect from ‘real life’. And Jahn, their contemporary Thai restaurant is definitely the crown jewel of this hotel. If you enjoy Thai food, I would urge you to have a meal here during your stay at Conrad Koh Samui. The restaurant has won several accolades and culinary awards, but its unique and contemporary take on Thai food makes it truly special.
At this point, I should point out that if you’re a Hilton Honors member you can actually book most of these experiences and stay at Hilton properties using just your reward points! Irrespective of whether you travel frequently or once a year, we would highly recommend enrolling yourself as a Hilton Honors member (we’ve been members for over 11 years now!). You can enrol yourself for free here and start enjoying little perks. With every point you accumulate, you get closer to getting free nights at the hotel and/or experiences such as a special dinner set up on your anniversary or a spa treatment.
But the best part of this rewards program is, you can actually auction for Hilton Honors Experiences such as this entire Conrad Koh Samui experience (including hotel stay, activities, and experiences we experienced) and if you win the bid, you can use reward points to pay for the entire experience without spending a penny from your pocket. Money saved is money earned right? 😀
Ocean view villa at Conrad Koh Samui
Our spacious villa at Conrad Koh Samui

And the rainy weather did not stop us from enjoying our private pool and the rainbow that put quite a show for us:

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Don’t let the rain dampen your spirit and you will be the first to witness glorious rainbows🌈 💜💜 ✨ We are so excited to be able to finally share this with you – we are Hilton’s digital ambassadors for 2018/19 !! 10 years ago we signed up as @hiltonhonors members (their loyalty program) before social media was even a thing! Fast forward 5 years, when we started a blog, one of our first articles on Bruised Passports, was on Hilton in Egypt! ☺️😊 ✨ ✨ So this is a bit of a pinch-me moment for us. Over the next year, we will get to visit some gorgeous hotels and hand-pick some unique local experiences (the kinds money can’t buy!) offered by #hiltonhonorstravel and share them with you guys so you can plan some truly experiential holidays for yourself. Forever grateful for these little milestones because it feels like life has come full circle ⭕️ ✨ ✨ #bruisedpassports #thailand #alwaysexceptional #conradkohsamui

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signature bath experience at Conrad Koh Samui Thailand
Bathtub and infinity pool goals?
But holidays are all about the experiences that make them special. This Hilton Honors experience included a rich mix of cultural and scenic activities, some of which ended up being a highlight of our time at Conrad Koh Samui. Here are a few highlights of our experience in Koh Samui:
  • Dining to the sound of the waves

This is an experience like no other. Our experience included an indulgent 3 course meal by the beach and had our own little table, completely enveloped by twinkling fairy lights and music. Make sure you opt for an early dinner so you can relish starters and drinks as the sun sets, leaving the sky pink and orange. This one is perfect if you’re on your honeymoon!

dinner by the beach at Conrad Koh Samui
An unforgettable evening 🙂

 

  • Sandbar Excursion

If you want to take your island getaway to the next level, then this one is for you. It is possible to book a picnic on a remote sandbar at Conrad Koh Samui. Hop on a boat and head to the sandbar for an afternoon of relaxation. Of course this is dependent on the vagaries of weather, so do check with the hotel before booking a tour!

  • A cooking class

No holiday is complete without an experiential activity right? Our experience included a cooking class at our hotel and the chef taught us how to make Thai staples such as Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai. Savi even made her own portion of mango sticky rice. Learning about local flavours is always our favourite part of visiting new countries. We’ve taken cooking classes in so many countries including Cambodia, Vietnam, and Peru and this will be filed under those cherished memories too.

thai cooking class at Conrad Koh Samui
Enjoying our Thai cooking class 😀

 

  • A rejuvenating spa treatment to wrap up your holiday.

We even had a romantic couples treatment including in our experience! There are dozens of treatments available at the spa  – make sure you choose a treatment with care as Thai massages don’t use oil and can be quite harsh for people who like soft oil massages. Conrad Koh Samui has one of the most scenic spas we’ve visited. Don’t believe us? Check this out!

view from Spa at Conrad Koh Samui
One of the most gorgeous Spa rooms 🙂

 

  • Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary

Another unique experience we booked at our hotel included spending a day meeting, feeding, and hugging the most gorgeous elephants at the Samui Elephant sanctuary, Koh Samui’s first ethical sanctuary. Each of the elephants here has been exploited, blinded, hit by circus acrobats, or been cut by their owners in the past! But they’ve been rescued and given a new lease of life here! The volunteers protect and pamper them like their babies and the bond they share with the elephants is the cutest! The volunteers look after them ever so well and don’t leave any stone unturned to pamper them. On this note, I’d like to say – please make responsible choices regarding animals when you travel. Do your research and don’t visit places that exploit animals as extreme exploitation of animals is extremely widespread in Asia.

 

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More Things To Do & See In Koh Samui : Suggestions & Tips

  • Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Street in Bophut is a lively street packed with shops, restaurants, and cafés. It comes alive in the evening and is the ideal place to grab a drink or two. It is also home to a couple of nice eateries including Fisherman House and Coco Tam. But both eateries and shops here tend to be overpriced for what they offer. If you’re hungry and have a car or scooter on you, we’d suggest driving just outside Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Street for much more reasonable and tastier options.  Try Malee Restaurant for a scrumptious Thai meal at competitive prices.
  • If you’ve relaxed to your heart’s content at your hotel’s beach and want to steer clear of over-crowded beaches in Koh Samui, then head to Mae Nam beach or Choeng Mon beach. You can reach Mae Nam beach via the main entrance of W Hotel but entrance is free and you don’t need to be a hotel guest to visit as this is a public beach. Expect great panoramas and fewer people – this is a gorgeous stretch of beach not many know about. Choeng Mon on the other hand is easily accessible and can be combined with a visit to Wat Plai Laem complex.
  • Of course you cannot leave Koh Samui without visiting some of its stunning temples. There are dozens of temples – small and big – but we suggest visiting the incredible Big Buddha and the expansive Wat Plai Laem complex. Both temples are close to each other and it is easy to spend half a day just admiring the intricate architecture, swooning over the colourful details, and photographing the huge murals.
  • No visit to any Thai island can be complete without seeing its night markets. Chaweng is the focal point of several small night markets. It is also the ideal place to party the night away. Make sure you relish the food at the night market outside Central Festival Mall and sample local beers as you walk around Chaweng checking out the bars and nightlife.
  • Admittedly Koh Samui’s waterfalls are not the best you would’ve seen. Places like Bali and Luang Prabang have better waterfalls. But if you have an extra day, you can use it to check out the cascading Na Muang Waterfall or Hinlad Waterfall. There are also several smaller waterfalls you might spot along the way. Entry is usually free although local ‘guides’ try and extort money from tourists in the name of admission fees
  • If you have 2-3 days to spare, we’d suggest heading out to a neighbouring island such as Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. Despite their proximity, these islands provide a different experience from Koh Samui as they are much smaller and in general, more party oriented. This makes them ideal if you’re travelling in a group with friends. So do include them in your itinerary if you have some time.
Giant Buddha Koh Samui Thailand
The Big Buddha in Koh Samui
Choeng mon beach secluded beach in Koh Samui Thailand
Choeng Mon beach in the North East of Koh Samui
Malee Thai Restaurant in Bo Phut
The gorgeous Wat Plai Laem complex

 

That’s it.  Everything you need to know to plan an epic trip to Koh Samui. Leave us a comment below with your favourite experience from Koh Samui or if you have any questions and we’ll try and help you out 🙂 Do read all our articles on Asia if you want to experience other amazing places. Here’s a video from our time in Koh Samui:

 

Disclaimer: We have been Hilton Honors members for over 11 years now, much before we had a website or social media was even a thing! But this year we got the chance to work with them for the first time as digital ambassadors. We are so proud of this association with a program we’ve loved using so much during the last decade! You can read our detailed Disclaimer Policy here

8 thoughts on “A Romantic Island Getaway in Koh Samui

    1. Hi Sarika,

      Not sure if that’s such a great idea. Both places have a very similar vibe. You might be better of combing a trip to Koh Samui and Bangkok or Koh Samui and Kuala Lumpur 🙂

    1. Hey look out for deals as the rate varies drastically. Alternatively there are some amazing apartments on Air BnB in Koh Samui if you’re on a budget 🙂

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