June 10, 2023

This relatively undiscovered paradise is now full of luxury resorts  


Dr. Buathon, Thailand\’s authority on Holistic healing, helped fashion the treatments available at Jahn\’s full service spa.
Before the tsunami of 2004 rocked the foundation of the Thai travel industry, few people knew of Koh Samui, which was reached through a trek by bus and ferry undertaken by only the heartiest of adventurers.

Since then this relatively undiscovered slip of island paradise has been overrun with a dearth luxury resorts including those by the Four Seasons, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Starwood’s ‘W Retreat’ concept. Now Hilton’s entered the game and intends to raise the luxury bar even higher with the Conrad Koh Samui.

80 contemporary villas raised on stilts cover 25 sprawling acres perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and mainland Thailand at this beach retreat. Modern technology amidst a traditional setting is highlighted with tropical hardwood floors, deep soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling views of the sea blending seamlessly with the LCD flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations.

The incomparable Joe Diaz, formerly of the Napa Valley’s acclaimed French Laundry restaurant, heads culinary options at the exclusive retreat.

Fine Thai-inspired dining is experienced cliff-side at Jahn – the resort’s specialty restaurant. Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is highlighted at Zest, the all-day restaurant, while the Glow Lounge serves up signature cocktails and amazing sunsets.

Activities include a massive on-site spa, water sports, diving, outdoor yoga in a purpose-built pavilion, a central infinity pool, private beach and 24-hour room service.

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