The year had barely started, and already I was dreaming of a nice, relaxing getaway to a beach resort, a place where I can just relax and unwind. Where there’s sand, sea, sun and great food!
Much to my delight, and it was also my great fortune that the opportunity came knocking; I was whisked to Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, a wonderful getaway destination that overlooks a gorgeous blue sea – modern, luxurious and full of live, and at the same time detached from the stress and bustle of city. I got to experience this sophisticated heaven of a resort thanks to our travel partners Skyscanner, Bangkok Airways and Marriott Hotel Group.
I was so excited for this fam trip, and when the time finally arrived, Ash came to the airport to send me off. I had so wished he could accompany me on this amazing retreat because it’s also such a romantic place for couples!
I like this shot he took of me because it was such a flattering angle! Anyway I was checking out Skyscanner – a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. The service is free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process!
So referring directly to this trip, you can easily book your flight to Koh Samui by selecting your travel dates and no. of travellers, and effortlessly compare across flight/airline options to your destination. This platform efficiently integrates accommodation booking as well, so the process of planning for your trip (while saving $$) becomes much faster and easier.
You will notice that direct flights to Koh Samui are quite limited, but with boutique airline Bangkok Airways as one of the options, there is hardly much hesitation as I was so impressed with their signature Thai hospitality, comfortable seats and pretty cabin crew!
Spacious seats and we had lots of leg room!
The aircraft was full! Most passengers were comfortably seated and cabin crew had very politely attended to requests before take-off.
And here’s my dinner! The food was honestly good, and I had finished every last bit of this set. Just recalling how it tasted is making me hungry now!
It was a short 1 hr 45 mins flight to Koh Samui, and we had such a smooth flight, all the way to retrieving my checked-in luggage at the terminal. I barely had to wait before I picked up my trunk. Talk about efficiency even though it was past 10pm!
When we arrived at the resort in an airport shuttle, complete with a friendly chauffeur cum RNavi, it was a quick meet and greet with Steph, a representative of JW Marriott, before she whisked us off to the Tapas Bar for a welcome cocktail and an evening chat. Certainly a great way to start the vacation before it was time for bed. How about a look at the rooms they have prepared for us??
My Deluxe Garden View Room! It is a huge 51 sqm room (especially for 1 person), with high ceilings, an outdoor balcony, a private whirlpool on the patio/veranda, lighted makeup mirror, large bathroom amenities (Tokyo Milk) and an over-sized bathtub. Check out that king-sized bed and sofa bed at the side! Not to mention fast-speed WIFI, high speed internet, 3 phones and a 37″ flat screen TV with cable channels like ESPN & HBO. Smashing amazing!
My universal adapters were nearly untouched as Renaissance Koh Samui provides universal power outlets in their rooms. This is already starting to feel like a dream vacation come true because whatever I need, they have it all here!
More bedroom envy here! Love my room so much! Noticed that Renaissance also provides evening turndown service for guests?
Lots of selfie and #ootd opportunities as mirrors are everywhere at the bathroom and dressing area.
Lots of references and info kits here for guests to fill up their itinerary and maximize their time in Koh Samui.
Ended my night with a nice shower and these delicious prawn cakes served hot at my doorstep. Nothing can describe how delicious they are – you HAVE to try them when you’re at Renaissance Koh Samui!
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Had a great night’s sleep on the soft featherbed and woke up to this stunning view of the resort and further away, a peek of the calm blue sea. The garden resort is adorned with flora and fauna, blanketed by tranquility.
My outdoor veranda with the private whirlpool, just tempting me to have a long good soak. But that will have to wait because it’s time for breakfast at Banana Leaf! The restaurant offers casual all day dining, fusing flavours of east and west for a unique dining experience. Delicious buffet breakfast, creative a’ la carte menu, mouth-watering Thai specialties.
Morning breakfast spread that tastes as good as it looks!
Fancying some cool tropical R-juices? Help yourself to any of the 6 flavours here!
The beautiful weather that morning beckoned us to opt for outdoor seating and enjoy the sea view, where many guests were already enjoying their breakfast.
My customised plate from the buffet! I eat according to my mood so it’s pretty obviously what I had craved for that morning And I nodded to yoghurt, fruit and milk too!
Say hi to my Samui Sunshine Pancake. Yummy yum! To make it extra tropical, top it off with slices of banana, coconut flesh and mango! Pure bliss! ♥
Seth had one for himself too!
After we had our fill, our R Navigator island tour officially started! Renaissance Navigators are local tour guides who will customise the places resorts guests wish to see, visit and eat, according to their references and profiles. So if it’s a family outing, expect a tour suitable for the young and old so that everyone’s comfortable and happy. For couples, the itinerary may include romantic dinners, walks by the beach and related entertainment. Charges are based on an hourly basis, including chauffeured rides around the island! Talk about a convenient personal tour – R Navigators also speak eloquently as they enthusiastically introduce guests to the sights and sounds of Koh Samui.
The first tourist spot our hospitable R Navigator, Aod, brought us to…Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast! They have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. These rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia. It really is quite an unusual and titillating sight!
I didn’t manage to get a full picture of the Grandma Rock because it was pretty steep going down the slopes so I took the above picture from the web. This juxtaposition just leaves very little to the imagination!
But honestly, I was more interested in the overall view of the rocky coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon. It was sunny and windy, perfect for taking pictures of the stunning scenery.
Group shot! With Steph, Seth and Syl I just realized they were triple Ss! Long after the trip!
Then it was more sightseeing with the group from cafes e.g. Peak Eye View Restaurant perched on hill tops, overlooking the sea, coastlines and a brief perspective of the island.
Next, we visited THINK & RETRO Cafe, one right by the beach with glorious seafood. So shiok!
My #oord taken by Syl – lovingly and fully clothed by UnspokenLabel. Love the vibrant color of my Lightblue Floral Mesh Top which rhymed with the brilliance of the sea behind me, and the dusty pink of my comfy Scallop Wave Skorts.
Can’t get enough of blue, apparently. Enjoying my cocktail to the fullest! Felt so happy I could almost hear the birds singing above me
And the food arrived! We were all preparing to feast!
Fresh grilled tiger prawns? Checked!
More prawn cake because we can! There were more food than my camera could keep up with so I shall skip to the desserts!
If you feel like an outdoor massage by the beach, the cafe offers the service too! The Thais are such pleasure seeking people, and they make sure their guests enjoy the same treatment!
Next stop: Samui Cultural Center and Fine Art of South East Asia
The Culture Center is a work in progress, sporting lovely Asian pavilions and intricate sculpture, and embodies a rich historic mix of Thai culture and religion.
Enjoying my exploration around the site with Steph.
It is interesting to see how much Thais love dressing themselves up in rich robes, costumes and jewellery, which can weigh a lot for the elaborate pieces with several layers of garments.
Moving on, the Nam Tok Na Muang Waterfall 1 & 2.
The first waterfall, Na Muang 1, flows down into a pretty natural pool that provides a cool escape from the heat. Namtok Na Muang, or ‘Purple Waterfalls’, are so named because of the striking purple shade of their rock faces. There are other waterfalls to visit on Koh Samui, but these are considered to be among the most scenic. Na Muang is a popular place for families to relax and swim, and there is an elephant safari camp nearby where you can organise a ride through the jungle. Many Samui tours include a refreshing stop at the Na Muang Waterfalls on their itinerary.
Yes, we are back at another cafe! The Kalasea Coffeeshop with a nautical theme and very relaxing vibe.
The popular cafe’s own gift shop with cute little handcrafted merchandise for guests to take home a souvenir or two.
Just what I need on a hot day by the beach! Iced Thai milk tea!
One more stop before dinner – Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, offering a tranquil beach setting, cosy guest houses, restaurants & shops. If you’re there on a Friday, don’t miss their popular night market that’s full of color, vibrancy, fragrant food, & sights and sounds!
My second #ootd (although ironical), is a cute top from H&M and Kanny Floral Skorts from Alice and Clydge. I’m ready for winding down the day with a scrumptious dinner and drinks! Thanks Syl for this shot!
I must say the restaurants at Fisherman’s Village are all beautifully decorated and so inviting, as most of them are sea-facing with plush seats and posh interiors.
One of my favourites at Fisherman’s Village. Doesn’t it give off the Santorini feel?
Boutiques, motels and gift shops at Fisherman’s Village.
Finally, the venue for dinner revealed! We were brought to Tai by Red Snapper, (Japanese dining with a twist) at Central Festival Samui.
Besides its modern, classy ambience, the food was amazingly good! We ordered so much and still craved for more! I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
Sweet, delightful dessert to end the awesome Day 1 of this trip. Heading back to the resort and my room, I saw more interesting treats on the console which aroused my interest and curiosity. At Renaissance Koh Samui, you never stop being surprised at the endless discoveries!
Craving for more of Koh Samui and Renaissance? Stay tuned and don’t go away as the next post is coming right up!
Renaissance Koh Samui: 208/1 Moo 4, T. Maret, Lamai Beach Koh Samui 84310 Thailand | Tel: +66 77 429 300 | Website