Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui
This beautiful resort is a bit of a hidden gem and a real favourite of ours for many reasons. It is probably the charm and warmth of the welcome, understated elegance and splashes of Thai flavour that captured our attention first. Belmond Napasai is a captivating boutique property on a private beach with a swathe of villas lying along the beach front and sneaking up the hillside behind. Lanky palms sway gently overhead and the freeform infinity pool overlooking the ocean beckons enticingly. Chunky wooden sun beds draped in sheer muslin line the beach - just heaven sent for beachside snoozes.
The cottage style villas come in a range of options all are standalone and furnished in a contemporary Thai style but with a real sense of place. Seaview and seaview hillside villas have wonderful views whilst the beachfront villas front directly onto the ocean. Villa suites are larger in size and more private; some have their own swimming pools – the ultimate indulgence.
Dining comes courtesy of two excellent establishments. Lai Thai offers local delicacies, or for a more relaxed vibe Moo Kata is a seaside barbeque dishing up grilled treats alongside moo kata, traditional Thai hot pot. Pleasingly there is also a poolside bar and eatery so you won’t need to move far for yummy lunch time delights. The resort, if you can tear yourself away, is only a 20 minute drive from the bright lights of Chaweng Beach and there are a handful of local restaurants close by.
With such an exceptional beach the watersports come hand in hand. Windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving are all on offer and there are tennis courts and a gymnasium for those who really feel the energetic urge. The pace at the Belmond Napasai is definitely a gentle one and the Asian botanical secrets and Thai traditions that pervade the Napasai Spa only enhance this tranquil air. For the adventure seeker though, the island of Samui is packed to the rafters with activities. Jungle trekking is a popular pastime and swaying through the lush green foliage high on the back of a majestic elephant is one of our favourite ways to do it. Snorkelling and diving beneath the waters of the Angthong Marine Park is another must!
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