The frantic, fast pace of Bangkok had left me craving a bit of blue. A blue so bright it would even get Heisenberg a little excited. After a short flight I’d found my fix. Ladies and Gents, may I welcome you to the W retreat of Koh Samui.
Standing and taking in this view felt like a bit of a dream come true. A stay at this particular resort has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
It was like stepping into my own, real life Pinterest board.
The grounds as so vast that you get your own golf buggy and driver to whisk you around.
A quick breakfast pitstop.
After a tour of the spectacular grounds it was time to head to the villa and get settled in.
My jaw literally hit the floor. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful hotel room.
The resort itself falls between the jungle and the beach.
Wherever you are you hear the sea and the sound of the wind in the palms above. It’s so lush, vibrant, and utterly relaxing.
The heat of the day warranted a quick strip off and a dip into infinity.
The wildest of hair and not a care.
Every few hundred yards is a ‘Sweet Spot’. A freezer filled with ice cream and goodies for your walk.
After a dip it was time for some lunch by the sea.
The beach was possibly my favourite part of the retreat. Day beds, hammocks and loungers just waiting to take away the weight of your day. I melted into a puddle of my former self as soon as I arrived.
Cocktails for every possible taste.
Dinner came in the form of the W’s answer to Nobu; Namu.
A glorious, light filled, Japanese oasis.
Front row seats for all of the sushi chopping, rocking and rolling.
The ‘Chemistry’ was kicked off with Champagne with a hint of tomato caviar and wasabi.
After an exceptional dinner it was time to head back to the villa for a nice long relaxing bath.
I shed a little tear as I watched the final sunrise before jumping on the plane and setting off home. This retreat is spectacular, a truly magical experience. I feel so so lucky and thankful to have been able to tick this off my bucket list.
If you are thinking of a trip to Koh Samui put this place at the top of your list, you will not be disappointed.