Guest blogger, Nicole Connolly of Suitcase Stories shares her experience of the Akaryn Boutique Resort in Koh Samui
When looking for an exotic holiday escape to revive and restore, Thailand usually tops the list. With its sapphire blue sea, white sand beaches and tropical forest it is easy to see why the south island of Koh Samui is one of the most popular vacation locations in the country.
The Akaryn Koh Samui resort is a private, tranquil retreat set in Hanuman Bay, with its own private half kilometre beach and enclosed by rocky headlands. It offers everything you would expect from a top end resort – a stunning setting, ample rooms with their own pools and plenty of privacy to relax and re-energise.
Relax in style by the private pools at Akaryn Resort Koh Samui
The layout of the resort works in harmony with the ocean setting, with sea views flowing from indoors to outdoor. The design of the accommodation, while modern, incorporates traditional Thai antiques and furniture and the resort provides surprising touches of luxury that make a holiday more enjoyable. You can lounge by your private pool or nap away the afternoon on the terrace day bed. All rooms are spacious and airy with individually controlled air conditioning, Wi-Fi and iPod stations.
The hotel offers plenty of dining options, both health conscious and indulgent. The Edge, set beside the water, offers all day dining with lots of fresh and organic produce. They have a selection of Western and Thai influenced dishes plus an astonishingly comprehensive wood fired pizza menu. Ochos is the go-to for the best imported beef and the fresh fish, while The Legend features royal thai cuisine. Akaryn also provides alfresco dining on the beach, with guests able to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner under the tropical night skies. Finish your night with a post-dinner drink by the water at The Wet Bar.
Dine al fresco at Akaryn Resort, Koh Samui
Forty meters offshore you’ll find a reef with over 30 varieties of tropical fish and coral. The water is clear with good visibility for snorkelling and kayaking. Akaryn is part of the Pure Blue Foundation which is an ecological conservation body working to protect these delicate ecosystems. The foundation is taking steps to stabilise the seashore, regenerate and plant new corals which have been affected by increases in ocean temperatures.
As many will know, a good spa is an essential element to a resort vacation. The Ayurah Spa is set above the sea with a variety of different massages, scrubs, tanning and facial treatments. The spa buffet is a welcome option with multi treatments available for one price within a two and half hour time frame. For more relaxation try a yoga class on the beach or simply make use of the gym set in a the lush hotel gardens. You can improve your culinary repertoire with one of the daily Thai cooking classes available.
The rooms at the resort are luxurious and spacious
Unsurprisingly, Akaryn is a popular beach wedding and honeymoon destination. The beautiful intimate setting, spacious accommodation and extensive planning packages can take the stress out of the event, helping to bring friends and family together to enjoy the moment in one of the most tranquil of Samui’s retreats.
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The Akaryn Resort at Koh Samui has been rated 8.7 out of a possible ten on HotelsCombined.com. To read the reviews and check accommodation availability visit hotelscombined.com.au/Hotel/Akaryn_Samui
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