Muang Samui

History of Muang Samui

This is a charming affair, A love story Khun Chananthip, traveled with her sister to Koh Samui for a vacation on this quiet, undeveloped, tropical island 30 years ago. They stayed at a resort managed by an eager young man, Khun Thitiphan. He diligently took care of the family, and quietly (“He was shy!” she laughed) began his courtship. The strategy worked, the resourceful suitor proposed, and – as love stories surely go – alas, she accepted. She moved to Samui and they began their journey to resort ownership. They soon emerge the as hotel pioneers on the island, with Muang Samui Spa Resort on Chewang Beach and several, free-standing restaurants.

Years later they built this genteel resort. Location, location, location…and lots of elegance. This spacious resort and charming town are a scant four kilometers from the airport. The beach sprawls out from the pool; excellent restaurants line the quaint Soi; and tropical weather adds the exclamation point. This five-star resort is redolent of ancient Ayutthuya: breezes circulate through airy gardens and the open air lobby, soft woods adorn the capacious suites, and gardens decorate the grounds.

It’s luxurious, classy and offers handsome amenities, particularly a clever cave-themed, comforting spa. If you want extravagance, indulge in one of the one-BR, Ocean View pool villas the third floor. Talk about a sweet suite: a long, private pool overlooks the beach; a kitchen lets you prepare a spontaneous snack; a living room allows quiet entertainment; and the view! No wonder weddings are popular here: romantic, idyllic and memorable. It is gracious and welcoming.

by David Lihn, Lihn's Luxury publications