Spend a few days exploring Koh Samui before a week relaxing among the natural beauty of Koh Phangan.
3 nights Koh Samui, including breakfast; 7 nights Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
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On the beach - 8 days
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
Set on the quiet north-east coast of the picturesque island of Koh Phangan, the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas offers stylish, low-key luxury in a beautifully unspoiled location.
With a beautiful, white-sand beach and a little village offering a small selection of local restaurants and shops, Thong Nai Pan Noi is a charming reminder of Thailand from years gone by. Laid out like a traditional, Thai village, the resort is set among lush gardens dotted with streams and winding paths intersected by traditional gates. Dining is a highlight at the resort with a chic restaurant set on the sand and a teppanyaki restaurant that attracts diners from around the island. While the resort is a great base for exploring the lush, mountainous inland of Koh Phangan and taking snorkelling or diving trips to Angthong Marine National Park, the focus for many visitors is simply rest and relaxation.
The 64 stylish and spacious suites and villas all have their own pool and are decorated in a contemporary Thai style with polished teak floors and silk furnishings. Many enjoy ocean views or a lovely setting on the beachfront.
Before the beach - 4 days
Koh Samui was one of the first Thai islands to be discovered by Western visitors and offers a wide range of amenities, yet the north coast has retained much of the island's traditional atmosphere and charm. Take in the ocean views as you enjoy local seafood in one of the restaurants and bars set in old Portuguese stilt houses, explore the Na Muang Waterfalls in the centre of the island or head east to Chaweng’s bustling shops and nightlife.
The Anantara Bo Phut Resort sits on the north coast on Bo Phut Beach, an easy walk from Fisherman’s Village and a wide range of restaurants. It features a waterfront pool, beautiful gardens and an excellent spa, all in an attractive Thai style.
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
64 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 pools
The Anantara Rasananda is a stylish resort set on Thong Nai Pan Noi's sandy beach, on the island of Koh Phangan.
Set against a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest, the property offers 64 spacious villas and suites, each with its own private plunge pool and indoor and outdoor living spaces. Polished teak and silk furnishings add character and a sense of place.
The resort's low-key luxury gives it a boutique feel. Set out like a traditional Thai village, the property has beautiful, mature gardens dotted with ponds and streams and traditional gates.
The idyllic beach and unspoiled location, along with first-class dining, set the resort apart.
While there are no specific facilities aimed at children, the resort welcomes guests of all ages, and the shallow slope into the sea makes the beach a good option for small children.
The Anantara is located in the northeast of Koh Phangan, overlooking Thong Nai Pan Noi. It's set right by the beach, whose soft, white sand gently shelves into the ocean.
Although Koh Phangan is only a short speedboat ride from Koh Samui, it's much quieter and less developed. There are just a handful of hotels on this beach, and the area retains the charm of small island life which once defined Thailand.
In the same bay as the property is a small village which, although only having one street, is large enough to offer a small selection of local restaurants, a few shops and a mini mart.
With a beautiful beach and unspoiled location, we think the Anantara Rasananda is a great choice for those looking for some low-key luxury. It's best suited for those looking to relax and explore the island rather than making use of hotel facilities.
The spacious suites are tastefully decorated in a contemporary Thai style, with wooden floors and deep, rich reds. All have a private pool as well as either a balcony, terrace or garden. Amenities include air conditioning, TVs, DVD players and espresso machines.
Garden pool suite
Set on the ground floor, these 90 sq m (969 sq ft) suites have a private garden with pool and offer both an indoor and outdoor shower.
Lagoon pool suite
These spacious 110 sq m (1,184 sq ft) suites offer more outdoor space, a larger pool and a covered sala, as well as both an indoor and outdoor shower.
Ocean garden pool suite
One of the most spacious accommodation options at the resort, these suites are an expansive 200 sq m (2,153 sq ft). Each has ocean views, an oceanside pool, a private garden and a sala with daybeds.
Ocean pool suite
These suites are on the first floor of and offer 80 sq m (861 sq ft) of space. Each has a terrace overlooking the ocean that features a plunge pool.
Ocean pool Villa
The largest option on the beachfront, these villas are 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) and have the best views over the ocean. Each has a garden courtyard, beachfront pool, and a deck furnished with a sala and daybeds.
These 80 sq m (861 sq ft) suites are set on the first floor and have a private terrace complete with plunge pool.
Thai pool suite
The Thai Pool Villas offer a very generous 180 sq m (1,938 sq ft) of space set over two floors. They each feature a living room, private garden and pool downstairs, and one bedroom upstairs.
Two-bed pool villa
Set over two floors, this extensive villa offers 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) of space. It has a private garden, plunge pool and two bedrooms.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
Although the resort doesn’t have its own dive centre, there are several in the surrounding village. Nearby, Angthong Marine Park has good diving spots for both novices and experienced divers, with the best time to dive being January to April.
Food & drink
Bistro @ the Beach is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tables are set out on the sand, allowing you to enjoy delicious Thai or international dishes while looking out over the ocean.
Yukinoya is the island’s first and only teppanyaki restaurant, also serving sushi and sashimi. Open for dinner only, it’s very popular and attracts diners from all over the island.
The resort can also arrange private dining on the beach, and there's a beachfront bar serving a variety of drinks.
Live music and other performances, such as fire shows and traditional Thai dances, are hosted in the evenings. Meanwhile, the nearby village offers a range of local dining options.
The spa here is built into the hillside behind the resort, creating a beautiful natural setting. There are four treatment rooms, two of which are open-air.
Location: Koh Samui
With its beaches lapped by the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui was one of the first islands to be discovered by Western visitors.
There are direct flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore meaning that Koh Samui has now become the most accessible Thai island.
Traditional Thai fishing villages
Samui lends itself to exploration and you will find hidden coves and traditional Thai fishing villages as well as a full range of hotels and resorts to suit all budgets.
Its location in the Gulf of Thailand means Koh Samui avoids the full brunt of the annual monsoon with only October through to mid-December experiencing heavy rainfall.
Anantara Bo Phut Resort
Accommodation: Anantara Bo Phut Resort
Set near the quieter northern beach resort of Bo Phut, the Anantara Resort on the island of Koh Samui has 106 rooms, spread across three charming room types and five suite categories. Each is tastefully decorated with a contemporary Thai design overlooking Bill Bensley landscaped gardens and benefits from all modern amenities and a private balcony or terrace.
For those in need of more privacy, the addition of 20 pool villas adjacent to the resort offer luxurious, spacious getaways with all the facilities and entertainment of the main resort on the doorstep. The resort hosts a wealth of leisure facilities from a 30 metre infinity edge swimming pool as well as a sumptuous spa. For those that need a little more stimulation there are numerous activities available including a club for children, tennis courts, windsurfing, beach yoga as well as snorkelling. There is a good choice of dining options within the resort including the well-known Italian venue Full Moon but the quaint yet popular area of Fisherman's Cove is a short walk should you wish to see a little more of the island and eat locally.
Day by day
Board your overnight flight to Thailand.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Anantara Bo Phut. Set on Bophut Beach on the north of the island, the hotel is within an easy walk of Fisherman's Village where there is a great selection of restaurants and shops.
Today you are at leisure to explore Koh Samui or relax on the beach. You might like to visit the Na Muang Waterfalls in the centre of the island or simply sit back and enjoy the views out to the islands as you savour a meal of fresh seafood.
Another day at leisure to enjoy Koh Samui.
Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the pier where you will board the hotel's speedboat that will whisk you across to the island of Koh Phangan.
The beautiful beach and unspoiled location make this a perfect spot for a bit of relaxation and this is the main focus for many guests. However, there are also plenty of opportunities to explore the island's lush and mountainous inland or tour round its coastline by boat.
Today you might like to take a snorkelling or diving trip out to Angthong Marine National Park.
Board the hotel's speedboat for the short journey back to Koh Samui where you will be transferred by road back to the airport for your overnight flight home.
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