The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is just days away from its official opening and we’re very, very excited. With a major focus on wellness and immersing its guests in local Thai culture, this marks the The Ritz-Carlton’s first presence on the Eastern coast of Thailand. Below are five facts that offer a first look at this stunning new resort:

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Embracing Koh Samui’s unique island heritage

Built on a former coconut plantation, The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui pays homage to its location’s past with the extensive use of coconut and other natural, local materials throughout the hotel, including beautiful ceramics by local artists. Much of the hotel is built to work with the land rather than against it, creating an earthy feel that will no doubt leave you feeling closer to nature.

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Not your average hotel spa

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui takes the spa experience up a notch with its 3,800-square-metre sanctuary. Spa Village Koh Samui features eight beautifully designed treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a serene yoga pavilion, health bar and a lap pool surrounded by chic cabanas.

Inspired by the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients and ancient healing practices still used within the region, Spa Village Koh Samui honours the environment, as well as local culture and traditions, to create an overall holistic and rejuvenating experience. 

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A feast for the senses 

There are many things we love about Thailand, and at the top of that list is Thai food. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui offers plenty of dining experiences including Pak Tai, which serves traditional southern Thai cuisine with views over the reef from secluded dining terraces. On select days, the hotel brings the outdoor food market experience to the hotel with Baan Talat, where guests can sample from Thai street food stalls.

Additional dining options at the hotel include Shook!, a contemporary dining space that serves innovative Asian and Western cuisine complemented by a selection of fine wines; SeaSalt, which offers international classics and Thai favorites in a relaxed atmosphere; and Tides, the perfect spot for sun-lovers to unwind with a cocktail and freshly-made specialities from the cevicheria. Finally, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired nibbles.

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Room to unwind

Taking up over 58 acres of the island that overlook The Gulf of Thailand's pristine turquoise waters, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui offers 175 spacious and stylish suites, along with a limited number of luxurious pool villas. Each suite and villa features contemporary design inspired by local aesthetics.

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Authentic Southern Thai experiences

From its Muay Thai gym, where guests can learn the fundamentals of Muay Thai with trained and dedicated instructors, to journeying to the local markets to learn about local, seasonal produce followed by a Southern Thai cooking class, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui doesn't fall short when it comes to cultural experiences. 

The resort also offers the largest temperate Swim Reef in Southeast Asia, where guests can snorkel, interact with and feed over 50 species of fish. 

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