Review: W Koh Samui Hotel

W Koh Samui Hotel is a luxury resort is located between Maenam and Bo Phut, along some of the finest and most pristine beach locations in Thailand.

Built on slopes of a steep hillside, W Koh Samui Hotel is a luxury resort is located between Maenam and Bo Phut, along a stretch of some of the finest and most pristine beach locations in Thailand. Having booked a long weekend vacation over the New Year, W Koh Samui had plenty of expectations to meet, some of them dashed, due to the light rains which plagued an afternoon or two but otherwise, like the previous experiences at other W Hotel properties, Sentosa in particular, the luxurious seaside resort is nothing short of spectacular.

Nine miles of tropical island paradise await you at the W Koh Samui Hotel, where 74 private-pool villas, a tropical beach and six restaurants and bars electrify the night, offering all the indulgence and luxury you could possibly ask for.


That said, our first evening was a little fraught with having to deal with the myriad of insects, an obvious occurrence given the woodland surrounds of our private villa. High ceilings, a spacious bath and all the high end amenities which one has come to expect from a W Hotel residence are present complete with high-end Illy Coffee machine and mini-bar filled with interesting drinks and snacks. That said, the Jungle View is not great if the missus is a little insect-phobic so we requested for a switch and they acquiesced. We moved into one of the highest vantage points of W Koh Samui Hotel, the Ocean View Escape, where some of the best views in the luxury seaside entire resort thanks to stunning floor-to-ceiling windows greeted us; as our second evening beckoned, a fiery red sunset welcomed us in the night activities in the main hotel where we elected to visit the W Lounge.

It’s easy to make friends at the W Lounge, and it’s not-your-ordinary lounge, an eclectic, electric mix of lotus-shaped sunken seats—part of a spectacular circular water feature—panoramic views of the islands and seascape, outsized lamps, and inviting lounges and daybeds. Meanwhile, raw cut local quarry stone bar serves a variety of custom cocktails and light bites where we made quick friends who happened to have a Wow Jungle Oasis villa at the luxury seaside resort.The bedroom of the Wow Jungle Oasis overlooks the pool and deck, where you can gaze over paradise. But most impressively, a sprawling private pool, 50 square meters of clear, pristine waters was the perfect feature for a pool party or simply as a meditative element as one relaxed on the oversized day bed or two sun lounges for all-day and night basking. The barbeque pit is a thoughtful feature but a little redundant given that most usually don’t like to prepare their own dinner while on holiday (maybe W Koh Samui was catering to Australians and Lord knows they love a good barbie). The Wow Jungle Oasis at the luxury seaside resort also features an extra-roomy bathroom with separate shower and toilet, and a large round tub for two; the outdoor shower is a nice touch to complete your commune with nature.

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