03 Jan Four Seasons Koh Samui

Every time when my husband finds out we will be staying with Four Seasons, he goes more excited about the vacation than me. Simply because for every Four Seasons hotel we stayed at, the service, food and the room, almost everything would exceed our expectations. If I can rate this hotel at 10/10, I will give it 11.

Four Seasons Koh Samui

After a long journey of 2 flights and almost 20 hours from Vancouver, we finally arrived  Koh Samui Thailand. I arranged transit in advance with the hotel to save us some time but you can just order a Navigo car at the airport easily.  Once we got picked up from the hotel staff, we already forgot how tired we were. The great service is when the staff asked if we wanna stopped by 7-11 to pick up some snacks on the way, of course we would like to!

Once we got dropped off, we were brought to the Welcome Pavilion. We were stunned by the view overlooking the entire property with the Gulf of Thailand view.  A welcome drink and cold towels were immediately served while we were checking in.

We were exhausted but at the same time very excited to go straight to the spa treatments. I strategically planned the treatments right after we checked in to de-stress ourselves after the super long flights. But first, let’s check out the premium water one-bedroom pool villa.

Premier One-Bedroom Pool Villa

My husband is very impressed with the room layout, beautiful yet functional. What he found the most interesting is the bathroom area is twice as big as the bedroom. The living area is mainly outdoor including the mini-bar. If there’s one thing I hope for improvement is to have the minibar indoor as I like to make myself a cup of tea before going to bed and I usually didn’t bother to go outside to get the kettle.

Double sinks, a vanity area, his and her closet and the most gorgeous stone soaking tub to relax in. The closet had everything ready for a tropical vacation, like bugs spray, sunscreen and even pool slides for his and her. The room was also tastefully decored with fresh orchids everywhere. The resort is more than 10 years old but the interiors are luxurious and maintained very well.

Before I was about to drop off my bags and head out to the plunge pool, I saw this most amazing welcome basket filled with the tropical fruits and the engraved young coconuts.

We probably forgot about the snacks we just got from 7-11 and indulged these wonderful treats right away.

The fruit carving is also a traditional Thai art that requires a lot of precision and it’s originally crafted to decorate tables of Royal’s family.

Spa and beyond

Isn’t spa the best way to fight jet-lag? Our spa treatments started with a coconut foot scrub, followed by a 60mins massage in a private couple’s treatment room. I fall asleep halfway through because it’s too comfortable. Hubby raved it’s the best massage he had ever had.  That’s not the end of it, I was pampered with a coconut rose milk bath to complete the treatment.

The experience is out of this world!

Dining

Since the resort is a bit out of the way. We use Navigo and Grab to check the price and were planning to go to the Fishermen Market for dinner, one way costs us over $20 and we rather caved in and ordered room service instead. I forgot to snap a few photos but the food came promptly, tasted delicious with generous portions.  The staff even set up tea lights on the table for us.  If we weren’t so jet-lagged, we would have tried the beachfront barbecue. Isn’t the setting gorgeous and awesome to dine with sunset?

The next night we went to the fine ding restaurant Pla Pla serving the Mediterranean cuisine and I highly recommend it. The menu is not huge but they have a few highlight dishes that we both really like about.

How romantic is this setting?

Most of the seafood dishes were sourced with local ingredients such as blue Crab Salad and Coconut Risotto with Andaman sea lobster.

My favourite main course is the 72 hour slow-cooked short rib! Not only it’s soft and tender, but the meat was smooth and juicy, unlike most braised short ribs I tried before with a rough texture.

The smooth and creamy coconut panna cotta marked the perfect end of this wonderful dinner.

The buffet breakfast was spectacular as well. We both were amazed by the pastries and later been told the pastry chef had worked in Pierre Herme before, no wonder the pastries were not as good but better than a lot of pastry we had in Paris. Their housemade fresh coconut yogurt is another must-try, trust me it will be something you have never had before.  The a-la-carte menu also featured some of their signature items like mango sticky rice and coconut french toast! We took a very long breakfast and sometimes up to 2 hours, you can tell why because the view and the food were so great!

Beach & Surroundings

The resort itself is a bit out of the way but it’s not a bad thing, I just feel there’s no reason to go outside. There were complimentary activities to occupy ourselves like cooking class, snorkeling, kayaking, and simply lounging on the private beach exclusive to the guests. The infinity pool was beautiful and never too busy but I just rather spent my time on the private beach. The white sand beach was warm and soft and I could just sit there doing nothing but just admiring the ocean view. As soon as we stepped on the beach, the staff would bring us towels and ice-cold water before we decided where to lounge.

Service

If I can rate 11/10 I will certainly do. The staff miraculously remembered our names every time when we walked into the restaurant. Every day we received some yummy local treats placed next to our bed. My husband still raved about the durian and ginger candies he got from the housekeeping staff. If I get to summarize my experience of this resort, I simply didn’t want to leave. Not only that it got us addicted looking for other smaller scale Four Seasons resorts to visit on our next vacation because of how much we love the stay – feeling relaxed and recharged. This resort has about 60 villas and 11 private residences, even the entry-level villas offer a great view and private plunge pools. You can’t really go wrong with whatever room grade you end up with.

I hope you enjoy the photos and find the review helpful for your next vacation. Have you stated at Four Seasons Resorts before?  Please make a comment below.

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