In an enviable setting on a private white-sand beach, the Centara Villas Samui is a great-value retreat.
This renovated and great-value resort is set on a hillside leading down to a picture-perfect and secluded beach with soft white sands, a scattering of rocks and that crystal clear water of dreams. The freeform infinity pool – one of three at the resort – makes the most of these typical Thai coastal vistas, as does the waterfront Reef Café, the main restaurant. Waking up and wandering down to this idyllic spot for breakfast is the perfect way to begin your day. At lunch and dinner, you can enjoy a range of international and Thai-inspired dishes or choose the locally sourced catch of the day. Just next to the pool is the Coral Bar & BBQ where you can dine al fresco on themed dishes and grilled specialities.
The villas, which are spread out across the hillside are simple but comfortable, each have a furnished terrace. The Garden Villas are the best value option but we highly recommend upgrading to a room with a view such as the Deluxe Ocean View Villas which overlook the glittering Gulf of Thailand. For something a little special, go for Deluxe Spa Villa which has a sunken whirlpool tub on the spacious terrace.
The Centara’s out-of-the-way setting really gives the resort a far-flung feel and you can have the best of worlds here. There’s a shuttle service that runs between the hotel and the lively Lamai and Chaweng beaches and a long tail boat for fishing and snorkelling excursions but you come back to the hotel to spend the afternoon by one of the three pools or at SPA Cenvaree. At this tranquil haven there are treatment rooms, couples’ suites with a private Jacuzzi, and a steam bath and treatments range from Indian head massages and Ayurveda body massages to signature spa rituals and healing salt-based therapies.
On the quiet Natien beach on Koh Samui’s south-east coast, surrounded by the tropical jungle. A shuttle service* runs to Lamai and Chaweng beaches
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 28 Dec-04 Jan. The resort is set over a hillside and there are many steps so may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.
• Take the shuttle to Lamai beach where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and markets • Head out on a fishing or snorkelling trip on the resort’s traditional long tail boat* • Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa package such as the romantic Honeymoon Retreat and the restorative Thai Body Balance*.
Restaurant, bar, lounge, in-villa dining
Breakfast at Reef Café.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Reef Café
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Reef Café.
*Denotes local charge