“Experience a side of Koh Samui few ever see at this picturesque hilltop hideaway”
The attention-grabbing views of most rooms make you wander straight onto the balcony with scarcely a glance at the interior. The horizon is infinite, and usually Klein blue; you might sink onto the outside sofa to take it in. The 80 rooms, which come in 10 different categories, are secondary, but no less pleasing.
The Deluxe Balcony, Jacuzzi Deluxe, and Ocean View Jacuzzi Deluxe (the differences are in the name), have an identical layout and are housed in a 3-storey building at the top of the resort. Then there are the private villas: Tropical, Ocean View, Panoramic Ocean View, and Ocean Front Pool - again self-explanatory, though tropical could apply to any of them. There are also a handful of large and luxurious Ocean Front Pool Suites, Ocean Front Duplex Pool Villas, and Ocean View Duplex Villas which are available on request only. These are for guests who really want to splash out and feature their own living area and huge pool; the Ocean Front Pool Suites are often taken by newlyweds. Villas all have private infinity pools and an outdoor terrace with private dining area, plus other luxuries like an outdoor rain shower, a huge terrazzo tub and dressing room, and a pre-loaded iPod with docking station; plus there's a butler is at your disposal 24 hours a day too.
Decor is in natural tones throughout. Kingsize beds are nice and firm, with Egyptian cotton sheets and a generous serving of pillows (although a pillow menu is available should these not be to your liking). A bench holds a large TV and DVD player, some prettily presented fruit and a Silavadee straw bag; a desk and mirror is at one end. The minibar is well equipped, and there's also a variety of teabags and fresh coffee. The large wardrobe is home to robes, slippers, flipflops and a safe.
Spacious ensuite bathrooms house a powerful shower, sunken bath and metallic bowl sinks plus large mirrors. Large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and a fragrant bodywash sit in an alcove in the shower, and large wooden shutters open onto the bedroom, allowing light to flood in. An aromatherapy burner, lit nightly by the turndown service, wafts out wonderful lemongrass vapours.
The Height restaurant is in the middle of the resort. Its high roof, retractable windows, cedarwood furniture and fresh flowers (not to mention the view!), make it an exceptionally pleasant place to eat. Warm breezes, good wine, delectable food and impeccable service make you wish the experience didn’t have to end - so make it last, with 3 courses, followed by coffee and liqueurs. The menu has a good balance between Thai and European favourites. Seafood is a speciality so, for starters, go for the succulent prawn tempura or chicken satay, served with spicy chilli and cucumber yoghurt. For main, we recommend gigantic king prawns in black pepper and garlic, which were cooked to perfection. We were less impressed by our medium-rare filet mignon, which was more medium than rare with an overpowering blue-cheese sauce. But the Thai classics such as red chicken curry and sautéed beef with oyster sauce were spot on. The Wine and Cigar Lounge has an extensive wine list that includes good vintages from all over the world.
Opened in 2014, is the trio of dining spots called Sun Moon Star. Sun is the terrace by the second infinity pool, with stunning views to the horizon. Moon is open throughout the day, and serves a menu of international and traditional Thai cuisine, again, the seafood here is a speciality. The rooftop bar, Star, is the perfect spot for a sundowner..
Breakfast, served in Moon, provides a leisurely start to the day. Smooth coffee, delicious fresh breads and pastries, eggs and bacon or omelette, pancakes with maple syrup. If that's all too much there's a selection of tropical fruit or you could do things the Thai way with sticky rice and mango. If early morning conversations aren’t your thing, grab a local paper and read about the latest political shenanigans, listen to the gentle music playing in the background, or just look out to sea and daydream.
Koh Samui is a very children-friendly island, with safe beaches and watersports available. But this is perhaps not the most suitable hotel for families, and the atmosphere is more romantic.
For safety reasons children under 12 are not allowed to stay in a Pool Villa unless a waiver is signed by parents upon check-in. Children below 5 stay for free in parents' room but compulsory breakfast will be charged per day.
Teens (over 12)
All rooms and villas can fit an extra bed and babycot.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The restaurants serve child-friendly dishes, and there is a 50% discount on meals for children.