A Sensory Journey at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Southern Thailand is a treat for the senses and at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, guests can immerse in the island life at a spectacular hillside oasis. Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and offering an amphitheatre of sun, sand and sea, the Resort provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway from concrete jungles. Soothing for the eyes, pleasing on the ears and soft on touch – the experience here will leave one rejuvenated with renewed spirit and energy.
Abundant with coconut plantations, Koh Samui is filled with beautiful sights and secrets – none more scenic for dining, picnics and strolls than the beaches that surround the Resort. Built on an old orchard, the Resort’s 17 hectares (42 acres) features 856 coconut palms and 150 varieties of plants including tropical fruits and flowers – perfect therapy for tired city-eyes.
What’s more, the waters around the Resort are home to vibrant coral gardens and rich marine life, waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Led by the in-house marine biologist, guests can embark on a snorkelling experience along the reef that adjoins the Resort. Those who want to immerse more deeply in underwater life can learn about the coral conservation efforts at the Resort – a project being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).
Sound and Smell
Spilling with abundant tropical beauty along a lush hillside, the villas and Private Retreats offer a truly magical, sensory experience. From the fragrance of seasonal flowers that bloom along the pathways, to the symphony of birds and jungle sounds at dawn and dusk, there’s so much to be discovered while vacationing at the Resort. A highlight of the experience is enjoying a relaxing massage at the Secret Beach Spa Sala at ocean’s edge. Here, the rhythmic lapping of waves eases the mind, while the gentle wafts of ocean breeze and warm coconut oil compel you to get away from familiar sensory triggers of the city, and slip into the calm of the island life.
While the dining experience at the Resort is varied and customised, Southern Thai cuisine at KOH Thai Kitchen is often a revelation, even for guests who already know and love Thai cuisine. Koh Samui, which lies in the south, reflects diverse ethnic influences – Thai, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Javanese. There’s an abundant use of coconut milk and turmeric in curries, and strongly-flavoured vegetables such as string beans are prized. The island’s fresh produce also features prominently on the menu – from coconuts and pineapples to cashews and palm hearts. For aspiring Thai chefs, it is recommended to take back curry paste, fish sauce and shrimp paste from Koh Samui – a few ingredients that make it possible to recreate the vibrant tastes of southern Thailand, no matter where one is.
At the award-winning The Secret Garden Spa, guests can continue their love affair with "Coconut Island" with a one-of-a-kind experience featuring coconut oil and kala – the shell – used in this deep-tissue massage. Warm streams of fragrant oil nurture the skin, while flowing strokes soothe the entire body. The home-made massage oil is produced from fresh local coconuts, brimming with the natural goodness and offering a slice of paradise that is Koh Samui.