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Samui sojourn: the ultimate couple’s weekend in Koh Samui

Secluded island getaways are synonymous with romance. Quiet, white sand beaches, ocean views, and absolutely nothing pressing entered into the agenda — it's the perfect environment to take your loved one for some quality one-on-one time. Conveniently, Koh Samui offers holidayers all of this and plenty more.

Samui sojourn: the ultimate couple’s weekend in Koh Samui

Secluded island getaways are synonymous with romance. Quiet, white sand beaches, ocean views, and absolutely nothing pressing entered into the agenda — it's the perfect environment to take your loved one for some quality one-on-one time. Conveniently, Koh Samui offers holidayers all of this and plenty more.

There are literally thousands of islands around the world that you can sweep your valentine away to, but the tiny island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is up there with the best. Here’s how to make the most of a short, weekend sojourn to the resort island.


9:00 am

Couples massages at Intercontinental Koh Samui
Couples massages at InterContinental Koh Samui | InterContinental Koh Samui

Start your weekend sojourn the way you want to end it — totally blissed out. Thailand is famed for its massages, and while the corner parlour Thai massage is an experience not to be missed, you can’t go past a few hours at a luxe day spa too.

Baan Thai Spa is tucked away into the lush gardens of InterContinental Koh Samui, a short buggy drive from the main lobby. Completely decked out in dark timber, the interiors aren’t the only part of the spa that references the rich Thai culture. There are (of course) Thai massages on the spa menu, but also signature packages and traditional ingredients, all delivered with that warm Thai hospitality.

If you’re booking in with your special someone, request a couples room for some of the best post-treatment views in the house.

12:00 pm

A pool with a view | InterContinental Koh Samui
A pool with a view | InterContinental Koh Samui Facebook

What would a tropical holiday be without lunch and cocktails by the pool? Head to the bottom pool at InterContinental Koh Samui to enjoy a light meal (think fresh spring rolls or a delicious burger) with some of the best views in the house. There are five pools on the property, but only two of them — the bottom and lobby pools — offer a food and beverage menu. Though it’s the busiest of the pools, the bottom pool is the best tended, so your pina colada glass will never run dry.

3:00 pm Head Out to Spot the Pink Dolphins

Spying a dolphin in the wild is exhilarating. But, the excitement of spotting the very rare pink dolphin in the wild is on a whole other level. Head out on a chartered tour to test your luck and (hopefully) catch a glimpse of this Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin subspecies.

There are thought to be only 2000 pink dolphins in the wild, with just 150 in the waters in the Gulf of Thailand. The tours will take you directly out to some of the dolphins’ favourite spots off the coast of Khanom on the Thai mainland. If you find them, you’re definitely in luck. If you don’t, you can’t be too disappointed – they’re elusive creatures.

Just make sure you choose the right tour operator — i.e. one that provides champagne and canapes — so your dolphin mission becomes part luxury sightseeing tour too. It definitely helps if the special guests are a no-show. There are plenty of companies to choose from, but the boat, tour, and canapes by the team at InterContinental Koh Samui will ensure you have a fabulous time.

6:00 pm

There are plenty of reasons that InterContinental Koh Samui made it onto the New York Times’ ‘1000 places to visit in your lifetime’ list. But, the vibrant sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are for sure the driving factor.

As the whole resort is built into the side of a hill, there’s not really any one spot in the complex where you can’t enjoy the kaleidoscopically colourful sunsets from. Arguably, the best seat in the house is at the resort’s open-air bar, aptly named Air Bar. Not only do you have the perfect vantage point for when the sun dips beyond the horizon, and the sky turns a beautiful shade of pink, but you can have your sunset and drink it too. The bar’s carefully crafted cocktail menu showcases the best in Thai flavours (think smoked coconut and pandan cocktails) and aesthetically emulates those famed sunsets.

8:00 pm

Dinner at Amber, Koh Samui
Source: Monique Ceccato

Taste the very best of Thailand with an exquisite dinner at Amber. Explore flavours far beyond phad Thai with Amber’s modern take on traditional flavours. Challenge your knowledge of the cuisine and start with a Thai favourite, nam prik pla too (a spicy mackerel and shrimp paste served with crisp vegetables), before tucking into a khai jiew poo (a Thai omelette with crab meat) or pla muek phad khai khem (stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk and sweet basil). If you’ve overindulged on Thai and are looking for something with a little less spice, there’s also a fabulous western menu too.

Dinner at Amber is best washed down with a bottle fine Australian wine from their extensive wine list.


InterContinental Koh Samui Ocean View Room
Source: InterContinental Koh Samui

Book yourself into one of the InterContinental Koh Samui‘s beach-view rooms overnight to wake up to calming blues. Surprisingly, it’s the entry-level rooms (the resort classic rooms) that come with some of the best ocean views. Jump up a level to one of the club rooms, and you don’t even need to get out of bed to get a glimpse of the water. How very romantic.

No matter which room you choose, space is your friend at this resort. Not only is there a sizeable balcony in each room (or a courtyard if you book one of the beachside villas), but the room itself is big, light, and airy. That carries through to the bathrooms, too, with giant open showers, a big bathtub, and plenty of vanity space. It’s a stark contrast to rooms in a city-based hotel.


10:00 am

While the idea of cooking your own lunch on holiday sounds like it might interfere with total relaxation mode, booking into a cooking class at Amber is a must. This is an all-inclusive experience where, before you get into the cooking part of things, you visit the local markets and pick out your spices, vegetables, and proteins for your meals.

Post-excursion, you’ll spend some time in the kitchen with chef Tao learning how to cook your own Thai beef salad and Thai green curry. Then, of course, you can take a seat and enjoy your creations. If you’re lucky, chef Tao might even prepare a little seafood starter for you, depending on what fresh seafood he can get his hands on at the market.

2:00 pm

Elephants Koh Samui

Animal tourism — especially elephants in Thailand — is generally considered taboo. It’s frowned upon to climb atop an elephant for a ride or to pay someone to feed their elephant. But, if you really want to see the gentle giants and do so in an ethical manner, you can make your way to Samui Elephant Sanctuary for a half-day tour.

At this sanctuary, the elephants and their well-being are put first. While you do help feed them, there are no rides, shows, bathing, mud bathing, trunk hugging, elephant kisses, sitting on or lying on the elephants, or loud, noisy groups. Instead, the elephants are left to express their natural behaviour on your tour.

7:00 pm

End an amazing weekend of activities with a beachside dinner and dazzling fire show at Flames. Feel the sand between your toes as you sip on a (surprisingly delicious) bottle of local Thai wine, relax to the sounds of a live saxophonist, and delve into a seafood banquet (or some grilled meat if that’s more your thing). Dinner here is a refined but casual affair, where you can go without shoes but you won’t be without impeccable five-star service.

Every Sunday, from 8.00 pm – 8.30 pm, the shoreline lights up with an energetic fire show. Enjoy the sight from your table, or grab your glass of wine and make your way over to the beach lounges for a closer look.

Monique travelled to Koh Samui as a guest of InterContinental Koh Samui. All thoughts and opinions are her own.

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Feature image: Monique Ceccato

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