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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND SAMUI SPOTLIGHT Resort to Peace Serenely hidden among swaying coconut trees, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, is the latest resort added to the island’s dossier of gorgeous hideaways and wellness retreats. This getaway to sanctuary is being praised for the remarkable combination of The Ritz-Carlton’s signature of legendary hospitality and Koh Samui’s vibrant and inspiring vibe. Exquisitely designed suites and pool villas beckon guests, as well as their exceptional recreational programmes. Not to be missed and a highlight of this oceanfront resort is the Spa Village Koh Samui, the true gem among wellness retreats. It merges the island’s ambience of pampering with an approach of soothing Thai therapies. Spa Village strives at indulging the guests and their wellness needs with its 8 treatment suites, 3 outdoor massage pavilions, including a yoga pavilion, a lap pool, cabanas to relax in and a health bar. ritzcarlton.com/kohsamui, +66 (0) 77 915 777 SPOTLIGHT An Organic Affair Vikasa Life Café is simply breathtaking for its cuisine that is a masterpiece of natural ingredients at its peak quality. The result is delicious flavours without any additives and finished off with a delightful food plating and presentation. The featured menus are a collaboration of two highly-experienced chefs: namely, Boris Lauser, Europe’s best raw food chef award winner, and Cyril Schivo, who accumulated a culinary experience that spans many countries and prestigious establishments. At Vikasa Life Café, only locally-grown products are selected from reliable organic sources to ensure the freshness and the quality of its cuisine. Our picks from the menu marvel of Vikasa Life Café include the juicy Pink Burger, with a salmon patty in a wholegrain beetroot bun and vegetable pickles, and the savoury Mango magic; a mélange of avocado, mango carpaccio and local greens dressed in a juicy mango-tamarind dressing with spiced daikon. vikasalifecafe.com, +66 (0) 77 422 232 FULL FLAVOURED Award-winning restaurant Full Moon defines the combination of a chargrill restaurant amidst the authentic Koh Samui aesthetics of seaside dining. The contemporary venue sits on a stylish alfresco deck which promises the stunning view of the Gulf of Thailand’s shoreline and the hotel infinity pool. The menu itself is a marvellous selection of what they call ‘land and ocean.’ Ranging from freshly-caught seafood to premium imported meat from notable sources, Full Moon’s cuisine team manages to transform all these finest ingredients into a well-crafted culinary experience. After having the restaurant’s highlights, namely Lao-Inspired Beef Tartar, Full Moon Signature Roast Spatchcock, top it off with a dessert of Belgium Chocolate Naked Crème Brûlée. They are certainly ways to satisfy your desire to savour good food, coupled with creating a memorable experience as part of your dream escape on this resort island. samui.anantara.com, +66 (0) 77 428 300 A SPIRITED OCCASION To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Tongsai Bay, the environmentally-conscious luxe hideaway has teamed up exclusively with the Bangkok-based gin distillery Iron Balls Gin in offering specially crafted cocktails featuring Iron Balls Gin to celebrate the event. The spirit itself is meticulously distilled from freshly cracked coconuts and pineapples with hints of juniper, hillside ginger and lemongrass. The craft spirit’s brand ambassador and mixologist Carson Quinn will be creating 3 special gin-based cocktails at The Tongsai Bay’s beachfront Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar, which also features Fever Tree premium tonics and 2 fresh and new garden-inspired cocktails with infusions and distillations made from herbs and plants directly from the hotel’s homegrown organic garden. tongsaibay.co.th, +66 (0) 77 913 750 WONDROUS WELLNESS Conrad Spa Koh Samui glows with the accolade of being named Asia’s Best Hideaway Spa 2017 from the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards 2017, recently held in Bangkok. A prestigious recognition in the world of spas and pampering hospitality, it reflects their commitment to providing the best in wellbeing and treatment for guests. It’s all made possible with their highlyskilled therapists who’ve been striving to elevate a guest experience from vacation retreat into magical bliss. Situated atop a hill, the Conrad Spa Koh Samui offers a panoramic view of the stunning azure sea. This blissful sight translates into an equally blissful mind during spa treatments that combine traditional and contemporary techniques where guests walk away from a most exceptional spa experience. conradhotels3.hilton.com, +66 (0) 77 915 888 92 93