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Fah Thai Magazine Jul-Aug 2018

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OVERTURES CHECKED IN: SAMUI STAYED: ANANTARA BOPHUT When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, but when life lands you at the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui, you consider yourself lucky. This absolute gem of a beachfront resort is relatively small at only 106 rooms but what it may lack in room numbers, it easily makes up for in style and quality of experience. Embraced within verdant gardens and monumental trees, the Anantara Bophut boasts a modern-contemporary design mingled with classic Thai details — and this property certainly isn’t lacking details. The grounds are adorned with classic Oriental art, lotus-filled pools, “sala” pavilions for chilling, and even an organic garden complete with beehives. Right The resort’s fountains and gardens take on a magical quality at night. Below Left and Right Classic Thai elements blend with contemporary styling throughout the resort. Samui’s Extravagant Pleasures Here’s an offering of the best places to plan a Samui trip around, from the ultimate accommodation to exclusive culinary meals. Words and Photos Jeremie Schatz Left Southern Thai architecture greets guests in a design that’s elegant and family friendly. Bottom Happy hour cocktails or drinks at other hours come expertly done by the hotel’s mixologist. The rooms boast far too many amenities to mention, but picture fresh beetroot/carrot/apple juice waiting for you in the room along with a spread of fresh fruit and the heavenly scent of aromatherapy oils emanating from a burner. Ample storage for extended stays, flip flops and slippers, yoga mat, shoe shine service, steam iron, stocked wine cooler and liquor cabinet, natural soaps, coffee (not instant) and tea, wine glasses and whiskey tumblers gives you an idea of what is waiting in your room. And you are unlikely to overlook the bed sheet-sized towels and bed sheets literally 10 feet wide (I checked). A huge bathtub and rain shower will rinse off the salt and sand after a visit to the beach which you can’t be any closer to without getting wet. Cool ocean breezes can be enjoyed on the balcony found just outside of every room. No one will judge you for relaxing by the huge beachside infinity pool all day, but if you’re feeling frisky, or have kids that are, a stroll around the sprawling resort will reveal all sorts of activities to enjoy such as a tennis court, spa, gym, table tennis, foosball table, cooking classes, yoga, and plenty more. Fisherman’s Village is just a short jaunt down the beach walk where you can sample local culinary delicacies and handicrafts. What you’ll find at the Anantara is a well-kept, well-managed beachside resort in an unbeatable location with character and charm. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort 99/9 Bophut Bay, Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani +66 (0) 77 428 300 40