Majestic Island Escape: Mai Samui Resort and Spa

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They flutter in and out of the office, buzzing about their business while channeling their inner spirit animal- the swan ( gracefully gliding above the surface while frantically kicking below). Despite the occasional break in Zen-like character (frazzled demeanor, minor nervous break down etc), we are ever grateful for the magical moment when our Travel Experts have finalized a fabulous new travel deal (a lot of hard work goes into negotiating those extra spa treatments!).

This week, we packed our bags for an indulgent eight night stay at the Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa, on the lovely island of Koh Samui in Thailand (home to white sandy beaches, turquoise water and an estimated 3 million coconut palms).

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Arrival

When descending from the plane, we were instantly enveloped by the warmth of the tropical air – if the breeze could speak, it would probably say ‘welcome to Thailand, you are now officially on vacation, wear lots of sunscreen and take many photos’.

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With airport transfers effortlessly pre-arranged before departure, we traveled a pleasant 40 minutes through gorgeous landscapes before finding ourselves at the Mai Samui Beach Resort and Spa (located on the quieter North Western side of the island).

The atmosphere at the resort was friendly and laid back, with staff and guests both exuding what must have been a contagiously relaxed vibe. With welcome drinks in hand, check-in a breeze and budding excitement, we were kindly led to our holiday rooms.

Rooms

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Showcasing modern luxury and traditional Thai style, the combination of soothing earth tones and fiery reds of our Deluxe Room exuded timeless elegance and romantic appeal.

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Our spacious rooms offered an air conditioned interior, flat screen TV, plush king sized bed and a few extras amenities that really sealed in the ‘Five Star’ label – these include a grand sofa (renamed ‘ my goddess chair’), a private balcony as well as ensuite bathroom with a magnificent spa bath.

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For a little extra bit of luxury, we also tried out the upgraded pool access room.

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It was indescribably incredible to put on our bathers and literally walk into the pool from our balcony!

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For those discerning travellers who expect the best of the best, upgrades to a 52sqm Deluxe Seaview Suite (granting gorgeous ocean vista) and a spectacular 110sqm Mai Pool Villa (replete with private pool and personal Jacuzzi) are also available directly through the resort.

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Pool

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You can’t get far at the Mai Samui without stumbling upon one of the resorts four pools! With expansive water views at every turn, we alternated between splashing about to our hearts content and lounging  on strikingly comfortable sun chairs.

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It was an incredible feeling to let our eyes gently unfocus as we gazed out into the horizon, slowly witnessing the blurring boundaries of the infinity pool and wide open ocean as they merged into one sweeping sea of blue.

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When we would gently snap back from our relaxed stupor, it meant it was time  or another round of tropical cocktails from the tiki-style swim up!

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Wining and Dining

Thailand calls to mind exotic cuisine bursting with the delicious flavours of fresh herbs and aromatic spices – we can confidently say that dining at the Mai Samui set the bar extremely high!

In addition to waking up each morning to the gentle sound of breaking waves and chirping songbirds, we had a lovely buffet breakfast to look forward to. We were privy to more fruits than we knew existed, a selections of breads, cheese, meats, freshly squeezed juices, waffles and much more.

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When you say ‘pub’ in Australia, you don’t immediately think of a sleek dining room with trendy chandeliers – you’ll need to expand your definition to include the Mai Pub and Restaurant, its classy yet relaxed environment and traditional Thai Cuisine. Here, we fell in love with the dessert menu, which offered pumpkin Thai custard and deep fried banana with ice-cream.

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We were instantly drawn to the stunning design of the Fine Dining Sala Restaurant with its immense windows, semi-open layout and enviable view out towards the pool and ocean.  Mai Samui Resort and Spa

We enjoyed the restaurant’s contemporary elegance and casual sophistication with delicious haute cuisine dishes like grilled rack of lamb and lobster with chili lemon sauce.

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When you’re feeling peckish but aren’t quite ready to let go of the ability to hop into the pool when the need strikes, the Beach BBQ Club will become your best buddy.

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Enjoy (as we did), tropical cocktails, friendly service and an extensive menu ranging from pastas, seafood, beef, poultry and Thai specialties, all served up with the freedom to canon bomb on a moments whim (in theory, because no one really likes a canon bomber).

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Spa

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The on-site  Mai Samunprai Spa was our go-to place for head-to-toe relaxation, Thai style. The spa offers an array of treatments from massage therapy and facials to body scrubs and mani/pedis.

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The treatment rooms are absolutely stunning with a circular layout and floor to ceiling windows that allow for striking sea views. Choosing treatments was like learning a new language and we now speak fluent “invigorating coffee and spice citrus gel scrub”.

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Although in certain environments, it may take years to be deemed a ‘regular’, over our incredible eight night stay, we are quite confident to have achieved the coveted title.Mai Samui Resort and Spa

Entertainment

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In true resort style, there is an impressive selection of recreational facilities and activities to be enjoyed.You can imagine the fierce internal battle that raged within as we teeter-tottered between wanting to spend every moment luxuriating on the three kilometers of white powdered sand, getting active or soaking in some Thai Culture.

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Guests can enjoy yoga classes, squash, beach volleyball, water polo, petanque, sea kayaking, fishing, bird watching, and mountain biking or Thai cooking classes, fruit and vegetable carving, napkin folding as well as Sunday vists to the Hindlard Temple and waterfall.

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Trip Advisor

‘Fantastic!’

Five out of five stars – Reviewed 20 April 2015

“My husband and I stayed here in March 2015 for our 25th wedding anniversary. We upgraded to a pool access room and we’re glad we did. This hotel was amazing. The staff are lovely and the hotel clean and just amazing. We would go back again.”

‘Paradise!’

Five out of five stars – Reviewed 6 April 2015

“Words cannot describe the feeling of calm and serenity that we felt as soon as we walked into this magnificent resort. The smiling welcoming staff could not have been more helpful and the beautifully appointed rooms just took our breath away. We thoroughly recommend this property to couples wanting complete luxury and privacy. From cocktails in the pool bar to beach dining watching the sunset, this resort cannot be faulted. The staff are the happiest people I have met and big thanks go to Susie, Sonny and Zar Zar who went out of their way to make sure we fell in love with their beautiful piece of paradise!”

‘Heaven on Earth’

Five out of five stars – Reviewed 6 April 2015

“We stayed here for eight nights on a upgraded Luxury Escapes Package, like many others, which proved to be great value for money… our stay was outstanding and it was very difficult to leave. Location is superb and transport to Chewang Beach town is provided both ways free of charge on the hotel shuttle bus. Hotel facilities overall are great with two pools, excellent spa facilities, nice rooms and several dining options. We had four one hour massages each and I was fortunate enough to have the same therapist during my stay, who was very professional and offered an excellent massage. I had many massages outside the hotel, but can honestly say, none of them were as good as what the resort offered. The Beach and fine dining restaurants offer great ambience in such peaceful settings. Staff were excellent, and led by the manager Wanchai, who was always keen to assist, but also took the time to speak to you and get to know you.”

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