Romantic Escape on Secluded Thailand Island
On the island of Koh Samui, all eyes turn westward at sunset, as the orange orb dips below the glittering waters off Laem Yai beach, emitting brilliant rays of pink and purple. An appreciation of natural beauty abounds at The Passage Samui Resort, located on the northwestern tip of Koh Samui. Guests are welcomed to the hotel with a drink and a cold towel each, setting the tone for a relaxing getaway.
The layout of The Passage Samui Resort is designed to put the focus on Koh Samui's naturally stunning skyline with single-floor architecture. Although only one story, each stand-alone Pool Connect villa presents high-vaulted ceilings and a living area with a sofa—lending the suite an airy, tropical feel that is accented by yellow and orange pillows and dark wood. Adjacent to the bedroom, an outdoor terrace faces a series of three turquoise pools—each flanked on either side by palm trees, lounge chairs, and crisp white umbrellas—that act as an aquatic alleyway to the beach. A daily complimentary breakfast fuels up guests before they spend the day combing the beach or shaving a coconut.
The iconic sunset competes for attention with Thai fusion fare at The Terrace. Executive chef Khun M concocts dishes in a self-described "modern romantic" style, which blends local Thai ingredients with global cooking techniques. Decadent dishes include Cajun chicken breast with chorizo cassoulet and pla neung manao, a plate of Samui grouper accented with lemon. Diners can also toast to their trip with two included sunset cocktails.
Koh Samui, Thailand: Tropical Paradise and Aqua Waters
The resort presides directly over a prime stretch of sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. During their stay, guests are entitled to free rentals of snorkeling, kayaking, and mountain-biking equipment. Travelers can absorb the area's natural beauty at Ang Thong National Marine Park, a collection of 42 islands composed of limestone, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches. Native inhabitants include hairy-nosed otters, sea turtles, and pacific-reef egrets.
Adventurous eaters can expand their culinary know-how in a Thai cooking class for two. The class begins with a 20-minute introduction to Thai ingredients, and then a 10-minute lesson teaches the fundamentals of Thai cooking techniques and the dangers of food fighting with chopsticks. The next two hours focus on creating a flavorful meal from scratch, with dishes such as spicy prawn soup or chicken satay with peanut sauce. Post-class, chefs will take home a swag bag with a recipe book, hotel apron, a class certificate, and a picture CD of snapshots from the experience.