Located right on Laem Yai beach on the northwest tip of Koh Samui, The Passage Samui Villas & Resort is tailor-made for sunset-gazing. You can watch the nightly display from your private hut facing the beach. But the best view can be found at the water’s edge. To get there, simply walk through the pool area and within a minute you can be standing with your feet in the surf.
Each one-story, standalone pool connect villa has high, vaulted ceilings and a separate living area with a sofa. Adjacent to the bedroom, an outdoor terrace faces three turquoise pools flanked by palm trees, lounge chairs, and white umbrellas. A daily complimentary breakfast fuels days spent combing the beach or shaving a coconut.
You can explore the island’s ins and outs with complimentary snorkel gear, kayaks, and mountain bikes. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to The Terrace, where executive chef Khun Moo concocts decadent seafood dishes in a romantic, beachfront setting. To learn how to prepare authentic Thai recipes for yourself, you can even sign up for cooking lessons for an extra fee.
Koh Samui, Thailand: Island with Exotic Wildlife and Rich Buddhist Culture
Koh Samui is set amid a cluster of islands in the temperate Gulf of Thailand off the country's eastern shore. Temperatures typically hover near 86 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, thanks to tropical winds off the gulf. The warm climate and clear waters attract visitors to the island's many white-sand beaches, where they can sunbathe, fish, or snorkel along vibrant coral reefs.
For a day trip, pay a visit to some of the area’s ornate temples or take a short drive east to Tar Nim's Magic Garden. These remote "secret" gardens can be tough to get to, but it's worth the effort to see the misty waterfall, tropical plants, and ornately carved Buddhist sculptures. You can also absorb the area's one-of-a-kind beauty at Ang Thong National Marine Park, which encompasses 42 islands covered in lush rainforests and lined with pristine beaches. It’s a great place for kayaking and snorkeling as well as spotting local wildlife such as hairy-nosed otters and sea turtles.