On the island of Koh Samui, the setting sun dips below the glittering waters off Laem Yai beach, tinting the sky in brilliant shades of orange, pink, and purple. Located on the northwest tip of the island, the single-story buildings of The Passage Samui Villas & Resort offer a prime vantage point for taking in the sun's handiwork along with the rest of Koh Samui's naturally stunning skyline.
Each standalone Pool Connect villa features high vaulted ceilings and a spacious living area, lending the suite an airy, tropical feel that's enhanced by yellow and orange pillows and dark wood. Adjacent to the bedroom, an outdoor terrace faces three turquoise pools, each flanked by palm trees and lounge chairs with umbrellas. A daily complimentary breakfast fuels days spent combing the nearby beach or carefully shaving a coconut.
The iconic sunset serves as a side dish to tasty Thai fusion fare at The Terrace. Executive chef Khun M concocts dishes in a self-described "modern romantic" style, blending local ingredients with global cooking techniques. Decadent dishes include Cajun chicken breast with chorizo cassoulet and Samui grouper accented with lemon.
Koh Samui, Thailand: Tropical Paradise on Turquoise Gulf
The resort occupies a pristine stretch of sand fronting the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand. During their stay, guests are entitled to explore the area with free rentals of snorkeling, kayaking, and mountain-biking equipment. The area's abundant natural beauty is on full display at Ang Thong National Marine Park, a collection of 42 islands dotted with lush rainforests and secluded 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 2.5-hour course imparts the fundamentals of Thai cooking techniques and the dangers of food-fighting with chopsticks before teaching students how to create a flavorful, authentic meal from scratch. For a different sort of hands-on experience, therapists at The Passage Samui Villas & Resort's Thai Chakra Spa apply traditional Asian remedies and the art of massage to soothe sinews and banish stress.
Promotional value expires Sep 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Book by 8/31 or promotional value expires
Travel by 2/28/13
Limit 2/person, may buy 2 more as gifts
Valid only for option purchased
All cancellations incur fee of 15% Groupon price
For stays 7/16-9/15 & 1/11/13-2/28/13, 14-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
For stays 7/3-7/15 & 9/16-12/23, 7-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
For stays 12/23-1/10/13, 30-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 18+ to check in; 20+ to consume alcohol
Credit card required at booking/check-in
Extra $2,000 THB/night fee for stays 12/24-1/10/13 (about $63 USD)
Extra $2,500 THB gala dinner fee on 12/24 (about $79 USD); extra $3,500 THB gala dinner fee on 12/31 (about $111 USD).
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Queen-size double beds (UK king-size)
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children 12 and younger
Adding occupants above standard: $30 USD per night for guest 15 or older, including breakfast; $15 USD per night with cot or $7 USD per night on provided bedding for guest 3–14, including breakfast; no charge with cot for guest 2 or younger.
Terrace with pool views
Lounge area with sofa and TV
Mini bar and refrigerator
Check in: 2 p.m.
Check out: noon
Rollaways: included in additional-occupant charge
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: upgrade to a Beachfront Pool villa for an additional $300 USD per night.
What It's Worth
Stay for two in a Pool Connect villa
$599 USD for a 5-night stay (up to a $1,570 value)
$799 USD for a 7-night stay (up to a $2,198 value)
$999 USD for a 10-night stay (up to a $3,140 value)
Included in all options:
Round-trip airport transfer for two (a $38 USD value)
Thai cooking class for two (a $127 USD value)
$30 USD spa credit
10-minute shoulder massage (a $3 USD value)
Two sunset cocktails (a $19 USD value)
Total value: up to $3,357 USD
By plane: about 12 miles (20 km) from Koh Samui Airport (USM)