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Paradise Found

Posted by on March 31, 2010 in Projects

I just returned from Ko Samui, Thailand after a week doing, feeling, and seeing the unexpected. How do you describe a place that has beautiful surroundings, rich culture, and unforeseen experiences? Ko Samui is a place I like to simply call paradise. I never thought I would ride an elephant, feed a baby tiger, or get a fireworks welcome on the beach.

I had the chance to stay at the Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach. The newly developed boutique resort has 77 villas and suites. When I arrived, I forgot about all problems, forms of stress, or the long plane ride. My mind simply went into relaxation mode as the resort had this tranquil effect on me. Ahhh

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Aside from the design, other highlights include:

Fun in the Sun: Yoga on the dock (it was tough, but felt great after), kayaking, and Thai boxing include some of the activities. I even got the chance to take a cooking and cocktail making class–and yes, my summer rolls came out quite tasty. And for a little something extra, guests can be apart of the Change of the Day ceremony–small lights are put within Thai lanterns and released into the sky to bring good luck. Here we are releasing one on our first night at the resort.

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Top Treatment: The Chuan Spa bases its treatments on traditional Chinese medicine, the five elements, and Thai medicine.

Borderless Dining: Guests could eat at CHA, the resort’s restaurant that overlooks the pool area, or grab a snack at the Pantry, or, go beyond and dine on the floating dock or other areas around the property for a private dining experience.

About Me: Langham Place Samui’s mission is to know their guests and create great memories. Part of that is making everything personalized–from the branding to iPhone apps to Live concierge service. Amenities around the resort use the word “me” to make it more about you.

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To read more about Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach, check out the April issue of Hospitality Design.

Now, one more photo for inspiration. Get whisked away!

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