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Why Thai Travelers Are Rediscovering the Magic of Koh Samui

With long-haul flights off the table for now, locals are flocking to Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, an eco-luxe haven on Thailand’s beloved island.

Sep 1, 2020

WHILE 2020 MAY HAVE DISRUPTED travel plans for far-flung destinations in Europe, North America, and Australia, Thai residents are taking this moment to explore their own naturally stunning land. The Kingdom of Smiles reacted quickly and effectively to control the spread of COVID-19, meaning that domestic travel is generally safe. Due to the unconventional situation, some of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations are exceptionally peaceful. Locals who hop aboard the breezy one-hour flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui, for instance, will encounter a sleepy side of the island not seen for decades. Pristine beaches with waving coconut palms are as inviting as ever.

Situated on Koh Samui’s stunning coastline is Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, a stylish five-star oasis with a breathtaking view of the sea. Crafted from specially sourced materials by local artisans, the sustainable resort melds seamlessly with its dazzling surroundings. Thailand’s world-famous, gracious sense of hospitality permeates every element of the experience here. Guests can enjoy comfort, along with local Southern Thai delicacies at The Height, the resort’s signature restaurant. Meanwhile, Sun serves coffee, cakes, and other treats and Moon offers an array of international dishes throughout the day. For a simply sublime sundowner of a nightcap under the Milky Way, Star is the perfect sophisticated watering hole.

In order to keep up with the new normal, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort has employed state-of-the-art safety precautions. The Tourism Authority of Thailand awarded the resort the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration Certificate due to its rigorous hygiene standards. Optional touchless services make it possible for guests to chat with a staff member, order room service, or book spa appointments through their own mobile devices.

After so many months of not being able to roam freely, many Thai residents are eager to experience the thrill of exploration. The team at Silavadee will happily organize boat trips to nearby Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum, the latter of which is especially popular with Instagrammers for its photogenic beach piglets. Back at the resort, guests can spend the afternoon unwinding on a private beach, engaging in all manner of water sports, or enjoying an indulgent Afternoon Tea Set or private barbecue.

Photos courtesy of Silavadee Pool Spa Resort.


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