Your honeymoon is the most awaited event of your marital journey. After all, the first time you travel as spouses ought to be special. What could a more befitting setting for this once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway than vast stretches of tranquil beaches and green-blue sea waters for as far as the eye can see, with a gentle sea breeze, luxury resorts and private villas, infinity pools, great food and full moon party nights? If that sounds like your kind of escapade, Koh Samui – a spectacular little island in the Gulf of Thailand – is the destination for you. We bring you this honeymooners’ travel guide to Koh Samui, to help you plan your trip to perfection:
Top Things to do in Koh Samui
Sightseeing isn’t really a priority for honeymooners. You’d much rather spend some quality time together, we get it. That’s why we have hand-picked some of the most exciting, romantic and fun things to do in this travel guide to Koh Samui, which complement the mood of your holiday perfectly:
Sunset Sailing Tour
The sea gushing beneath you, the sun setting over the horizon, the sky painted in amber hues – the Samui Sunset Sailing Tour offers the ideal setting for a romantic evening. A massive cruise liner takes you on a long ride along the coastline of Koh Samui, and the evening is wrapped up with an al fresco Thai buffet dinner, where you can enjoy your meal on the deck with an infinite horizon spread in front of you.
Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Kayaking
The beauty of the sea is best appreciated by wading into its bubbling waters. Koh Samui offers ample opportunities to try your hand at some fun water activities. Plan a visit to the Ang Thong National Marine Park to try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking. Ang Thong is also known for its rich and diverse flora and fauna. The place can be accessed by boat for a day-trip.
Ladyboy Cabarets are one of the highlights of Thailand, and you can experience it in Koh Samui as well. Head out to Lamai or Chaweng Beach to witness the Starz Cabaret and Paris Follies Cabaret, two of the most popular shows in the Koh Samui known for their extravagant costumes and fabulous dance musicals. Apart from getting a taste of the native culture, it’s a great opportunity to let your hair down and bond with your partner in a carefree environment.
Na Muang Waterfalls
If you’d like to indulge in some sight-seeing during your honeymoon in Koh Samui, do include the Na Muang Waterfalls in your itinerary. Cascading through thick forest cover and over large rocks, these two waterfalls located in close vicinity make for a majestic sight. The pool of water into which the waterfall culminates gives the impression of a secret tropical cove – every bit a super romantic escape from the humdrum of life. Spend your time here cooling off in the water and sunbathing by the rocks. If you enjoy being in nature, you can even embark on short hikes on the myriad untouched nature trails around these waterfalls.
Weddings can be an exhausting experience for the bride and the groom. There isn’t a better antidote for overcoming bodily fatigue than a rejuvenating spa. Load up on the benefits of Thai messages in its land of origin and explore new techniques like hand and foot reflexology, Kati Basti back rubs and Ayurveda detox programs with your significant other. The Tamarind Springs Forest Spa, Peace Tropical Spa, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa are some of the best places to explore.
Travel Guide to Koh Samui: Where to Stay
From seafront resorts to boutique hotels and villas, Koh Samui has no dearth of accommodation choices that offer the perfect mix of luxury, comfort and some unadulterated pampering – just the things to need to make your honeymoon that much more special and memorable. Check out the best of the lot in this travel guide to Koh Samui:
This luxury retreat in the hillside jungles is just the perfect escape for couples on their honeymoon or a romantic getaway with 78 private villas, an in-house spa and fine dining options.
A four-star resort on the east coast of this island, Amari is a seafront property equipped with over 190 rooms, two swimming pools, an in-house spa and a food gallery. A perfect haven to enjoy your tropical getaway to the fullest.
A honeymooners’ favourite, Zazen Boutique Resort offers an intimate setting for couples to enjoy some unadulterated quality time together with the most gorgeous natural scenes all around. The Le Spa Zen garden spa here is a must try.
A five-star resort on Chaweng Beach, Sareeraya Villa and Suites is a fine blend of contemporary facilities with a traditional Thai design. The suites here are equipped with Jacuzzi, pool and terrace access or private pools.
For those who want a grand experience without footing an enormous bill for it, the Chaweng Noi Pool Villa is the place to be. Soak up a five-star experience in one of the 49 villas with private pools in a lush tropical setting at unbelievably affordable tariffs.
Travel Guide to Koh Samui: Dining Options
No honeymoon is complete without a romantic dinner or two. Koh Samui has no dearth of avenues to take your spouse out on an unforgettable dinner date. In this travel guide to Koh Samui, we bring you some of the top options to choose from:
Dinner on the Sea
Yep, you read that right. Not dinner by the sea, but on the sea. The Chaweng Regent Beach Resort organises a special romantic dinner for the couple, under their ‘Dinner in the Sea’ offer, where they serve dinner on a floating deck with waves splashing all around and curtains blowing in the wind. Enjoy your gourmet seven-course meal with several helping of fine wine. It’s the stuff of the dream.
Tree Top Dining
Live up the childhood fantasy of having a personal tree house with an intimate fine-dining experience in a tree house at the Tree Tops Restaurant at Antara Lawana Resort.
Dining Under the Stars
Book your private beach candlelight dinner under the open sky, with waves lapping up at your feet and a personal butler at your beck and call. Several resorts offer this private beach dining option, but the ones by H Bistro and Zanzen Restaurant are the most sought after.
Dinner on the Rocks
Dinner on the Rocks is an exquisite experience offered by the Six Sense Samui Resort at its rooftop restaurant. With expansive views of the sea and sky, delectable food and an intimate setting, Dinner on the Rocks is the perfect manifestation of a romantic evening.
Best Time to Visit Koh Samui
Given its tropical climate, Koh Samui experiences a typical mix of sunny, dry and rainy spells, sometimes all in the same day. The peak tourist season here in from mid-December through January. The shoulder season from February to June and then again in September and early December are the ideal time to plan your trip to Koh Samui. October and November are the rainiest months here and best avoided unless you have a special penchant for rainfall.
There are myriad flights from to Koh Samui, at amazingly affordable prices. So accessibility and affordability are not a concern at all. From India, you can find return flights to Koh Samui in the ballpark of Rs 32,000, provided you book well in time. We recommend you start looking as soon as you finalise the wedding date.
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