Have you ever seen a surreal airport? Something that just screams out vacation? Wait until you check this out: Samui international airport, or also known as Koh Samui airport is one of the most picturesque airports you will ever land in.
For starters, there are no indoor areas, except for the gift shop. So picture walking to your gate while enjoying the sunset, pretty cool yeh?
Located on the northern part of the island, the airport officially commenced duties in 1989 with a 2100 meter-long airstrip, open-air passenger terminals and jaw dropping architecture with incorporated fauna and flora to fit the vibes of the island itself.
The airport has both, domestic and international terminals around 50 meters from each other, and the domestic terminal features one luggage belt, yes, you read that right, ONE. That doesn’t make it less than beautiful since that simply just adds to the airport’s charm.
The airport has gained international momentum with clutching more than one award highlighting its architecture and making its way into one of the best airport polls worldwide.
The privately owned airport was built by Bangkok airways and is roughly 2 kilometers north of the main city and the largest resort center on the island.
Dusit Thani, Heaven in the heart of Bangkok
Location, location, location. Before getting to my new favorite airport, I had the pleasure of staying in the heart of all the action in Bangkok at Dusit Thani. My room was on the 19th floor and overlooked the busy city of Bangkok. Right under the hotel, I was advised to go for a morning jog at Lumpini Park, an inner city haven of tranquility, allowing anyone to connect to nature while in the middle of a pumping city. It is also located next to two rapid transit stations making it close to pretty much everything around.
Aside from the feeling of being right in the middle of the action, this flagship hotel offers you the calm of Thai traditions and hospitality. The friendliest of staff greet you and are willing to help with every single inquiry that you might have.
Dusit Thani’s 517 rooms and suites are sumptuously appointed with distinctive Thai inspiration and well-designed facilities. The ‘Dusit Room’ is 60 square meters with a separate bedroom, living area and large bathroom, made to cater to anyone’s taste. The room is fully equipped with anything you might possibly need to make the stay a smooth one.
Cuisine wise, the variety that the hotel itself has is impeccable. Your choice of dining includes the following: 22 Kitchen & Bar which features pacific coastal cuisine (a must try with our own Sarab seal of approval), Benjarong (modern contemporary thai), Hamilton’s Steak House (American steak house), The Mayflower (Cantonese), The Pavilion (International), Thien Duong (Vietnamese), Dusit Gourmet (Pastries and cakes), Benjarong Terrace (Drinks and Snacks) and Shogun (Japanese)… Talk about unlimited options; I’m sure one of those would cater to your taste buds.
The area is extremely central and in terms of activities, there really is a lot to do. I won’t ruin it but one piece of advice from me would be to check out Chatuchak market; any shoppers dream destination!
After a fabulous stay in Bangkok and at Dusit Thani, I then proceeded to grab a flight to Samui, where another adventure was about to begin.
Banyan Tree Samui, a dream place
So yes, landing in Samui after a 50 minute flight started initially with a fantastic landing spot in the airport of anyone’s dreams. After that, Banyan Tree Samui had organized a pick up from the airport with one of their limos (insanely comfortable), and 34 minutes later, and one step into their lobby, I escaped all means of reality. I automatically switched my phone off with a decision that what I was surrounded with is too beautiful to be distracted by any form of technology. An insatiable view of the water from the ocean below as well as a hill with villas all around facing you, aromas of ginger, lime and coconut in the air and background music of summery serenity hit you all at once.
After an extremely smooth check in, I was then guided to my villa by a buggy driven by the villas host who gracefully gave us a mini tour of the hotel on the way. Greenery all around, I made it to the villa already feeling a lot more relaxed than I was before, immersed in complete and utter nature.
I got to try out the family villa; here’s a description which I’m sure will not suffice to describe the beauty of it: An outdoor jet pool, a huge sundeck area to recline on while taking in the sun, surreal views of sea waters, sandy beaches, two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and the other with twin beds, each room equipped with its own bathroom, rain shower and full amenities… Sounds tempting enough?
Relax and Unwind
If that doesn’t cut it for you, what about a 2 hour spa session?
That experience by itself was worthwhile. I am a huge fan of spa sessions in general and an even bigger fan of starting a trip with a spa session just to set you in the right Vacay-State-o-Mind.
The session started with an hour’s signature Rainforest treatment. Featuring Koh Samui’s first hydrotherapy spa, The Rainforest is a holistic and innovative wellness experience designed to heal and soothe. Right after that I got to try out their Balinese massage, which I have to admit, was the best one I’ve had.
Follow up a spa session with a day at your own pool and end all of that with Saffron, which offers, aside from a flawless view of Lamai Bay, a selection of daring authentic Thai cuisine with “a touch of avant garde in a setting of understated elegance”. My personal favorite out of the dishes included their signature Goong Sarong Beua Thod which constituted out of crisp rice noodle-wrapped prawn, wild pepper leaf tempura, and sweet mango chili sauce. Mouth-watering!