Clients can relax next to their private
Samui means ‘safe haven’ and you will certainly feel cosseted in
the dense tropical hills at the new Four Seasons Resort off the
gulf of Siam.
The expansive ocean view from the open-air wooden reception deck
will stop clients in their tracks. It’s as if you’re hanging off
the edge of a luxury treehouse about to take the plunge into 42
acres of perfectly manicured flora and mango trees. The entire
island resort has a lush jungle setting with 58 one-bedroom private
landscaped villas tucked amid the coconut palms and jackfruit. They
will want to spend ample time on their large deck complete with
infinity pool and day beds for lounging and gazing out at the beach
below. The interiors are contemporary with warm colors, dark woods
and a massive terrazzo, shell-shaped bathtub facing a large picture
window encompassing that one-in-a-million view. If your clients
don’t want a perch from the top, there are also two beach villas
and two residences available all with wireless Internet access just
in case you feel the need to check in with the office.
While visitors may not want to leave their rooms, a major draw
to the resort is the spa villas. Complete with private treatment
rooms, full bath and decks with soaking tubs, you’ll be in complete
seclusion perfect for celebrity clients. After you indulge in one
of the 90-minute massages ranging from an Ayurvedic blend to Siam
fusion you are led up through a maze of wooden stairs shrouded in a
lusty forest to an open-air teahouse for relaxing with a soothing
herbal drink in the midst of chirping birds.
Actually, if your clients don’t love to walk, this might not be
the resort for them. The hilly landscape requires a steep trek down
to the beach or up to the main restaurant, but you can take a
‘buggy’ ride at any time. The speedy golf carts are readily
available at all the major restaurants and the spa, but be prepared
for hair-pin twists and turns in the road and just consider it part
of the experience. The beach offers snorkeling and fishing off the
coral reef, or if clients prefer dry land, try a game of coconut
petanque (a form of bocce) on the sand. Other daily activities
range from hatha yoga classes, Muay Thai boxercise and a tennis
clinic where you can learn “the stroke of the week” to tropical
cocktails classes at the beach bar during sundown.
A variety of spa treatments
are offered at the resort.
For dining, guests have a choice of casual beach bites all day at
Pla Pla, where you can order a wide variety of salads, sashimi,
chicken satay, hummus, smoked-duck quesadillas, pizzas or a juicy
burger with fries.
More upscale fare can be found at the top of the hill in Lan
Tania restaurant. A few signatures include Mong Korn pon fai a
stir-fried Phuket lobster with dry chili, oyster sauce and cashew
nuts that could easily feed several people; and by stark contrast,
the chef’s crab risotto is one of the best this side of Milan.
Surprisingly, they both mix wonderfully together with a crisp
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand which features predominately on
the wine list.
Excursions on the island include designer knock-off shopping in
the main village but it will be hard to leave the service-friendly
grounds, unless you’re in the market for fabulous fake Prada.
Another idea for clients to consider is flying via Singapore rather
than Bangkok. It’s less than a two-hour daily flight on Bangkok
Airways and you can enjoy some wonderful upscale shopping and
dining in Singapore before escaping to the island. Air Singapore
has just added the sky’s largest business-class seats on the Los
Angeles and San Francisco direct flights for supreme comfort.