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January 21, 2011

Special Dish: Sa-WOW-dee-ka! Say Hello to W Retreat Koh Samui

You’ve putted around Phuket, kicked back in Krabi, played castaway in Phi Phi and holed up in Hua Hin. But no matter what Thai treats you’ve experienced before, prepare to be blown away by Southeast Asia’s newest breathtakingly luxurious and delightfully decadent playground, the W Retreat – Koh Samui. The ultra-luxe uber-resort with a serious WOW-factor opened its dreamy doors a few weeks ago, and is all glammed up and waiting to become your next magnificent escape.

W Retreat Koh SamuiFrom sun drenched mornings…

Wake up in a modern paradise of enchanted gardens, glistening sands and warm island breezes. You’ll feel like you’re still dreaming with exquisite panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand stretching beyond the ocean vistas and verdant foliage of your own private Retreat.  Wishing for breakfast in bed, tea on the terrace, plates prepared at your private poolside?   With the W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service taken to a whole new level of Retreat style decadence, your every wish is truly their command. From a bubbly brunch on a stretch of Koh Samui’s powdery white sand to an intimate sunset dinner at the edge of the turquoise waters to an impromptu island-hopping excursion with access to some of the world’s best diving spots to a spontaneous sundown soiree for your entire entourage, they promise to deliver whatever you want, whenever you want it – as long as it’s legal!

To awe-inspiring afternoons…

Looking for a little afternoon delight? Fly high at the best kite-surfing spot in South Thailand, say Omm in the breathtaking yoga and meditation pavilions, get fit with the island’s experts in Thai boxing, or work up an appetite with private cooking classes given by the W’s world class chefs.  Afterwards, detox and decompress in the tranquil haven of Away® Spa, the property’s 576-square meter oasis of indoor and outdoor spa treatment areas that allow for total privacy and complete renewal. Envelop yourself in vivid colors, playful scents and imaginative sounds with an exclusive range of treatments incorporating local Thai influences and expertly executed by the spa’s handpicked therapists from around Asia. Experience a whole new era of relaxation, with the world’s first “Thaimazcal®” herbal sauna and steam experience, based on Mexican tribal rituals, using local Thai ingredients and creating an extraordinary thermal bath to cleanse and purify the body and soul.

To enchanted evenings…

When night falls the Retreat comes to life, brimming with energy and styled to perfection for wherever the evening takes you. W’s signature W Lounge, with interiors almost as stunning as the views that abound and seating not just on the water but in the water, brings an enchanting new highlight to Koh Samui’s nightlife scene. Where the Lounge ends, WOOBAR® begins, perched on the corner of a hillside, offering 270-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand, a mouthwatering menu of savoury snacks and palate pleasing cocktails, a striking two-story wine cellar and a high in the sky DJ booth that is set to be home to many of the world’s top entertainers in the months to come.  For dinner, indulge in the freshest seafood possible at contemporary Japanese Namu, an intimate, sensual dining experience presenting influences from all across Asia and beyond in a cool, contemporary presentation of Japanese cuisine. From Maine lobster stir-fried with udon noodles and chili to miso-braised Kobe beef cheek to foie gras enticingly combined with prawns, get ready to be wowed. For a more casual meal, cosy up on sleek sofas or lounge on plush outdoor daybeds as you feast at The Kitchen Table, where everything from wood-fired gourmet pizzas to sublime salads to local Thai treats has been hand selected by the W’s chef to please the palate and touch the heart.

To the soundest, most peaceful sleep…

After a day in the sun and seas and a night spent basking in Koh Samui’s famous moonlight, there’s nowhere more luxuriously welcoming than your own breathtaking villa and your cloudlike W Signature Bed featuring a pillow-top mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforter and pillows that seduce you into a slumber.  Whether you’ve chosen a Jungle Oasis in the lush hillside, a Tropical Oasis in the secluded gardens, or an Ocean Front Haven where the waves meet the sand, your private retreat will be home to an 11 by 2.5 meter private pool, a huge wooden deck, thoughtfully adorned with an oversized day-bed, two sun lounge chairs and a private dining table. Step inside to find impeccably chosen furnishings and a state-of-the-art entertainment system including 46″ Samsung LCD TV, DVD/CD player with access to the W Library, wireless iPod dock and Yamaha sound system. Hunger pangs or nursing a thirst? The delightful W Munchie Box, Sweet Spot, Illy Coffee Machine and Wine Fridge are there with refreshments to the rescue! Forgot your sunblock? Rest easy with their complimentary beach bag full of stuff you’ll need in the sun—W flip flops, sun hat, sun block, water, and more. Create your own little spa in the oversize tub or your outdoor rain shower with Bliss products galore and keep in touch with loved ones via High Speed Internet Access and cordless phone – believe us, they’ll wish they were there!

As the moon sets over the edge of wonderland at the W Retreat – Koh Samui, there’s only one thing that’s missing – You!

W Retreat – Koh Samui

4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam,

Surat Thani

Koh Samui,



Phone: (66)(77) 915999

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