Is the ideal destination for couples, young or old who are seeking a romantic, peaceful journey back to nature. I wonder if our peals of laughter and squeals of pleasure bothered the guests in the neighbouring villas… Naw, I doubt it… at least, theirs didn’t bother us!
Electric sunsets, champagne cocktails and Thai inspired tapas cart-wheeled across my daydream, but the soft yet insistent voice cut through my reverie. “Madame,” she said, “Madame!”. It must have been the hot rocks. After a most delicious massage I awoke drenched in lavender scented aromatic coconut oil, feeling like a giant flower. I had fallen asleep as my petite masseuse administered the “Hot Stones Therapy” at the spa in the Six Senses Sila Evason Hideaway & Spa Resort on Koh Samui. The therapy involved hot lava stones from Hawaii, four hands and a heap of warm lavender scented coconut oil.
Pure Bliss! The perfect way to start a vacation.
Vacations are all about choices. Where to go, what to see, where to eat, where to stay are just a few of the questions we have to deal with when it comes time for that annual, semi-annual or monthly pilgrimage to paradise. I’m so pleased I made the Sila Evason choice. There are few things I haven’t experienced over the years when I’ve been fortunate enough to get away – for work and for play. One thing that has eluded me over the course of my travels is sampling a stay in a private, secluded villa that would be like a home away from home, except on a more grandiose scale. The opportunity for such an escape recently presented itself, and true to my quest for all things different and decadent, I accepted an invitation to be a guest at the Sila Evason Hideaway. As soon as we arrived we felt like we’d truly taken a step out of the ordinary. Instead of deadlines, traffic and pollution, we were met with leisure and tranquillity, rustic relaxation and natural surroundings.
Koh Samui has been settled for about 1500 years. The first arrivals here were Chinese fishermen who found the island on old maps from the Ming dynasty. Fishing, and later coconuts were the first major source of revenue in the past, but now tourism and property development bring in the big bucks. The resort is tucked away on the north east shore on a headland spread across 20 acres of indigenous plantings and offers stunning views of the surrounding sea and outlying islands. There are 66 separate split level villas – like private guesthouses in a giant garden peninsula. Guests with a yen for complete privacy can claim one of the pool villas with its very own infinity swimming pool enclosed in a private garden with a personal butler, in-villa dining and entertainment.
The large bathroom, freshly flower-strewn each day, has a sunken tub and separate outdoor shower, both of which have only a bamboo wall surrounding the secluded garden. The key to luxury travel is attention to detail – no amenity can be overlooked, no comfort neglected. This is something you can always count on at an Evason property. Almost equally important to personal pampering is privacy. When the world’s wealthy sunbathe in bikinis or sail the seven seas, total seclusion is key. Money is no object for those who seek a little anonymity and discretion from the world of fame and fortune – the Evason seemingly effortlessly achieves this.
The management team and staff are professional, friendly, efficient and courteous – they really make you feel at home and as if any little thing you may desire, no matter how obscure, it is right at the tip of your fingers. I chose the option of lunching in my room, or rather, on my private patio by the pool on my second day. The island abounds with tropical birds I’d never seen before, but they’re obviously used to visitors. I had to defend my breadbasket from a couple of red, black and white feathered thieves. The resort features its own varied and inventive cuisine in all of its open-air fisherman village style restaurants and private dining decks that overlook the ocean. They are rapidly creating a reputation not for just being a fantastic resort, but for serving up some of the best food available on Koh Samui. With their own herb garden they are able to use the freshest herbs, vegetables and organic greens.Evason is an acknowledged industry leader in environmental responsibility. Through careful consideration of the effects that operating systems, materials and purchasing policies have on the environment, they are continually developing new initiatives and procedures to minimise their ecological impact. All timber used comes only from renewable and recycled sources.
Flowers are everywhere: frangipani, bougainvillea, jacaranda, orchids, and hibiscus. Every time I returned to my room, the maid had rearranged the towels and folded the clothing I’d discarded on the rattan couch – then carefully placed fresh flower blossoms in the folds. The sunsets each evening were symphonies of pastels and the night sky was full of constellations. There was a half moon while I was there, so fortunately its light was bright enough to guide us down the winding path to our villa after dinner.
Six Senses Hideaway Samui – A SALA Property
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand Te 66 77 245 678
Review by AK