An exclusive break on Koh Samui’s best-kept secret
The Thai island of Koh Samui is much more than a well-trodden gap-year destination. Just 10 minutes away from the main resort you can escape the hordes and take a bite of your very own slice of paradise: Cape Fahn – one of the best hotels in Thailand.
To begin with, Cape Fahn isn’t strictly just a hotel. This is an entire, private island – which means ‘getting away from it all’ has rarely been such an apt description. Dotted around this green gem in the Gulf of Thailand are 22 luxury private villas, each with its own plunge pool and sun terrace. You may have come to Koh Samui for the sight-seeing, but if you’re staying at Cape Fahn, you might never leave the island...
Love... at first sight
Whether it’s your very first holiday together, or your golden wedding anniversary, Cape Fahn is head-over-heels romantic. The hotel’s stylish villas are tucked away on a tropical island, just a ten minute boat ride from Koh Samui itself. With 24-hour room service and the option to sample a lamplit dinner à deux on the beach, you need never bother the hotel’s two restaurants. But with a Michelin-starred chef on board and authentic Thai delicacies, they might be worth investigating… And speaking of romance, if you’re looking for somewhere special to tie the knot, you couldn’t pick a more blissful spot to say “I do”.
Love... the open waves
You don’t have to go far if watersports are your thing. Cape Fahn has its own beach, and from the water’s edge you can try your hand at paddleboarding, snorkelling and kayaking. Or if you’d prefer to let the hotel do the hard work, hop on board the 42-foot Fahn Maiden for a day trip to explore the Thai coastline. Back at the hotel, be pummelled into relaxed submission with an authentic Thai massage at the spa. Then seek out a beachside spot for a sundowner.
Love… to lounge
If you can’t wait to feel the sand between your toes, head for Choeng Mon on the east coast of Koh Samui. Get there by boat from Cape Fahn or, if it’s low tide, you can simply stroll across. This dazzling expanse of sand is the type of beach you dream of finding when first planning a trip to Thailand.
While it’s well-known, Choeng Mon is unexpectedly tourist-light, so you’ll find acres of beach on which to plant your towel. Relaxed and family friendly, there are also plenty of restaurants and bars within arm’s reach. Be sure to look out for the traditional Thai dancing, too.
Love… to explore
With its many historical sites, you’ll find plenty of ways to get your culture fix on Koh Samui. Just up the coast is Wat Plai Laem, with its multi-armed statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion. Then move on to Wat Phra Yai, the spectacular 12-metre-high golden Buddha sitting majestically on its own island.
If you’ve caught the temple bug, seek out Wat Na Phra Lan. This spiritual space, with its gilded pagoda, is off the usual tourist track, so you might just get it all to yourself. Lose (or find) yourself in the peaceful gardens before heading back to your Cape Fahn villa to soak up that Thai sunset.