Thai Island Escape Easier With Luxury Collection's New Vana Belle Resort
We briefly mentioned it last year, but now we can actually give some more details on the recently opened Vana Belle Koh Samui. This serene beach location will turn the most tightly wound person into a relaxation machine with it's private beaches that practically hand-shake the neighboring rainforest for an uber-luxury escape.
Each of the 80 suites and villas comes with a private pool and big terraces to take in the big blue; and blue the water is. With complimentary WiFi throughout the entire property, you can't go unconnected if that's your thing, but we question your travel motives if that's the case.
Since the island is one of sixty in the middle of Ang Thong National Marine Park there won't be a shortage of breathtaking views of the surrounding Gulf of Thailand and defy anyone to claim boredom here. Opportunities for exploring the hidden caves and coral reefs that the warm water has to offer.
There isn't a shortage of cultural attractions to see in Thailand and this small island's size doesn't limit the amount of local flare. Thai cooking classes, Thai boxing, fruit carving and Buddhist temple excursions can be arranged by the hotel or by the locals. If getting even more off the beaten path is your thing, hop on a boat to neighboring islands Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, and Koh Nang Yuan for an exclusive experience.
Opened last month, room rates start at 14,245 THB ($478 USD) per night. Also, if you think you might want to save some cash and redeem Starwood Points for this property, think again. Award availability is limited to none since the place is so new and full-service.
[Photo: Vana Belle Koh Samui]