Your tropical beach playground
As well as providing the perfect vantage to marvel at the superb ocean views, Koh Samui’s tranquil beaches provide a wealth of opportunities for engaging island activities
The garden and pool area at Koh Samui’s Villa Bacaya directly adjoins the beach, so guests are only a stone’s throw from the sandy shoreline and a wealth of seaside entertainment opportunities
Serene waters, soft sand and nodding palm trees are just a few of the features that make Thailand’s beaches some of the most sought-after in the world. Islands like Koh Samui offer an array of sand fringed attractions, from broad bays with golden strips of sand sweeping the coastline, to hidden coves tucked away from the well-trodden tourist path.
While many visitors head to the seaside to spend an afternoon chilling out and dozing off on the sand, plenty of others have more creative pursuits in mind. For guests who are staying in one of Koh Samui’s luxury private villas, the sand and sea is often just a pebble’s throw away, which opens up a world of opportunity to get creative with your downtime.
Work up a sweat
Guests staying at Samui’s Emerald Beach Villa 4 can enjoy long walks along the glorious Bang Po beach
After a few days indulging in creamy Thai curry and a few too many chilled beers, it might be a good idea to get outside and work off the excess calories. Even though many of Koh Samui’s opulent private villas feature fantastic fitness facilities, sometimes there’s nothing better than working out in the sun with the fresh sea breeze to cool you down.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, some of Koh Samui’s longer and less busy beaches like Lipa Noi and Taling Ngam provide the perfect stretch for a run. Afterwards, you can take a dip in the sea to cool off or head straight back to your villa for a refreshing shower or soak in the tub.
If running is a bit too strenuous for your holiday, Koh Samui’s glorious beaches are ideal for long strolls as well – particularly at sunset. The best thing about a long walk on the beach is that you’ll be able to stop and snap a few selfies with the spectacular scenery as a backdrop, too.
Stretch it out
The serene atmosphere at many of Koh Samui’s less built-up beaches provides the perfect chilled out setting for a yoga session
Health and wellness tourism is big in Thailand, and the Kingdom is home to a plethora of top-notch yoga centres and retreats. Dropping into a few classes while you’re on holiday is always fun, especially if you want to sample some new styles of yoga – but nothing can compare to a yoga session with a view. And if it’s a wide, unobstructed, meditative view you seek, then where could be better than straight from the beach?
Unspoilt stretches of sand like Lipa Noi, Taling Ngam and Laem Set are ideal for a serene yoga session, whether you’re aiming to work up a sweat or simply listen to the sound of the surf breaking on the shore as you glide into meditation. If you’re staying in a private villa, you’ll likely be able to grab one of the villa’s yoga mats and take it down to the beach for your workout. Or, simply feel the sand between your fingers and toes as you breathe into the next asana.
The stretch of sand close to Koh Samui’s The Headland Villa 3 looks out towards the famous Five Islands, and is the perfect place to spread out and play a family ball game
As well as providing a peaceful oasis for all your holiday chill out sessions, the also beach provides a spacious playground for more active pursuits – including ball games. In fact, many of Koh Samui’s private villas come with their own volleyball nets so you can simply set up your own game right on the sand. As well as being a whole lot of fun, a furiously competitive match is also a fantastic way for you and your family to build up an appetite in advance of the tasty Thai spread awaiting you at meal times.
Koh Samui’s Headland Villas are the ideal property for those who want to engage in a few competitive fixtures whilst on holiday. The beach can be reached via an external steps down from the properties, and low tide is perfect for a game of volleyball, dodge ball or any other family favourites you want to set up.
Situated in the north coast of Koh Samui, the unspoilt strip of sand adjacent to Villa Bacaya provides the perfect place to set up for a beach picnic
If you’re a fan of dining al fresco, a sandy Thai beach is the perfect spot. After all, there are few natural vistas that could match the azure waters and long sandy shores of a sun-drenched Koh Samui beach. Gazing out over such a view whilst tucking into a sumptuous picnic with your travel companions is what holiday dreams are made of.
For guests residing in one of the island’s lavish beachside villas, the surf is often just a stone’s throw from the property itself, which means there are plenty of opportunities for an impromptu afternoon or sunset picnic. Many of the villas come with their own private chef, which means you don’t even need to worry about preparing the food yourself. As Koh Samui is home to an array of high-quality delis, well stocked with exquisite imported produce, a typical hamper of goodies might include French cheeses, Italian cured meats and Canadian smoked salmon. If you’re keen to make your al fresco feast into a special occasion, you could always throw in a bottle of wine or prosecco, too.
After the sunset
A story-telling session around a campfire on the beach will be particularly memorable for children
While it’s true that Samui’s beaches are popular for sunbathers and sunset gazers, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do on the beach once dusk has drawn in and darkness falls. In fact, embracing the tranquil night atmosphere and watching the stars appear one by one with your family can be a truly memorable way to spend an evening. For a real festive feel, grab some blankets and refreshments from your private villa and walk the few metres down to the sand for a full-on star gazing session.
If you’re worried about getting chilly, there’s always the option to build a small campfire, or ask the villa staff to help. If you’re on holiday with little ones, bedtime stories around the fire are likely to be remembered as one of the most magical highlights of the entire trip.