• Steve & Paul

W Retreat & Spa, Koh Samui


We’ve stayed at the W Retreat in Koh Samui a couple of times.

The W is one of our favourite brands and this hotel is probably our favourite of all of them. It is now our preferred place to stay in Koh Samui. The team are just awesome. Each villa have it’s own private pool, but as well as that, each hotel room in the main building also has its own private pool on the balcony overlooking the ocean.

The reception area has a gigantic pool (seen above) with seating pods in it that you can sit in, drinking cocktails to watch the sunset, but a hidden gem that we just found on our last night is SIP bar on the beach. Amazing vibe and energy. A great space to relax in, jiggling your toes in the sand if you want or sitting at the bar. The restaurant Namu next to SIP is also amazing.

There is a very funky, well equipped gym called “Sweat” and a very luxurious spa called “Away”. There are lots of different areas to chill out around this resort.

If you’re heading out anytime, they’ll send a buggy to your room to collect you to take you to reception. A great feature of this hotel are the “Sweet Spots” close to your room that has cold drinks, ice and ice creams stocked up for you to enjoy 24/7. Just help yourself.

General manager Nick was fantastic to deal with and always seen around the resort welcoming guests and chatting to them about their stay.

The resort is well out of Chewang Beach which is where most of the nightlife is, but it’s just a taxi ride away and well worth it. You will not look back.

As they say on their website. “Life on Samui, as you’ve never experienced before. Gastronomize at Namu on the island’s most stunning setting, or savour at our Kitchen Table. SWEAT® it out, get WET®, then unwind at W Lounge or laze AWAY® at the spa. It’s pleasure at your leisure.”

My tip is that you will like it so much here that you will want to buy a WOW residence and live there!

Our room was an Ocean View Escape. Here’s what their website says about it… “Your wake-up call: spectacular views over the Gulf of Thailand. Your afternoon siesta: floating gently in your private pool measuring 11 meters by 2.5 meters. Your evening cocktail: the most breathtaking spot on the island to enjoy the sky’s transition from soothing blue to fiery red. Welcome to life in the Ocean View Escape, located at the highest point of the hotel, where no one else sees what you see, from this Retreat with the best views in the entire resort, stunning floor-to-ceiling windows notwithstanding.

You’ll find your time on the huge wooden deck simply outstanding, with an oversized daybed, two sun lounge chairs and a wooden dining table for two for whenever you choose to get out of the pool. Inside, it’s incredible—you’ll see red in a great way when this cleanly chic hue descends upon all elements of the custom furnishing, from sofa pillows and designer silk lamps to wall-integrated shelves and sideboards.

Let us entertain you with no less than the best of our state-of-the-art technology: 46″ Samsung LCD TV, DVD/CD player, the hip W Library (available via Whatever/Whenever®) and Yamaha Wi-Fi sound dock. When that snack attack sneaks up, flip open the delightful Munchie Box for a happy treat or hit that Sweet Spot for a chilled thrill of soda or ice cream. Tell everyone at home about your postcard perfect experience right now with High Speed Internet Access or call home on the cordless phone. Grab our beach bag for stuff you’ll need in the sun—W flip flops, sun hat, water, and more.

You’re ready for bed now! The signature W bed awaits with pillow-top mattress, 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down comforter and pillows that are oh so dreamy. The ultimate in bath time pampering awaits with Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities, whether in oversized bathtub or under rainforest shower, and 22″ Samsung LCD TV, as a sliding door opens out to the private pool.”

Every word, true.

* * * * * Best service. Awesome views. Luxurious.

a: W RETREAT 4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam, Surat Thani, Koh Samui p: +66 7791 5999 w: Click here to check out W Koh Samui online.