Super-luxury beach resorts – location makes the difference in Koh Samui
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The competition between luxury, 5-star beachfront resorts is intense. All famous brands now include a well-conceived, almost standard set of facilities and luxuries in their rooms. But in famous beach destinations guests don’t stay in their rooms all day taking hours-long Jacuzzis. Even up here in the clouds, the playing field is quite level – though the competition is rather fierce.
Adding something so special it sends a resort soaring conspicuously above its competitors is, therefore, a tough but highly regarded business strategy. Here on Koh Samui, an island full of varied beaches, bays and headlands, the choice of a spectacular location with geographic grandeur has emerged as the critical differential between the super-luxury resorts.
All five of the hotels included here has relied heavily on this formula, selecting striking or unusual locations, then using powerful architecture and design to craft beautiful resorts into the chosen beach, hillside or headland.
Only one of the resorts here is located on a famous beach. Six Senses and Conrad both chose to forgo beautiful beaches as their major attractions, and build onto headlands in dramatic style. Four Seasons and Banyan Tree were both lucky enough to get private bays with pretty beaches and hillsides behind on which to elevate their accommodations. Only W Retreat is on a famous beach, though this also has its own little hill that does much to impress arriving guests and define the resort.