Koh Samui is an ideal holiday to enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, scuba diving and kite surfing.
Yoga and Pilates is becoming ever more popular so why not enjoy a private early morning class in the privacy of your own villa before you spend your day soaking up the sun.
For our energetic guests who want to maintain or improve their fitness while on holiday we can arrange private in-villa Crossfit classes.
For the keen golfer we have the 18 hole championship Santiburi Course which is located on Maenam and your villa manager or Guest relations can book your tee off time and also arrange transport.
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Set on 10 acres of jungle land Samui Elephant Sanctuary offers a retirement home for elephants who have worked long exhaustive hours in the logging and tourism industries.
There are morning or afternoon programmes where you can feed, walk with and watch the elephants bathe enjoying their peaceful lives they so richly deserve.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand Koh Samui is surrounded by beautiful marine life and unspoiled islands. Whether it be going on a day trip to Angtong National Park, a diving trip to Koh Tao or discovering the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Taen and Koh Mudsom there is a day trip for everyone.
Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand and there are several temples or “wat” on Samui. Most welcome visitors, but please be respectful at all times and don’t visit wearing inappropriate clothing such as bikinis or beach wear.
Big Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai is the most important temple in Samui and one of the most visited attractions in Samui. The golden,12 metre high, seated Buddha sits majestically on a small rocky island named Koh Faan located just north of Bophut, off Koh Samui’s northern corner.
Wat Plai Laem features a striking white, 18-arm image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion in Chinese Buddhism. Close to the Big Buddha temple, Wat Plai Laem offers visitors a view into Chinese -Thai beliefs as well as some elaborate Buddhist art and architecture. Adding to its feel of tranquility, the temple is surrounded by a lake, which is teeming with fish. Visitors who make a small donation to the temple are given a bag of food to feed the fish.
Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui’s interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. Not technically a temple, the gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family’s land. Situated to the north-west of Lamai Beach getting up there is a challenge best done in a 4WD vehicle. Many visitors choose to come here on a day trip that includes a tour of the gardens.
Wat Khunaram is famous due to the fact it hosts the mummified remains of a monk, Luong Pordaeng, who died in 1973. The mummy is presented in a seated meditative position and, remarkably, even more than 40 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. Aside from the mummified Monk, the temple is fairly typical and a place where local people come daily to make merit and pray. Visitors are welcome to join or observe the daily rituals and have a look around.
Hin Lad Waterfall temple is set in an evergreen tropical jungle just before the trail up to the famous Hin Lad Waterfall, a few kilometres south of Nathon Town.
The temple is open all year round but the waterfall is best visited during rainy season so you can take a dip in the large and small freshwater pools. Bring along bottle of water and a good pair of walking shoes as the hike up to the fall will take about 20-30 minutes.