Kimpton Kitalay Samui, the first resort in South East Asia for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury boutique brand, has officially opened its doors. We take a look at its distinctive design showcasing its take on the Samui way of life…
Located on Choengmon Beach in the northeast of Koh Samui, Kimpton Kitalay Samui will be the island’s newest luxury beachfront resort. Tranquillity and privacy will be easy to find as the resort occupies a quiet cove along the pristine beach, far from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng. The resort’s name is derived from two Thai words: ‘kita’, which means ‘song’ or ‘singing’, and ‘lay’, which translates to ‘sea’ and encapsulates the spirit of the local community. ‘Kitalay’ is thus a joyous ode celebrating the song of the sea.
“Koh Samui is renowned for its breath-taking beauty and village living, and this inspires the immersive guest experiences – our take on the return of Samui’s way of life, at the resort,” said Michael Janssen, General Manager, Kimpton Kitalay Samui. “We are also offering Kimpton’s signature perks including a nightly-hosted Social Hour, the brand’s industry-leading Kimpton Pets Programme, and an approachable luxury experience fuelled by a team who champions heartfelt, human connections.”
Standing on double-tiered, stilt-suspended platforms, the resort is an enchanting fusion of contemporary design and traditional accents. Local Thai design agency, P49 Deesign integrated rustic wooden elements from repurposed driftwood, nostalgic veranda-style features and timeless accents such as local artwork by Thai artisans. Earthy palettes and wave-inspired terrace furnishings lend a rustic character to the 138 guestrooms and pool villas, complemented by interwoven Thai basketry motifs on the bathroom floors and local artwork upon the walls.
Within the rooms, handwoven ocean blue cotton robes are custom designed by local Samui tailors. An elevated bath experience in the oversized-bathtub awaits with the resort’s signature sea salt and patchouli-scented bath amenities by HARNN including bath bombs, bath salts and milk baths.
With connection and wellness top of mind, Pimãanda by HARNN is the perfect treatment for those seeking to restore balance, with its 14-step spa ritual, or its signature treatment, ‘Paradise of Wondrous Sea’. Apart from a 24-hour gym, guests can also enjoy a refreshing dip in the resort’s outdoor pool, or their own private pools located within the villas, or try Rue Sri Dad Ton, a Thai Hermit’s programme which teaches self-stretching and body manipulation poses that boosts energy and harmonises minds.
First-class food and beverage programmes play a big part in Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants across the world. Kimpton Kitalay Samui is no exception and boasts five distinct and immersive dining venues. The Lanai offers guests a journey of discovery through finely curated coffees including Thai single origin coffee, artisanal teas and locally-produced spirits. Fish House is an elevated all-day beach house dining with its range of classic seafood flavours as well as innovative seafood bao buns or local-inspired spicy nam jim sauce. Guests can also look forward to lounging at SHADES Ocean Lounge and Pool Bar for refreshing poolside cocktails and beach events, dine at the Thai lifestyle café, Boho, or partake in freshly baked fun at HOM Baking Company with its extensive range of creative baked goods, confectionery, specialty teas and cold press juices.
The resort’s lifestyle programming which continues to be part of Kimpton’s DNA, delivers memorable experiences, starting with a morning kickstart experience to Kimpton’s Social Hour, where the brand’s vision to enable human connection comes to life as guests mingle with locals. Not forgetting the furry guests, Kimpton Kitalay Samui’s Pets Programme will delight with special amenities and treats, and even a pet spa experience.
Inspired by the buzzing seaside port, Junio is the 500 square-metre, split-level Kids Club at Kimpton Kitalay Samui designed for interaction, creative play and active exploration, Little guests can learn new skills like tie-dye, coconut leave weaving or roll up their sleeves for a day tending to plants and growing their own sprouts at the resort’s Herbs Garden.
The brands debut in this tropical paradise is all about the warmth of human connection and sense of community which are woven into the fabric of an idyllic escape and intertwine into every aspect of the resort through references to the stories and culture of the island’s fishing village.
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