Outrigger Koh Samui Resort and Spa
The 81-suite and villa Outrigger Resort and Spa is located on the Koh Samui island’s Bophut Bay, a laid-back stretch of sand 20 minutes from the island’s major city, Chaweng, and 10 minutes from Koh Samui International Airport. Accommodations are spread throughout the property—some are beachfront while others are tucked away in the resort’s lush gardens—and all have wood-paneled ceilings and four-poster beds. (For a splurge, request a villa with a private plunge pool and 24-hour butler.) Meanwhile, masseuses at the property’s spa, the Navasana Wellness Center, focus on Thailand’s renowned holistic treatments. The property also has three oceanfront pools, two restaurants (one of which focuses on authentic regional cuisine), and even a cooking school. For a Thai immersion experience, opt for a one- to five-day session with the resort’s executive chefs.