No matter where you go in the world, the expectation of romance on Valentine’s Day will follow. Koh Samui is the perfect setting for a wedding proposal, an anniversary, a belated honeymoon or just because you want some time away with your loved one.
Most of the best of Koh Samui can be enjoyed as a couple, but here are a few things that might be specifically tailored to couples and romance.
Start the day in blissful luxury in one of the island’s many spa resorts, or add a panoramic view by getting a couples massage on the beach. One popular place is Zazen Boutique Resort (taken from the Japanese word for “to find inner peace”) where couples enjoy a three hour treatment which includes a healing hot stones massage for her and a four hands massage for him, followed by anti-aging facials for both. The Cyan Spa in the Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, is also a popular destination with a wide variety of treatments and a Jacuzzi overlooking Bophut Bay and Koh Phangan. Good Thai massages are available anywhere on the island and most resorts will offer a package massage for two people. That said, a side-by-side massage on the beach is just as good, and possibly cheaper than a resort. Some cheeky masseuses will even insist you hold hands during the treatment.
Cruises are a good way of exploring Koh Samui and nearby islands by sea, but under the gentle glow of the setting sun they take on a more romantic allure. The Red Baron, a traditional sailing junk yacht, departs from The Fisherman’s Village every Monday and Friday at 4:30pm for the Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise. It sails along all the beaches of Koh Samui and offers a dinner buffet on board while the sun gently dips below the horizon. The Samui Ocean Sports and Yacht Centre also has skippered sailing yachts that can be chartered for a sunset cruise. The Viva 2 and the Sanora in particular are perfect for a couple of people (maybe on their honeymoon). Both include drinks, snacks and pit stops for swimming and snorkelling.
Places to Eat
No romantic evening is complete without an delicious dinner to either start or compliment the whole experience. There are many good restaurants to suit budget, taste in food or desired atmosphere. These options, however, may make the evening extra special. Located near to Big Buddha, Le Jaroen French/Thai fusion restaurant is like stepping into the colonial era. The restaurant is set amongst a turn-of-the-century Oriental aromatic products trading company, several European, Chinese and Local colonial style buildings and is surrounded by frangipani trees, hanging Chinese lanterns and overlooks the palm-tree lined beach. Clearly, the location is perfect, but the food is the main attraction on a romantic evening. The mouth-watering Butter Poached Atlantic Lobster comes very highly recommended. It is servedwith Granny Smith green apple and fennel presse plus strawberry gazpacho. Diners have also raved about the Wagyu Beef Cheeks braised for 6 hours with a Port wine sherry vinegar glaze, celery root pistachio mousseline and young vegetables. Those are just two of the delicious dishes on the menu for the perfect Valentine’s dinner.
Once in a Blue Moon
As the name suggests, a dining experience like this does not come around very often. Brought to you by the team at Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui, this is that rare, perfect moment to show someone how much you love them. It is a table for two set on a secluded beach accessible only by boat or secret staircase, under the shade of the palm trees whilst the gentle crashing of the waves serenades you. The only light you’ll see is from the moon, the stars, the candles and the tiki torches. The menu is designed by executive chef, Alex Garés, and there are options of Thai or Western cuisine, served by a personal butler. The evening ends with the couple releasing floating lanterns into the sky for good fortune.