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Magazine Latitudes | Nikki Beach, on the other side of Samui

KOH SAMUI 

Nikki Beach, on the other

side of Samui

Latitudes team

2 January 2017

Wisely located at the heart of the amazing cove of Lipa Noi, on the west side of the island that has still been spared the unchecked urbanization that is out of control on the opposite coast, since 2009 the Nikki Beach Koh Samui has been welcoming vacationers who want to find a rest and enjoyment at the same time in a luxurious but relaxing environment.

In 1998, inspired by his success in the luxury restaurant and holiday sector, the american entrepreneur Jack Penrod decided to launch an innovative concept: a beach club associated with a lavish restaurant on legendary South Beach in Miami. Almost twenty years later, the Nikki Beach brand, named in honor of his daughter, numbers sixteen open-air clubs constantly open on the heavenly beaches of four continents, where a customer base of beautiful people comes to enjoy itself, relax, and eat. Three of them also offer to host you in luxurious resorts, at Porto Heli in Greece, Bodrum in Turkey, and for the good fortune of tourists and people living in Thailand, at Koh Samui.

To reach Nikki Beach Samui, you take a calm small road surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. With little traffic and especially discreet, it makes a change from the agitated atmosphere of Chaweng or Lamai. Lipa Noi, besides, is considered to be the best-kept secret on the island by the locals… Then you reach the resort, a little like Alice going through the looking glass, through a pavilion with modern design mainly made of glass, which invites the light. The courteous and enthusiastic staff, which can express itself in five languages, including Chinese and French, takes care of checking you in while you enjoy a delicious fresh fruit juice sitting comfortably on a sofa.

Nikki in Wonderland

After this engaging and relaxing atmosphere, you can set out to discover this five-star resort, which is divided into three sections dedicated to amusements and hospitality. Once you pass the reception, a patio surrounded by small shops, a café, and a gym stretches all the way to the beach club restaurant, with its boomerang-shaped swimming pool. Luxurious villas and suites hold their place in an ideal décor mainly consisting of the fabulous pool, with a length of more than 75 meters. They all manage to take advantage of the environment while maintaining complete intimacy, thanks to large glass windows equipped with shutters and curtains. The interior design is sober and elegant: dark wood and exposed stone help create an exotic and modern ambient. The sumptuous bathroom inlaid with marble, with its Italian-style rainfall shower, invites you to relax while making use of its Aromatherapy bath supplies. The decoration of the room, with its delicate range of beige and gray shades, hosts a multitude of black and white portraits on its walls featuring movie stars from the 1960’s. An original way to add a touch of relaxation while maintaining perfect harmony among the elements.

DJ Boost?

At the heart of the resort, an inspired DJ in his booth plays house music for the clubbers who are sipping on cocktails or champagne, curled up on large and soft mattresses. For a long time, the Nikki Beach Club has raised the art of service on the beach to a real science: mojitos, champagne, cigars, or fusion cuisine are brought to you so efficiently that you don’t even really need to get out of the water. There are even underwater loudspeakers for those who want to dance in the swimming pool.
The pool party lasts until the amazing sunset, when one last mix sounds the hour to return to the facilities of the luxurious boutique hotel placed around the Beach club. The hotel organizes all sorts of events, especially the sumptuous Sunday brunches, which are famous for their buffets and their festive atmosphere, set to the rhythm
of the elite international DJs who tour from one Nikki hotel to the other.

Those who prefer simply to enjoy the turquoise ocean in order to relax can naturally choose to position themselves at a slight distance and settle in a quieter corner at the edge of the garden, from which they have direct access to a sublime crescent-shaped beach: white sand and crystal-clear blue water, between the palm trees and the sea breeze, this little piece of heaven straight from a postcard will offer you an unforgettable view of the Gulf of Thailand.

www.nikkibeachhotels.com/koh-samui

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