Off the coast of Thailand, the island of Koh Samui radiates with vibrant history, thriving artistic culture, and captivating natural sights in a beautifully serene destination. Join W Retreat & Spa – Koh Samui Insider Zita on a tour of W’s exclusive island experiences as she highlights the best places to see, explore, adventure, and escape.
Discover daring Japanese cuisine at Namu. Fusing the freshest seafood available with epicurean excellence, contemporary décor, and indoor or outdoor seating, it offers a truly dazzling dining experience.
Energize with fresh juices, smoothies, custom cocktails, and inventive Thai cuisine at the nutritious and artistic Tonic Bar.
Some of the island’s dense jungle can only be accessed by elephants whose feet are specially adapted for jungle surfaces. Explore the jungle on the safety of the large, sure‐footed creature that knows it best with tours through the Samui jungle on the way to a picturesque waterfall.
Koh Samui bungee jumping is becoming a popular activity for adrenaline junkies around the world. 50 meters high above a deep plunge pool in the heart of Chaweng, this drop is not for the light hearted. The brave (or insane) can choose between individual jumps, tandem jumps, and even submersion jumps that end with a dunk in the pool.
Wat Phra yai, built in 1972, is the home of Koh Samui’s most famous landmark: the Big Buddha. Most visitors come to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable statue at some point during their holiday. Visible from several kilometers away and even from the air or boat when arriving on or leaving the island, the 12 meter tall golden image stands proud. Climb up to the golden Buddha here you see some great views of Koh Samui’s north long beach.
Known as the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks due to their close resemblance to male and female anatomies, the story goes that an old couple’s boat wrecked and sunk in the bay, where their bodies washed ashore and created some strange, graphic formations. Whatever their origin may be, these rocks make for a prime selfie backdrop.
For centuries, the people of Koh Samui have had monkeys as allies that climb the trees to pick ripe nuts on coconut plantations. Until the advent of tourism, coconuts were the island’s main industry, so these industrious little animals were greatly prized. In the outdoor theatre, monkeys display their incredible dexterity. Sip on a coconut and watch our primate ancestors play.