If your perfect honeymoon involves never being more than a few metres from lapping waves and warm sand, head to Koh Samui, one of the biggest islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
The mere mention of the island conjures up images of palm fringed beaches and dramatic mountainscapes blanketed in rainforest, but the island is home to so much more.
Chaweng Town is the bustling heart of the island – it’s where you’ll find everything from colourful watering holes to smart cocktail bars as well as restaurants and Thai boxing matches. Check in with nature on an elephant trek or hop aboard a speedboat to the Angthong Marine National Park, the stuff of daydreams.
All this means Koh Samui is hugely popular with tourists, but if you want to avoid masses of selfie-stick clutching crowds on your honeymoon, you’ll discover a personal paradise waiting at The Conrad Koh Samui.
Positioned on a secluded hill on the southwest tip of the island, The Conrad Koh Samui comprises a collection of one-bedroom luxury villas as well as 2- and 3-bedroom luxury villas in its exclusive residential wing.
Spread over 25 acres, you’ll have unrivalled views of stunning sunsets, outlying islands and surrounding coconut plantations.
Imagine waking from the comfort of a super king bed, slipping into a private infinity pool and gazing at a vision of tropical perfection before a personal butler brings your morning coffee. Sound like heaven? It’s reality at The Conrad Koh Samui.
The one-bed private luxury villas boast all of the above, along with ocean or water views.
The Conrad’s dining options match the resort’s luxe standards.
There’s a selection of five on-site restaurants and bars, with everything from the finest contemporary Thai and pan-Asian specialties to perfectly charred bites hot from the grill.
Best for newlyweds is the stunning Jahn (left), which has seats for just 28 guests in its exclusive candle-lit dining room.
The Conrad places a huge emphasis on R&R, with a spa that offers no less than 10 treatment suites, perfect to unwind in on your own or side-by-side.
The award-winning spa includes a VIP suite with a plunge pool, spacious tub and steam room as well as a deck with 270-degree views of the sparkling Gulf.
THAI THE KNOT
If you’ve always dreamed of jetting away for your Big Day, why not hold your dream destination wedding at The Conrad Koh Samui, which can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Keep things low-key by exchanging vows on the beach or go big on drama with the resort's signature wedding facilities including a transparent stage for the wedding ceremony.
WHERE: Koh Samui, Thailand
FLIGHT TIME FROM UK: 13h 35min
CURRENCY: Thai Baht (THB)