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Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for our honeymoon, and it was amazing from pre-arrival to check out. Bernice and Preeya helped us book activities and transportation from the airport to the hotel. They were very responsive and answered all the questions that we had. When we arrived at the airport, we were taken in a car that had scented, cold towels and chilled water. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by the Ladies and Gentlemen of the hotel. They quickly took our bags and walked us up to the Arrival Pavilion. It was quite breathtaking and a great first impression of the property. Daniel assisted with our check in, while we were given coconut water and more cold towels. Honey from the concierge helped confirm a few of our activities and gave us a bouquet of flowers to congratulate us on our marriage.

After we finished the check-in process Daniel and Honey gave us a tour of the property in one of their buggies. The property itself is so beautiful and the pictures online do not do it justice. We were taken to our suite and our luggage was there waiting for us along with a mango cake and champagne. The suite was spacious and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable accompanied by soft sheets. The overhead rain shower was phenomenal with good pressure, and the tub was perfect for a soak.

The hotel grounds are quite large, so they have buggies to take you from place to place. We encountered quite a few employees while riding the buggies, but Chet, Jack, Ton, Oh and Wai were people we met multiple times and each time they were gracious and very polite.

The infinity pool is set against their private beach and grabbing 2 lounge chairs was never an issue. The staff at the pool were attentive and engaging. Newyear, Baow, Teya, Fong, and Pop took care of us every time we were there. Our favorite foods/beverage at Tides, the pool bar, were the ceviche sampler, pork skewer, and watermelon sangria.

Every night there is a cocktail reception at the Arrival Pavilion. There we were welcomed by Max’s big smile while we enjoyed the complimentary wine, beer, and juices with small bites as we watched the sunset.

We had breakfast at Shook! every morning and their breakfast buffet was one of the best buffets we had ever had. The food selection was so large that we always had something new to try. They had everything from waffles and bacon, to congee and made-to-order noodle soup, to lox and bagels. Our favorite feature of the buffet was the fresh juices and coconuts. Everything tasted fresh and not at all like typical buffet food. The best part of Shook! is truly the ladies and gentlemen that work there. Min, Bombz, Fern, Maybee, Queen, Sai, and Pla were there almost every morning so we got to know them all very well. They were all genuine and we could feel that they truly cared about our comfort. We also had a private cooking class with Chef Coco and we learned to make 4 Thai dishes. Dinner at Shook! was equally amazing as we were taken care of by Ruby and Joy. We played board while dined there. The Shook! team treated us like family and by the time we left we were very sad to say goodbye.

Thank you to Honey, Miley, and May at the concierge for helping us book all of our activities and answering all the questions we had. We were there during the NBA Finals and when we asked if we could find somewhere to watch the game, Miley and Honey worked tirelessly to find us options. Unfortunately the game couldn’t be shown internationally online, but Miley and Honey would give us the score updates every time we saw them.

During check-out May and Toey provided a wonderful cap to our extraordinary stay at the hotel. When I asked for a cold towel, another lady (sorry we did not get her name) stated that they didn’t have any at that desk, but we would be able to get some at the Arrival Pavilion. We were very grateful but little did we know she went over to the Arrival Pavilion and had the cold towels ready for us when we got there. AMAZING!

This stay was everything we hoped it would be and more. The ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui have created lifelong guests. We are already planning our next trip back!

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Mahmoud S, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Dear xpo358,

Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this detailed recount of your stay experience with the travel community here on TripAdvisor.

Congratulations once again and thank you for having allowed us the opportunity to be a part of this milestone celebration. Reading through your review, it makes me very proud to know that you had such an exceptional stay experience and were well taken care of by our Ladies and Gentlemen. At The Ritz-Carlton, our highest mission is always to provide our guests with genuine care and comfort, and thrills me to know that as a result of their hard work, our Ladies and Gentlemen have created a guest for life in you both. Your promise of a return is truly the highest compliment we can receive; thank you for that. The team and I look forward to warmly welcoming you home and we’ll be happy to assist with your next holiday’s arrangements whenever you are ready.

Warmest regards,
Mahmoud Skaf
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

The staff was very warm and welcoming. We were greeted by Meow, who was our main point of contact for our entire trip — sort of a personal concierge. Upon arrival, Meow and another staff member handed us a bouquet of roses and a traditional Thai flower garland that smelled divine (it was our honeymoon), as well as some ice cold coconut water and cold towels to help cool us down as we checked in. After helping take pictures of us against the gorgeous backdrop from the check-in lobby, we all hopped on a buggy on a grand tour of the enormous property. They showed us to our upgraded suite, and proceeded to take their shoes off to walk us around inside. That was the moment I knew I’d love it there (I hate wearing shoes indoors). Immediately inside the door, we were surprised at the photos and balloons hanging in the main hall. There was a small cake, champagne on ice, and a bathtub full of rose petals. That was only the beginning.

Our package included the breakfast buffet every morning. Not only did we arrive and check in early (normal time is 3, we checked in at 10), but the staff allowed us to enjoy the breakfast for that morning as well. I had brought a giant pool float with me, for which the staff brought an air pump to the suite, and when we were ready to head to the pool, Meow and Chloe (she was our contact prior to our arrival) came to pick us up in a buggy, and Meow insisted on holding our giant awkward pool float while Chloe drove us down to the main pool. Lunch and dinner were up to us whether we wanted to pay to eat on the resort or venture out to explore the rest of the island. We decided to eat dinner on the property the first night — when we walked down to the beach restaurant for our reservation, we were both pleasantly surprised to find a private table for two set directly on the beach set apart from the restaurant. The staff had spelled out HAPPY HONEYMOON with coals on the sand that they lit on fire for us after our dinner.

We scheduled a couples massage and were able to enjoy their spa facilities, which has a very nice pool and day beds to relax in. The property also has a reef pool with a couple baby sharks and a ton of different species of fish. Think of the real life ocean, but in a giant tank built into the ground that gets cycled with water directly from the ocean every morning. We signed up to do the fish feeding one afternoon, which was really fun, and the staff took photos with a GoPro that they sent us a few days later. Another huge bonus was that normal water sports were free — paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling. And the water was so calm that we were able to paddle board and kayak with ease. Because the property is so large, and all the rooms are up on a large hill overlooking the property and island, there’s a buggy service. Just call down to the front desk or have any staff you run into call one. They practically show up with the snap of a finger.

Overall, yes, honeymoons are special, but Meow, Chloe, and their staff just went above and beyond to make our stay probably one of the most memorable trips we’ve taken.

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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Mahmoud S, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Dear christine o,

Firstly, congratulations and thank you for celebrating this milestone with us here at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui.

While I am delighted to read that you had a relaxing holiday here, enjoying the various recreational activities and dining options, what truly warms my heart is to know that you were well taken care of by Meow and Chloe. At The Ritz-Carlton, we aim to create indelible memories for our guests and I am very proud to know that Meow, Chloe, and our Ladies and Gentlemen were able to curate such a personal experience for you both.

Once again, thank you for your kind words of appreciation. The team and I hope to welcome you back for more wonderful experiences in the future.

Warmest regards,
Mahmoud Skaf
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

My family stayed in the resort for 3D2N and I must say it has been a great experience. It is reputed to be the largest resort in Koh Samui and I have no doubt about that claim!

We were greeted by the friendly staff upon arrival at the resort and the check-in experience has been smooth. One of the staff, Mr M, took us on a buggy ride tour around the resort and we were certainly very impressed with the compound.

We had an ocean view suite room and I must say we are more than impressed with the interior and the view that the room offered us. Definitely a "wow" factor in terms of living experience.

Two slightly unpleasant experience were:

1) the non-arrival of the buggy twice even though we had called in advance for booking notice on both occasions . The resource planning part needs a bit more attention.

2) A couple of power trips which was restored after awhile of waiting

Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints! It's a Ritz experience!

Room Tip: Choose a room on the upper floors for a great view of the ocean. However, be prepared to climb the steps to get the view!
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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Mahmoud S, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Dear teechia,

Thank you for taking the time to share your kind compliments and valuable constructive feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Ocean View Suite you stayed in, along with your overall stay experience, but I am also saddened to learn that you experienced the two concerns shared. Please know that your comments have been shared with the departmental leaders involved and we will take the necessary corrective actions to improve our services for our guests.

As for the power trips, we still in the midst of investigations as we do experience the occasional trips due to disruptions from the island’s supply, but our team is also doing a thorough test on the room you stayed as well to ensure all necessary precautions are taken, preventing future recurrences. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

Should your travels bring you back to Koh Samui, we hope you will think of us and we look forward to warmly welcoming you back for more positive Ritz-Carlton memories.

Warmest regards,
Mahmoud Skaf
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Spent my weekend at the Pool Villa #9206. The Room was spacious, clean, and well-maintained...Ritz-Carlton standard I must say. TRUE Hospitality experienced here was above all standard. Their croissants were one of the best I ever had, and coconut danish was out of the world! Everyone made sure I was having great experience all over the resort. Special thanks to Khun Mohamad Salman, Khun Maria, Khun M, Khun Oh Oh, Khun Bomz, and many of Hotel employees that I could not memorize all the names.

Stayed: June 2018
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Mahmoud S, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Dear Sara N,

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your weekend here with us and that the pool villa, pastries, and also services rendered were up to your expectations. Rest assured that your complements have been shared to Mohamad, Mariia, M, Oh Oh, and Bomz, who have shown you exceptional care during your stay with us. Should your travels bring you back to Koh Samui, we hope you will think of us and we look forward to warmly welcome you back.

Warmest regards,
Mahmoud Skaf
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

We recently stayed at the Ritz Carlton Koh Samui for 10 nights and we would return in a heartbeat.

We visited Koh Samui after a 4 day visit to Hong Kong so after the hustle and bustle we were looking forward to a relaxing break with good food and tranquil surroundings. We had researched several resorts in Koh Samui before we plummed with the Ritz Carlton and we weren’t disappointed.

We stayed in a terrace suite and it was a beautifully designed and comfortable room. It had two sets of sliding partition doors to separate the living area to the front with the bedroom in the middle section and the bathroom to the rear. The individual spaces were of a good size, but when both sets of sliding doors were opened a very large room was created. Next to the living area there was a covered balcony which provided a shaded area to sit and admire the beautiful Koh Samui sunsets. As the bedroom was in the middle section of the room, it was sufficiently far away from the French doors to the balcony and therefore provided a quiet space at bedtimes. Being amongst the widlife is great, but having a quiet night’s sleep is even better!

The resort itself is fairly large and sprawled out, but there are golf carts on hand with drivers to take you to wherever you want to go. We never had any problems in getting around the resort and due to the size there was a large degree of privacy, which allowed my wife and I to properly unwind and relax.

My wife and I are foodies and dining options was a key factor for us when we decided which hotel to book. We love Thai food and we were treated to fantastic meals at the Ritz Carlton.

Breakfast was taken at Shook restaurant and was a buffet style affair that catered a mix of Eastern and Western foods with a couple of cooking stations available for those who liked to have a breakfast cooked to order. The wide variety and availability of food was wonderful. Sometimes resorts in Asia seem to struggle with a nice cup of coffee with good crema, but Ritz Carlton didn’t disappoint. If you like your morning brew, you’ll be happy here.

In terms of evening meals, we dined at Pak Thai (Southern Thai cuisine - a bit more spicy than the typical Thai food but the team will happily dial down the Scoville units on request); Baan Talat (Thai street food - familiar tasty bites such as pad thai, satay skewers and salads and more unusual treats such as mango sticky rice dessert); Sea Salt (Grilled meats and seafood - barbecue flavours and tasty Thai sauces); and Shook (mix of Eastern and Western restaurant style dishes - great staples such as Wagu steak and interesting dishes such as Ceviche). We had wonderful meals each night and the variety of choice meant that we did not become bored of the food.

The facilities at the hotel are spectacular. The main pool is an infinity pool set next to the beach where you can enjoy drinks and snacks whilst watching the sunset or whilst chilling out on a lounger in the wonderful Thai sunshine. There are two beaches, one to the front of the main pool and a more secluded beach to the side of the main pool. My wife and I prefer the beach and we were lucky enough to pretty much have the whole of the secluded beach to ourselves for the entire time that we stayed at the resort.

One of the days we visited the resort spa and enjoyed a coconut based massage and treatment. It was a great experience and at the end of the 2 hour session, my wife and I were almost asleep on our tables, it was very relaxing and zen like indeed. The spa had a very large infinity pool (same size as the main pool if not bigger) with 4 poster bed loungers next to the pool. The spa had a very luxurious feel and we really enjoyed it.

On another occasion, my wife and I took part in the Thai cookery course where Chef Coco took us through a 4 course meal that we had chosen from the relatively extensive list prior to the course. We feasted on our creations and learnt some great tips from Chef Coco to make our attempts at Thai cuisine at home that little bit more authentic and tasty. As foodies, we’d highly recommend the cookery course.

All in all, this was one of the best resorts that my wife and I had stayed at and we can’t wait to visit again. Thank you to Mahmoud, Maria, Mohamed, Jimmy, Bomz, everyone else at Shook and the rest of the resort for making our stay such a wonderful and memorable experience. There was a genuine ethos of nothing was too much trouble for the team to accommodate. We were often asked by others why we did not go on any day trips around the island, our simple response was that the resort had everything we wanted, tranquility, relaxation, great food, drink and facilities and staff that couldn’t do enough for you. Why would you leave?

My parting suggestion to those of you reading this review is that if you’re thinking of a relaxing break on a Thai island, you’ll kick yourself if you did not stay at the Ritz Carlton Koh Samui.

Room Tip: Terrace Suites are great due to the layout of the rooms, you’ll have a quiet night’s sleep.
Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Mahmoud S, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Dear KCKL80,

Thank you for staying with us during your recent visit to Koh Samui and also for taking the time to share you detailed feedback with the travel community here on TripAdvisor.

Our Ladies and Gentlemen and I are overjoyed to know that you and your wife had a wonderful time here with us. At The Ritz-Carlton, we aim to provide our guests with the finest personal service and facilities, and it warms our heart to learn that this was provided to you throughout your experience.

Once again, thank you for having given us the opportunity to take care of you both during your time here in Koh Samui. The team and I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Warmest regards,
Mahmoud Skaf
Area General Manager

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