|When we arrived on Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s largest islands and most popular tourist destinations, we were greeted with an onslaught of solicitation for cab rides and goods for sale at the ferry port. Thankfully, Elephant Hills arranged for a private driver to shuttle us 45 minutes away and to the other side of the island where we checked into a 5 star Sheraton on the beach. We passed through the nightlife that this island is famous for and really felt like we have left the serenity of the jungle and the peaceful way of life in China.
WOW! I felt as if my eyes were deceiving me when my dad woke me up to check out the sunrise from our 2nd floor balcony right on the ocean! As we left our room and checked out the property, we were so excited to be enjoying the next five days at this amazing and peaceful location away from the hectic and crazy “party scene” of Koh Samui. Our four and a half days of island life were so nice! Each day started with an unreal breakfast buffet…The choices were endless and we surely took advantage as it was included with our room. We ate very healthy amounts and skipped lunch as the hotel food options were crazy American pricing. Thankfully, my dad researched Trip Advisor (our travel companion), and found a fantastic local Thai place three doors down from the resort. We actually ate almost all of our meals there. On our second night, we went to Chaweng Central and walked around the market and mall areas and couldn’t resist a Burger Bar. Burgers in Asia are more like meatloaf than a traditional burger., I can’t wait to go to Five Guys when we get home! After an hour or so of walking around the nasty massage parlors, questionable restaurants, and dirty bars offering drink specials, we were excited to return back to our resort paradise.
Each day after breakfast, we went to the tennis court and warmed up casually (took about 15 seconds in the 100 degree heat). Our training session was intense but awesome! The court was the fastest court I have ever played on. My dad said it was like a basketball court he used to play tennis on as a kid. He promised me that this feeling of being late to hit the ball (which eventually went away after a couple days) would be a great reference for me in the future! One of the days, the hotel’s recreation director/tennis pro, brought us fruit, towels and extra water. He asked if he could stay and watch and then after speaking with him, we hit a few together. He was a very basic player, good enough to hit with a beginner but not a high level tennis player. My dad ended up giving him a lesson and he was most thankful, lol. After our full sweat workouts, we raced to the beach and pool and enjoyed a true luxurious tropical retreat. A couple of the days the waves were huge and we went body surfing until exhaustion! Our pool was literally right on the sand with extremely comfortable lounge chairs and futon beds, perfect for a nap!
Koh Samui was a great break from the tight schedule we had in China and with the packed full Elephant Hills activities. The crystal blue waters and soft sandy beaches will be remembered for a long time!