The story of Koh Samui (or just Samui as the locals call it) is a peaceful one. Being isolated from mainland Thailand for most of its inhabited life, the Island remains relatively self-sufficient and truly another world.
Up until the 90s you’d have been lucky to rustle up some backpacker accom. or a quaint bungalow, but times have changed. If your ideal luxury destination is synonymous with good design, you’ll find it hard to go past X2 resort in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Despite representing the best in ‘luxury’ accompaniments, there’s a playful air about X2 Koh Samui. The name ‘X2’ is pronounced ‘cross to’ (as in ‘cross to another world’), and the onsite restaurant and bar, 4K (pronounced ‘fork’), cleverly continues this nod to the texting generation.
Aimed at a funky, cosmopolitan crowd, the resort shuns a fussy, extravagant vibe in favour of a simple, harmonious aesthetic designed to ‘satisfy the spirit’.
The 27 minimalist villas, sprinkled among the palms, range from Pool, Garden or Suite Garden to the extravagant Owner’s Villa: complete privacy without feeling isolated.
Each designer villa comes with the usual high-speed internet, flat screen TV and music and movie library. To top that off, nearly all villas boast their own private swimming pool and terrace garden
You can generally get flights to Koh Samui’s international aiport for less than AUD$1000
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