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Santiburi Koh Samuri goes (coco)nuts for sustainable experiences that support island communities

Santiburi Koh Samui, the five-star retreat on Samui’s stunning north shore, is embracing the natural essence of Thailand’s “Coconut Island” with a series of organic spa therapies and culinary offerings that showcase the diverse and delectable qualities of the coconut – and give back to the local community.
 
Koh Samui is known as the “Coconut Island” for good reason; with more than three million palm trees, coconut production is the island’s second largest industry behind tourism. These versatile plants have sustained life on Samui for centuries, providing a vital source of food, refreshment, medication, shelter, art and more. Many islanders still depend on coconuts for their livelihoods today. 
 
A haven of sustainability and certified carbon-neutral resort, Santiburi Koh Samui is nestled amid a 23-acre plantation with nearly 900 palm trees of its own. These groves form a key part of the resort’s environmental ethos, while also providing employment for a team of local gardeners and farmers. Santiburi Koh Samui is proud to be a major producer and purchaser of Samui’s coconuts, which it buys direct from the community.
 
Under the unique Lèn Be Well programme, the benefits of the coconut are woven into every element of the guest experience. Whether travellers are seeking adventure, culture, romance, family time or simple relaxation, this humble tropical ingredient can underpin every journey.
 
Fresh coconuts are not only delicious and refreshing; they are also highly nutritious. Coconuts have been proven to help prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar levels and even reduce the risk of heart disease. The team of talented chefs at Santiburi Koh Samui uses organic coconuts in many ways, from an ice-cold drink by the poolside to a sumptuous southern Thai curry at Sala Thai restaurant, or a romantic dessert topped with shaved coconut – the options are almost endless. Visitors with a passion for gastronomy and sustainability can take a tour of the onsite organic gardens and see how the resort grows its own fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, before learning how to create delicious Thai cuisine in a cooking class.

Likewise, coconuts have many external health-giving properties; the moisturising oil can soothe the skin and treat blemishes, repair scar tissue and heal mosquito bites, while the shell’s fibres can be used as an exfoliator, and the flesh can be used to create a compress. The highly-skilled therapists at Santiburi Koh Samui’s Lèn Spa offer an extensive menu of coconut-based treatments, including massages, body scrubs, steam treatments, facials and more. Moreover, the coconut-based balms, oils, lotions and scrubs are available to purchase at the spa’s retail area.

Three sublime spa packages are now available that harness the holistic benefits of Samui’s coconuts:

The Samui Gorgeous Package (150 mins, THB 3,990 net) stimulates the senses with a Thai herbal steam bath and coconut body serum, a revitalising ice fountain, a “Samui Gorgeous” body scrub, a candlelit soak with a fresh coconut drink, a 65-minute warm coconut oil massage, and a jade stone facial massage, followed by a free gift.

The Samui Coco Bliss Package (105 mins, THB 1,590 net) is an indulgent offering that showcases the versatility of the coconut. The journey starts with a foot bath and coconut body scrub, before continuing with a coconut shell massage and a signature full-body coconut oil massage. Feeling fully relaxed, guests can then savour a coconut caramel treat.

Finally, the Samui Secret Massage (75 mins, THB 1,590 net) is designed to cool and heal the skin after a long day in the sun, while also relaxing tired muscles. This exquisite package starts with a coconut aroma body massage, which is followed by a coconut cold compress and a skin firming therapy.

We are very happy to work hand-in-hand with local farmers and villagers, not only through our responsible sourcing and purchasing programmes, but also with regular CSR activities. Santiburi Koh Samui is proud to be part of the Coconut Island community,” said Alexandre Frenkel, the resort’s General Manager.

“In many ways, life at Santiburi Koh Samui is a microcosm of life on this exotic island; the coconut is incorporated into all aspects of our operations and experiences. Through Lèn Be Well, our personalised programme of activities, we can weave the many wonders of the coconut into every stay, including epicurean encounters, wellness therapies and eco-conscious adventures. We are very happy to work hand-in-hand with local farmers and villagers, not only through our responsible sourcing and purchasing programmes, but also with regular CSR activities. Santiburi Koh Samui is proud to be part of the Coconut Island community,” said Alexandre Frenkel, the resort’s General Manager.

Santiburi Koh Samui is currently giving all Thai nationals and expats the chance to discover their own personal slice of paradise on Koh Samui’s spectacular north shore, with attractive rates on a wide range of suites and villas, plus an impressive array of extras. Under the “Blissful Vacay” promotion, guests who make a reservation between now and 30th April 2021, and stay before 31st October 2021, will enjoy rates as low as THB 3,900 and a series of attractive benefits.

Every stay includes:
– Daily breakfast for two people.
– Complimentary in-room fresh fruit.
– Complimentary afternoon tea, daily from 16:00-17:00 hrs.
– Complimentary use of the fully-equipped Fitness Center, tennis court, and non-motorised water sports equipment.
– Complimentary shuttle service to Santiburi Samui Country Club.
 
Extra benefits:
– 25% discount on food & beverages and treatments at Lèn Spa (some restrictions apply).
– Stay for a minimum of three nights and receive complimentary transfers from and to Samui International Airport or THB 1,000 resort credit to spend during the stay.
– Two children up to 13 years of age can stay and dine for free.
– Early check-in at 09:00 hrs. and late check-out at 16:00 hrs. (subject to availability).

For more information and reservations, call 077 425 031, use the LINE ID @santiburisamui, or email rsvn@santiburisamui.com. Additional charges will apply for stays between 11th to 14th April 2021. Minimum of 3 nights are required from 12th or 13th April 2021.
 
To learn more about Santiburi Koh Samui, visit santiburisamui.com. Follow Santiburi on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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