Akatsuki Resort is the latest property to open on the scenic western coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Taking the exclusive resort experience to a new level in combining 5-star facilities of a luxury resort with the exclusivity, flexibility and comfort of a private home.
Tucked away on the secluded and picturesque Lipa Noi Beach, the luxurious new resort accommodates group bookings for 15 guests at a time, or 17 at capacity. It has already been hailed by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the island’s newest “five star, super stylish, private places.”
The resort is available for private use only, and comes complete with 4 pools, onsite spa, concierge team, accomplished private chef, personal guide, driver and butler, as well as numerous entertainment and relaxation spaces.
UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION
Akatsuki is the mastermind of Tokyo based architect Riccardo Tossani who has fully integrated the philosophy of “living with nature” into the design of the property.
The basic concept is intuitive to the site’s local culture, climate and locality, and results in a design that is stylish and functional yet luxurious with minimal dependence on artificial energy. It is built entirely from recycled wood, and uses natural ventilation and shade for optimum guest comfort.
Akatsuki sits on a beach facing five rock islands across a lagoon: a series of infinity pools cascade down from a grand entrance pavilion to the beach lawn, with private habitation and amenity pavilions either side, reflecting the ocean view beyond.
Its five individually-styled suites are each self contained, allowing exceptional privacy for guests. Each has its own unique design features and is named after a Japanese element that reflects the zen-like nature of the design.
Akatsuki also features three main pavilions for communal use: the ‘Dining Pavilion’ with large outside deck overlooking the beach, the ‘Theater Pavillion’ equipped with a state of the art home theater sound system suitable for entertaining and small business meetings, and the ‘Living Pavillion’ for relaxation, decorated with sofas and cushion-laded cabanas. A fourth small Pavilion or sala is poolside and provides a breezy shaded resting place.
LUXURIOUS FACILITIES AND METICULOUS SERVICES
Akatsuki has its own private spa, A-Spa, offering a wide menu of pampering and relaxation for body and soul – from massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. Treatments can also be in the privacy of suites if preferred.
An experienced management and concierge team is dedicated to helping organise any events guests might desire from private beach picnics and dinner parties to boat cruises, fishing expeditions or local shopping.
Khun Olive is the resort’s personal chef skilled in a wide range of cuisines including Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. She boasts 15 years of experience and prepares exquisite meals rivaling the best hotel restaurants on the island according to personal request –served in a choice of indoor or outdoor dining locations.
As a self-contained private resort with top class catering services, Akatsuki is capable of hosting events from wedding receptions, to birthday parties, anniversaries and product launches to off-site meetings and incentives for small companies.
Despite its tranquil location, Akatsuki is only 20 minutes from the main shopping and entertainment area of Koh Samui, Chaweng, and major tourist attractions. It is one of Thailand’s newest golf destinations with two championship courses, Santiburi Samui Country Club and Royal Samui Golf & Country Club, and the 9 hole, par 3 Bophut Hills Country Club.
Prices at Akatsuki vary depending on the season and number of guests in a party. Its soft opening price is from USD2,000 per night, equivalent to USD200 per person based on 10 sharing and is valid until 31st December 2011.
Akatsuki Resort is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.