KOH SAMUI, Thailand

Marking its debut on the Eastern coast of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the newest addition to its collection of properties with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui combines the brand's legendary service with the spirit of Thai hospitality and Samui island life culture.

"Known for its charm and pristine natural beauty, Koh Samui is a favorite destination for travelers,” said Herve Humler, president and COO, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “An island sanctuary amid breathtaking and diverse beauty, this resort is an exceptional blend of both The Ritz-Carlton and Thai cultures and fulfills our mission to offer inspiring new memories in sought-after locations. We are confident that The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will make a valuable contribution to the long-term success of this destination."

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui offers 175 suites and pool villas nestled amid 58 acres that overlook the waters of The Gulf of Thailand. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the resort pays homage to its past through the extensive use of coconut and other natural materials such as ceramics.

The oceanfront resort includes four smaller meeting rooms and additional event space.

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui features Spa Village Koh Samui, a 40,000-square-foot haven, complete with eight treatment suites, three massage pavilions, a yoga pavilion, health bar and a lap pool with cabanas.

The hotel's culinary offerings reflect Koh Samui's destination across seven dining experiences including Pak Tai, offering fine dining interpretations of traditional southern Thai cuisine with views over the swim reef from its secluded individual dining terraces. Additional venues include Shook!, a stylish interactive dining space serving innovative Asian and Western dishes complemented by fine wines; Sea Salt, offering international classics and Thai favorites in a relaxed dining atmosphere; and Tides, an ideal spot to unwind with a refreshing cocktail.

With its circular bar and lounge, One Rai offers cocktails and Asian-inspired small bites. Additionally, on select days Baan Talat, offers an outdoor food market with street food stalls, dancing and crafts.

To further draw guests into the local culture, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui has curated some of the best authentic southern Thai experiences to explore and experience, including the Muay Thai Gym with its indoor kickboxing ring, where guests can learn the martial art of Muay Thai (or “The Art of Eight Limbs”) with trained instructors. Additionally, guests can sign up for a journey to a local market to source seasonal produce, followed by a class to unlock secrets of southern Thai cooking.

The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui also offers a one-of-a-kind temperate Swim Reef within the resort that teems with over 50 species of fish. It is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, and offers unique snorkeling and fish-feeding experiences. The Swim Reef also features expansive facilities including two white sand beaches, a beach-side resort pool, a water sports center and two floodlit tennis courts.