Kimpton Kitalay Samui, the first resort in South East Asia under IHG’s global luxury boutique brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. This highly-anticipated opening promises a differentiated stay with its take on the Samui way of life, through the brand’s signature heartfelt service, locally-loved restaurants and bars and distinct design approach to create one-of-a-kind spaces that infuse local culture with modern sophistication.
The resort’s name is derived from two Thai words: ‘kita’, which means ‘song’ or ‘singing’, and ‘lay’, which translates to ‘sea’ and encapsulates the spirit of the local community. ‘Kitalay’ is thus a joyous ode by Kimpton celebrating the siren song of the sea as well as the warmth of human connection and community in an idyllic escape, and this is woven into every aspect of the resort.
Located on Choengmon Beach in the northeast of Koh Samui and just minutes away from the Koh Samui International Airport, Kimpton Kitalay Samui will be the island’s only village-styled oceanfront resort. Tranquility and privacy will be easy to find as the resort occupies a quiet cove along the pristine beach, far from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng.
“Koh Samui is renowned for its breath-taking beauty and village living, and this inspires the immersive guest experiences – our take on Samui’s way of life, at the resort. We will also offer Kimpton’s signature perks including a nightly-hosted Social Hour, the brand’s industry-leading pet-friendly attitude with our Kimpton Pets Programme, and an approachable luxury experience fuelled by a team who champions heartfelt, human connections,” said Michael Janssen, General Manager, Kimpton Kitalay Samui.
From playful and sophisticated design to award-winning restaurants and bars, Kimpton is known for creating immersive guest experiences that foster genuine human connections. Standing upon double-tiered, stiltsuspended platforms, the resort will conjure the romance of a village intimately connected to the sea through an enchanting fusion of contemporary design and traditional accents.
Local Thai design agency, P49 Deesign, brings this to life through rustic wooden elements from repurposed driftwood, nostalgic veranda-style features and timeless accents such as local artwork by Thai artisans. Earthy palettes and wave-inspired terrace furnishings lend rustic character to the 138 design-led rooms and pool villas, complemented by interwoven Thai basketry motifs on the bathroom floors and local artwork upon the walls. Plush handwoven robes, in-room beach picnic baskets and an elevated bath experience with the resort’s signature sea salt and patchouli-scented bath amenities by HARNN await guests within.
First-class food and beverage programmes play a big part in Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants across the world. Kimpton Kitalay Samui boasts five distinct and immersive dining venues. Consider LANAI Bar & Lounge a new kind of library – it offers a journey of discovery through finely-curated coffees including Thai single origin coffee, artisanal teas and locally-produced spirits. FishHouse Restaurant & Bar is an elevated all-day beach house dining with its range of classic seafood flavours as well as innovative seafood bao buns or local-inspired spicy nam jim sauce. Guests can also look forward to lounging at SHADES Ocean Lounge and Pool Bar for refreshing poolside cocktails and beach events, dine at the Thai lifestyle café, Boho, or partake in freshly baked fun at HOM Baking Company with its extensive range of creative baked goods, confectionery, specialty teas and cold press juices.
The resort also offers a spa facility and Junio, its one-of-a-kind Kids’ Club. Pimãanda by HARNN graciously pampers for those seeking to unwind and relax with sea-inspired elements, such as its signature treatment, “Paradise of Wondrous Sea”. Inspired by the Manora dance dramas of the southern provinces of Thailand, it begins with the Kasi Thara Bath Ritual before moving onto a natural pearl body scrub that readies the skin for the Trio of Bliss, a warm oil massage that combines three massage techniques. For the young and bold, Junio is a 500sqm split-level club inspired by a buzzing seaside port. Designed for authentic play experiences, active exploration and adventure, it will also feature a thoughtful selection of stimulating, non-tech activities to engage
young minds and let their imaginations set sail.
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