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Conrad, Koh Samui


After a week of torrential rain in Hong Kong we were more than ready for our sun soaked tropical trip. We managed to get a direct flight to Koh Samui and taxi it 45 minutes to the most southern tip of the island where the Conrad, Koh Samui resort was nestled into the hillside. No towns or villages for miles around, it really is remote as can be. Exactly what I had been craving this last 6 months. We landed in our home for the next 8 days on a Saturday night. Just as we entered the villa and stepped onto the terrace, fireworks erupted across the sky from the beach below us. It was quite the welcome and certainly blew away any cobwebs that were left behind after the flight. The next morning we awoke to breakfast on the terrace; the sun was already up and the temperature 30 degrees which we learned pretty much stays like this all through the night, sun up or down, the air is hot and humid, making it perfect for sitting on the terrace at night without needing to change out of your swimsuit. The incredible design of our villa meant that you didn’t see or hear anyone else on the island; even though you were nestled in amongst each other, it felt like your own tropical paradise. Just an infinity pool overlooking the sea with 4 perfect mini islands in view. Thailand has around 400 islands surrounding it, on a clear day we counted 30 in our view from the swimming pool alone. It was truly like looking at a postcard every time you looked up, impossible not to get lost in its beauty. 


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As you can tell I was completely transfixed by the array of tropical plants on the resort. In London I try in vain to keep plants of this nature in my basement flat and they’re dead within the year if I am lucky. Walking around the island (or golf buggy-ing up those steep hills) you have three different restaurants; Jahn, Azzure and Zest, as well as lounges for cocktails and sunset bathing, a spa, a pool, a gym, and of course a private beach. Every morning I seemed to be awake with the dawn and went running up the super steep hills. This actually helped me stay in great shape over the trip and I looked forward to my routine each morning of trotting down to breakfast and enjoying whatever took my fancy that day after the HIT session. They had so much on offer, whether it was making eggs of your choice fresh, or choosing from the array of fruits, pastries, yoghurts and jams; my biggest discovery two days before the end of the trip was the coconut jam with natural yoghurt. It was like crack to me! SO good – any recommendations of where to find this in London, hit me up please. They also had any number of fish, curry’s, noodles, dim sum. Literally how is a girl to choose?! After that it was back up to the suite for pool lounging, catching up on my reading and more view staring. 

Andrew and I made a pact to lock our phones in the safe for three days to truly switch off, we didn’t quite manage to be this dramatic but we did hardly touch them for the duration of the week. On the second day we went up to the spa close to our villa and had a full body scrub to prepare our skin for the tanning to come; as well as a traditional thai massage where they walk on your back and bend you into all kinds of amazing positions. It’s like yoga without having to move! All whilst looking out over that insane turquoise blue. All throughout the trip you really felt like everything had been taken into consideration with regards to getting back to nature; the layout of the resort meant that you hardly saw anyone else, and you could wonder around under the canopy of tropical foliage, day dreaming and watching out for butterflies and dragonflies landing and soaking up the sun, all on route to finding a fresh coconut to indulge in. All very important stuff. Seriously though it’s important to take a break sometimes from working life and take a trip somewhere magical like Conrad, Koh Samui. I feel so light since the trip like a weight of stress has been lifted off my shoulders (maybe that was helped by the incredible Thai massage too?). Whilst we did manage to spend half the trip lounging by the pool, we actually got some work done. With high speed internet all throughout the resort you were only ever a click away from that inbox. I could seriously get used to working in these conditions that’s for sure. 

Wearing: Charlie May raw silk shirt, silk wrap skirt, Prada shirt with Fabletics bra, Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo slip dress with Jenni Kayne pointed flats and Blyszak sunglasses,

all shot at the Conrad, Koh Samui resort, Thailand

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  2. Omg, that looks stunning!!

  3. Such an amazing place – haven’t seen such a nice resort in a while!
    xx. Mirjam

  4. woow, so beautiful photos :)


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