There are plenty of luxury, family friendly resorts on the Thai island of Koh Samui. We’ve checked out the Anantara Bophut, the InterContinental and a great deal of private villas. Today we return to the granddaddy of them all, the Four Seasons Koh Samui. Despite its ubiquitous presence, Four Seasons has still cleverly retained aspirational brand level, the hotel chain we always dream to stay at. Their Koh Samui property is located in the northwest corner of the island, approx. 30 minutes from the airport. Celine loved her first visit so much that she returned over Easter week for 10 days with her 3 boys, Edouard 7, Hugo 5 and Arthur 2,5. She shares her tips below…
We went over Easter week for 10 days, gorgeous weather overall, not burning hot, just one storm towards the end which was probably THE highlight of the trip for my boys who spent about 6 hours body boarding on that day.
How did you book the trip?
As we were returning customers I did book directly through the “manager” and they happily gave me a better rate than the internet (and than a luxury travel agency who was supposed to have the best rates around, so always worth asking directly!)
We booked the family villa which is I believe quite undersold on the website: they say something like a separate sleeping area for kids making it sound like a small corner. It is actually a proper 2 bedroom villa and the sleeping corner fits 3 single beds easily. Note that if you book through the website and try 3 kids, the villa won’t come up as it is supposed to fit 2 adults and 2 kids. They are not very fussy about the third one as long as you are not squeezing in 3 big teenagers. Our package included bed and breakfast for everyone, although in our case kids (under 9) are not charged for breakfast.
All villas have private pools that can be secured for kids if needed
Did you request anything from your accommodation in advance?
We did request a third bed and a villa down the hill to be closer to the beach and pool. Later on we requested a fourth bed to have the option to have the little one sleep either with us or with his brothers and it was sorted within 10 minutes.
How was the flight?
Flying direct from Hong Kong there’s not much choice. In fact one choice, Bangkok Airways! Bear in mind there is no inflight entertainment so tablets are a good bet. The flight is only 2.5 hrs
How far was the Four Seasons from Samui Airport? Did you arrange airport transfer in advance?
Hotel is about 30min drive. We did arrange the Four Seasons transfer – overpriced but so convenient!
How was your room?
As expected as we were there 2 years ago. Massive master bedroom with ensuite bathroom that is also ensuite for the kids area, huge outdoor area with pool.
How were the hotel facilities?
The pool is a 50m long infinity pool looking right over the beach, stunning and so is the bar that comes with it.
According to my husband the gym is amazing, I focused on the spa which was great, I loved my massage.
It’s Four Seasons so the facilities were all top notch.
How’s the beach?
Beach is nice although I dont think any beach in Samui is breathtaking. They have paddle boards, body boards, catamaran, pedalos, beach toys for the kids and snorkelling / scuba diving gears
How was the Kids Club?
We are huge fans of Four Seasons Kids Club and this one did not disappoint… the kids were actually begging to go. Since we last visited, they’ve moved it down to the beach in some kind of treehouse which is super cute with an indoor and outdoor area.
Every day was filled with fun activities, all different from candle making to t shirt painting, cooking , batik painting, pottery, crab hunting, soccer games everything. TV was never on except during the storm and on the allocated movie slot twice a week. The babysitters were awesome and knew all the kids around, and they were a lot over Easter. Given the setup, kids can actually go in and out the Kids Club by themselves as long as the parents allow it, which is also super nice as they can just hang out there for 1 hour if they are bored by the pool and come back for a swim with the parents when they feel like it. My 7 and 5yo absolutely loved the independence.
Easter day was another huge hit. Massive egg hunt on the beach with the day filled with easter activities; Easter buffet for kids at lunchtime, just amazing.
On Sundays they also have a swimming instructor, super cool ozzie guy, who comes and organize pool game and kind of swimming lesson for the kids in the main pool.
Kids are supposed to be 4 and above to be left unaccompanied, they took our 2,5yo with no problem at all as long as he was happy to stay with his brothers and if the place was not too busy.
How was the food at the Four Seasons?
The food was amazing. There are 3 food options with menus changing every 3 days : Thai, French mediterranean and Mexican fusion. All delicious.
They also have a rum bar and private BBQ options
Kids under 5 usually eat for free, given the age of our 7,5 and 2.5 we did not quite debate on the bill as we were usually ordering 2 dishes for 3, portions are big. They would cook anything for the kids, prices are fairly reasonnable (7-8 usd for a big plate) and they dont really charge when they ask randomly for an icecream, a banana or a cookie.
Did you do any excursions?
No totally pathetic, we did not leave the place for 10 days!
What tips would you have for someone planning the same holiday?
Make a cash transfer before you go. It does not come cheap especially for 10 days but the whole experience was absolutely AMAZING. The level of service was over the top, every staff member would knew my kids and that they were mine (there could be a reason for that but they made plenty of friends and the staff was the same with all the kids!).
Four seasons has a phone app that you download before your stay. It’s basically a butler in your bag. You ask something through the tchat, they know who you are, where you are and sort it out in 10min : tested and approved with buggy, room service, babysitter, cocktail on the beach and even the pick up of an antibiotic cream I forgot which was brought to my sunlounger 30min after asking for it on the tchat.
On the storm day were my 2 munchkin went in the water to bodyboard, the lifeguard went in with them (I did not ask for anything) and spent 2 hours helping my youngest to catch the waves.
I honestly cannot find a single thing I could fault them on, so somehow you absolutely get what you pay for.
Note that if you want a family villa on Easter week, I believe they only have 4-5 and they are, all things considered, a pretty good deal for families of 4-5 (I think they come about 25% more expensive than regular room for 2), book long in advance… we actually put an option a year in advance.
Would you return?
I hope so! Fabulous getaway in the region