We talk a lot here at Thailand Musings about dating and marriage, but not much about what happens after the marriage, namely the honeymoon. This post is an attempt to start to fill that gap.
I admit that while we had our honeymoon on Koh Samet (due to time constraints mainly), if I had to do it again I would definitely consider a Koh Samui honeymoon.
If you aren’t already familiar with Koh Samui, it is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast and near Surat Thani. It has become quite famous as a backpacker hangout in the past, however is increasingly becoming more upscale over the past decade. It’s no wonder that people choose Koh Samui as a marriage and honeymoon location with its tropical weather, stunning white sands and azure blue water it really is a romantic paradise.
Koh Samui is quite easy to get to from Bangkok making for another reason that it has become popular as a honeymoon destination in Thailand. Both trains and buses make the trip from Bangkok to Surat Thani or Chumphon on a daily basis where you can get a ferry or speedboat service to Koh Samui. Even better, you can get a direct flight from Bangkok to Samui International Airport, which opened in 1989 and is considered to be one of the most beautiful airports in the world, designed in harmony with the gorgeous natural surroundings. What better way to start your romantic Koh Samui honeymoon than by arriving at the most beautiful airport in the world.
Most beautiful airport
Because Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful islands in a nation full of beautiful islands, it’s not surprising that many of the resorts offer marriage ceremonies (yes marriages in Thailand are recognized as legal in most countries) as well as honeymoon packages. Below are three excellent resorts and their offerings:
Samui Zazen – This resort could be one of the best on Koh Samui and has twice been recognized as such by Trip Advisor (in 2008 2010). They offer stunning natural scenery along with all the expected honeymoon frills; moon-lit walks on the beach, champagne in your room, sea side candle lit dinners, spa packages and couples massages as well as special tours of the nearby islands and adventure packages. Best of all is the fact that they offer the ability to purchase gift certificates, which means your wedding guests have the ability to give you honeymoon gifts as well. Samui Zazen also has dedicated wedding and honeymoon planners on staff to help make your Koh Samui honeymoon absolutely perfect and unforgettable.
Sandalwood Luxury Villas – Sandalwood Villas also offers special packages for marriages and honeymoons on Koh Samui, including welcome drinks, complimentary wine, candle lit dinners and a lover’s spa package. Also voted a top pick in 2010 by Trip Advisor the rooms at Sandalwood come with stunning views of the mountains and the Gulf of Thailand and the Villas have infinity pools overlooking the sea that are magnificent. Dinner at the Sandalwood restaurant is sublime and for those couples who enjoy cooking together there is a special cooking class for couples where you learn to prepare the perfect romantic Thai dinner from shopping to dessert!
Rocky Resort – While I’m not sure I would pick a resort with “Rocky” in the name for my honeymoon (bad karma?), Rocky Resort might change my mind about that. With absolutely stunning views, beach side couples massages and a romantic candle lit dinner for two overlooking the Gulf of Thailand it’s hard not to think of love at Rocky’s. You can also enjoy private half and full day spa treatments and sunset cruises to make even the most unromantic person melt.
Whether you get married in Thailand or in your home country a Koh Samui honeymoon is a great way to create memories of this special time that will last you the rest of your lives. While I may have missed the boat the first time around I believe a second honeymoon on Samui is definitely in order for one of our upcoming anniversaries (assuming we can get the in-laws to watch Alivia).