If you've been following Euriental for a while, you'll have seen the photos I shared last year of this paradisiacal resort in Koh Samui. A 45 minute drive from the airport, a driver takes you up, up, up - higher and higher up the island until you reach a narrow, steep road where a man in uniform halts the car. He mumbles something into a walkie talkie and when he gets the go-ahead, waves you on through with a broad smile on his face. The car chugs further uphill until you reach the top and pull into the check in area of the Conrad Koh Samui. A cool breeze, the ocean stretching out infinitely before you and four islands dotted in a row in the near distance. It's a view that never gets old.
So of course, we returned. We were given the room right next to our previous one (how nostalgic that felt!), close enough to walk down to breakfast and happy hour on the deck, as well as within walking distance to the gym and main pool (in most other cases you have to call for buggies everywhere, as the paths are incredibly steep and there is a lot of distance between rooms and public areas).
Even if you're staying elsewhere in Koh Samui, if you wish one evening to indulge in a romantic meal I would recommend the Conrad's fine dining restaurant, Jahn. My God, they make the best Tom Yum Goong (hot and sour soup) I've ever had in my life, complete with a little show of pouring the liquid into a teapot of herbs and condiments, letting it brew and then pouring it from the pot into your bowl. Fantastic. They also do an amazing Pad Thai - not in your usual comfort food style, but three noodle filled egg nests with a scallop, prawn and lobster tail sitting atop each one. Can you imagine a version more delightful?
Staying only three days is always perfect for me - enough time to really relax and enjoy having nothing on the agenda before getting itchy feet. It's also just a short enough time that upon checking out, I was already dreaming of the next time I would return.