Akaryn Samui to Open in February 2012

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Akaryn Samui, the latest venture by Anchalika Kijkanakorn, will open in February 2012.

The new resort is located on Koh Samui's Hanuman Bay, a pristine crescent cove with a 500m powder sand beach, flanked by dramatic granite outcrops at each end and nestled between the golden bays of Cheong Mon to its north, and the bright lights of Chaweng to its south. It is just seven minutes drive from Samui International Airport.

"It really is Koh Samui's best-kept secret, said Ms Kijkanakorn. "I fell in love with it the minute I saw it, and that's when my vision for Akaryn was born. There's no other beach like it on the island. It feels so removed and private that it's hard to believe it's such a short drive to the airport ... A unique setting requires a new approach. We are the first resort to be built at Hanuman Bay. That's why in creating Akaryn Samui, it was vital to design every detail to complement the bay's natural beauty and integrate it into the guest experience ... For example, there was a huge old sea almond tree right on the bay almost at the high tide line. We have made that the heart and soul of the resort, and designed the pool and chill-out deck around it, so it's a place where people can really connect, given that the rest of the experience is so private. The main pool is rather special too: it's done in black lava rock, and we have found a way to simulate the shimmering effect of phosphorescence in the ocean. Part of the pool features Samui's coolest submerged bar, The Wet Bar. You'd be hard pressed to find a better place to kick back with a cocktail and soak in the sunset."

The Akaryn Samui features 34 stand-alone pool suites, five of them absolute beachfront, each an expansive 80 sqm, as well as 18 100 sqm villas with 8m private pools. Standard features include LCD large screen TV, iPod and iDock with a large movie and music library, naturally sourced amenities from AHMS's exclusive Spa IV, and 430-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Apart from The Wet Bar, Akaryn Samui's food and beverage options include The Edge, with international all day dining on the waterfront, tapas at Ochos, Royal Thai cuisine complemented by fresh seafood at The Legend, and a selection of brews at The Tea Salon.

Other facilities and amenities include 24-hour room service, a spa, free wi-fi throughout the resort, yoga classes, an extensive book, film and music library, and Galleria, a stylish boutique.

Akaryn Samui is the fourth property in Ms Kijkanakorn's Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) portfolio, following the recent launch of the 62-room, 4-star akyra Chura Samui resort at Chaweng Beach. She is also the founder and owner of the Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi and Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga resorts, and the driving force behind the Pure Blue Foundation, a marine conservation charity.

Introductory rates at the Akaryn Samui start from THB 7,000 (US$ 245). Terms and conditions apply. 

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