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Adults-only resort on Koh Samui

Akyra Chura Samui has banned kids under the ages of 12 from its resort since the start of November.
Asia One - November 27, 2012
By: Adrian Tay
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Adults-only resort on Koh Samui

Noisy, pesky kids running around the resort can be the last thing you want when you are hoping for a romantic getaway.

With that in mind, Akyra Chura Samui has banned kids under the ages of 12 from its resort since the start of November.

This will allow travellers to have that peaceful, romantic couples' experience.

Situated on the quieter northern stretch of the beach at Chaweng Noi, the resort is just under 10 minutes away from the airport, making it all the more convenient to get to.

Akyra’s Resident Manager Colin Owen Healy said demand had grown quickly for more private, couples-oriented holiday experiences.

This positioning is the brainchild of Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS), the management company founded by boutique hotel aficionado Anchalika Kijkanakorn.

AHMS manages Akyra Chura Samui as well as, owns and operates Akaryn Samui in Hanuman Bay.

Earlier this year, I managed to get a feel of what these two resorts on Koh Samui had to offer.

In 5 minutes you can get from the airport to the beach, enjoying the sun with a drink in your hand, says resident manager of Akyra Chura Samui, Colin Owen Healy.

Akyra resort, located on Chaweng beach, was close to the airport, but yet offers visitors the comforts of a quiet beach getaway.

Akyra together with its sister resort Akaryn are among the latest resorts in Thailand’s Koh Samui island.

Having just celebrated its first anniversary, Akyra can be considered as the ‘younger and hipper’ of the two.

Ideal for couples who want to explore a bit of the island, be close to the ‘party scene’ and yet return to a sanctuary.

Especially more so now with the resort positioning itself as a chic romantic retreat - it has become the first "adults only" resort on Chaweng Beach.

In the day time, the beach stretch also makes for an interesting foray.

The sand bar just outside the resort was the highlight of my stay.

It was an excellent place to soak in the sun and for long walks out to sea.

And if you stand still enough, you will be able to see schools of fish swim right up to your feet.

As one of its owners is Japanese, you would notice that the resort has its roots deep in Japanese influence. It’s the small touches in the layout and interior decorations that make that slight difference.

It also boasts of having one of the best Japanese restaurants, Suikin, along the stretch.

Head chef at Suikin, Goro-san, prepares original Japanese dishes such as Samui rock lobster tempura, light-charred yellow fin tuna and beef steak, foie gras and balsamic miso sauce.

While it is located on the quieter northern stretch of the beach at Chaweng Noi, the resort is not too far away the ‘action’. It is relatively close to the town area, a short 7 minutes from the shopping and nightlife of Chaweng Beach, to which there is a regular resort shuttle service. There you can check out the eventful nightlife.

Just as siblings differ in character, the two sister resorts Akyra and Akaryn both have their own appeal and charm.

In comparison, Akaryn gives you that feel of an older, more sophisticated brother.

Ideal for couples who want to spend quality time with just each other, away from it all.

Located on Hanuman Bay, I would say it’s a place to avoid the crowd.

Akaryn's precise position is 4 minutes south of Choeng Mon Beach where it is set on Hanuman Bay.

This little hideaway is conveniently located just about 10 minutes away from the airport.

Akaryn has 52 villas, basically split into two types – the pool suite (that has a private outdoor Jacuzzi) and the bigger pool villa that comes with your own private pool.

There are two types of views for the pool suites, the sea view (with an awesome seafront facing room) and the garden view.

They come with a simple and cosy layout, and a rather interesting shower area.

There is no bathtub in the suite room, but the outdoor private Jacuzzi is just a step out of the room. Though I wouldn’t recommend getting frisky in there, maybe not till the bushes and shrubbery grow a bit more to aid in cover and concealment.

Same for the pool villa, the private pool is not totally hidden from view yet. But that was when I visited in mid-2012, the shrubbery may have grown by now.

What’s interesting about the pool suite is that there’s this rather interesting egg-shaped bathtub right in the middle of the bedroom. I bet some amount of plumbing ingenuity must have been done to make this happen. You really have to see it to believe it.

Akaryn has its own private beach. While secluded and isolated, I would say it’s really nothing to shout about. The sand is course, so I would recommend footwear if you want to explore it.

My favourite spot in the entire resort is under this huge sea almond tree, located on raised platform just beside the beach.

I could literally chill out there for hours. The beanbag chairs places there was an interesting touch by the resort. It made me not want to get up at all.

The dining options are not bad, with beachfront Edge Restaurant providing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus of Thai and international dishes. The view for the restaurant is fantastic. In the day time, there’s an unobstructed view of the ocean and once during dinner we managed to catch some fireworks let off from another part of the beach some distance away.

There’s also the Legend which serves Royal Thai Cuisine for lunch and dinner.

The latest culinary delight to the resort would be the newly opened Spanish-inspired Ochos. The signature restaurant opened in September.

When I was at the resort in June, Alex Castaldi, 34, the resident manager at Akaryn told me then that the yet-to-be opened Spanish restaurant would offer revolutionary Spanish food, prepared by an award-winning chef and showcase a three million baht show kitchen.

That may just be reason enough for a return visit.

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