9 Gems, Opens on Koh Samui, luxury lounge restaurant

9 Lounge Gems Restaurant

9 Gems Samui

9 Gems is a new lounge restaurant located on a hill about four kilometers from main town Chaweng with spectacular views across the Chaweng and Chaweng Lake. The lounge restaurant is a high class luxury style with modern innovated style. Vibrant lighting and a chilled out atmosphere, the 9 Gems is a lounge restaurant designed to perfection for the ultimate relaxation venue. The 9 Gems has a selection of exciting cocktails and an excellent selection of fusion foods and tapas to awaken your taste buds. A pool side restaurant, alfresco lounge,a private dining area on a rooftop terrace with 360º views of Koh Samui and Personalized service to make the experience a special one.

The 9 Gems also has some very high quality villas that are designed with superb décor and have all the modern amenities to make these villas a dream stay. A personal butler and all the best facilities the 9 Gems has to offer are part of the excellent services to these villas. The 9 Gems can also be hired as a private venue for weddings, corporate events, business meetings and private parties. See more on 9 Gems


Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Wins 5 Awards 2010

Kamalaya Spa Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa has been named as one of the top five favourite destintaion spas in the world by the Spa Magazine 2010’s Silver Sage Readers Choice awards. This is the fifth spa industry award that Kamalaya Spa has recieved this year.The four citations came from The 7th Annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010, The 4th Annual TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010, SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards 2010 and the 8th Annual Thailand Tourism Awards. The awards began on the 27th September at the 8th Thailand Tourism Awards 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Karina and her husband, John Stewart (Kamalaya co-founder) accepted the ‘Award for Outsatnding Performance for Health Tourism Destination Spa – Nationwide’. Kamalayas awards continued a week later, Ocotber the 4th in London at the 4th Annual TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010  where Karina accepted the TATLER 2010 Award for ‘Enduring Excellence’ on behalf of Kamalaya. These honored awards are only given to five spas around the world and Kamalaya was praised for its prominent consistency in sustaining the highest standars of excellence since its opening.

Ocotber 14th. just 10 days later another award cam from the 7th Annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010in conjunction with the Wellness Summit in Singapore. Kamalaya was named the ‘Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Wellness  Center’ for the second year in a row.Kamalaya also made it as one of the three finalists in the ‘Best Destination Spa’ catergory, and also made it into the catergory ‘Best Wellness Retreat’

Ocotber 19th SpaFinder, The Global Spa resource, awarded Kamalaya five prizes for the second year runningin the SpaFinder Readers ‘Choice Awards 2010’ SpaFinder announced that Kamalya had won all five prestigious Readers Awards for ‘Favorite Spa in Thailand/Asia’ , ‘Best Cuisine’ , ‘Best for Mind-Body-Spirit’ , ‘Best Interior Design’ And ‘Best for Weight Loss’

Kamalaya Spa is located in Koh Samui, Thailand. See Kamalaya Spa

Koh Samui Weather

Koh Samui weather has been has been pleasent the last few weeks .Over the past week the weather has been hitting the all the news stations across Thailand and probably the world, because of the heavy rain. The death toll has risen to seven people as the Central and Northern parts of Thailand are hit by huge floods.  Although we are now in the rainy season some places handle the rainfall very well and other places do not. Here in Koh Samui, after a big down pour the roads around Samui suffer. And it can be very difficult to get around, especially on a motorbike.

But I have to mention that the big resorts on the Island cope with these sudden down pours very well. Koh Samui weather  really does get away with allot of the heavy rain. Reason being, its an Island and the weather system of Thailand and its rainy season struggles to make a big impact on Koh Samui. An Island with water all round it seems to fight back at the weather system creating its own unique weather patterns. Yes we get rain here in Samui, and sometimes very bad, but most of the time it drops a good amount of water then brightens up for the rest of the day. Many times we see the rains hit us hard and then bright sun and blue sky is upon us. So where ever you maybe in Thailand, Samui weather  always has some great sunshine for its beautiful beaches. So check out the weather here on Samui.

Best of the best high end top quality resorts on Koh Samui, Thailand

Many think that Thailand is a cheap and cheerful place to backpack or have a cheap money saving holiday. Although this is still true and on a small budget you can live very well and have a great time. Places like Phuket and Koh Samui are fast becoming the places that you can spend a lot of money and have some of the best luxuries that Thailand has to offer regarding accommodation. Koh Samui is an Island in the Gulf of Thailand and is one of Thailands number one tourist destinations, with its sister Island only 30mins away by boat, that being Koh Phangan the full moon party Island, makes a Koh Samui very unique because it offers so much opportunity to change the style of your holiday.

A relaxing holiday is what Koh Samui is all about and this Coconut Island can give you that very easily. Just an hour away by flight from Bangkok, this Island awaits you to try some of the best spa resorts in Thailand. Four and Five star hotels can be found all over Thailand and over the past five years Koh Samui has seen an increase in of these kind of luxury hotels spa resorts establish themselves as the best of the best in Thailand. Leading hotel chains from around the world have hotel resorts on Koh Samui and offer the same luxury services and quality as they do in other countries around the world for an even better price. Such places like Karma Spa Resort and Kamalaya offer a unique experience of pure relaxation and quality service. At very high price these resorts put a memory in your mind and will want you to want more of what they give in the way of service and comfort at their spa resorts. Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa – Located just outside Chaweng, these are beautiful villas with a spa resort.

Some well-known five star resorts are The Library Centara Grand Beach Resort , New Star Beach Resort and Langham Place Samui At Lamai Beach

You can find many more spa resorts here at Koh Samui Hotels.

Koh Samui Hotels on a budget

Koh Samui has been a favorite destination of international tourists for a many years now. Not all the visitors to this paradise island have means to stay in luxury hotels; some find even mid-range hotels too expensive. Budget hotels in Koh Samui Thailand are especially meant for those tourists who want to enjoy the island’s offering without burning their pockets. Listed here are a few among them.

1. Orchid Residence

2. First Sea View Samui Hotel

3. Full Moon Bungalows

4. The Passage

5. Samui Mermaid Resort

Choose a budget hotel in Koh Samui Thailand to have a vacation of your dreams.

Six Senses Sila Evason Hideaway and Spa in Koh Samui

The luxuriously appointed Six Senses Hideaway Samui is set around a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island amongst 20-acres of indigenous vegetation that ensures maximum privacy while offering uninterrupted, breathtaking panoramas to the Gulf of Siam and outlying islands.

The Room Facilities at Sila Evason Hideaway and Spa in Koh Samui in this resort is a in the form of Pool villas, Hideaway villas, Pool villa suites and the presidential suites. There are almost 66 villas in this resort which has private swimming pools and other good facilities for its boarders.

The Room Facilities at Sila Evason Hideaway and Spa in Koh Samuihas the facility of outdoor showers, tea and coffee making machines, bathroom basins, internet facilities day beds which are large and unique in structure, writing desks for the professionals and readers. There is Dining table which is located in a place where the scenic surrounding can be viewed. The CD player and the television serve as a good entertainment piece for the boarders.

The pool villas have the extra facility of the sun bathing deck, fridge, mini bar and a private garden. The pool villa suites are incorporated with the facility of walk in closets, sala with day bed and a private living room. The rates of all these villas differ according to the rates.

The Room Facilities at Sila Evason Hideaway and Spa in Ko Samui are more in the Presidential villas. The rooms are facilitated with two private bathrooms and two separate bedrooms. The Room Facilities at Sila Evason Hideaway and Spa in Koh Samui are so elaborate that it helps to make the resort the best among all the resorts in Koh Samui.

Stop the drill in Koh Samui

Any holiday makers in the region of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao or in the Surrathani province or any region of Thailand are invited to please join the protest along with local residents and environmentalists on July 31.

‘Kill the Drill’ protest is against the Thai company Nucoastal, a wholly owned subsidiary of UK publicly listed Coastal Energy Company (CEO), that are trying to carry out exploration and drilling about 42km (26 mi) off the resort Island of Koh Samui.

Organized by the Siam Gulf Preservation Network Group (SGPNG), those opposed to the oil exploration concession are hoping more than 30,000 people will link hands in a human chain along Koh Samui’s 52km-long (32 mi) ring-road to send a message to the government that visitors and residents alike are opposed to the oil exploration and drilling.

Opposition to the proposed oil drilling program is gaining momentum, with industry groups such as the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, the Thai Hotels Association (Southern Chapter, East Coast – Samui), the Tourism Association of Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao, the Green Island foundation and various other local community groups represented.

So please join this protest on July 31st and put a stop the the drill.. Please see the Facebook event

Beach Republic Aussie Tour Party

One of Koh Samui’s number one beach destinations the Beach Republic will be hosting a big event on the 25th of July. The have held alot of events over the years at the Beach Republic Ocean Club – Spa and Restaurant.

The Aussie Invasion Tour Pool party is the name of this event and starts on the 25th July at 3pm until 10pm with DJ’s Fiety Girl, Matty G and Matt Magoo.

The Beach Republic is also a luxury resort and Spa to spend a great holiday on Koh Samui.Guests at The Residences are afforded easy access to i’s premier Ocean Club & Restaurant, featuring fine dining, superb wines, fitness room, and the Beach Republic Asian Fusion Spa. Live life as a first class citizen at Beach Republic The Residences.

See Beach Republic

Aussie Invasion Beach Republic

Yoga – Koh Samui

Yoga through meditation works remarkably to accomplish harmony and helps the mind work in synchronization with the body. How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions and conflicts in our mind weigh down heavily upon us?

Stress is the number one suspect affecting all parts of our physical, endocrinal and emotional system. And with the help of yoga this things can be corrected. At the physical level, yoga and yoga poses have proven to be extremely effective for various disorders.

Listed below are just some of the benefits of yoga that you can get.

Benefits of Yoga 1: Yoga is known to amplify flexibility; yoga has postures that trigger the different joints of the body. Including those joints that are not acted upon with regular exercises routines.

Benefits of Yoga 2: Yoga also increases the lubrication of joints, ligament and tendons. The well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.
It has also been found that the body which may have started doing yoga being a inflexible one may experience a quite remarkable flexibility in the end on those parts of the body which have not been consciously worked upon.

Benefits of Yoga 3: Yoga also massages all organs of the body. Yoga is perhaps the only exercise that can work on through your internal organs in a thorough manner, including those that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime.

Benefits of Yoga 4: Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.
One of the far-reaching benefits of yoga is the uncanny sense of awareness that it develops in the practitioner of an impending health disorder or infection.

Benefits of Yoga 5: yoga offers a total detoxification of the body. It gently stretches the muscles and joints as we as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body.

Benefits of Yoga 6: Yoga helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny of your body as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

Benefits of Yoga 7: yoga is also an excellent way to tone your muscles. Muscles which have been flaccid and weak are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess fats and flaccidity.

But these enormous physical benefits are just a “side effect” of this powerful practice. What yoga does is harmonize the mind with the body and these results in real quantum benefits.

It is now an open secret that the will of the mind has enabled people to achieve extraordinary physical feats, which proves beyond doubt the mind and body connection.

In fact yoga = meditation, because both work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit which can lead to an experience of eternal bliss that you can only feel through yoga. The meditative practices through yoga help in achieving an emotional balance through detachment.

This in turn creates a extraordinary calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the physical health of the body.

One of the best resorts on Koh Samui is Kamalaya for yoga.