Santiburi Koh Samui, the five-star retreat on Samui’s stunning north shore, is embracing the natural essence of Thailand’s “Coconut Island” with a series of organic spa therapies and culinary offerings that showcase the diverse and delectable qualities of the coconut – and give back to the local community.
Koh Samui is known as the “Coconut Island” for good reason; with more than three million palm trees, coconut production is the island’s second largest industry behind tourism. These versatile plants have sustained life on Samui for centuries, providing a vital source of food, refreshment, medication, shelter, art and more. Many islanders still depend on coconuts for their livelihoods today.
A haven of sustainability and certified carbon-neutral resort, Santiburi Koh Samui is nestled amid a 23-acre plantation with nearly 900 palm trees of its own. These groves form a key part of the resort’s environmental ethos, while also providing employment for a team of local gardeners and farmers. Santiburi Koh Samui is proud to be a major producer and purchaser of Samui’s coconuts, which it buys direct from the community.
Under the unique Lèn Be Well programme, the benefits of the coconut are woven into every element of the guest experience. Whether travellers are seeking adventure, culture, romance, family time or simple relaxation, this humble tropical ingredient can underpin every journey.
Fresh coconuts are not only delicious and refreshing; they are also highly nutritious. Coconuts have been proven to help prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar levels and even reduce the risk of heart disease. The team of talented chefs at Santiburi Koh Samui uses organic coconuts in many ways, from an ice-cold drink by the poolside to a sumptuous southern Thai curry at Sala Thai restaurant, or a romantic dessert topped with shaved coconut – the options are almost endless. Visitors with a passion for gastronomy and sustainability can take a tour of the onsite organic gardens and see how the resort grows its own fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, before learning how to create delicious Thai cuisine in a cooking class.