Meliá Koh Samui is pulling out all the stops to mark its first Christmas and New Year with jolly good cheer, ushering in experiences ranging from tropical barbeques around beach bonfires and all-day tapas to lighting up a large Christmas tree, a visit by Santa Claus and plenty of Christmas activities for the kids.
With the festive season fast-approaching, the beachfront resort will host exquisite events including a cocktail party, four-course Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas and New Year’s buffet brunches, a New Year’s Eve gala dinner buffet and more from Dec. 19 until Jan. 3.
“Here overlooking secluded Choeng Mon Beach, we won’t be saying hello to Jack Frost but we will be celebrating our resort’s very first, albeit tropical, Christmas,” said the resort’s general manager Ernesto Osuna. “There’ll be something for everyone that sparkles, whether that’s time for the kids with a gift-toting Santa and our adorable mascot Coco, cocktails and a DJ spinning the decks for the adults, or live entertainment for all.”
The festive program begins with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 19 from 6.30-7pm amid the resort’s lush tropical gardens and lagoon pool. To a backdrop of Christmas carols, the management team will host a complementary cocktail party with free-flow canapes and wine for in-house guests.
From 7-9pm Spanish and Italian tapas will be served on the sand deck dotted with sun loungers and bean bags, nestled between the two-level infinity pool and the beach. Complemented by live music, the tapas night pays tribute to the unique Mediterranean way of life.
Guests will head to the resort’s beach on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 for a tropical beach barbeque brimming with fresh seafood and replete with a bonfire, fire twirling show and live music from 7-10pm.
On Christmas Eve a four-course Western dinner with Canadian lobster and Australian grain-fed tenderloin crafted by executive chef Azizskandar Awang, who has won a string of coveted awards during his 20-year career including the prestigious Chef Hotelier of the Year award at the Hotelier Awards Asia, will be served at Breeza Beach Restaurant and Bar.
Santa Claus is coming to town on Dec. 25, arriving at Christmas Day brunch from 12-4pm by the picture-perfect infinity pool to hand out treats to the kids. Guests will indulge the likes of whole roasted turkey, Christmas ham, oysters, gravlax, rock lobster, and Christmas pudding, to the strains of a saxophonist and DJ.
The merriment will continue for Family Day and Boxing Day on Dec. 26 with all-day tapas on offer by the infinity pool from 11am-6pm. The resort’s elephant mascot Coco will entertain the kids and treat them to cotton candy, as family games are held outdoors to take advantage of the island’s balmy weather.
Housed in a colourful refurbished teak wood merchant vessel, adjacent to a playground and mini-waterpark, the Kidsdom Kid’s Club will host a multitude of Christmas activities for the children throughout the festive season such as decorating gingerbread men, designing festive jewelry, face and body painting, and making Christmas cards and other arts and crafts such as cotton ball snowmen, paper snowflakes and egg carton reindeer.
On the last day of 2020, the resort will host a gala dinner buffet under the stars at the beach, on the sun deck and around the infinity pool. The buffet’s Mediterranean and Thai fare will include a whole roasted pig, Iberico lamb, foie gras and plenty more before guests ring in the new year and decade ahead to live music, a DJ spinning tunes and a riot of colour as fireworks light up the skies.
To start 2021 auspiciously, guests have the opportunity to offer up food prepared by the resort in advance and receive blessings in return from Saffron-robed monks, who will file past the resort’s sand deck as part of a traditional Buddhist alms ceremony from 6.30am on Jan. 1.
On Jan. 3 a New Year’s brunch, brimming with delicacies such as Norwegian Salmon Wellington with dill hollandaise, grilled rock lobster with creamy mushrooms au gratin, and braised lamb shanks with ras el hanout and couscous with seven vegetables, will be held at Breeza Beach Restaurant and Bar from 12-4pm, accompanied by a saxophonist and DJ.
Other world-class facilities at Meliá Koh Samui include YHI Spa, a swim-up bar, an executive lounge, KoKo Kitchen, a fitness centre, and ballroom and conference facilities.
As part of its “New Year Offer” for room bookings from Dec. 25 – Jan. 3, the resort is offering room rates from 4,444 Thai Baht (USD 150) nett and a second room with a 50% discount. Rates are inclusive of 7% tax, 10% service charge and daily breakfast for two, as well as free dining from the kid’s menu for one child under 12 years.
The New Year Offer promotion also includes complimentary daily activities for the kids, 30% off YHI Spa treatments and 30% off food and beverage at the resort’s dining outlets, including the Christmas Day Brunch, all-day tapas on Dec. 26, beach barbecue on Dec. 28, the New Year’s Eve gala dinner buffet, and the New Year’s brunch on Jan. 3. The promotion can be used in conjunction with the ‘Rao Tiew Duay Kan’ and ‘Expat Travel Bonus’ campaigns.