SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

Summer is quickly upon us which means getting those summer vacation plans in place. I usually pick my destination on two simple criteria – 1. Is there a beach? and 2. Does it have a Starwood property option? After having traveled frequently for work over the past 10 years and being finicky about bathrooms and bedding, The W Hotel has been my favorite Starwood brand in both comfort and style. Last year, I hit the jackpot of all Ws, when I visited the W Retreat in Koh Samui (I shared snapshots here and here). Expecting a remote and quiet resort, I was pleasantly surprised by its modern aesthetic. Though tropical, it had a great urban vibe with graffiti art and quirky fixtures. If it got to be too urban, I could always retreat back to my room or on the beach to beautiful, and more traditional, views. If the scenery wasn’t enough, the staff here are the absolute best – courteous and caring – really making the stay special. Now after all this reminiscing, the real question is what destination will it be this summer?  Suggestions?

SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

[Wall art by Alec Monopoly – Madonna and Robert De Niro]

SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

[More wall art – Jack Nicholson]

SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

[Wall of poodles by the bar]

SEE LARK!K | W Retreat Koh Samui

[Sweet treats welcoming us to our “home”]

SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

[A more traditional view – lounge chairs on the beach]

SEE LARK! | W Retreat Koh Samui

[Floating lounge]

Note: This is not an advertisement for Starwood or W Hotels, I just really love the hotel!

7 thoughts on “W Retreat Koh Samui

  1. Those are two important questions! I love the caribbean myself and the beach is a must. I’m pretty picky when it comes to hotels as well especially when we travel with our little one. I’d love to go back to Hawaii but we’re heading to Puerto Rico in a little over a month and we have a few other trips in the works for the summer! Exciting! I’m sure wherever you go you’ll have an awesome time.

  2. I don’t know if I have any recommendations, but that artwork combined with sweets and the floating lounge have definitely piqued my interest in this place. I’ve never heard of them before! I wonder if there are any Starwood or W Hotels in Canada…hmmm.

  3. This looks amazing! I want to go tomorrow! For a beach vacation I always love going to Rosemary Beach – the water is amazing, and the sand is like powder. I can’t ask for more. xo

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