Samui Wining & Dining
LUXURY BY DESIGN
X2 Koh Samui - A Spa Retreat boasts the very best of restaurants and spas.

X2 Koh Samui - A Spa Retreat boasts the very best of restaurants and spas.Even the most frequent vacationers tend to be wowed by what’s offered by X2 (pronounced ‘cross to’). The laid-back resort, to be found in the very south of the island, away from all the bustle of other areas is a complete oasis, secluded, tranquil and above all intimate – ideal if you want to wind down and chill for a while. X2 Koh Samui - A Spa Retreat, despite its complex name, is a place that oozes an uncluttered, uncomplicated chic. It’s decidedly luxurious yet with clean, almost minimalist lines. It’s part of the X2 group, a boutique range of holiday resorts, villas and apartments. The resort on Samui offers stellar accommodation, dining and spa treatments.

          

You’ll find 26 deluxe villas here, with 23 of them having their very own private pool. All come with a butler, who’s there to help guests throughout their stay. This definitely adds to the sense of relaxation here. The atmosphere at the resort is a crucial part of what X2 is about. As with most holiday venues, the accent is definitely on having a laid-back time. After all, you’ve no doubt come to Samui to chill out. But X2 takes things further - a lot further. Where else can you find spa treatments – whole packages too – included as a complimentary part of your stay? That’s what happens at X2. If you’re staying, you have unlimited spa treatments and packages, all of them free of charge – they’re seen as an integral part of the stay. Therefore it’s no surprise that the guests look so relaxed here. Naturally, X2 also welcomes outside guests, who pay a very reasonable price for treatments.

          

You’re in excellent hands at the spa. Highly qualified masseuses will leave you feeling blissed out after treatments which cover a pleasing range of spa services. Enjoy a herbal steam session, the perfect way to begin a journey into some very deep relaxation – the massages that follow, no matter which one you choose, will ease away tensions and leave you feeling bright and ready for the world again. Masseuses will tailor the massage to your wishes and needs, too. Try the allencompassing X2 Signature Massage,X2 Koh Samui - A Spa Retreat boasts the very best of restaurants and spas. which combines aromatherapy and traditional Thai practices such as a herbal compress massage. Or there’s even a full-day package, the X2 Wellness Program with a full variety of massages as well as herbal steam, aromatherapy massage and a body wrap. That’s some serious pampering!

          

4K Restaurant and Bar, meanwhile, is attracting many diners – and not just those staying in the resort itself – with a unique Thai and international menu. 4K (pronounced ‘fork’) looks out over the beach, and is an open-sided delight. The combined lunch and dinner menu is the work of two chefs and a very professional culinary team. Order from the printed menu, or still better via the restaurant app, which gives you the chance to see a photograph of every dish and drink that’s on offer. Halal food, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options also exist. You’ll also find afternoon tea and a range of tapas. For wines, you’ll find a very pleasing selection as well as aperitifs and cocktails. In addition to local and imported beers, there are also Thai craft beers.

          

Breakfast at X2 can be eaten in the dining room, but there’s an option that guests particularly love. Called X2 Floating Breakfast, it lives up to its name: it literally floats, and in the privacy of your own pool. Everything is placed on a generously-sized wooden tray that you can take in the pool with you while you relax in the water. As with the dining room,38-3 breakfast times are languid and long - anytime between 7:00 am and 11:00 am. Ideal for honeymooners and anyone who’s aquatically-minded.

          

For lunch or dinner there are two barbecue sets, focussing on land and sea respectively. For meats, a tempting array of chicken, lamb, pork and Wagyu beef awaits, grilled to perfection. A range of sauces accompanies these dishes, as well as plenty of vegetables and side dishes. The seafood barbecue meanwhile features freshly-caught fish from local waters and along with some imports from elsewhere. Check out the tiger prawn, calamari, seabass and lobster from Phuket. For either option two desserts complete the medley.

          

For a particularly romantic time, you can arrange a candlelit dinner on the beach, complete with a specially prepared gazebo and a range of dishes, all from a special menu. Just remember to phone ahead and discuss your requirements.

          

Various themes and activities pepper the week at X2, adding to the enjoyment of being here. Monday is Thai boxing, Tuesday is yoga, Wednesday features a Thai cooking class and on Thursdays the general manager presents cocktails followed by the highlight seafood barbecue extravaganza. And once or twice a month there may be a special party or event, too.

          

X2 is all about the meld of luxury and well-being. For a restaurant and a spa that both go well beyond the usual offerings, let X2 spoil you with its standout services and setting, and be prepared to feel utterly indulged. With X2 being an increasingly well-known brand, there’s much to look forward to as this forward-thinking group refines and expands its operations. Come and check out X2 for yourself and you’ll definitely see how different it is.

          

Dimitri Waring


 


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