Samui Wining & Dining
BRILLIANT BEACHWEAR

Look fantastic in the new line of beachwear from Hansar Samui.


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Beachwear that looks good and is comfortable at the same time. That’s what holidaymakers are all after. And although that sounds like a pretty simple concept, it’s not always that easy to find. You often see people in flat and dull fabrics that hang unattractively off the body, and low-end materials that become rigid and frayed when subjected to the elements. What you need are high-quality fabrics that can withstand the test of time, sun, sea and sand, and yet don’t cost an arm and a leg. Is there such a thing?

       You can easily pick up cheap sarongs and flimsy T-shirts on Samui that will inevitably turn into a faded and fluffy mess after the first wash or accidental pool submersion. But that’s what some people are looking for when they indulge in a spot of bargain hunting in the markets. On the other hand, you’ve got those who prefer a purchase that will still be intact at the end of the holiday. One that they can subsequently wear back home – in the summer months, of course!

        Another reason people look for quality beachwear is if they’re getting it as a gift for someone back home. There are only so many people for whom the perfect present is a singlet with the phrase, “Same same but different.” Or perhaps the old classic Chang beer T-shirt, that somehow has managed to remain a bestseller in Thailand for what must be pushing 20 years now. Sometimes it’s nice to bring back an item that signifies you put a little thought, consideration, and perhaps cash (who are we kidding), into it.

        That’s where the new collection at Hansar Samui comes in. Epitomized by flowing fabrics and summery colours, this beachwear goes above and beyond what you normally expect to find on Samui. Sold in both the gift shop and spa, these items are perfect for those who like to hit the beach in style. The ethos of the collection is based around providing beachwear that’s both chic and summery, so high-quality silk and cotton are recurring materials. The pieces are light wearing but not overly delicate so as to wither after a few uses. Beach dresses and kaftans make up the majority of the line, which are perfect to be worn over bathing suits around the pool or throughout the resort.

         Designer Indra Budiman, who is also the resort’s General Manager, has carefully pitched the price to allow him to source the best materials, while still keeping the cost down. It’s high-end fabrics at affordable prices. The line is essentially for those who want a step up from the cheap market goods without hitting the designer price mark. Indra created the range to offer chic, romantic and timeless beach clothes for ladies to wear during their visit to ‘Hansar’ and also to take home with them at the end of their visit. And it seems to have worked! “They have quickly become a bestseller amongst our guests, and we have had enquiries from other visitors to the island asking where they can get them,” says Indra.

        And so nobody feels left out, there’s both a Hansar Woman and Hansar Man range. But the styling of each is different because, as is the case in most other areas of life, men and women want different things. The women’s line incorporates a lot of bright colours and detailed prints, while the men’s tends to veer more along the lines of cool stripes and subtle tones.

        Just in, is a brand new collection featuring unique hand painting and Indonesian batik prints, an idea implemented by Indra, who’s Indonesian himself. And alongside clothing, there’s now also uniquely designed silver jewellery made by Hansar’s very own specialist jeweller in Bangkok. The pieces all fit in with the line’s aesthetic that echoes stylish holiday cool.

        Hansar itself is a luxury resort and spa and the kind of place where these fabulous pieces look right at home. The beachfront property is located in Bophut, at the end of Fisherman’s Village’s one-way strip. It’s easy to find and even easier to park at.

        LUXSA Spa at Hansar, the site of the second beachwear outlet, is a holistic spa offering an array of treatments, including soothing aromatherapy with pure Thai essential oils, spices and aromas, traditional Thai massage, body wraps, massages and facials using the pure Thai products. The word LUXSA is Sanskrit for a healing philosophy based on the four body elements of earth, water, air and fire, so this is a spa that activates all the senses.

        Whether you’re sauntering past the hotel’s Beach Bar and Pool Deck or grabbing a bite to eat at the ever-stylish H-Bistro restaurant, these clothes will make you feel right on the money. Or, where could be better to show off your new purchases than on the lusciously white sandy beach that sprawls out from the perimeters of the property.

 

 Christina Wylie


 


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