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Hyatt Regency Koh Samui's big reveal

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui near Chaweng opens its doors in July.

The Thai island of Koh Samui welcomes a début international hotel brand this month.

Hyatt Regency Koh Samui, a family-friendly property set on eight acres of private coastline near Chaweng, is now ready for its big reveal ahead of a July opening.

This is Hyatt’s debut on the island and management admit it is a tough time to be opening a property.

“The pandemic has been a challenging time for Koh Samui, as it has for the entire tourism industry in Thailand,” said Adrian Pulido, the resort’s general manager. “That’s why we are so delighted to debut with such a special resort.”

The project is a collaboration between Hyatt, Office of Bangkok Architecture and August Design and PLandscaping. It offers 140 rooms just ten minutes from the airline’s international airport and the longest lobby on the island.

Inside a beachfront pool villa.

Rooms boast ocean views and amenities include a huge pool zone with a collection of pools cascading down the mountainside resort from the main pool on the upper deck. They include a lap pool, plunge pool, family pool with a whirlpool and kids’ pool with a slide, which eventually cascade down to the beach.

Kids can enjoy Camp Hyatt with supervised play, activities and movie nights.

Parents can relax at the five-treatment room spa with two couples’ suites with a private deck and outdoor tub.

Accommodation includes guest rooms, suites and villas with private balconies and ocean views. Selected rooms include access to Regency Club privileges and there are an additional seven beachfront pool villas.

The resort's showpiece lobby.

Dining facilities include four bars and restaurants; Yangna offers all-day dining and there’s an open-air grill and beach bar serving fresh seafood and Mediterranean-influenced dishes.

It’s hoped that Koh Samui will follow Phuket’s lead with a sandbox programme allowing holidaymakers to arrive quarantine-free from mid-July.

“This island has a central role in how Thailand fares following the pandemic and it’s an honour to be leading the way as we begin to look positively towards the future,” said Pulido.

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