As we enter the final stages of development of our first Boutique Private Residence Club, The Beach Samui, the various aspects that go into making this magnificent project come to life are finally coming together to create this outstanding resort.
Specifically designed for The Beach Samui, the one of a kind hand crafted furniture collection, including intricately carved and rather exquisite headboards, teak crafted sofas and lounge furniture, marble dining room suites and stained teak exterior furnishings are now crafted and ready for delivery, from our factories in Thailand. Furthermore, there are lots of added extras such as beautiful teak Plasma television easels that you can move around the room and view at your leisure and a variety of bespoke pieces that you are going to love.
The hand crafted beach furniture is also completed and as well as beautiful sun loungers carved from the finest Thai Teak, we have spectacular cabanas where you can lounge the day away comfortably with everything you need at your disposal, even your own personal cool box filled with juices, fruit and water and a brass watering can to shower away the sand from your feet. Additionally, our elegant teak pier with a spacious floating cocktail, dining and lounging deck is finished and ready to install.
All room interior walls are now dressed, with elegant brilliant white oak, kitchen and bedroom cabinets are fitted and almost all apartments are complete and ready for their final fixtures and fittings.
The Beach Samui, of course, offers members and guests more than first class service, luxury and opulence in a tranquil and serene setting… The Beach Samui, like all chosen Design Hotels™ members’ is also about marrying exquisite design with a holistic guest experience and a one-of-a-kind personality with sustainability at the forefront of its philosophy.
As a selected member of Design Hotels™, The Beach Samui must hold its own among the privileged members of the fraternity and pay particular attention to quality, detail and create an overall impression that inspires guests and motivates feelings of comfort, creativity, joy, passion and emotional wellbeing.
Fortunately, those who invested in The Beach Samui, have bought into a resort that is already winning awards and wowing agents who are eager to have the Boutique hotel as part of their collection; which was evident from the amazing response that was received from the recent International Luxury Travel Market (ITLM), trade show in Shanghai where, in June, The Beach Samui was presented, warmly received, and applauded by over 80 luxury travel agencies who greatly anticipate the resort forming part of their resort collections.
The concept and personalities behind The Beach Samui – from our Creative Director, Compliance Manager, Architect, Site Manager, Marketing & PR and team in general – are all tasked in making the concept come alive and we are pleased to announce we have begun to recruit some of the management team that will be utilizing their expertise to deliver the holistic concept and make this charming boutique resort come to life.
Having lived and worked on Koh Samui for over a decade, James Ransby, has been involved at management level in six Thai resorts. British born, yet fluent in Thai, he offers a wealth of local knowledge and management experience, which, coupled with his passion for top-level boutique resort service and a guest-centric attitude made him the ideal candidate to lead the resort’s operation at The Beach Samui.
James’ strengths focus around service-orientated hospitality operations and his advanced hotel background is focused on creating a synergy between different aspects of his resorts to ensure the level of service offered is exacting and guests’ expectations and experiences are above and beyond ordinary.
James, a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry has extensive expertise and experience in all areas of resort management, including; coordination of process management, continuous staff training and development, event organization & management and administration. On board since February, he is keen and excited for The Beach Samui’s door to open and welcome his first guests.
James said: “The boutique resort concept is a very difficult one to pull off, as it requires a distinctive creative concept, outstanding design, complete personal service and a careful and considered approach in every case. However, we are now coming to the really exciting stage, where all the parts of the development are fusing together to create the whole. Above all, it’s truly invigorating to see the team behind The Beach Samui so dedicated in getting it right.
“I’ve been on-board since late February and been working extensively on critical operational issues from identifying staffing requirements to making preparations for functional installations such as our Internet – which will be lightning fast and way above the specification offered in other resorts on the island. Currently I am involved with the procurement and overseeing of the installation of our telephone systems, guest television, CCTV and fire alarm system.”
As well as Resort Manager, James, we have also secured the expertise of an Executive Chef, Alec Lomas and a Botanical Bar & Restaurant Manager, Christophe Hsiao, both of whom possess a wealth of expertise in the luxury hotel dining experience and international-standard cuisine, in Thailand and further afield.
Described as the chef on a journey, Alec is a food lover who invests most of his spare time and holidays uncovering new ingredients and discovering new recipes by immersing himself in different cultures and their cuisine.
Food and culture are synonymous for Alec who feels at home in Thailand, intrigued by the Thai passion for all things food and eating.
Arriving from his home town of Vancouver, Canada, Alec, has spent the last year devoting his time to the discovery of healthier cuisine. “I went back to Vancouver, to a place that is mad about local, healthy and organic food as I wanted to further my knowledge, not only of the dining concept, but of the nutritional values and health advantages of eating good, fresh, local and organic produced ingredients.
“The concept of farm to table was exactly what I was looking for and on hearing of the vision and abundant gastronomic delights that are part of The Beach Samui’s approach – I was eager to get involved and be part of this truly authentic resort,” said, Alec.
Unassuming and passionate about food, Alec who has donned his Executive Chef apron in some of Thailand’s best kitchens, including The Pavilions Resorts Phuket, a Member of Relais & Châteaux, where he was responsibility for the creation of all menus, catering & special event packages, all facets of the culinary operations for the highly exclusive, boutique resort and coaching and development of the kitchen team of 28 chefs, cooks and stewards.
As well a Featured Chef of: Exclusive Chefs in the Sky by Bangkok Airways, where he created four original dishes to be served to the boutique airline’s Blue Ribbon passengers, and trained Bangkok Air Catering staff to recreate the dishes; the chef on a journey represented Relais & Chateaux, Silversea’s Culinary Arts Voyages. Sailing on board the Silverseas Cruiselines, Alec was invited to prepare two gastronomic dinners for the main dining room of the Silver Spirit cruise ship and conducted cooking classes for passengers.
Besides Thailand, Alec’s executive cooking journey has taken him to California, Bali and India; now back in Thailand, Alec, who admires and takes influence from celebrated Chef and Restaurateur Daniel Boulud, is now busy working on his menus for The Beach Samui and is eager to get cooking some nourishing, local, natural and abundant food that is different, stimulating and above all delicious.
French Botanical Bar & Restaurant Manager Christophe Hsiao is also a well-traveled professional who gained much of his experience working within some of the finest restaurants in London and Milan.
Trained at the eminent Paul Bocuse Institute in France, Christophe is a welcomed and significant part of The Beach Samui’s exclusive gastronomic experience.
Calm, poised and polished Christophe is proficient and comes with extremely impressive references and a handsome pedigree from working in some of the world’s best hotels and restaurants; including The Savoy, Claridges and Harrods and has added to his experience working in diverse locations such as Sweden, Italy and China; and for various respected resorts in Thailand for the last three years.
Together this gastronomic coupling is now working diligently to prepare a truly authentic, palate pleasing dining extravaganza. Harmonising like a perfect wine and food combination, Christophe and Alec have merged their knowledge and ideas and are confident that The Beach Samui dining experience will be one of the finest on the island.
The delectable menu is being inspired by the abundance of locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients and the presentation and flavour will combine to create an inspired rustic farm-to-table dining experience.
There will also be a mindful approach to health and a focus on wellbeing and nutrition, specialist diets and detoxification menus will be provided alongside a daily variety of freshly prepared cold pressed juices, which can even be mixed at your door for a perfectly healthy start to the relaxing day ahead.
The Botanical Bar with its opulent marble counter-table over looked by striking hand blown glass chandeliers is now completed and will soon be set against a wall of living herbs, from where a skilled Mixologists will infuse and muddle cocktails with the finest natural ingredients and the skill of an apothecary.
Moving on to The Calibration Spa where a highly skilled and experienced in-house team, and internationally renowned guest practitioners of different healing disciplines will be available for consultation and healing programmes.
The Calibration Spa will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a day of high-end restoration in a luxurious setting or opt for a more in-depth mind and body wellness experience.
The Spa consultant will analyse and customize the experience by choosing the most effective products resulting in the maximum benefit.
A focus on both physical and mental wellbeing. As well as Ayurvedic treatments, traditional and modern massage, an amethyst crystal steam room, a rain room, TechnoGym fitness center and limestone plunge pool – the spa facilities will provide a wide range of holistic wellness therapies including energy healing, reiki, yoga, deep tissue sports massage, colon hydrotherapy and detox programmes, counselling, hypnotherapy and life coaching.
We have considered every detail to ensure our guests comfort and happiness is elevated to new heights and the work is constant to ensure that, as well creating a resort that affords guests luxury, opulence, style and memorable experiences; we are continuing to work on the holistic concept that combines sustainability, experience, gastronomy, wellness, amenities, community integration and an active approach to the environment.
Ongoing, the development of The Beach Samui has been a timely and demanding process and there is a great deal of comfort in the knowledge that all the various aspects of this magnificent project are uniting, and in doing so they are coming together to produce the outstanding resort that was envisaged from the onset.