Nothing gets the kinks out like a traditional Thai massage.
At Zazen Boutique Resort, Koh Samui, the expert massage in the open-air garden spa – birds chirping in the trees outside – twisted and stretched us into a state of bliss.
With Murano chandeliers and ruby-red velvet cushions, Le Spa Zen evokes a Moorish fantasy, but the pleasure it dispenses is quite real.
Indeed, the spa is one very good reason to book Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa.
Zazen Boutique Resort
Located on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui, Zazen prides itself on offering guests a peaceful, rejuvenating stay (Zazen means “to find inner peace” in Japanese).
Its 26 terracotta stone bungalows are scattered about koi-filled lagoons and gardens lush with exotic flowers and Buddhist statues.
The largest are the “garden villas.”
At 700 square feet in size, these Koh Samui bungalows have plenty of room for a couple, or even parents with a child, to spread out comfortably.
Glass doors from a terrace open into a living room with painted concrete floors, bench-style couches, gold silk blinds and a flat-screen TV.
The raised bedroom has a comfy, low, king-size bed on polished wood floors. Thai-style wooden sculptures and art works abound.
Behind the bedroom, the semi-outdoor bathroom is a treat with pebbled floors and an open rainshower.
Relaxing in our garden villa, we felt quite royal in the silk bathrobes and slippers provided – though we had to pull down the blinds for privacy from passing guests.
Breakfast sets you up for the day
Rates include a lovely buffet breakfast overlooking the sea – and there’s complimentary bubbly to mix with your OJ.
The path to the beachfront restaurant leads past Zen ponds, Buddhist statues and a bridge with a handmade yin-yang mosaic.
Interested in exploring the rest of Thailand? See our travel guide to the best places to visit in Thailand (for luxury lovers, of course!)
What to do at Zazen Boutique Resort?
Most guests come to chill, and cushioned teak loungers under red umbrellas by the narrow beach and around the pool are the place to be during the day.
Feel like exploring?
The funky restaurants and bars of Fisherman’s Village are a five-minute taxi ride (or 20-minute walk) away. Visiting Fisherman’s Village is one of the best things to do in Koh Samui.
Where else to stay? The Tongsai Bay is another luxury Koh Samui resort – and it has private pool villas!
Photo credits: 3, 4, 6, 7 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 1, 2, 5, 8 Zazen Resort
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We stayed as media guests of the resort, but our review of Zazen Boutique Resort is all ours. As professional travel writers, we always write the truth as we see it, including points you should be aware of.