The Nikki Beach group of hotels and resorts has long been a holiday destination for people looking for fun and relaxation, with locations all over the world, including the USA, France, Spain, Greece, the Caribbean, Monaco, Turkey, Italy and Thailand. In Koh Samui, the high-end beach club has been labelled as “The Sexiest Place On Earth”, where Nikki Beach combines music and entertainment with privacy, delectable food and drinks and stunning sunset views of Lipa Noi beach (assuming it doesn’t rain). Last month when the resort held a special event, I decided to get a taste of Nikki Beach’s celebration of life.
At first glance, Nikki Beach Koh Samui looks rather discreet with only a sign pointing towards a single hut-looking building, which houses the lobby. However, as many people would typically say, “never judge a book by its cover”, as I checked-in and walked out the backdoor of the lobby, I got a view of most, if not all facilities available.
To the right of the lobby are the Garden and Sea View villas, where you can relax and be surrounded by the lush green gardens or get a romantic view of the white sandy Lipa Noi beach. To the left, you have the Pool Access and View Suites, as well as the Ocean View penthouses, which comes with a 75m-long pool (which I’ll be diving into later).
Situated in-between accommodations, are the amenities, as well as the path that leads to Nikki Beach’s popular beach club where non-resort residents are able to access during the day. There’s Café Nikki, which serves as the breakfast area and a gym facility (in case you need to work on that beach bod), while to the left is the spa area, as well as a salon for all your beauty needs. Nikki Beach’s signature beach club is where you can take a dip, dance to house tunes courtesy of their resident DJs, or dine and sip on Champagne while being entertained by dancers and all sorts of other entertainment.
Moreover, facilities are within walking distance from each other, Nikki Beach makes a great first impression.
I checked into a Pool Access Suite, which is more than enough for two with its 16x70m² of space. So that means I got to laze in the king-size bed while watching TV on a 42″ LCD screen, which hangs from the ceiling. The room also has “MyBar”, Nikki Beach’s take on a minibar, which is your standard minibar. A safe box is also provided. The ensuite bathroom has aromatherapy products placed neatly by the sink. The suite also has a patio terrace where you can lounge in near the pool. That’s right, the swimming pool is right in front of your room! As all the suites are next to each other and in full view of others, be sure to close the blinds for some private time. Though the swimming pool is quite large it wasn’t anything remarkable.
What I do appreciate is how calm and quiet the entire area was, despite being next to the Beach Club. Music can be heard from the club although it was played at a volume that didn’t felt disruptive.
Families can opt to stay at the Pool Access Family suites, which comes with twin bedrooms. Upstairs is the Pool View Suite, which is the same as the Pool Access Suite, save for the balcony overlooking the pool. If you’re on a romantic getaway, the vast Ocean View Penthouse should be your choice of stay, however there are only two of these. In addition to getting everything like you would with the suites, this 60m² penthouse also gives you a circular wooden bathtub, a private living room and two balconies.
At the end of the pool is a small gate that leads to the Beachfront Private Pool Villas. This villa has a private swimming pool and a great view of the beach. Recommended for those who want the utmost privacy.
After a night of partying, head to the spa for one of their signature massage treatments, a 60-minute Koh Samui Supreme (B900). The treatment room was filled with calm, ambient music and the masseuse applied gentle yet firm strokes, which helped relieve tension from my tired muscles. You can bet I felt refreshed after the treatment was done and ready for a night of partying!
Breakfast is served at Café Nikki from 7.30-10.30am, where the staff serves an American breakfast-style buffet with Thai fruit and vegetables, pastries and an eggs station where you can order made-to-order omelettes.
The resort also hosts daily activities like bicycle tours, yoga and elastic workouts to badminton, volleyball, kickboxing/Muay Thai and even basic Thai language courses! Check their activities timetable sheet and make reservations a day in advance. Activities for kids include making sand castles, yarn dolls, picture colouring and origami.
A free shuttle service takes you to some of Koh Samui’s most popular areas, such as the popular Chaweng and Lamai beaches, as well as Fisherman’s Village. A timetable sheet is neatly placed in your room, but you need to make reservations an hour in advance. If you would like to go somewhere else, just call the driver and let him know where you want to go.
If you don’t feel like heading out, Nikki Beach often hosts special parties at their Beach Club. Be sure to check with the staff or head over to the resort’s website and Facebook page. While the Beach Club closes at sunset, the parties go on all-night-long where their mix of FB and entertainment come into play. I attended their special “Sound Of Summer” event during my stay where deep house producer Miguel Migs was the guest DJ. Music is love, music is life! I danced the night away, made a few new friends, while being a responsible drinker. An easy feat!
Nikki Beach is a spacious resort. Good if you would like to relax by the pool or the beach all to yourself or with close ones. If you’re the type that needs to mingle and socialise, head to the beach club. A weekend getaway for pleasure-seekers. Be sure to tell only your best friends.