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FuramaXclusive Farmers Boutique Resort, Koh Samui

Have you ever wanted to sit amidst the lush woven green tapestry of rice paddies and luxuriate in comfort whilst your mind ponders on a less hassled existence or you simply contemplate the fluff in your navel?  You now have the chance to escape the perpetual beach hordes’ rat race and indulge in the whims of more ethereal surroundings when you stay at the new FuramaXclusive Farmers Boutique Resort, Koh Samui.

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The rebranding of the Farmer’s Boutique Resort, Koh Samui by the Singapore-based group Furama Hotels International (FHI) will be its 1st foray into the burgeoning hotel market of Koh Samui, but its 5th into Thailand. Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, is famous for its mountainous rainforests, pristine stretches of aquamarine water fringed with palms and coconut groves, and it can now be an escape for those wanting more than to worship the sun. A mere 25 minutes from the Koh Samui International Airport, the resort offers its guests a peaceful space to hide away after a day of either exploring the island or diving the depths of its vast array of sandy beaches and coves.

It’s all about a change of pace from the predictability of a beach holiday where instead of sandy feet in the mornings, it is the silence of a carpet of glistening green fields with bobbing coolie hats to greet you as you step from one of the 45 traditional Thai inspired villas into the cooling depths of a blue swimming pool. There are 3 types of villas to choose from: Deluxe Villa, Premier Pool Villa and Deluxe Pool Villa with rustic walkways to meander along connecting the buildings.

Vaulted ceilings soar over the warm Asian interiors of coconut-wood flooring and a stunning array of Colonial and contemporary furnishings, where the outdoor terraces flow through to meld with the natural lush surroundings.  The bathrooms are spacious with sumptuous rain showers and boutique amenities.  The Premier Pool Villas and the Deluxe Pool Villas have their own private pools to dive into, whilst all have stunning terraces to while away the time with a book, glass of wine or to indulge in the luxury of in-room dining.  The usual upmarket hotel facilities such as mini-bar, flat screen TV, air-conditioning, etcetera, are all available plus the benefit of wireless high-speed Internet access for those that have to keep one foot in the real world.

You don’t need to leave the serenity of the hotel when the hunger pangs strike as the in-house signature Farmer Restaurant and Bar dishes up local traditional Thai and international cuisine with a mountainous backdrop under a star filled sky where the verdant green of the rice paddies is accented in the decor of the dining area. The charm and beauty of a magical lotus pond hosts the musical notes of frogs and crickets as you ponder what bottle of wine to choose.

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With the promise of a further restaurant “Risotto” that is to be fine Mediterranean-Italian cuisine, a fitness center, 2 swimming pools, bicycle hire, private parking and a complimentary shuttle bus for local landmarks, Farmer’s Boutique Resort Koh Samui is definitely for the discerning traveler that wishes for a change of pace on Koh Samui.

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Gail Palethorpe is a self-confessed travel junky and caffeine addict with a penchant for the finer things in life such as expensive wine, designer labels and decadent fluffy pillows to lay her head on at night. Having lived in Thailand for numerous years, she is a bit of an avid hotel bed sleuth where the sheet thread count rivals the depth of the bathtub, free standing of course, and whether there is a rubber duck to play with. It is always those extra touches that win her over.

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