Summer in Samui
With naturally welcoming locals who love children and plenty of safe swimming beaches, Koh Samui is an obvious choice for families looking for a summer break in a tropical wonderland of sand, sea, sun and fun.
Stuck in Hong Kong for the long hot summer desperately trying to entertain the little ones? Looking for a last minute escape that will feel like a holiday for you as well as the children? With its year-round good weather, gorgeous beaches, a short direct flight, accommodation to suit all budgets and a raft of family activities on offer, Koh Samui is hard to beat.
Temperatures on Koh Samui hover around the 30-degree Celsius mark making it a failsafe Asian summer holiday destination. Whilst it does rain in the summer months it’s generally a welcome, short sharp burst to cool and calm even the most exuberant children.
Bangkok Airways offer direct flights from Hong Kong for HK$4,000 – HK$7,000, taking you, in little over three hours, to what must be one of the cutest airports in the world. It’s got a tropical breezy feel that gets you straight into the holiday mood. Kids love the open-air mini-buses that shuttle you between the aeroplane and airport and there are even huge fish tanks in the toilets.
Once you’re on the island getting around is simple. You can drive the circumference of Koh Samui in about two hours, which means everything is accessible in a day. Taxis are easy to hire and renting a car is very affordable with jeeps starting at as little as HK$250 per day.
Most of the big resorts, hotels and villa complexes offer babysitting on site. Nanny Service Koh Samui can supply nannies by the hour, day or month, rent prams and car seats, plus you can pay online so it’s all set up before you arrive.
Samuians love children and the island has plenty on offer to keep families entertained. Football golf is great fun for all ages, the Treasure Island miniature golf course has extra small clubs for younger players, Coco Splash Waterpark is a welcome change if you’re tiring of your villa or hotel pool, and if it’s raining head to Fairways indoor playground near the airport. Fairways also offer child-minding service at their nursery.
You can ride an elephant, even stroke a tiger, at the various safaris and zoos dotted around the island. Be warned though, some of the animals live in less than ideal conditions. One of the better animal attractions is Paradise Park Farm which, as well as the ubiquitous petting animals, has a small playground and hillside swimming pool. For an adrenalin rush, there’s go karting in Bophut where they have kids’ karts with tandem options too.
The InterContinental’s Baan Taling Ngam resort on the relatively unspoilt west coast of the island stretches across a 22-acre beachfront plot with views of the breathtaking Angthong National Marine Park. Let the Planet Trekkers kids club take care of the children whilst you indulge in the hotel’s spa treatments, one of their seven swimming pools or the numerous water sports on offer. And remember to take advantage of the babysitting service so you can watch the incredible Samuian sunsets. And if your wallet needs a break then head a little way north along the beach to a chilled restaurant, I-Talay Nasai, which offers outdoor massages and delicious food for a fraction of the InterCon’s prices.
For families trying to stretch their budget a little further there is a wealth of good quality, reasonably priced self-catering villas available, most with a shared swimming pool. Laem Noi beach villas are a great option. The beautiful timber villas are nestled around a toddler-friendly pool set in gorgeous gardens. A stone’s throw away is a beach with a couple of fantastic Thai beachside restaurants selling deliciously fresh Thai food and some western treats for the kids. A huge Tesco’s (British supermarket) selling all the essentials is a mere 10 minutes drive away, making cooking in your villa simple. Once the children are tucked up in bed you can relax on the veranda with the sound of waves crashing as a backdrop.
Break up your Hong Kong summer with some Samuian sunshine!