By Adam Aldine on February 2, 2012
After a long journey via bus, van and a ferry ride, we finally arrived at The Scent Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand. I was amazed by the view of this colonial style building as I walked into its compound with picturesque view of the wide open sea and the sunset. The interior of the lobby is magnificent with calming and relaxing scent coming from every corner. This gorgeous luxurious boutique resort was an infinite satisfaction for the atrocious journey that we had.
We were then welcomed by the hotel manager, Mr. James. I was informed by him that the hotel is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, an association based in France and described by its guests as the “Finest Association in the World”. This has elevated the standard of The Scent Hotel to be distinctively unique with the aromatic concept that they introduced, taking resort hospitality to a whole new level.
There are three types of room at this hotel, Local Thai, Chinese and European. I was given the Chinese room and only one word to describe it – elegant. I was blown away by the whole setting of the room and this really defines the exquisite taste of the owner. I chose “The Embrace” as the scent for my room and the refreshing yet relaxing smell was all over the room. From the aromatherapy to shower gel, shampoo and body lotion, everything was designed to be relaxing.
The next morning, we decided to go kayaking to a floating platform not far away from the hotel. The sea seemed edgeless from here and the view is amazing. Swimming in the morning in the South China Sea – things could not get better than this. I could see a lovely sand bar from the platform and I paddled my kayak towards there. I felt like I was standing above the sea, literally as I was surrounded by water. This place really has everything to offer.
We then rushed to the La Jaroen for breakfast. Located by the beach and facing the sea, the view of azure sky and the blue water is the perfect setting for a long breakfast. Shortly, James joined us to talk about the hotel. I was informed that products used for this hotel is from Karmakamet, an aromatic brand that produces an extensive range of aromatic products. The hotel was designed by a Japanese architect and every single detail from the interior design to furniture arrangement and was done by the architect himself and of course supervised by the owner himself, Mr. Wison Pupaiboon.
There are many interesting places that you can visit around the hotel especially the market where you can buy local foods. The market is dominated by Muslim hawkers and the foods are to die for. There is a temple called Big Buddha not far away from the market. The location of this place is very strategic because it is located on an elevated ground where you can see the full view of the beach. This place is a must visit for first timers. Another place that should not be left out is Chaweng beach that is located on the other side of the island is filled with clubs and bars. Even in the day, we could feel the happening vibes.
I was more exhilarated by what the night has to offer for us here in Koh Samui. The full moon party is well-celebrated here and the place you want to be at is Koh Pangan, an island of 45 minutes boat ride from Koh Samui. The party normally starts at 11pm at but people normally start parading into the island as early as 5pm. Loud music was everywhere and people were dressed in their fanciful clothes. The whole stretch of the beach was the dance floor with all sorts of activities music you just name it, electro, house, R&B, pop they got it all.
The boat ride back was short but the clear sky with twinkling stars made it even shorter and so as our stay. There were so many things that we could have done at Koh Samui but the stay was too short a date. We had a wonderful and relaxing time staying at The Scent Hotel. It promises an infinite charm and tranquillity that will take your breath away.