TEMBO Beach Club & Resort, perched on the soft white sands of Bangrak Beach on Koh Samui, has opened as the island’s newest entertainment destination.
With life at TEMBO (which means ‘elephant’ in Swahili) centred around the venue’s spacious pool terrace, which is wreathed by single- or double-day beds, guests can enjoy the beach, sip a refreshing drink, dine al fresco, or simply soak up the views across to neighbouring Koh Phangan from the welcome shade of the bar.
Keep your strength up with beachside tapas and small bites, exotic cocktails and mocktails, carefully selected wines and ice-cold beers, while bands and a DJ keep the groove going throughout the week.
For something more substantial, head to the main dining room, with its signature teal and pale wicker palette, comfortable chairs, and tasty Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes – and yes, this is Samui so there’s a healthy selection of vegan and vegetarian food too.
If you’re looking to make a weekend of your visit, check into one of nine double bungalows or the property’s spacious luxury villa, which is located right on the beach and is surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Tastefully decorated in a relaxed, coastal style, the rooms’ whitewashed furniture has been custom created by artisans in Northern Thailand – reflecting the owners’ ethos of supporting local and family businesses (the resort also works with many local charities and NGOs, including the Save the Elephants Foundation, Samui Street Dogs, and Sisters on Samui) – and are complemented by dramatic hand-carved bedheads and Jim Thompson fabrics. In the beachfront villa, just steps from the beach, a canopied four-poster bed and a large bathroom with a free-standing tub are the highlights.
In addition, each bungalow boasts high thread-count bedding and premium mattresses, internet-ready flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities, Indian cotton bathrobes, safety boxes, jasmine-scented amenities, ceiling fans and air-conditioning.
And to help you transition from coal face to beachfront, head to the TEMBO Spa, which offers a small, carefully curated spa menu. All-natural organic products are used for body treatments and beauty rituals and therapists are highly trained to deliver the ultimate spa experience.
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