A New Samui Hideaway

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TEMBO Beach Club & Resort opens on Samui’s acclaimed Banrak Beach, just in time for winter wanting.

As the world opens up, you’ll want to escape (finally) to somewhere as warm and welcoming as it is private and secluded. Fortunately, a new resort on the north coast of Thailand’s playground of Koh Samui, has you covered.

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TEMBO Beach Club & Resort, located on Koh Samui’s renowned Bangrak Beach, promises a deliciously playful experience for modern lads looking to embrace the finer things in life beyond their own borders.

TEMBO Beach Club & Resort opens on Samui's acclaimed Banrak Beach, just in time for winter wanting.

Life at the plantation-style resort, which sits on a powder white-sand beach with dazzling views across azure blue seas to neighbouring Koh Phangan, is centered around the pool, where guests can relax on the terrace or on the beach, enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the swim-up bar, dine al fresco at the all-day restaurant, or simply enjoy the views from the welcome shade of the bar, home ridiculously tropical cocktails and ice-cold beer.

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Accommodation at the new hideaway consists of nine double bungalows and a spacious beachside villa. Each space boasts aircon and ceiling fans, as well as high thread-count linens, flatscreen televisions, Indian cotton bathrobes, and jasmine-scented amenities, and is decorated in a relaxed, coastal style, designed to reflect a true beachside vibe. Intricately carved whitewashed furniture, including bedheads, has been created by artisans in Northern Thailand, while the beach villa also boasts a bespoke four-poster bed.

TEMBO Beach Club & Resort opens on Samui's acclaimed Banrak Beach, just in time for winter wanting.

Once you’ve built up an appetite, make for TEMBO Restaurant, with its signature teal and pale wicker palette, cooling overhead fans, and friendly staff. The restaurant is home to Mediterranean and Asian-inspired menus that reflect the personal culinary journey of Executive Chef Vladimir Siljegovic (‘Chef Vlad’) whose cuisine has been influenced by his travels around the world.

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Within the main restaurant is Journey, an intimate, air-conditioned 12-seat dining space scheduled to open in early 2022. Here, Chef Vlad will prepare a regularly changing menu of international dishes, as well as host visiting chefs.

In addition, TEMBO Deli, with its prime roadside location, promises to be the best place on the island to pick up sandwiches and paninis, salads, charcuterie, cheeses, olives, pastes, and dips, perfect for island hopping and picnics on remote beaches.

TEMBO Beach Club & Resort opens on Samui's acclaimed Banrak Beach, just in time for winter wanting.

Also be sure to leave time for a little he-pampering at TEMBO Spa, which offers a small, carefully curated wellness menu laced with all-natural products, including Siam Botanicals products that are made locally to the highest ethical standards.

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You’ll also be able to relax in paradise with a clear conscience, as the new resort has green credentials that range from the use of eco-friendly cleaning products to beach clean-up initiatives and sourcing produce from local organic farms. TEMBO also supports local charities including the Save Elephant Foundation, Sisters on Samui, and the Samui Street Dog Spay & Neuter Programme.

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Nick Walton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist and Group Managing Editor for Artemis Communications, producers of Alpha Men Asia, Ultimate Encounters, The Art of Business Travel, IKHLAS, Heavens Voyage, and many other titles.

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