Napasai on Samui Island to Close for One Month
THAILAND – Napasai, Orient-Express’ stylish beach resort and residences on Samui island in southern Thailand, already has one of the longest private sandy beaches on the island, and is set to become a swimmer’s paradise with a project to create a 28,000m² crystal clear lagoon and underwater nature reserve.
Napasai will close for one month on 15 May with plans to reopen on 16 June 2011.
During the closure, underwater rocks and dead coral will be removed to create a fine sand lagoon in front of the hotel. The project is being carried out under the supervision of the local marine authority with the aim of encouraging marine life back to the coral reef approximately 180m offshore, parts of which have died over an extended period of time due to fluctuating water temperatures. The coral reef itself will not be touched.
Experts predict that as a result of this clearance, natural pools will be created in the middle of the lagoon by the ocean current, encouraging new marine life. Guests will be able to swim, or even walk at low tide, out to the reef and snorkel in these pools. Those that are inspired to explore further can take a PADI dive course during their stay.
This project is the latest phase in Orient-Express’ investment in Napasai, a secluded hideaway set in tropical gardens overlooking the Gulf of Thailand on Koh Samui’s fashionable north coast.
In January 2010, the private beach was expanded by 1,800m², complemented by a new barbecue restaurant, serving fresh local seafood and grilled dishes in two alfresco wooden salas from talented Chef, Gilles Galli, who was previously at Napasai’s sister property, La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Napasai’s 14 private pool residences, some of which are ocean front, and 39 cottages were renovated in the same project, making them some of the most stylish and comfortable properties on the island.