Need to know
97, including 24 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability (50 per cent of the room rate applies to late check-outs before 6pm; a full night is charged after 6pm). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $298.03 (THB9,500), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (fresh fruit, muesli and a choice of hot options) and WiFi.
The hotel runs a daily hour-long cookery class at 5pm, in which guests are taught how to make tom yum goong (spicy sour soup). The class costs from THB1,000, including a glass of white wine, an apron and the recipe. Guests participating in the class also get a free appetiser if they dine in Oriental Spoon on the day of their class. Just book before 3pm that day.
At the hotel
Gardens, access to Surin Beach, beach butlers, spa, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
We love the Lagoon Pool Suites, clustered around the serene green lagoon pool. Each one has a private terrace overlooking the water, decorated with comfy outdoor seating; expect to spend quite a lot of time here, holiday read in hand. The bathrooms continue the green theme, boasting conservatory windows that let in heaps of light and views of the garden.
Even Tom Daley would blink with admiration at the hotel’s pool area, which sprawls over 1,600sq m and spans a lap pool, lagoon pool and lush green water gardens.
Allocate two or three hours to pure bliss at the Palm Spa, with one of the hotel's Wellness Dream Packages. We like the sound of the Daydreamer's Deluxe treatment, which commences with a herbal steam bath or tropical flower bath and also includes a tamarind body polish, a massage with essential oils and a rejuvenating facial.
A notebook to take to the hotel’s cookery classes; disco threads for the DJs.
Make sure you tan responsibly by having an Esthederm sun treatment, tailored to your skin type, at the spa.
Little Smiths are welcome. Cots (free) and extra beds (THB1,800 for under-12s) can be added to rooms. External babysitters can be drafted in (from THB1,200 for the first three hours).