Need to know
Sixty-five, including eight suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $420.75, excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night prior to arrival and an additional local city tax of $3.00 per person per night prior to arrival.
Rates include a welcome drink and a daily buffet breakfast of freshly-baked pastries, home-made granola, fresh fruit and eggs any-which-way.
Save your pennies for Out of the Blue, the hotel’s boutique shop: you’ll want to load up on the handmade sandals, colourful swimwear and fun totes, all ideal for showing off around the pool or at the restaurant.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, tennis court, volleyball court, free WiFi throughout, free phone calls to the US and Canada. In rooms: Beats by Dre Pill Bluetooth speakers, TV with cable and international channels, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making kit, free bug repellent, tote bag, bathrobes, slippers, Malin + Goetz toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Looking for romance? Plump for the intimate, wood-accented rooms, which have vases of orchids in every softly-lit corner. High-rollers should splash out on a Beachfront Suite for a private slice of sandy shore and an individual plunge pool. If you’re travelling with your brood, the suites are your best option: each has its own kitchen and plenty of space for little ‘uns to run around.
There are two pools to try: the first is child-friendly, with a glass wall right up against the ocean (so you really feel like you’re swimming with the fish). It’s surrounded by umbrella-shaded day-beds and cabanas, each with their own basket full of towels and suncream (there are pool toys on offer, too). The second is an adults-only infinity pool, set on a quiet terrace dotted with chairs and sunloungers. You’ll be served fresh-fruit skewers as you sunbathe, away from the splash-heavy fun of the main pool.
The five-room Zemi Thai House Spa is set in a 300-year-old rice barn, offering tempting treatments including a grapefruit- and rosemary-scented massage and a mother of pearl body scrub. Three of the treatment rooms are for couples, so book a his ‘n’ hers treatment to up the indulgence factor. There’s also a hammam, mud area, rainfall showers and a temperature-controlled hot tub. While you could easily spend a whole day here (take a free yoga class, hang out at the juice bar, do a spot of shopping in the boutique…), you can still get in on the spa action even if you can’t bear to rouse yourself from your sunlounger. Lazy Smiths can opt for a poolside massage for your head or your feet, or an in-room scented bath prepared by the spa therapists.
You needn’t bother with bug repellent or suncream, as the hotel provides it. In fact, Zemi Beach can supply pretty much anything you need, so just pack favourite bikinis and kaftans.
The state-of-the-art fitness centre is open at all times, and there are personal trainers on hand if you need them. If you’d rather work up a sweat outside, hit the tennis or volleyball courts.
Little Smiths are welcome, and there’s as much to occupy them as their parents (kite surfing or swimming with dolphins, anyone?).
If you’re looking for a luxury, beachside resort that accommodates all ages, Zemi Beach is the ideal choice.
Some of the rooms can take a baby cot or an extra bed, but we recommend the suites for larger broods. The private kitchen is invaluable for midnight snacks, and there’s plenty of space. Little ones will find mini sets of bath products in the room.
The kids club is open daily from 9am–5pm to all children aged 4–12. There’s enough here to keep young Smiths occupied for days: arts and crafts, interactive toys, cupcake decorating… Puppet shows are occasionally organised, and older kids can play video games on rainy afternoons. Two nights a week, the kids club schedules a film night with pizza and popcorn, so parents can book in at Stone or the Rhum Bar for a child-free evening.
The main pool is child-friendly, with a few pool toys on offer.
Children are welcome at 40 Knots, where there are highchairs. There isn't a children's menu, but the chef is happy to adapt anything to little palates' preferences. Sit outside on the beach, where kids can be a bit messier, bury their feet in the sand and splash in the waves while their parents enjoy lunch.
The hotel can outsource babysitters outside kids club hours. It’s US$15 an hour for the first child and US$5 extra an hour for each additional child. After midnight, these prices go up to US$20 and US$8. You’ll need to give three hours notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots, puzzles, pens and paper, toys, pool toys, play mats, high chairs.
The hotel doesn’t have baby monitors, so bring your own – although bear in mind that the property is quite spread out.