Centara is about to open a sprawling new luxury resort on Koh Samui. Well, sort of new.
Part of the hotel brand’s Reserve luxury collection, the 184-room Centara Reserve Samui will open its doors Dec 1 on Chaweng beach.
If “Centara” and “Chaweng” together sound familiar, that’s because this property used to be the Centara Grand Beach Resort.
That resort closed for renovations in 2019 and came out the other side as the Centara Reserve Samui, featuring a fresh collection of luxe rooms, pool suites, and beachfront pool villas—including the 501-sq-meter Reserve Ocean Pool Villa, which boasts private beach access. 
Apart from the spiffy new rooms, the property is home to the brand’s first Reserve Spa Cenvaree, an upgraded version of their trademark spa, with five multi-function treatment rooms and two couples rooms complete with Jacuzzi tubs, among other facilities.
For food and drinks, there are six venues, including a gin bar called The Gin Run, Act 5 (contemporary seasonal cuisine), Salt Society (seafood beach bar and kitchen), Sa-Nga (Thai tapas), and the Kitchen Table, which promises bespoke dining experiences.
The resort has also spearheaded some sustainability initiatives. Press materials claim it will be 100-percent plastic-free and use specialized water treatment facilities in-house to produce all its still and sparkling water. Meanwhile, food waste is converted into biogas for use in the pantry. 
As for what Reserve properties offer, here’s a rundown:
“Reserve Time” promises flexible check-in and check-out times and breakfast served when you want it, outside of set hours.
“Reserve Space” allows you to use the resort grounds for special occasions. For example, you can have your terrace converted into an evening cocktail venue, or you can request a picnic lunch on the beach.
“Reserve Culture” aims to deliver a local touch across the property. Think in-room cocktail stations with destination-inspired recipes, night fishing experiences, and batik-painting in the kids’ zone.
“Reserve Touch” is a nod to the collection’s ultra-personalized service: free photo sessions with the in-house photography, private butlers, and more.
Rates start at B5,900++/night. For more information, visit the Centara website.
All images courtesy of Centara Reserve Samui