Samujana general manager Kurt Berman was dining at Sydney’s MG Garage some 15 years ago when he came up with the idea of for what is now the Koh Samui resort’s most luxurious offering.
MG Garage, a benchmark in fine dining during its lifetime, allowed diners to purchase cars from its menu – and it is with this in mind, that Berman created the ambitious “Ultimate Samujana Celebration” package.
But guests who indulge in this accommodation bundle walk away with much more than an automobile.
“You get to keep the house,” Berman says over lunch on a recent visit to Melbourne.
So what’s included in the package, which is available for a whopping $US6 million (AU$8.4m)?
- Return private jet travel from Singapore to Koh Samui
- VIP airport welcome with transfers to Samujana by luxury limousine
- Limousine and driver on standby throughout stay
- 7 nights accommodation in Samujana Villa 22 (including daily breakfast, dedicated villa team with private mixologist and personal security)
- Private celebrity guest chef available throughout stay (for all meals)
- Full day charter to Ang Thong Marine Park on the Ocean Emerald including private beach picnic prepared by celebrity chef
- Private pop-up Spa in Villa 22 with unlimited massages and treatments available throughout stay in conjunction with Six Senses Spa
- Free-flow drinks throughout stay including premium champagnes and fine wine
- Private kickboxing workshop with Jean-Claude van Damme in your villa (subject to availability)
- Private dinner party in villa with John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen (subject to availability)
- Ownership of Villa 22 (leasehold for 30 years renewable)
Open since 2012, Samujana Retreats and Residences overlook a coral cove on the northeastern coast of Koh Samui.
Located just minutes from Samui airport, the villas were designed and built into the hillsides around it, blending contemporary luxury with Thai architecture.
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Among the highlights of the 27-villa resort are private beach access, large infinity pools, the island’s fastest wifi and Koh Samui’s largest gym (part of the resort’s 7-bedroom villa), which has been used by among others tennis legend Pete Sampras and boxing great Manny Pacquiao.
While the resort has no restaurant per se, Berman says the property has the potential to offer 27 eateries.
“We could create a restaurant in every villas… with our own team of private chefs,” he remarks.
While most of its current clientele hails from Europe and other parts of Asia, Berman hopes Samujana will soon attract more Australian guests.
Targeting multigenerational travellers and families, he told Traveltalk he sees the travel trade as having a major part to play in bringing Aussies to the property.
Samujana’s accommodation ranges from 3-bedroom (from US$770 per night) to 8-bedroom villas.