Nothing shouts “idyllic island life” quite like zipping across the waves to a private atoll for lunch. Your concierge can arrange for a speedboat or wooden longtail boat from Oceana Samui Charters to take you on the two-mile journey south to Koh Tan, known locally as Coral Island, for a leisurely meal at the pristine Coral Beach Restaurant. Take your seat—there’s not a bad one in the house—on the porch of this raised beach bungalow, have a chilly Singha beer, and order the coconut-crusted prawns, grilled fresh-caught grouper, and a satisfyingly simple platter of fried rice. From your table, you can gaze out at the reef, visible just beneath the cerulean sea, and upon the languid, meditative motions of fishermen casting lines. This island is too small for big boating groups, and blessedly free of crowds. After lunch, ask your captain to buzz over to Matsum Island, an even more deserted-seeming isle just east of Koh Tan. Here you can stroll the talcum-white beach or unpack your mask and snorkel and wade out from the sandy shore to swim with schools of colorful fish.
The hotel concierge can hire a speedboat or longtail boat with a driver to bring you to Koh Tan, about a 20-minute cruise from the hotel. A flat rate is set in advance, but a tip of 300 to 500 baht (about $9 to $15 USD) is a suitable thank-you for the driver.
KOH TAN CORAL BEACH RESTAURANT: No website or address