From ‘feet in the sea’ picnics and floating breakfasts to tropical fruit tasting and building homes for island birds, Cape & Kantary Hotels immerses guests in the surrounding natural beauty and culture of its charming local inhabitants, all the while maintaining a serene sense of seclusion thanks to castaway settings on two of Thailand’s tiniest islands.
As our hotels are family-owned, we have the freedom to create what we consider to be the best for our guests and the authority to ensure enjoyment and to impress our guests no matter how big or how little that touch, without any constraint or restriction of having to adhere to the brand book. Any improvements can be swiftly and efficiently implemented to take full advantage of emerging technology and ensure that we maintain full association with current trends and popular activities. We are able to work closely with the local community to our mutual benefit and of course, maintaining that essential local charm instead of modifying it in any way.
Hotel operation and management is a long-established family passion. We select beautiful locations for our properties where relaxing and restorative nature can easily be accessed and explored. Our inspiration derives from our travels around the world where I am able to source attractive and intriguing artefacts to satisfy my personal passion for art.
There is one aspect of the experiences that we offer of which we are particularly proud and it all boils down to close attention to the small things, those details which make all the difference. We are able to offer truly local experiences such as sampling local food, local culture and local attractions. We have succeeded in acquiring the best local ingredients for our kitchens from local fishermen and farmers as well as gaining local understanding of the traditional methods of food preparation. Wherever possible we involve the local community in our activities, for example the local food featured in our breakfast; local workshops where batik has been practised for decades; and fishing or collecting shellfish with local fishermen.
Cape Fahn, Koh Samui…
Cape Kudu, Koh Yao Noi…
For me, it is the memory that will last for years and years after the holiday and the feeling of fulfilment that I felt. It can be anything from a peaceful relaxing experience or feeling inspired by something new that could come either in the form of an unanticipated ‘wow’ factor, some memorable little moment that impressed or the unexpectedly high level of service from the hotel staff. These happy and pleasant surprises will form a lasting impression so that, on checking out, the guest effectively takes the holiday home with them.
I think that an important lesson we have learned over recent years is that travel must keep sustainability at its heart. I can also foresee that wellness travel packages are likely to figure more prominently as the pandemic subsides. A further development is the growing popularity of tourism to what might be termed ‘Second-tier Provinces or Cities’ in Thailand. These are the more off-the-beaten-track destinations where tourists can enjoy undiscovered local experiences where local food and charming local inhabitants will play an important part. These also have the advantage of being less crowded than the mainstream destinations but still able to offer luxury and authentic experiences, ideal for ‘Staycation’ or ‘Work From Hotel’ breaks.