KFAS Koh Samui: crab hunting, coconuts and kayaking. My job is to have fun.

KFAS Koh Samui: crab hunting, coconuts and kayaking. My job is to have fun.

By on November 26th, 2011

I love checking out the Kids For All Seasons* clubs at Four Seasons. So far, I’ve visited the kids’ clubs in Langkawi, Maldives, Chiang Mai and Hangzhou. My job when we go on a Four Seasons holiday is very simple: to have fun in the sun.

I’d like to share my cool kids’ club adventure tips from the Coral Club at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand that we experienced during our October school holidays. Since this is my first blog post ever, my sister Lexie helped (a little bit). I will really miss Koh Samui and Thailand. I hope to visit again one day soon with my family.

Tip – On the way to Koh Samui, stop over at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.

Heading to Koh Samui, we decided to spend a night at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. A Four Seasons family limousine was there to welcome Nanna, Mum, Dad, Lexie and me. I sank myself into the luxury of the leather seats. The water was icy cold and beautiful, lemon-scented towels were refreshing for all of us. This made me feel relaxed and like our family holiday had really started. However, it was not long until my sister was moaning and groaning for food.

When we arrived at our room, I actually fell over with relief because there was malted chocolate milk and Oreos waiting for us in our room. When I took a sip of the milk, my whole body started tingling with excitement. Finally, Lexie quieted down and went off to sleep.

I recommend the three Ps of Bangkok: the pool, the playground and the Pad Thai. The outdoor pool was sparkling and refreshing. Best of all, there was a playground right next to the pool, which had a slide, swings, climbing rope, balance planks and a rocking sheep (I think he was from New Zealand). Lunch was delicious and the Pad Thai tasted marvelous. Parents can relax by the pool, too, in this great space, and even get a connection for their iPad.

Tip – Crab hunting and kayaking

At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, in the morning the KFAS club is down on the beach. Crab hunting was one of the hardest things I have ever done. We had to walk in the water with a net and scoop for crabs. I managed to catch two big crabs the size of my palm and 10 small crabs the size of my fingernails. After we hunted them, we set them free in the ocean. The morning finished with a nice kayak in the sea. I really liked looking at all the beautiful coral underneath us.

Tip – Be a local artist.

High up the mountain on top of the resort is the afternoon session of the kids’ club in a nice air-conditioned room. While I was at KFAS, I had many opportunities to unlock my potential as an artist. I really enjoyed the craft activities that included making coconut animals, coconut painting and making seashell chains. Candle making Thai-style was my favourite. Step 1 is to choose your own coloured sand and seashells. Step 2 is to decorate your glass cup with the sand and shells. Step 3 is to set the wick in the glass with a special gel. Step 4 is to kick back with popcorn and watch an afternoon movie while you wait for the gel to set.

Tip – Snorkel, sail, swim

My Dad, sister and I went out sailing. It was fun. “Boy” was the captain of our trimaran and he was at the back of boat; we were lying down. As we zoomed away from shore, the apple-green sea battered against my legs. I felt a little bit scared, until a wave of excitement brushed over me and I began to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We also had a blast snorkeling, swimming and just digging in the silky, golden sand.

Tip – Off the beaten trail

Dad and I went rock scrambling on the beach to find a secret passage way. There was a giant rock wall blocking our way. My dad wanted to climb over the rock wall, I said let’s swim around it. When we got to the other side, the passage reminded me of the Great Wall of China. After that, we climbed to the top of the resort and then trekked back down to the beach. Mum was starting to get a bit worried and asked where we had been. After we ordered her a fresh coconut juice, she was happy with us again.

Tip – The Fisherman’s Village

The concierge recommended that we visit Fisherman’s Village. My sister, mum and Nanna enjoyed shopping, shopping and more shopping! My dad and I walked across a rickety old jetty to look at an old-style Thai boat. There were kids fishing and relaxing; this was a lot more interesting to us than shopping! We had a nice traditional Thai dinner, which was the perfect match for the calming background of the beach.

Tip – Cooking school for kids

The cooking school for kids was in the Lan Tania Restaurant. We got to decorate cookies by choosing blue, green or pink icing. Then we could select M&Ms or gummies. The piping paper broke under the pressure of my strong hands… everyone laughed, including the chef. Later in our villa, we enjoyed our homemade afternoon tea. It felt wonderful as I enjoyed the sweet cookie.

Tip – It’s all about coconuts

Koh Samui is the capital of Thailand’s coconut industry. We painted, ate and drank the juice of coconuts. The resort is located in an old orchard and coconut plantation, and is real beautiful. My sister was so inspired by her coconut experience, she decided to write this poem:

Coconuts, Coconuts, Coconuts, Galore!
In Koh Samui by Lexie Stinson

Coconuts, coconuts, coconuts, galore!
When I look around, I see more and more.
The sweet fragrant taste in my mouth when I bite,
Is like a candle lit in a dark winter’s night.

Coconuts, coconuts, coconuts, galore!
When I look around, I see more and more.
Feeling the tingling sensation in your hand,
For this is the capital of coconut land.

Coconuts, coconuts, coconuts, galore!
When I look around I see more and more.
Observe how some look like a big hat,
And watch how they fall and go splat, splat, splat!

Coconuts, coconuts, coconuts, galore!
I see some now on the seashore.
Now it’s time to say good-bye,
To the coconuts and the bright blue sky.

*Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) is a Four Seasons complimentary recreational and educational program for resort guests five to 12 years old. (Children under five can join with a nanny or parent, or resorts can arrange for babysitting.) It is open 9 to 5 every day of the year. Kids can go all day or just for an hour or two. Programming includes games, activities, arts and crafts, cultural elements, environmental preservation work and yoga. Not your average camp, the VIP offerings are pretty extraordinary — at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru (http://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveslg/), for example, kids can help with coral reef restoration and earn a certificate for their efforts.

Read more about Koh Samui in Four Seasons Magazine.

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Regan Stinson

Nine-year-old Regan Stinson was born in Sydney, Australia, moved to China and then India with his parents and older sister, Lexie, 11. Regan enjoys food, cars, rugby and travel. He currently lives with his family in Shanghai, China. Regan’s father Jason is Director of Sales and Marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai.

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3 Response(s) to "KFAS Koh Samui: crab hunting, coconuts and kayaking. My job is to have fun."
Amy Martinson says:
December 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm


I just got back from the Four Seasons in the Maldives and it was amazing. Sometimes it is hard to keep moving around the world with your family but take pictures and remember the moments. Amy

Jaymee says:
November 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Hi little handsome man Regan and beauty Lexie,

I really like your article! You make me want to go to this fantastic place to have a look! I love beach and blue sea~ You looks have lot of fun with your family! I may plan my next trip to there~ So nice~


By the way, the cookies are looks dilicious~ Yummy~


Jing says:
November 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hi Regan, I like your vivid blog which reminds me of my vacation last year at Koh Samui Four Seasons. I love the fruit with chocolate dip stuff by the beach, the most delicious beach amenity I ever had!

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