The Akyra Chura Samui luxury resort will soon ban children from the hotel, reported etravelblackboardasia.com last week.
This will make the resort the second hotel in Thailand to accept bookings only for adults, next to Layana Resort & Spa in Krabi.
From November 1, children under the age of 12 will not be allowed at the one-year-old resort which is located by Chaweng Noi beach on Koh Samui island. The hotel said this is because demand has grown quickly for more private, couples-oriented holiday experiences and the change was a very natural progression to which the resort was perfectly suited.
"We have a no children under 12 policy, which allows for a more tranquil, adult-focused resort,” resident manager Colin Owen Healy told the travel news website.
The Akyra Chura Samui is a 61-suite resort under the aegis of AHMS group, which also owns the Aleenta boutique resorts in Phuket and Hua Hin. There is no word on whether the Aleenta properties will follow suit on the ban on children.
In Asia, the trend of adults-only travel is catching on, including hotels that are imposing bans on children in designated areas. Club Med for instance, recently unveiled a series of renovations to its Malaysian property, Cherating Beach Resort, creating a ‘Zen Space’ with a quiet pool that is reserved for only adults.