The Central Festival Samui describes itself as ‘the most complete and largest lifestyle shopping complex in Samui’; with three storeys and around 90,000sqm of retail space, this is a huge shopping and dining mall, which is located between Chaweng’s Beach Road and the nearby lake. Centrally set in this prime east coast resort Town of Samui Island, the Central Festival Samui has completely changed the face of Chaweng. With four sections – Chaweng Port, Bird Cage, Fisherman Village, and Beach Town Market – this modern and trendy complex boasts some original architectural features with its central open-air atrium as well as a beautifully landscaped garden area complete with benches, a kid’s playground and countless shops and restaurants. There are many luxury resorts and hotels in Samui, the Anantara Lawana is one of the most luxurious Samui Beach Resort. Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa lies just steps away from the ocean and offers peerless accommodation amongst luxury resorts in Koh Samai. This hotels offers style, elegance and comfort. The resort has many fabulous dining restaurants offering world class cuisine.

The main entrance at the mall features restaurants and bars on and around a large outdoor terrace including a Starbucks, The Coffee Club, a cocktail lounge, Copacabana, The Kitchen Thai & International Cuisine, Wine Connection, Swensen’s – all in all 21 venues dedicated to food & beverage over two floors. ‘Bird Cage’ is the fashion zone of the complex; located in the central part of the shopping mall and decorated in an ultra-modern Sino-Portuguese style, it hosts about 20 large shops such as Super sports, Uni-Qlo and smaller boutiques gathering all the most famous international brands such as Adidas, Camel, Esprit, Geox, and many more. The ‘Fisherman Village’ zone hosts Central Department Store, a large shopping haven at which visitors can find a vast choice of branded clothing and accessories as well as a children’s playground and seating area for the parents. On the second floor, a cool attraction awaits those looking for an adrenalin kick: Pirate Adventure Horror House – which reconstitutes an old pirate’s galleon haunted by the evil spirit of its previous occupants.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+