Sunday, January 17, 2016

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak


The Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak has just undergone some major reconstruction and the result is great. They completely rebuild the premises and their is a nice pool now, surrounded by their 14 rooms and the restaurant is nicely done with a very relaxing atmosphere and a good, tasty and affordable menu.

The location of Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak is also very good, it's located on the beach and near to the airport, plenty of other restaurants are nearby, a couple of bars and a 7-11 is around the corner. Chaweng is just 5km away, in case you need the hustle and bustle of that area and Fisherman's village is just 2 or 3km away, for even more restaurant and shopping options.
If you want culture, Wat Plai Laem and Big Buddha are less than five minutes away.

It's clean, nice, laid back and affordable to stay here with a good restaurant on the premises, I can recommend Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak without hesitation. My advice is to book well in advance if you have the option, since there are 'only' 14 rooms.

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Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak beach bungalow

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak, guest room with pool view

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak, guest room

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak, the swimming pool

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak

Secret Garden Beach Resort, Bang Rak, the beach

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng


The Samui Verticolor, Chaweng has been around since a while, but in 2009 renovations started and it looks a lot better from the outside now and most of the rooms are now in good shape.
They have a great pool and a good gym and all of Chaweng's highlights are more or less within walking distance or fairly nearby. Shops, 7-11's, restaurants, bars and the nightlife area are all nearby. Be aware thought that Samui Verticolor, Chaweng is not located at Chaweng beach, the beach is a few minutes walk away, so not too difficult to access.
Wifi doesn't always seem to work that well, something to keep in mind.

With it's 151 rooms, this may be an easy and convenient option to stay downtown Chaweng.

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Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Guest room

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Guest room

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Guest room

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Swimming pool

Samui Verticolor, Chaweng

Entrance

Saturday, November 28, 2015

KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

The KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng is located at the Norther part of Chaweng, a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle if you have wheels, a bit longer if you're on foot. 
With their 95 rooms they have a good choice in rooms and villas. The location however is not on the beach, that's a bit of a walk away or you can use the hotels shuttle and hence the 'over the water'  part in their name doesn't mean that you have a room over the ocean.
The hotel is at the side of the road away from the beach and in that general area there is no beach, it's very rocky and steep.
It seems that rooms are not as good as they once were, the reviews are very mixed. The general review is still very good though and the average score is very positive.

If you want a quiet stay near the hustle and bustle of Chaweng, this can be your choice, with often very good deals available.

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KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

Guest room

KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

Guest room

KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

Balcony

KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

Villa

KC Resort & Over Water Villas, Chaweng

Exterior


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng is located at Chaweng Noi beach, the Southern part of Chaweng, and it's a small bay with just a limited amount of hotels and/or resorts located here. Among it's neighbors are the slightly more upscale Vana Belle and New Star.

The hotel has basically two sections, one the original building which is furthest away from the beach and now houses the cheaper rooms, with it's own pool. The rooms here are very good value and in good shape.

Further down towards the beach a new complex has been build where the slightly more expensive and newer rooms are located. Here you can find another pool and the restaurant cum breakfast area. The breakfast buffet is good and has a very nice array of dishes and includes good Asian and Western options.

There are 172 rooms waiting for you with a very affordable price, with all the amenities you expect in a room, including good wifi on a very nice and quiet beach, not far away form the downtown hustle and bustle of Chaweng. 

No doubt that this comes recommended.

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The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

Deluxe room

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

Deluxe room

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

Superior room

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

Guest room

The Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel, Chaweng

Chaweng Noi beach

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

The Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem is located near the Big Buddha and is just under 3km from Koh Samui's airport and around the corner from where I live.
With it's 4 star rating and 79 rooms, it lives up to the promises it makes, a nice and quiet hideaway, but be aware that the beach can be great to look at but is not very good for swimming due to the many rocks in the water.

On the other hand though, sunsets are awesome here, and there's a nice restaurant on the beach with a great view towards Big Buddha and the Bophud bay. 
Plenty of restaurants, shops and other attractions are nearby, like at Fisherman's Village and Chaweng, both about 15 minutes away. it will be good to have your own wheels and you can rent motorbikes (drive carefully) or cars.

For a nice and quiet getaway with medium ranged prices, the Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem will be a good choice with it's quiet location but still nearby plenty of busier places.

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Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Overview

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Pool villa

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Pool Villa

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Grand Deluxe room

Deva Samui Resort & Spa, Plai Laem

Beach view

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

The Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam has only 29 rooms, but the smallest room or rather villa starts at 100 square meters, the Kirikayan Villa. With 600 square meters, the Honeymoon Pool villa does a god job as well with being spacious.

The resort is the sister hotel of the Kirikayan Boutique Resort in Chaweng, with twice a day free shuttles between the two resorts.

The Maenam Villas are not near the ocean but the Chaweng boutique resort is. The first shuttle departs at 11am. At Maenam Villas you're a little bit away from the village of Maenam but it's well worth checking out, especially the Thursday evening walking street event or the many restaurants available.

Very good value for a 4 star hotel, well worth checking out.

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Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

Villa interior

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

Villa bedroom

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

Balcony jacuzzi

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

Swimming pool

Kirikayan Luxury Pool Villas & Spa Hotel, Maenam

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem finds itsef back at the Plai Laem shore line, next to and with a view on to Big Buddha.
The 14 luxury Villa's are located in an area with plenty of activities nearby, like bars, restaurants and a mini golf course just to name a few.
Bang Rak and Choengmon are also not too far away, with even more options. You will need wheels though, to get around.
Although the beach is not among Samui's best options, you will have lovely sunsets here and with a private pool, life is not going to be too hard.

Enjoy a quiet location with your own privacy.

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Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

Grand Sala suite pool villa 2 bedroom

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

Grand Sala suite pool villa 2 bedroom

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

 Grand Sunset Sala villa 

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

Grand Sunset Sala villa 

Tango Luxe Samui Beach Villas, Plai Laem

Beach view