Saturday, March 29, 2014

Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Lamai

Luxury and convenience have been around on Koh Samui for a while now and one of the new players in this upper range market segment is Le Meridien.
They have chosen a location which fits their image, with a nice beach in front of them, in a bay just North of Lamai with some breathtaking views over the Gulf of Thailand and stunning landscaping. 
The resort offers all the amenities and facilities one would expect with a golf course just 3km away.

14 Villas offer privacy and luxury including outdoor courtyard, sun lounges and a private salt water pool and 63 suites with features such as; enclosed veranda, open-air terrace, private plunge pool or direct access to a shared salt-water pool.

The price is well worth the experience and for some serene relaxation, Le Meridien Koh Samui comes highly recommended.

Booking by AGODA


Le Meridien Koh Samui, villa


Le Meridien Koh Samui, villa

Villa with pool

Le Meridien Koh Samui, villa

Villa with pool

Le Meridien Koh Samui, guest room

Guest room

Le Meridien Koh Samui, exterior


Monday, February 17, 2014

W Retreat, Maenam

This is one of the top end hotels on the island and comes with all the 'bells and whistles' and yes, it's luxury and no, it's not cheap. It's well worth though, as long as you can afford it. There's an almost exclusive beach in front of the hotel and the location is not too far away from the Santiburi golf course, the airport and Fisherman's Village. There are also plenty of good restaurant options near the hotel in Maenam.

If you can afford to splash out, this hotel should be high on your list of options.

Booking By AGODA


W Retreat, Jungle Oasis

Jungle Oasis

W Retreat, Extreme WOW Ocean Haven

Extreme WOW Ocean Haven

W Retreat, relax


W Retreat, beach

The beach

W Retreat, pool and beach

View on the pool and the beach

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lolita Bungalow, Maenam

When you stay at Lolita Bungalows in Maenam, you will stay at one of the older resorts on the islands and one that stays close to it roots! You will not be pampered here and everything works a little bit slower and/or different. No wifi in the room but WLAN in the restaurant, no beach chairs but a great beach in front of the room and no breakfast buffet but their restaurant is open from 7 in the morning until 8 in the evening for 'a la carte' orders. The light switch next to the bed may have you get out of the bed to switch it off and their 39 bungalows in 8 different styles are basic except a few "VIP' bungalows at the beach.
The rooms have a/c and hot water but there are also 'fan only' rooms available.
It's still a popular destination and it's conveniently located near the Lomprayah pier if you need a ferry to Koh Phangan or Koh Tao and Maenam village is not far away, with it's many restaurants and it's Chinese Temple.

Take your foot off the gas pedal and slow down a bit and Lolita may be just for you.

Booking by Agoda

Booking by Hotels Combined

Lolita Bungalows, beach room

Beach room

Lolita Bungalows, guest room

Guest room

Lolita Bungalows, beach view

Beach view

Lolita Bungalows, exterior


Lolita Bungalows, bungalow

Monday, December 9, 2013

Prana Resort & Spa, Bang Rak

This boutique style resort has been undergoing renovations for a prolonged period but is now closing in on completion and are open for business. Everything is new and will accommodate you to enjoy your stay in a relaxed way.

The location is on the outskirts of Bang Rak, direction Fisherman's Village and one of their strong points is the Nadimos Lebanese restaurant that can be found inside the hotel.
Besides this feature, the atmosphere in the resort is very relaxed with a direct access to the beach. Other strong points the distance to the airport, maybe a 10 minute car ride, which puts them in a very central location, close enough to a few major attractions on the island and other restaurant and nightlife options that you may seek.

Booking by AGODA


Prana Resort & Spa, guest room

Guest room

Prana Resort & Spa, guest room

Guest room

Prana Resort & Spa, living room

Living room

Prana Resort & Spa, pool

Swimming pool

Prana Resort & Spa, exterior


Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Sea Resort & Spa, Bang Po

The Sea Resort & Spa is located at a quiet area in Bang Po, nicely tucked away on the beach. Also an area with some of the best sea food restaurants on the island.

With only 27 rooms and villas, it's a luxurious but nice and intimate resort and all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as kitchenette, air conditioning, internet access – LAN (complimentary), bathrobes, separate dining area to please even the most discerning guest. 

For golfers this resort may be good choice due to it's proximity to the Santiburi golf course.

If you're looking for a haven of rest and relaxation, The Sea may be it for you.

Booking by AGODA


Sea view 1 bed room suite

Suite living area

Living room 3 Bedroom pool villa 


Bang Po beach

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mantra Samui Resort, Maenam

Just visited the Mantra resort yesterday and it is well impressing! Way up on a hill overlooking Maenam and the ocean, this privately owned resort delivers the 5 stars with a hand kiss!

Since the resort is build on a hill, there's no direct beach access but shuttle buses run daily to three beaches and there's a lovely infinity 10 x 24 meter infinity pool, overlooking the ocean.

Each of the 88 rooms comes with a complimentary computer and wifi for your stay, there's a great gym and there's even a pillow and soap menu plus a kid's club.

Two restaurants, The Ubuntu and the Damma Dining serve you as well as the 'Ministry of Coffee' bar and the Gym and Juice bar at the Mantra Fitness Center are at your service.

The resort is fairly far away from anything but rental cars, motorbikes and bicycles are available.

They really try hard and succeed to make your stay well worth it and once you leave you want to come back immediately.

Booking by Agoda

Booking by Hotels Combined

Mantra Samui resort, bedroom


Mantra Samui resort, Cozy living room

Cozy living room

Mantra Samui resort, Love Jacuzzi Oasis Terrace

Love Jacuzzi Oasis Terrace

Mantra Samui resort, Grand Family suite

Grand Family suite

Mantra Samui resort, Swimming pool
 Swimming pool

View over the ocean from the resort

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Impiana Resort, Chaweng

The Impiana Resort has been at Chaweng Noi since a few years and is part of the Impiana group, with other resorts in Malaysia and Phuket.

Their 98 rooms have access to a very secluded beach, away from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach but still within 15 minutes or so by taxi to downtown Chaweng. You get a bit of both worlds this way, the quiet and secluded beach and the shopping and restaurants are not far away. 

They offer a salt and a fresh water pool, although the pools are rather smallish, but this can be made up by the beach and all the usual things you can expect in this kid if hotel, including free wifi in the rooms.

The Impiana offers good quality at mid range prices, close enough for all your convenience needs and still far away enough for a quiet nights sleep!

Booking by AGODA


Impiana Resort, Chaweng Noi

Guest room

Impiana Resort, Chaweng Noi

Deluxe living room

Impiana Resort, Chaweng Noi

Suite room

Impiana Resort, Chaweng Noi

The pool in the evening

Impiana Resort, Chaweng Noi

The beach