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.

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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!

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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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Hammock Beach Resort, Maenam

This 3 star hotel is located at the popular Maenam beach and nearby to the Santiburi golf course. The Fisherman's Village isn't too far away either, just a good 3 km for some good restaurants and shopping but Maenam itself has enough restaurants to suit you.
The rooms are a little bit small but the price is right and the location is good for a nice and relaxed beach holiday.

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The Hammock, superior bungalow

Superior bungalow

The Hammock, guest room

Guest room

The Hammock, standard room

Standard room

The Hammock, exterior


The Hammock, pool


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vana Belle Resort, Chaweng

This is a brand new, high end resort at the beach in Chaweng Noi, or the Southern part of Chaweng beach, as of mid 2013.
Vana Belle means “Beautiful forest” and it shows all over the resort as the foundation of the resort's concept, orientation and design.
As can be expected in this price range, every suite and villa provides total privacy and your very own personal private pool and terrace. The resort is located at Chaweng Noi's beach, which is a  nice beach, secluded from the busy hustle and bustle of Chaweng's main beach.
Two restaurants, Kiree and Panalee look after your culinary needs and there's a nice fitness center attached with a personal trainer on standby. 

It's all luxury here in a quiet setting, if that's what you'er looking for, near busy Chaweng, this may be a resort to consider.

Booking by AGODA


Vana Belle Resort, classic pool suite

Classic pool suite

Vana Belle Resort, Deluxe pool suite

Deluxe pool suite

Vana Belle Resort, Grand pool suite

Grand pool suite

Vana Belle Resort, main swimming pool

Main swimming pool 

Vana Belle Resort, lobby lounge

Lobby lounge

Saturday, June 29, 2013

ShaSa Resort & Residences, Hua Thanon

ShaSa Resort & Residences

This exclusive 5 star resort can be found in the fairly remote Laem Seat area of Hua Thanon, South - East on the island. It offers one private beachfront villa and 32 chic suites with spacious sea view balconies and is build on a hill overlooking a bay. 

Romantic and idyllic come to mind! Enjoy their large pool, a hydrotherapy pool plus spa and there's a fresh seafood restaurant and a bar available to you.
For a total relaxing experience, you're in the right spot. Although it comes with a price tag, it's well worth considering what's on offer.

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Suite bedroom

Suite interior




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

P10 Samui, Bang Rak

P10 Samui, Bang Rak

This hotel is about 1 year old by now and stands out in the middle of Bang Rak, opposite the Petcherat pier.
It's 18 duplex rooms are very comfy and have a bathroom/shower on each floor. What makes it really special is that you can jump straight from your room into the pool. 
The hotel is not located at a beach, but if you cross the rod and walk down the Petcherat pier, you the Bang Rak beach stretching out to your left and right, not the best on Samui but a nice, fairly narrow but quiet beach.
Bang Rak has plenty of restaurants, a few bars, small supermarkets, the Seatran pier with the ferry to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, a market next to the Seatran pier and it's near the airport.

A good location and ideal for a stay before or after the Full Moon party, f it fits in your budget. Pries are medium ranged.

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Guest room


View from above

Private decks overlooking the pool


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Idyllic Samui, Resort & Villas, Plai Laem

The Idyllic Resort & Villas offers 15 three and four bedrooms villas and each villa comes with a private pool, straight on the beach of Samrong bay. The beach is shared with Six Senses Sila Evason Hideaway and Arayaburi Resort, two very luxurious hotels. Exclusive company indeed.

All the villas are built in Balinese style with a main house and a separate guesthouse(s) and at least 3 bathrooms and there's also a seaview condominium.

Pets are allowed, there's are disabled facilities, babysitting is available, a shuttle service exists and of course there's free Wi-Fi in public areas and throughout the resort. The resort is slightly isolated and without transportation or shuttle there's not many places to go to. This has it's pro's and cons, pending on what you're looking for.

Under Dutch ownership, a stay here will guarantee a quiet and relaxed experience in a secluded bay.


Hotels Combined 

Idyllic Villas, Koh Samui, Grand Villa

Grand Villa

Idyllic Villas, Koh Samui, Guest room

Guest room

Idyllic Villas, Koh Samui, Bed room

Bed room

Idyllic Villas, Koh Samui, Pool

Swimming pool


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Code, Bang Po

At the time of writing the Code hotel is the number one at TripAdvisor for Koh Samui. Considering they only opened as of January 2012, that's an impressive feat.

The hotel seems to have it all, although it's located on a hill with absolute stunning views and sunsets but there's no direct access to the beach. For that you need to walk or ride down and cross the busy ring road.

There are just forty very big and beautifully furnished suites, all with absolutely awesome ocean views. The hotel boasts a massive natural stone infinity pool, a state of the art fitness studio  and tennis courts.

This comes at a very reasonable price and if you want amazing views, stunning designs and fantastic sunsets this may be the place to book!

Booking by Agoda

Booking by Hotels Combined

Code, Koh Samui, interior

Room interior

Code, Koh Samui, interior

Guest room

Code, Koh Samui, view


Code, Koh Samui, Suite interior

Suite interior

Code, Koh Samui, Sea view from room

Sea view from room

Code, Koh Samui, infinity pool

Infinity pool