We stayed at Peace Resort Koh Samui for two weeks from January 2nd 2013.
Our room was a private sea view bungalow set in lush gardens. It was simply decorated and very comfortable with large extremely comfortable bed and big fluffy pillows. Room was well equipped with extras like a beach bag, flip flops and slippers for around the room, as well as the usual items like a room safe, air conditioning, hairdryer etc. and a universal plug converter. Storage space was a bit of an issue – there were only two tiny drawers and a very small amount of hanging space. My husband didn’t unpack his case, just put it under the sink unit in the bathroom and used it like a chest of drawers! We didn’t mind really, just made the best of it. The bath was luxurious and rainwater shower perfect. All very clean although I would say just a little bit tired. Needs freshening up. We had a private terrace with table and chairs for sitting out, and the luxury of two private sunbeds in prime position facing the sea in front of the bungalow. Housekeeping was excellent, cleaned every day and changed bed every two days. An abundance of clean, white towels also changed twice a day. 4 small bottles of water replaced free of charge daily. Large bottles charged and minibar replenished daily – and you can buy your own supplies from the small supermarket directly opposite the entrance to the Hotel. We also used the laundry service once or twice – excellent and extremely cheap.
The gardens are beautifully maintained and stunningly pristine. Lots of lovely birds and flowers and huge banana trees. Perfect. Sand and sunbeds brushed daily and staff will bring you huge bean bags if you prefer to be right on the beach. They will also bring you cocktails and snacks if you wish.
Try the coconuts, spring rolls, chicken satay and sweetcorn from the beach traders – delicious and ridiculously cheap. The hotel also has a nice big pool, very refreshing and sparklingly clean – and a great bar serving freshly prepared cocktails. The restaurant is pretty good as well; breakfast excellent, everything from fresh fruit and yoghurt/cereals, to pastries, to cold cuts, to fresh bread and toast, bacon, hash brown, sausages (well hot dogs!) and an egg bar. The hotel restaurant is obviously more expensive than the bars and restaurants outside but not stupidly so. Lunch is good – get a beachside table. We went to a traditional Thai buffet lunch whilst we were there and it was excellent value. In fact, we couldn’t eat for the rest of the day! The wine is expensive though, and pretty dreadful. Even if you buy “the best” wine it always takes corked, especially the red. We assume it’s the heat and not storing the wine at the correct temperature. Try the Thai wine, sometimes its much better, sometimes its not!! If you like sparkly ask for Prosecco, but be prepared to pay £30 or more – it is however served cold!
Great location - a ten minute walk from Fisherman's Village, providing great shopping, restaurants and bars. We visited Chewang for an evening – it is far more hectic (more like Phuket) and full-on. Great fun though but we much preferred Bo Phut – it’s a great location with something for everyone. Try a cocktail on the beach at Coconut where you sit on bean bags under the stars. First bar on left as you go into Fisherman’s Village. You can get there by walking along the beach, walking along roadside (watch out for the big bull!) or take a taxi or tuk tuk – 2 minutes. Don’t miss Fisherman’s Wharf market every Friday night; it’s a manic feast of food, entertainment, tailors and shopping!
We also had a private dinner for 4 set up on the beach in front of the hotel on our last night. Absolutely beautiful - we were fussed over and looked after – a chef cooked our dinner on the grill and we were literally at the waters edge. Stunning and not hugely expensive, but a real treat and lovely end to the holiday.
The hotel spa is in a separate building across the road from the hotel. Didn't try it, but looked like they had a good range of treatments. We did use the pool side massage sala and the ladies provided very good and reasonably priced massages.
All in all pretty perfect. One or two negatives - having to pay for cards to use their internet is irritating and in this day and age – pretty silly! Also make sure you lock up properly as our next door neighbours had an attempted break in during the early evening whilst we were having drinks together on our terrace. The thief snatched their IPad which was sitting on the bedside table; however, he was rumbled immediately and dropped it in the garden in his haste to get away. Staff were on the scene within a minute. And the storage – more drawers and wardrobe space should be provided particularly when you are paying for the luxury of a seafront villa.
Make sure you take plenty of mozzie both for your room and for your person – and if you do get bitten (you will!) buy some tiger balm to soothe the bites.
We will be back. A wonderful relaxing, friendly, exotic break. There’s nowhere like Thailand!