The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa Ko Samui
Our last night in Ko Samui, upon our return from Ko Pha Ngan, we decided to stay close to the airport and it seemed that this hotel was one of the nicer ones that was close to the airport. We had a short debate on Ibis Hotel ('cos my travel buddy could get a discount for it), also in the Fisherman's Village, and this one but I am glad that we finally agreed on this one. Having said that, we later found out that it wasn't as close as we had expected - took us about 20 mins to get to the airport.
As the name of the hotel suggested, it's indeed a sanctuary and from the not so grand accommodation we had in Ko Pha Ngan, this was nice! Price-wise, it's slightly dear as we had opted for the single bungalow (deluxe cottage pool view) rather than their standard room. The bungalow cost us 1900THB for a night stay there. This was booked from Sawadee.com - though having had a looked at it just now, it was advertised at 1400THB! So, definitely a bargain if you tell me! Just shows again how much the recession and H1N1 is affecting the traveling industry around the world!
We got a free transfer from the pier (it came with the ferry service that we had booked to go to and fro Ko Pha Ngan) to the hotel - and just like before - our driver got lost trying to find the hotel. Well, in fact, he got lost finding all 4 hotels that all of us in the van had wanted to go. One piece of advice, always have your hotel accommodation details in hand!
The hotel itself although is not in the centre of the action that is the Fisherman's Village (Bo Phut) is only about 10-15 minutes walk away.
The place is an oasis of quiet and calm and although there were a number of buildings being constructed in the area, we didn't notice much of the noises going on on our night stay there. Much has been said of the stray dogs around the area - again this too was not a problem for us. The only potential problem is that the road to the main road is not lit and walking to and back from the Fisherman's Village might be unnerving if you walking there alone.
Our room was tastefully decorated - as you can see and is very spacious and cosy. The usual room facilities of tv, dvd player, in room electronic safe, coffee/tea making facilities, towels and slippers were available. On top of that we have a nice balcony with a swing overlooking the swimming pool.
The swimming pool is big and clean and we have the whole pool almost all by ourself as again, we noticed not many people were around. Such a shame but still, its an oasis of calmness and I was definitely grateful of that. The ground is also lusciously green with loads of greeneries and floating in the water shaded by coconut trees, it was a bliss.
The reception area / restaurant / sitting area is comfy. There's a couple of computers with internet access for the guests to use and on top of that there's also DVDs as well as books for the guests to borrow. And if you were sitting there, slowly sipping your morning coffee or enjoying your pre-dinner drinks, don't be alarmed if you got interrupted by an over-friendly Jack Russell (though seriously, is there ever an unfriendly Jack Russell?!) called Lamut! Such a charmer!
There was a comment how dark the Standard Room is at night and that it's spooky being empty and all. But honestly, it's not that far from the main building and spooky or not, I don't mind staying there myself having seen it from the outside.
This place is ideal for those wanting to be close by to the Fisherman's Village but still far enough to have a nice quiet place to stay in. Another perfect spot for honeymooners and/or quiet romantic getaway. And with the cheaper price now, I won't mind going there on my own too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore more of Koh Samui while staying at The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa. Stay in your serene secret little home. See the island from different angles. We welcome you into our community just like our friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sundays Tropical Hotel Koh Samui
- Sundays Tropical Hotel
- The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa Ko Samui/Bophut