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“Fantastic resort and restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
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Kanda Residences
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   80/32 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Karma Samui)   |  
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Ranked #67 of 173 Hotels in Bophut
Hong Kong, China
1 review
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“Fantastic resort and restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have just returned from a 5 day trip to kanda and wish I was still there. The villas are excellent all with their own private dip pools. For serious swimmers there is a large pool close to the restaurant and for children there is also a children's pool close to the beach. The villas and communal areas are all well maintained and it is a very quiet resort. For those wanting bars, nightlife and a variety of restaurants Chewang is only 5-10 mins away. The on site restaurant Rockpool is excellent with amazing views. It serves both western and Asian food and even has happy hour which we often went to whilst sitting watching the sun go down. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff and the Chef, Chris even offered to make a special dish for us with the fish he had brought for the Sunday buffet. I didn't use the spa this time but did use the on site gym which is quite basic but has a treadmill, cross trainer and multi gym as well as free weights. There is a beach you can walk down to but it is coarse sand and quite rocky at one end. If it's sandy beaches you are after there are miles and mile of these close by. Overall this is a fantastic resort and one I can highly recommend. It offers comfort, privacy and peace with noise and nightlife nearby in Chewang if you fancy this too. I have stayed at 2 other resorts on Samui and when I return I will definitely return to Kanda

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you very much for you nice feedback.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Kanda Residences and that you appreciated the great location, our nice staff, the tasty special dishes as well our spacious rooms.

Your comments are very valuable to us and are critical motivation for all of our team.
We will pass your compliments to our employees.

And we will update our program in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stayed at Kanda Residences for a week at Villa 28 with family and loved almost everything about it...almost!

The Pros:

1. Staff extremely friendly, helpful and courteous.
2. Services adjustable to our needs.
3. Services were prompt and quick.
4. The Views from each of the Villas of the Gulf of Thailand (Pacific) are fantastic.
5. The Villas interior and exteriors are clean, maintained and have a very aesthetic appeal to it.
6. The Kitchen in the villa was fully equipped and this was the main reason we selected this residence-styled resort as cooking smaller meals for the children were comfortable.
7. The in-villa pool was a good size and about 5 feet deep with steps to enter and an elevated seat (3 feet) on one side. The pool was well maintained daily.
8. Very safety conscious, as the resort child-proofed the in-villa pool for us with wooden fencing (2.5 feet high) on the border of the pool facing the villa, especially as we had small children. Never have I seen this in any of the resorts we have stayed at with pool villas in other destinations of the world.
9. Housekeeping is very good and will attend to you as soon as possible.
10. The bedrooms and bathrooms were strikingly charming and the view from these were picturesque.
11. The Chef would cater to our personal needs (lunch, dinner, etc.)
12. The Spa treatments were excellent and very relaxing, with many on offer (buy 1 get another free) and some treatments were free, which includes few for children.
13. Provided us a lot of discounts/offers on transfers to/fro airport and sites on Koh Samui.
14. The resort Cars/SUVs used are clean and maintained well and the drivers, drive cautiously on Samui's roads.
15. Chaweng which has all the big restaurants and the Central Festival Mall (inhouses a supermarket) is just a 15 minute drive away (south west)
16. Koh Samui Airport is only 2 Km away and hence accessible in 5 minutes by car. Note that despite this you will rarely hear the sound of the jets taking off as there is a small hill (elevation 150 meters) in-between.

Few Cons though otherwise this resort would be impeccable:

1. The Villa configuration/layout is such that each room is separated from each other as different units within the villa compound and hence if you are a family with small children you would need to consider this.
2. During the time from May-October (Rainy and Partly Rainy season), there are a lot of mosquitoes and hence you will require a lot of repellents (lotions, liquid electric repellent, coils, etc. which the resort will provide free of cost) as the pest control is done only once a month. Recommend that the eco-friendly pest control is done more often (2-3 times a week) during the rainy season.
3. The breakfast served at the restaurant (or in the room) does not have much variety.
4. The private beach was not sandy and the sand is coarse and rocky. But if you wish for a fine sandy beach Chaweng beach is only a 15 minute drive away. They provide a free shuttle once a day.

But these are only minor as compared to the pros and the resort staff will do all possible to make your stay comfortable.

Overall a fantastic resort and possibly the best residence-styled resort on Koh Samui!

Room Tip: If you are travelling with family and have small children, choose a villa with closer bedrooms units...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, September 2, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for posting a fabulous review of your recent stay with us and for highlighting our staff on Tripadvisor. That means a huge value for all of them and they will be encouraged by your kind remarks.
I am extremely happy to note that you enjoyed your time with us and I appreciate your kind words regarding our food,service,rooms and of course private pool villa.
We will pass on your comments to our staff.

We appreciate your comments and feedback and currently look into an improvement of our property.

And also your comment will be visible after our approval.

We looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you and your kids back in the near future.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Had a wonderful stay and didn't want to leave. The villa was lovely and huge with a separate living area and kitchen and a private pool with lovely views overlooking the bay. I think probably the largest pool villa that I have stayed in Thailand so excellent value and great for families, groups of friends, honeymooners and couples. It was very peaceful and nice to be away from all the crowds in Chaweng..yet only a 5 minute drive away should you want to go in for shopping. The Rockpool restaurant was excellent - beautifully presented food and very tasty. The Chef Chris was very helpful and passionate about his food. I would say one of the best dining experiences that I have had on Samui ( have been many times). The setting and views were lovely too. Staff were all very helpful and courteous at all times and couldn't do enough to help. The manager Liz and the reception manager Nicky were lovely and very helpful also. I had a massage in my villa which was excellent and one of the best that I have had in Thailand. I would definitely recommend!

Room Tip: all the villas share a similar view..the ones on the beach were amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you very much for your support and staying with us at Kanda Residences. We very much appreciate your positive feedback on our pool villa resort and very happy to hear that we met your expectations.

Your comments are very valuable to us and are critical motivation for all of our team.
We were also very pleased to read your comments about the friendly and helpful staff in our hotel. Certainly we have passed this on to our employees.

We will pass on your comments to our staff.

And we will update our programme in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Loved our stay at the villa! Staff and facilities were excellent. Views were amazing. Food and drink were reasonable price, great tasting and the Rock Pool has the most amazing views. The actual villa had a good sized private pool and great size of rooms and decor. This place made the holiday fantastic! The private beach was not sandy but this did not matter, as the views were amazing and it was nice for a early evening walk. Hotel staff catered for our day trips and anytime we needed a taxi. Would recommend having the buffet breakfast in your deal, sometimes had two breakfast meals in one morning!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for spending your time to comment on your recent stay.

We are very glad to see, that you remark our hotel, the food offer and the perfect location around. We were also very pleased to read your comments about the friendly and helpful staff in our hotel. Certainly we have passed this on to our employees.

we looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back in the near future.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Myself and my wife stayed in Villa 14 at Kanda Residences for eight nights at the beginning of February. It was one of the best holidays we have ever had.

Kanda Residences is just minutes from the airport in Koh Samui, and the resort picked us up and brought us straight to the villa. The villa had been prepared beautifully with flower petals strewn around the main bedroom and the bathroom.

The villa consists of three large bedrooms all of which are en-suite. These a an infinity pool at the heart of the villa, with the large, open plan kitchen/dining room/living room.

The resort was quiet at that time of the year and was the perfect location to relax and recharge. The staff at the resort were so helpful, from helping us to book cars and trips to providing information about places to eat.

We ate at the Rock Pool restaurant several times for breakfast and dinner, and the food was excellent and staff very helpful throughout. The restaurant is right on the water and is the perfect location for cocktails as the sun sets.

Kanda has a communal pool and its own private beach but with our own private pool in Villa 14 with an incredible view over the seas around Thailand, it was the hard to leave.

Just minutes from Chaweng Beach, this is the perfect location to explore Koh Samui but with everything you need on hand in Kanda, it was very hard to take ourselves away from Villa 14.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you so much for your good feedback.
I really appreciate hearing about your experiences. We are more than happy to hear that we met your expectations.

We are very happy to note that you enjoyed your time with us and I appreciate your kind words regarding our food, service, rooms, locations and of course private pool villa!
We will pass on your comments to our staff.

And we will update our programme in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I've been in a lot of places all around the world, but nothing was as good as my stay at Kanda Residences in Koh Samui.
This is mostly due to the perfect 24/7 service the staff provides.
The villa gives you a very luxurious feeling and makes you never want to leave.
I even considered moving to Thailand because of this.

The villa's we had consisted of 3 small bungalow-like buildings. 1 for the living room, 1 for the master bedroom(+big bathroom) and 1 for 2 other bedrooms. The outdoor private swimming pool was the area we spent most of our time. Next to the pool there's this roof covered bed where you can relax.

The bedroom was very clean, and airconditioned with state of the art airconditioning units.
The whole villa, including garden, gets cleaned twice a day by a team of around 8 people. It's a very special sight, and you almost get the feeling to help the people because of their hard work.

The living room was the room we spent the least of our time (because we like to be outside, and it didn't rain while we stayed there), but if it's raining it's the best place you can be because of the entertainment system.

Breakfast was always fresh (and very good) and was available till 11:00.
This also goes for lunch and diner. The chef, Chris, makes diner a very special occasion with his original dishes. From traditional Thai food, to whatever you like. Scott, the South African beverage manager, adds even more quality with his kindness and knowledge.

We'd like to thank all of the staff and especially general manager Liz and the owner, Alan, for their exceptional service and kindness.

Jim from the Netherlands

Room Tip: Every villa has its very own private pool. If you're closer to the reception you could encounter...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Dear Mr. Jim

thank you very much for you nice feedback.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Kanda Residences and that you appreciated the great location, our nice staff, the tasty breakfast as well our spacious rooms. We will pass your compliments to our employees.

And we will update our programme in the near future and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Looking forward to welcoming you again in our Hotel.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Kanda Residences was amazing! We traveled with 2 adults and 2 13yr old twins. We booked a 2 bedroom private pool villa in April and stayed for 2 nights. Everything was great. The reception was very friendly and helpful. Our villa was the most gorgeous place we have ever stayed! The 2 bedrooms and living area are separate from each other in a private courtyard surrounding your private pool so may not be good for young children, but your front gate can be locked from the inside. The breakfast was excellent. There are other pools and a magnificent view from the restaurant. The beach in front is rocky but pretty. Its a short songthaew ride to Chaweng (50 baht per person) This place has definitely got 'Spoil Yourself" written all over it!

Room Tip: Private pool villa...WOW!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KandaResidences, Marketing Executive of Kanda Residences at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for posting a fabulous review of your recent stay with us and for highlighting our staff on Tripadvisor. That means a huge value for all of them and they will be encouraged by your kind remarks.
I am extremely happy to note that you enjoyed your time with us and I appreciate your kind words regarding our food,service,rooms and of course private pool villa!
We will pass on your comments to our staff.

And we looking forward to the opportunity of welcoming you and your kids back in the near future.

Best wishes
From Kanda Residences team !
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Address: 80/32 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Karma Samui)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#24 Family Hotel in Bophut
#28 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#31 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#38 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#44 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
#55 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kanda Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally-located, elegant, ocean-facing, over-sized pool villa retreat. Five minutes from both Koh Samui International Airport and Chaweng Beach. Choose from One to Three bedroom villas with minimum size of 400 square metres. Grand living area, private swimming pool, outdoor terrace and Thai-style sala (pavilion).Home to "Rock Pool" the iconic beachfront restaurant. Asian Wellness Centre with certified Wat Po Thai Massage therapist, Reiki treatments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Karma Samui Hotel Koh Samui
Karma Samui Koh
Kanda Residences Ko Samui/Bophut

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