Code is not just a hotel, it's a way of being and a state of mind. Everything there, from ocean vista, framed within clear lines of modern design, to a high spec service, provided by dedicated staff, creates harmony. Airy rooms flow onto spacious balconies and sail further in the air above Samui and the Gulf of Thailand. The atmosphere is unique and surprisingly private in spite of the open plan and transparency of the design. It feels more like a private villa than a hotel. The infinity pool is never crowded and the guests are treated to complimentary fruit in the afternoon. Steam room and spa add to the luxury, the gym has it all should you decide to burn a few calories after a scrumptious breakfast. Wherever you go in the residence you will always find a cosy corner to sit and enjoy the symbiosis of architecture and nature. The staff are delightful. They are always there, ready to help, and anything you want appears within 15 minutes of your request: a glass of milk, an ironing board, more hangers for the wardrobe. You are in heaven.
Down on earth there is a shady walk to the beach along palm-tree plantations, past traditional Thai dwellings, surrounded by tropical plants. Dogs, lazing around, an occasional chicken running across the path, squirrels chasing each other along the endless stems of coconut palms, and if you are in a hurry or feel lazy there is always a tuk-tuk to take you up and down the hill, just press the button on the mobile phone that Code will give you.
There is no shortage of beach towels (and guests are allowed to take them to the beach), gowns and slippers are provided - these things are usually bulky and take half of a suitcase, so no need to bring them to Code. Hair dryer, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and vanity kits, even an umbrella and a torch are there. Rooms have a kitchen, which features a fridge with a minibar and a freezer, a hob, an extractor and a microwave, it’s well equipped with utensils: all in all sufficient to put a lunch or a simple dinner together if you don't want to eat out every night. There is 7/11 convenience shop at the bottom of the road by the beach and a fruit and veg stall nearby. They are ok for buying snacks, but if you want to cook a meal you will need a bigger supermarket like Tesco Lotus, which can be found on the main road into Chaweng, about 25 minutes drive from Code. Go to Chaweng and its beach, if you are looking for the Benidorm-type of holiday. Lamai has a slightly better feel to it. There is an awesome restaurant between Chaweng and Lamai with a perfect food/setting balance, called The Cliff. Worth stopping for lunch if you are in the area. It's located next to Silver Beach, which lots of people list as the best beach on Koh Samui. It's nice, but Lipa Noi on the west coast topped our list. Beaches, local to Code, are fine if a bit untidy, but it looks like a problem with all beaches in Koh Samui. There are two local beaches worth checking. The first one is at Blue Marlin cafe (either ask tuk-tuk to drop you off there or walk west from Relax, about 300 meters on the road, to get to it - when you are there, keep going along the beach to the rocks at the far end, you will find two little bays hidden in the rocks which are very private and simply delightful, although the sea is shallow there. The other one is in the direction of Mae Nam. It’s takes about 45 minutes by foot along the beach and it’s not accessible by foot from this side in high tide, but you can get there by scooter or car: drive towards Mae Nam, the turn off is at Ban Tai River Gardens, which is between Lotus Terraces and Hanalei Gardens.
We hired a scooter for our travels on the island but had to swap it for a car because driving scooter on Thai roads was too stressful for me. Both were arranged by the hotel at a reasonable price within a short notice. If you are OK with a scooter, then it’s definitely the way to move around. It’s good value for money compared to taxis.
By way of conclusion I would like to say that our fantastic experience in Koh Samui was defined by our choice of hotel. I would like to thank Georgina, whose skills in hospitality and dealing with emergencies were amazing, Manfred, who always made sure everybody was fine, Ice, a wonder of 15 minutes lead time, all breakfast team and Biew, who makes the best mocktails and cocktails on the island. These are the people who make this hotel so special.
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