Holidaying at Napasai is like being in Paradise. The hotel built on a hillside is situated in a peaceful tropical garden bordering on to its own private beach. The staff cannot do enough to make the guests stay a happy and memorable one. Our room, a sea view cottage, gave us a fabulous view of the sea and the nearby island of Koh Phangan,, The room was very well equipped, large double bed, TV Video CD player, and a relaxing corner with a panoramic sea view through large sliding windows. The bathroom is equipped with luxurious beauty products, soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion as well as the usual items like hairdryer , mosquito plugs etc. The bath was a large corner bath big enough for 2 people with an oil burner containing fragrant essential oil lit nightly to induce a restful sleep. Something which I think is a plus is that each day of the week Monday to Friday you wake up to find an A 4 sheet called Good Morning News hanging on the door knob. It is written in your own language and while you are on holiday it is good to know a little of what is going on back home. As 1 of us is French and the other English we were spoilt by having French and English news.
At the end of a day pool watching or sight seeing we enjoyed relaxing on our outside terrace watching the fascinating wild life especially the birds, so many different species, or just chatting and sampling the exotic fruits (a different one each day) which had been placed in our room for us to discover, while being kept cool by the large ceiling ventilator. The hotel has an infinity pool about 55m long and a paddling pool for young children, and of course there is the beach. Pool/beach staff are on duty to answer your every whim, towels, drinks, food. I especially liked the cold water and sorbet offered each day while enjoying the sun . The hotel provides a wide variety of food and I particularly enjoyed the breakfast buffet which has something for everyone. Should you want something special ask and they will try the impossible to provide it. Although the hotel is in a quiet spot, it is easy to order the hotel's limousine, or a taxi or even ask the buggy to take you to the main road so you can hail a taxi. In about 10 minutes you can reach Bophut the nearby fishermans village where you will find shops, restaurants and bars. You can reach Chaweng, the hub of night life, in about 20 minutes. We however hired a car which we left in the car park when not discovering the island. Staff are always happy to drive you down to the carpark in a buggy, and as all comings and goings were monitored by security at the main gate, on your return the buggy and a smiling driver would be waiting to take you up to the hotel entrance. During the week the hotel provided special themed culinary delights which are sometimes set up alongside the infinity pool, it is magical.
Guests can enjoy various treatments in the spa. I enjoyed a facial massage and my husband an essential oil massage. The staff are very professional and the environment peaceful calm and relaxing. Many sporting activities are also available, like kayaking, biking, underwater diving with an instructor who comes to give the first lesson in the hotel pool. Sight-seeing trips can be arranged both on and around the island or to the Anthong Marine Park or to other islands.
We love this hotel for the setting and above all for the wonderful service provided by all the staff. Nothing is too much for them, they even packed my garden pots so that they could travel back in the plane safely. I was a director of tourism for 20 years and have travelled all over the world, but this has to be the very best hotel I have ever stayed in. Sure it is a 5 star hotel, but I have stayed in others and you were not made to feel as special or relaxed as we were here.
We have stayed here for the last 5 years and the quality is still as high as it ever was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond Napasai Beach Resort & Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand is a secluded luxury beach resort in Maenam Beach, on the fashionable north coast of Koh Samui. Accommodation comprises a selection of beautiful Koh Samui-style private cottages, some with private pools, and two and three bedroom private pool luxury villas for rental and sale. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Napasai By Orient-Express Hotel Mae Nam
- Napasai Koh Samui
- Napasai Hotel Koh Samui
- Belmond Napasai Ko Samui, Thailand