We stayed at Magic Resort because it came with VERY high recommendations from good friends of ours. Unfortunately we didn't take into account that they'd stayed there during the low season, whereas we were visiting right in the middle of the high season. Still, this place was cheap and cheerful, and definitely a quiet spot. I guess this one comes down to some poor choices on our behalf because there were nicer rooms there that we could've booked instead of the one we ended up in.
First things first: Our friends specifically recommended this resort to us because of the beach. They said Lamai Beach was paradise, and after having a bit of a rough experience on Ko Phangan we were looking forward to getting to the "paradise" of Ko Samui and in particular, Lamai Beach. Upon arrival at Magic Resort, we wandered down to the beach to check in. To our absolute horror the beach was completely and utterly polluted. It soon became evident that the rubbish had drifted over from Ko Phangan and the Full Moon Party a few nights beforehand. This was just so sad and upsetting to see.
Anyway, this first impression sort of marred our time on Ko Samui, and made it impossible to make the most of the resort's sun loungers and bar area on the beach. We didn't see much of the staff, however the made up our room and gave us fresh towels everyday which was great. The room was super basic but was clean and really all we needed for our short stay. The bed was TERRIBLE though - so uncomfortable with a hard mattress and springs poking through into our backs!! Other than that though our stay was comfortable enough.
The resort is in a great location - only a minute walk from a whole range of shops, markets [the night food markets are AMAZING!!!!!], restaurants, cafes and bars. Harry's restaurant just next to Magic Resort is so awesome, I can 110% recommend it for Thai food - and the European food looks great too.
If an easy location and basic digs is what you are after, then Magic will definitely suffice. If it's a beautiful beach you long for then definitely give Lamai a big miss.
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach