We stayed 3 nights at Le Meridien Oct 23-26, taking advantage of the opening promotions. It is a wonderful resort, despite the relative small size. This is not your normal huge International chain resorts. It is more like an exclusive boutique resort. Staff number is limited which makes interaction with them all the more personal. It's easy to remember all of them and vice versa -- another good trait with boutique offerings. However you do get the high standard of furnishing and facilities that comes with big chain resorts. So I think it is a winning combination.
Check in is a breeze.
Overall room size is generous. It is divided almost in half into indoor and outdoor area. Toilet, shower, Bath tube is all at outdoor open area, with an open terrace at the main entrance. Nice touch but do be careful of insects if you are the insects magnet type. I don't have any problems with mosquito but can't say that for my wife. Indoor furniture is made of solid wood in classic Asian style and bed is very comfortable with the exception to people who prefer really hard ones.
My wife had a problem with the curtain of the window beside the bed, which does not block out light completely. So we asked to change the room, which is handled really smoothly. We were moved to a SPG Preferred room. I am member of SPG. Not sure why they did not put me there in the first place. Anyway, the room, though similar in size, is of a better layout in my opinion. The terrace is now off the bedroom and almost enclosed and so does make the room feel larger.
There is only one restaurant and right next to it, the main bar by the pool. Pool size is relatively small about 20M X20M. It is right in front of the Restaurant. Then just beyond the pool is the north Lamai beach front and open sea. The floating platform on its beach front is a wonderful addition. You need to see it to believe its size. My wife swam the length of the platform. It's a pity the water is murky due to monsoon rain, I guess.
Breakfast is the standard chain resort buffet with Thai and Western coverage. No freshly squeezed juice is an apparent oversight. Another minor point is there are insects congregating on the fresh fruits. While this is not an issue for me but it is for people like my wife who are insects-phobic. We did not try the main meals at the restaurant, as we read from other reviews that it’s overpriced.
They do offer lots of activities. Most are free. We did want to try Kayak but bad weather and tour schedule ruled it out. But we did try the Upper Body Workout class in the Gym. A 5-star session thanks to its instructor. Night time movie by the pool is another good idea. Never tried that before but swimming/dipping in the pool while enjoying a movie under the starry night is certainly a memorable experience.
The location of the resort is on the north side of Lamai beach. Lamai is quieter, less crowded and more “Thai”, compared with the popular and over populated Chaweng beach. However if you want to experience Chaweng you need a taxi from this hotel, (not cheap for short distance even the Pickup Truck style).
It's about 15 minutes walk into Lamai centre where you can find local shops, restaurants, local markets and a Tesco supermarket. We did bump into the Sunday night market on Lamai Beach Road. Wonderful experience both culinary and cultural. Must see if the timing is right.
It's also about 15 minutes walk in the opposite direction to Crystal Bay, where there are several lookout spots and a couple of good restaurants: "The Cliff" (the more expensive one) and "Big Rock"(the more value for money one).
I really want to give this resort a 5 star rating. But two things prevent me from doing that. First we have experienced better breakfasts from several resorts of similar class in South East Asian countries.
Secondly, we needed to walk out to our booked taxi. Not a short distance, especially with me carrying two large bags and my regulator bag. We were under the full view of the receptionist whom I had settled my account with just a second ago and yet no one came to our aid. I think this second point is really unacceptable. Door boy, who had no way of seeing any guests need help with bags due to the resort layout, did help us to put the bags into the taxi, outside the resort but what's the point? I had done the hard yards already.
Would I go back to Le Meirdien? Yes, but I do wish I can give them 5 stars on my next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on an idyllic stretch of exclusive Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere and rich, cultural experiences. Inspired by timeless beauty and diverse cultural influences, the resort features an intimate selection of 64 suites and 14 stand alone villas, some with their own private plunge pools, infinity pools, limitless ocean views and private dining pavilions. Each exquisitely appointed with the most modern in-room facilities, high ceilings, expansive windows and open-air bathrooms. The resort features the Le Méridien signature arrival experience programme; an inspiring restaurant concept: Latest Recipe; and the savvy lobby lounge bar Latitude 9, the resort poolside Plunge Bar as well as the world-class luxury Le SPA.Reflect and relax at the world-class luxury Le SPA, with a customized menu of rejuvenating experiences that combine ancient cultural methods and ingredients to revitalize mind, body and spirit. A beautiful oceanfront infinity pool and expansive deck offers a stylish daytime retreat for a refreshing swim with spectacular ocean views. Guests can stay fit in the state-of-the-art fitness center, offering the latest and best exercise equipment and daily Yoga and Pilates classes. Relax by day on the resorts 224-meter floating pier that extends over the Gulf of Thailand and by night, enjoy a unique and sophisticated venue for an exclusive dinner, celebratory cocktails or engage with other well travelled new friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Koh Samui Hotel Lamai Beach
- Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort And Spa
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