When choosing accommodation in Koh Samui there were a couple of prerequisites:
1/ View of the sea from our balcony
2/ Beach Front Location
3/ Central Location
4/ reasonably priced
Our timing wasn’t great as we were staying during one of their peak seasons where prices can rise by up to 50% in some resorts. The Aloha ticked all the boxes so we decided on a grand deluxe seaview room which by comparison wasn’t a lot more than their other rooms.
The hotel is laid out in such a way that most rooms receive a seaview, except maybe the ground floor rooms which are geared towards families with young children so they don’t need to worry too much about climbing stairs but are still in close proximity to the pool and the beach. The bungalows seemed quite cute but are located behind the northern wing so they also do not have a seaview.
Upon arrival (around 11pm, about 8 hours late thanks to Bangkok Airways) there were a couple of other parties signing in at the same time and the check in person handles us all at the same time, I was truly impressed with her skills .We were taken to our room which was located the northern wing and had a great view of the grounds, the pool and the sea. The room was huge. It had an entry, huge bed, large sofa, good sized bathroom with separate shower and bath. There was plenty of room for us to ‘drop’ things without having to find a place where we wouldn’t trip over them. It would be still be spacious with a couple of single beds in the room. The only thing missing was blockout curtains. Our room was pristine atfer being cleaned each day.
Breakfast was included and offered a great variety, including egg chefs and the head chef was out talking to guests most mornings to make sure the guests were happy with their food.
I’ve lost count of the number of resorts I’ve stayed at where the guest grab towels first thing in the morning to stake their claim to the lounges but despite this, and it being peak season, there still seemed to be enough lounges available with a choice of sunny or shaded spots. On a couple of days they were in short supply but by no means were they exhausted. A couple of the lounges were in need of minor repairs and we did see some of them being fixed. The pool area is great and has lovely views of the ocean. The beach was pristine with the occasional person taking a seat on the beach.
We did encounter a couple of blackouts, at least one of which extended along the beach, when power was returned and one of our lights wouldn’t turn off, this was around 11pm. The maintenance person fixed it within a couple of minutes of us reporting it.
We decided to have a massage on the day before we left which is perched above the pool with a commanding view of the beach. The massage was brilliant, and very reasonably priced.
We also hired a vehicle for a couple of days through their tourist desk which offered good value and we had the extra added bonus of being able to park it on site. It’s a great way to see the island at your own pace and at around $30 a day, including insurance offers good value particularly if you consider a one way trip to Chaweng by taxi is around $13AUD fixed price.
What this hotel offers is a relaxed vibe, great location, excellent layout, a beautiful beach, great service and has Lamai’s main drag just out the front of the hotel. The staff are efficient and friendly, it offers true value for money, it’s definitely at the top of my list.
It’s quality 3 ½ star accommodation.
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