Sala Samui was our choice based on the reviews here for 2 weeks at the end of June 2009.
Accommodation - We stayed in the 'Balcony Deluxe' room, number 43 – these are all located on the 1st floor above one of the pool villas. The room is not very large, but has a large out door bathroom and a large balcony with a double day bed – which is very nice for a relaxing unwind in the shade. The bathroom took some getting used to as unless you shut the curtains anyone can see you in there – once mastered it works very well. Yes you get the odd ant, flying thing in there – but not many and it does feel very spacious. The only criticism of the bathroom is the plastic roof makes the room very hot when the sun hits it and the bath takes an age to empty after someone has finished showering – we asked three times for this to be checked and assume it was checked and this was normal – it just needs a better flow away, given it is on the 1st floor this seems odd.
The room has a hair dryer, safe, normal range of amenities and we found the complementary soap / shower gel excellent. They leave 2 bottles of water, if you use them in the morning they actually leave you two more in the evening, so you then don't’ need to worry about buying water.
The evening turn down service includes a small gift, plus freshen up of the room, which is nice as we had a habit of making it a mess very quickly.
Staff and Restaurants – Breakfast is ‘ala carte’, with a good selection and the eggs are a rich, deep yellow – very fresh. Normal buffet for some things and for once really fresh juice on tap. We really liked the drinks at breakfast – fresh coffee, chocolate or a range of teas, all served fresh on demand. The staff are friendly and very helpful, not sure why some people think they are after tips, I saw no evidence of this during the two weeks we were there. Any bill has the option to add a tip if you want.
Lunch and evening meals at the Sala Samui were very good, Thai or European, with a wide selection of dishes. Yes it is more money than if you walk down the beach, but we did not think it was very expensive given the standard of the food and the service you receive. The Tuna Salad and Thai Burger were excellent for example. The evening has the option for ‘ala carte’ or on certain evenings pre-set menus which on Wednesday’s include a very good Thai music and dancing night, accompanied by a BQ.
Mosquito’s – Like the rest of Asia there are these annoying creatures. The resort fogs the vegetation every Wednesday with rape seed oil to help reduce them, we were both bitten in the bar as it is open to the elements and they start biting right on happy hour 5pm. Covering up obvious areas and using sprays resulted in 100% protection. As we were staying on the 1st Floor this also helped to reduce the amount of Mosquito’s around the room. The turn down service every evening also includes a spray to kill any in the room and on the balcony.
Wider Area – The small town has a 7-11 for snacks and sun screen, a pharmacy for a good range of toiletries / anti mosquito sprays and medicine. Tailors by the dozen if that is your thing, few bars and restaurants on the front and a better selection on the beach. Honey’s at the far end offers good Thai food even if the service could be better at times. Other reviews have all mentioned Jonno’s (Orange bar – can’t miss it) at the front of the Sala Samui resort and this is worth a visit. We also spent a considerable amount of time at Pangae (Italian restaurant) – Happy Hour at 6pm and the bar lady was very pleasant and hospitable.
Fisherman's Village in Bophut has a plethora of Thai, Italian, Mexican, European & Indian restaurants – a decent restaurant is the Happy Elephant (don’t order the BQ Squid too dry). The Red Thai Curry with Duck is recommended. Well worth a visit as very attractive as it retains the original fisherman homes. We got the Sala Samui private driver as quite often it can be the same price as the local taxi’s.
Conclusion - Excellent hotel, good value for money, quiet and peaceful without being out of it. Good for adults, OK for children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SALA Samui Resort and Spa is a stunning deluxe pool villa resort on Koh Samui island, featuring private swimming pools in 53 out of 69 total villas and suites.At SALA Samui, a comfortable, relaxing ambiance is created by a harmonious blend of traditional Thai architecture with modern facilities and amenities. Friendly, well-trained staff pamper guests with professional, personalized service.Located on pristine Choeng Mon beach on the northeast corner of Koh Samui island, SALA Samui is just 15 minutes from the Samui airport, 20 minutes from Bo Phut's quaint Fisherman's Village, and only 15 minutes from Chaweng Beach shopping and nightlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sala Samui Resort And Hotel Koh Samui
- Sala Samui Hotel
- SALA Samui Resort And Spa Ko Samui/Choeng Mon