Beach - only downside HOWEVER Tha fact that there are no crashing waves and pure White sandy beach means it's much more quiet and unspoilt with only a handful of locals keeping to themselves and other holidayers going for a long walk into the water as tide comes in just before sunset.romantic and/or meditative. Incredibly you can walk for over 200yards or so into the water and only be up to your knees. Ideal for kids. Amazing view of the aspect of Laem Set beach from a good distance. Koh Samui is beautiful to look at from the water. We visited Lamai beach once (10mins shuttle or scooter ride - so
easy) and thereafter were happy with the pools and quiet sanctuary of the resort which truly feels like a TINY village. SBV beach is fine to walk on and clean enough. If it were a perfect White sand beach with crashing waves it would not be the hideaway that it is.
Staff - Sweet staff. Attentive and not in your face. Management are English & Australian as well as Thai. Owners are English & Thai.
Rooms/Villas: stayed in a groundfloor Ocean room for 7 nights then moved onto a Villa called Rimhaad for last 2 nights. The 10 ocean rooms are a superb idea. You feel part of a tiny community of guests who will say hello or leave you to your privacy as you relax in the plunge pool and sunbeds you share with guests staying above or below you. We came off peak (May) and were at one point the only guests in Ocean Rooms. Only annoyance: Orchid Resort across the way (other side of the tiny bridge that separates you) has a restaurant that is visible. Staff aren't very professional but are harmless. You can use Orchid resorts 2 fab pools or just stick to SBV's own Clubhouse pool & facilities.
Clubhouse: it's a 5 minute walk from all villas and Ocean rooms. It includes the large pool, tennis courts, games area, gym, spa, restaurant and reception. This is what you will see when you enter the resort in their own branded and clean and comfortable vehicles (if
you let them arrange your transfers). There is a golf cart staff use and they will give you a lift to your room as and when is necessary. Otherwise the walk to and from is lush with spectacularly kept plants & trees (it's jungle remember) and the walk helps digest the menu which should be award winning. Porrn I think is the head Chef and she is the cutest loveliest lady. Very humble.
Food: menu for lunch and dinner very diverse and tasty as well as serving halal meat (big plus for us - they must source from the Muslim village nearby which I never caught sight of - the locals really keep to themselves in this unspoilt beautifully lush and green area). Breakfast is basic but the fruit, coffee and service are all so pleasant it wasn't an issue. Continental brekkie as well as Eggs all available as well as vast shakes (smoothies) and fresh juice.
Resort next door (X2 resort) has an amazing chef&menu and the interior design is impressive to say the least. There are tons more local restaurants that SBV recommend in the guest info you receive. Rockys is another. Cliff Bar .... Wow! Samui Beach Spa Resorts Renaissance restaurant is a must to visit. Think that's the name. It's in Lamai. Great vegan,raw and other stuff on internationally renowned menu.
Location: yes it's not Lamai or Chaweng but if you want to explore all you have to do is hire a scooter via SBV for 250Baht perday (fiver) and away you go. Independent! Or use the free daily SBV shuttle service. Taxis are available but no point. Just get a scooter! Lamai was enough for us. Chaweng we drove through and looked way too touristy.
Value for money: in the resort you're looking at a lunch or dinner (soft drinks included in this approx) for 2 ranging from 600Baht to 1200Baht which is only about 12-24quid and the food is superb. Village burger is amazing. The Veg pizza very nice. All Thai dishes are mouth watering and way better than UK Thai restaurants like Mango Tree. Most the time our meals were only approx 14quid for both of us.
Spa: Louise and the other main massage therapist are so so so professional and forthcoming. ESP after our disappointing experience in Bangkok. The Spa at SBV is very respectable in size and decor and serene to be in. Incredibly clean. 5+Star to be fair. Very high standard for food and spa for sure.
Tennis court - huge.
Table tennis - fun.
Pool table also I think.
Clubhouse Pool is very adult and clean and good for relaxing in as well as swimming.
I would recommend this place. It is definitely on it's way to becoming a luxury resort but honestly not necessary. It's got an unspoilt yet clean and maintained feel in a great serene location.
There are stray dogs everywhere in Koh Samui. The few in SBV are very well mannered. I didn't stroke them! They kept away from me even though I love dogs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Beach Village is a beachfront villa resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer both luxury villas from 2 to 5 bedrooms each with private pools, daily maid service and everything you expect from a luxury resort. We also have 1 or 2 bedroom Ocean Rooms, along with a Clubhouse with Restaurant, Tennis Court, Fitness Center, Spa Center and more....All with 90 on-site staff and concierge hotel-style services. FREE Children's club ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Samui Beach Village Ko Samui, Thailand