We travelled as a party of 4 friends, and arrived in Koh Samui in the afternoon. Taxi's were readily available in the arrivals area, and we hired one for all four of us and 4 suitcases for 500 baht.
The hotel was about a 10 minute drive away, situated in the heart of Chaweng, and close to bars, restaurants and markets.
When we got to Chaweng Garden Beach, a member of staff was on hand to help us with our bags and show us to reception. We were greeted with a nice cool drink and took a seat to fill out the relevant paper work etc. What we weren't aware of was the need to give a deposit of 2000 baht per room. Luckily I had the cash on me, but my friend didn't. However, this wasn't a problem as they told her to pop back when she had the money on her.
Once check in was over, we were taken to our rooms on a golf buggy with our cases in the back. The driver of the buggy gave us a quick tour of the grounds, to show us the restaurant and pool area.
Our apartments were located one floor up, which we found to be the best, as when you are on the ground floor, everyone can see straight into your room. Also on the first floor you have your own private balcony.
My room was D3, which I really liked, as there were palms just outside, restricting the view from other apartments, so I wasn't over looked.
The bed in the room was a double, and very comfortable. Also in the room was a TV, which I didn't bother turning on, and a stocked mini bar. I emptied the mini bar, and replaced it with my own items I got from Tops supermarket. (out of the hotel, turn left, stay on the left hand side of the road, and the signs for the supermarket are about 5 min walk away).
There are plug sockets either side of the bed. A free safety deposit box is also included in the room.
Wifi is free in the rooms and the grounds of the hotel. Reception will give you the relevant passwords etc.
All rooms are air conditioned.
After we had checked out the room, the first thing we wanted was a cold beer. The bar is situated next to the beach and the pool, and has a very welcoming breeze coming from the sea. The hotel bar was not expensive and you would expect to pay the same price as a bar outside. A cold Chang beer was 80 baht (just over £1), and they also had a cocktail list which was also cheap.
On our first night we decided to eat in the hotel. Again, very reasonable prices, and the service was prompt.
The pool and beach area were very well kept, with an attendant on duty to bring drinks and snacks. There were also plenty of sunbeds available at all times of the day.
One thing we noticed and were at first a bit surprised at is the low flying aircraft taking off from Samui airport. They pass overhead at about 300ft, and do create a bit of a racket. The first ones fly over at around 7am. I thought it might be a problem, but we got used to it after a day, and it didn't bother any of us at all.
As the hotel is situated near to bars and clubs, some noise can be heard in the early hours of the morning. The Ark Bar is situated close by, but as we had chosen superior rooms which were away from that side of the hotel, we were spared a lot of the noise it creates.
Another problem that 2 of us had was being locked out on the balcony. I was the first!!!! There were quite a few mosquito's around so I decided to shut the sliding door onto the balcony. As I closed it the catch mustn't have been quite in place and as I closed the doors together there was a ........... click! My friend was in the apartment next door, so I managed to get her attention, and she rang reception. They couldn't get into my room from the outside as I had put the security lock on the door, so they climbed over her balcony, and managed to get the lock open on the balcony door with a screw driver.
The following night, she did the same, but as I wasn't in my room at the time, the staff could not access her room via the balcony, so were forced to break the lock on the front door to get into the room.
All in all a great hotel to go with friends. Although there were families with young children, there didn't seem to be many.
I would definately go again (and take mosquito spray)
Don't get a room on the ground floor if you want a bit more privacy.
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