Firstly and in summary, this is a great resort and I would absolutely recommend it both for families and couples. Now some details:
The villas - we stayed in a family villa (902) which is above the beach bar (no noise!) and although you have somewhat obstructed view of the ocean by the trees, it is extremely convenient for kids and going back and forth from the beach. The additional 'kids' room could easily accommodate two younger teenagers and it has it's own large TV with DVD but you all share one bathroom (albeit quite a large one). We did not use our plunge pool or outside area too much as it was just too hot and spent most of our time on the beach.
The beach - as beaches go, it is not a very large one! The end which is closer to the restaurant and bar is stacked tightly with loungers (much too close for my liking) but there is also a'quiet area' further away which has more natural shade and was usually not busy at all so we used it with our 4 year old daughter. The beach is actually ideal for smaller kids and toddlers as there is nice gradual decline which is perfect for splashing around. For adults and older children, if you want to have a proper swim, you have to go to the swimming platform (due to coral and rocks after about 3 feet of depth) which is about 200 yards away. Water sports and kayaks came in very handy, even with our 4 year old as you can go watching the sea life in the shallow waters and exploring small neighbouring beaches (still part of the property and good only for finding shelves). The pool on the beach is smallish for the size of the resort but nobody seemed to mind. One thing that I missed is a walk on the beach in the late afternoon as it was just too small (you can walk it in less then 5 min!)...
Kids Club - as it was, the club was up on the hill in a small room under the Gym and after a few visits and repeated activities, your kids are likely to get bored. However, during the morning, the kids club staff were trying to organising activities on the beach but there was very little promotion of it. However, the management told me that they are planning to build a new kids club this year, on one of the unused sides of the beach which I think would be ideal so watch this space.
Restaurants - the beach restaurant was great both in terms of the food, fantastic staff and the atmosphere. It was surprising to see that on many nights it was empty. The restaurant at the top, for me, had a bit less atmosphere but food was also good. We were full board as we travelled with a young child (so didn't want to go out for dinners) and it proved to be good value for money with unlimited choice.
Service- like in many places around the world, if you engage with staff even a little bit, they will respond well. In some parts of the resort, the service was outstanding (beach restaurant and beach overall) in others good but never below the expectations.
Outside activities - the elephant trek recommended and organised by the resort was good and my wife was even allowed to 'ride' the elephant as a mahout. You should also try local restaurants, at least for lunch... We went to a recommended one which was full of locals and whilst the decor was basic, the food was outstanding, fresh and very cheap...
Overall, the resort is everything you would expect from FS and is well managed with attentive and responsive management and with the planned improvements for the kids club, it is a great resort for families and couples. Thanks to for a great holiday!
If travelling with no more than 2 kids, take the family villa for good value and location
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I am very happy to see that you thoroughly enjoyed your time at our Resort. The team will be thrilled to know that they were able to deliver a great holiday for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your experiences while you were here with us in Koh Samui. I trust that our future visitors will find it very useful and encouraging.
Looking forward to seeing you back with us soon.
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