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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   92 / 1 Moo 2, North Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 61 hotels in Chaweng
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Excellent stay !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

My friend and I just returned after 4 days at Anantara Lawana. We were impressed right from the start with the smiley staff and a very nice welcome drink. Being upgraded to a deluxe plunge pool room was just great ! The resort kept in marvellous condition throughout and also aromatic. It's such a perfect location to relax and unwind yet close to the nightlife of Chaweng. (there's a convenient store which opens 24/7 just in front of the property)

The breakfast buffet at the Ocean Kiss restaurant was fantastic especially various choice of juices and amazing view of the sea. Although the beach is not ideal for swimming, the infinite pool can easily replace that. Plus, there's a happy hour from 6 to7 pm. at the pool bar.

Big thanks to the staff at Anantara who made our trip unforgettable (I'm a friend of Aoi, the wine guru). We thoroughly enioyed our stay and absolutely recommend this hotel to everyone especially for couples.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear DaruneeK,

Thank you for your recent visit. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and had a good time at our resort.

We hope being able welcoming you back in the hopefully not too distant future.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We just came back from 11 nights here as part of our honeymoon. We upgraded to a pool room which is recommended, the pool is bigger than expected and in its own private garden with terrace area. All pool rooms have another room above them, who have a balcony instead of a pool. I don't know if we were unlucky to be underneath a herd of elephants but every single noise travelled down to our room, also there are no full length mirrors at all in the room?
Food
There are 2 restaurants in the hotel- Tree Tops and Ocean Kiss.Tree Tops serves dinner only in 2 sittings- 6pm and 9pm. It's a fantastic restaurant, a unique experience eating high up on platforms in the trees. To be honest this is not the type of place you eat every night, it cost us about £140 for a 3 course meal for 2 not including wine.
Ocean Kiss is where the buffet breakfast is served (great international selection) and lunch and dinner. They have either a Thai or Italian menu. As part of our package we had free 3 course dinner including wine which is nice. On a few occasions they had BBQ's on the beach, or buffet and fire show on the beach. We went to one of these and it was a nice atmosphere. It cost £26 for the buffet per person, not inc. drinks
Pool Bar- when you are at the main pool you can order pool snacks and drinks. To be honest the prices were a bit steep- a Coke for example was 95 BHT plus 10% service and 7% tax which is about £2.50. There is a 7/11 convenience shop directly opposite the hotel entrance where a Coke costs 12 BHT (25P).
Recommended places to eat in Chaweng- Eat Sense and Spirit House are great restaurants.

Location- The hotel is in a great location, close enough to the action at Chaweng Beach but far enough away to be tranquil. You can get a taxi from outside the hotel or a tuk tuk which is much cheaper. You can walk to the centre is about 25 minutes.
We went on a few trips, the whole day safari/ temple visiting was good. The other was the day trip by speedboat to Anthong National Park which had some spectacular views.

Service- everyone at the hotel was really helpful and friendly. Special mention to the young French man at the front desk who helped us on more than one occasion with bookings and taxis. Also the front of house lady at Ocean Kiss who remembered us everyday.

Overall I would recommend this hotel- but perhaps not for a honeymoon simply because there are families at the hotel and quite a few children.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear sunbeammoonbeam,

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and that you have taken the time to share it here on TripAdvisor is much appreciated.

My apology if the guests above you have been noisy. Usually a very rare problem and if the reception is informed we would have been happy to ask the other guests to turn it down a bit.

I hope when comparing the atmosphere and service team around the pool against the 7/11 across the street you can see a justification for the prices of a coke. But we will certainly keep on monitoring our pricing in order to stay in line with other 5 star properties on the island.

Usually there are only limited numbers of children in the resort due to the concept and setup of it. It must have been a rather rare occasion that children became disturbing around the pool and I would like to apologize should that have been the case.

Nevertheless, we are looking forward welcoming you hopefully back in the future… even as a small family 

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Just returned from a 9 night trip and can't wait to return !!! We opted for a deluxe pool access villa and this was the best decision we made! The room was fantastic the best I have ever stayed in ! Def worth the extra !! We totally relaxed on this holiday and that was due to,the room and the lovely staff at this resort . We always welcomed our. "Good morning how are you" from Pia every morning such a lovely member of staff ! Breakfast was excellent vast choice ! We were lucky also to meet Apple and Guan at the management cocktail evening -again lovely staff and a lovely gesture by the management , we got to,meet the other lovely staff. We did go to the "Tree tops" restaurant one evening on our trip and whilst the setting is wonderful with attentive staff the menu choice we found very limited and it is very expensive we found but nice to do once .maybe ! We loved Cheweng and found a great , cheap bar with great music and staff called "legends" no happy hour just cheap drink all day and great music ! Big "Hi" to Dia my cocktail maker for the holiday and also big thanks also to Anna and her friend who served us and made us feel so welcome. If you go there please go to Legends ! Also worth a visit the Ice Bar - if nothing else to get some good holiday pics ! Weather was good and we are now hooked on Koh Samui !

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Nortelnet,

Thank you very much for the positive comments about your experience at Anantara Lawana. I will certainly share your compliments with my team, including my secretary Khun Apple which you had the pleasure meeting during our Management cocktail. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

Tree Tops food items are of the highest quality and in order to ensure that they are always fresh we have to keep the menu rather small. We still hope being able to have something for every taste available.

Thank you once again for the feedback and we can’t wait welcoming you back.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I came to stay here on a romantic getaway. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with friendly smiles and a delicious welcome drink!

We arrived early in the morning but were shown to our (upgraded!) room, which included our own private pool, straight away and we were blown away! This resort is absolutely fantastic with the finer details from the healthy breakfast shots, to the rose petals and the quirky towel-animals on the bed.

Everything that this resort had to offer, we utilized 100%. From lounging by the pool, to a relaxing facial and massage at the Anantara Spa. We even enjoyed a unique dining experience at the renowned TreeTops Restaurant. Even though this was a bit expensive, it was an absolutely unforgettable experience and one you do not want to miss! We also ate lunch at the Ocean Kiss restaurant several times which was great as well.

The front desk organised us a scooter to get around the island, and it was a great way to get to the main beach, Chaweng, which is about a 5 minute drive from the resort. We found the location to be ideal because it wasn't too busy, but it is still very close to the restaurants, shops and bars that Chaweng Beach has to offer. There is also a Family Mart directly across the road which has anything you may need. We loved Anantara Lawana so much, that after leaving Koh Samui for a week, we booked to come back and stay for two more nights and now are even enquiring about having our wedding here! All of the staff were so helpful and genuine and we think it is a testament to how the resort is run. A must-stay if you come to Samui!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear Love_by_Sarah,

Thank you very much for staying with us… not only once, but twice within your vacation. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we have been able to make it memorable for you.

We would be certainly delighted helping you with your wedding and can’t wait seeing you back in the near future.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

We are very glad that we chose the Anantara Lawana, the location is perfect, away from the hassle and bustle of chaweng but close enough to join in.
We stayed at on of the pool Acces Villas which I can really recommend, the pool is approx 20 x 7 meter... You may have to share the pool with 4 villas, but in our case we had it for ourself for most of the time...what a dream! The room has everything you may need, sat. TV, DVD player, a minibar filled to the rim..a huge bathtub, a small room for your suitcases and clothing. Outside is a private sala and 2 very comfy sun loungers..
Only complain may be that watching TV is not so easy with the bedposts always obstructing the view.
The breakfast is served at the ocean kiss restaurant ( beautiful location) the variety of foods (for all nationalities) as well as the service was always amazing ...
The front of house staff are all extremely friendly and very helpful so where the ladies cleaning our room twice a day. Overall a fantastic resort!

The Anantara vacation club in short AVC......

While busy checking in we where approached by a very friendly lady who invited us for a 90 minutes presentation with a reward of baht 4000 voucher, on my question if this is a timeshare presentation she politely denied it and told us it is for the anantara vacation club, something different!
The next day we got fetched by a limousine and brought to the AVC centre located at Bophut beach. So far so good!
An extremely friendly Malaysian lady started a sales talk (no hard sale) where we immediately realized that this is timeshare. I told her strait away that we are not interested to make a long time (being already 57) commitment till 2040 and as well that any bigger financially commitments should also be handed by my accountant. Which was ignored from then on.
After around 1,5 hours sweet talk an English manager came and introduced himself, drawing some numbers on a piece of paper and told us that we have to sign immediately (for a US$78.000.00 deal or pay a deposit of US$ 7700 immediately than US$600 every month for the next 10 years only but the contact would run till 2040)
As this is a special offer and is only valid now! When I asked if I can take his calculation home to check it out as this is a vast sum of money for anybody, he denied and told us that we are not allowed to take the Brochure nor the calculation home! There were a couple red flags that went up immediately.
The first was when we were told the purchase of any upper elite tier packages was only available the day of the presentation. The second and final deal breaker was that we never actually got any type of contract to review prior to them wanting the 10% deposit paid with no credit checks done etc.. The final red flag was that he also asked us, when we wanted to leave, that if he reduces the overall price significantly would we consider paying a deposit!
Needless to say, We did not go through with the purchase. It was just too fishy!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Petkyte,

Thank you very much for staying with us and sharing this wonderful review. We appreciate hearing that you enjoyed your vacation and that we’ve been able to play a great part of it.

In regards of your comments regarding the Anantara Vacation Club I have forwarded your comments to them as they are a different business unit to us and operate independently from our resort. Please see in the following the response of Robert Martini, Vice President of Sales Anantara Vacation Club:

“Dear PetKyte
Firstly I would like to sincerely apologize on behalf of Anantara Vacation Club and also thank you for your valuable comments . Anantara Vacation Club is known as a Shared Ownership luxury leisure product which is indeed different to the ‘traditional’ timeshare weeks based system, as it is underpinned by a highly flexible Points based ownership system offering its over 3000 Club Owners many usage options which the traditional timeshare model does not. Having said that Shared Ownership Points Clubs are a form of timeshare designed to meet the needs of today’s consumer lifestyles. The promotional representative should have advised you of this at the time. We are addressing this issue thru counseling with the person concerned.
Anantara Vacation Club offers consumers two types of Club Ownership. Firstly there is “Basic Ownership” package which varies in costs depending on the number of Points acquired and can be purchased at any time. The other Club Ownership package offered is the ‘Elite Ownership’ which has 4 differing categories all varying in costs depending on the tier level & number of Points acquired. ‘Elite Ownership’ carries with it significant additional benefits & privileges that are made available only on our guests first presentation visits.
In relation to your preview presentation I am also addressing with the representative concerned your experience as it appears they were not clear on pointing out the differentiation between the ‘Basic & Elite’ packages and also that the costs do vary dependant on the Ownership tier and number of Points acquired these factors would have influenced the cost reduction mentioned to you thru an offering of lesser Points presented to you as an alternative.
Thank you again for your valuable input as this allows us to improve our service delivery.”

With best regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We spent the first week of our honeymoon in this amazing hotel and from start to finish the experience was utterly amazing. Upon arrival (after 30 hours of travelling!!) we were greated by a bottle of champagne and an amazing chocolate cake in our fantastic room for our honeymoon which was a really nice touch. The room was amazing, aircon was perfect, big flat screen tv and quirky outdoor shower and toilet. We had booked a room with a plunge pool, and I am so glad we did, as every evening before bed was spent chilling out by the pool with a drink from the bar. The setting of the hotel is more like a village than a hotel and just walking around the ground on the way to the pool or restaurant was a pleasure. I have never in all my life come across hotel staff so helpful, nothing was ever too much trouble for any member of staff and sometime they even knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves!! I simply cannot praise the staff here enough, in particular Yat and Alex in the Oceankiss restaurant and M by the pool for my 12 O'Clock bottle of Asahi every day!! We had dinner every night in the oceankiss restaurant which is a testament to how good the food was. For my birthday we has dinner in the treetops restaurant, which was amazing and the staff even had a birthday cake prepared for me!!! We also had dinner on the beach, one night with amazing food and traditional Thai entertainment. I only have 2 regrets about staying here 1)that I didnt get to shake the managers hand and thank him for our amazing stay and 2)having to leave, but we will be back without a doubt!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear hannigan007,

To say it in your words: Wow… what a review! Very much appreciated.

You can rest assured that your compliments are being shared with the team members you pointed out to us and I am sure they will be very happy to hear this.

My sincere apology that we seemed having missed each other during your stay and I hope I can help you overcoming your regrets by saying that I also appreciate this virtual handshake and will be delighted being of assistance to book your next vacation with us. Please contact me directly under LKerfin@anantara.com and we can have the next Asahi beer together at the pool. (I might have to stay outside of it, my apology in advance!)

Looking forward seeing you back soon.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Spent 5 days there. Everything was just perfect. The staff where brilliant. The food was fantastic. I am re-booking to go there in October. The plunge pool was the go. The weather was very hot but have a dip and it is all good.I have travelled a lot and I can highly recommend this property. Meals at the pool bar where great and the staff happy and looked after us very, very well. Go for it!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeneralManagerALS, General Manager at Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Dear Mary N N,

We appreciate your compliments and are delighted to hear that you are rebooking already again.

Please feel free getting in touch with me directly under LKerfin@anantara.com to organize this trip for you.

With kind regards

Lars Kerfin
General Manager
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Additional Information about Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa

Address: 92 / 1 Moo 2, North Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#2 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#2 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#2 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#4 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#6 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa offers peerless luxury Koh Samui accommodation just steps away from the ocean. Watch the sun rise over Samui’s palm forested coastline. Recline in rooms and suites inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Experience the perfect romantic dinner for two in a setting of your choice, accompanied by the freshest international cuisine.With room sizes starting at 61 square metres, Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa provides leading island resort accommodation. From the luxuriously appointed rooms and spacious Koh Samui pool villas to the resort’s communal facilities and restaurants, each guest is treated to the finest in services and amenities. Take a dip in the beachside infinity edge pool, dine in our treehouse restaurant overlooking the bay, or keep in touch with friends back home thanks to free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.While Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa’s location is quiet and tranquil, the buzz and excitement of Chaweng Beach lie just around the corner, with an array of international restaurants and local shops to take care of your every need. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Anantara Lawana Hotel Chaweng
Lawana Hotel Bophut
Lawana Resort Bophut
Anantara Lawana Resort And Spa Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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