My husband and I are in our early thirties and love to travel to beautiful places and look for 5* quality in the hotels we stay in. We've just returned from an amazing holiday in Thailand which included 4 nights at the New Star Beach Resort in Koh Samui.
Good things about the hotel:
*Unexpectedly we received a free upgrade (from a Palm Room) to a Pool Suite Villa. The suite was spacious and it was great to have our own private pool
*The beach is sandy with good swimming opportunities
*We were very happy with the location as it was just outside of the lively main Chaweng area (approx 5 mins taxi ride) but there were plenty of nearby restaurants
*The hotel pool was fantastic - perfect temperature, huge, and beautiful views of the beach.
*Reception staff were outstanding - very helpful and friendly (although some were lacking in great English).
Not so good things about the hotel:
*Not enough sun-loungers by the pool or on the beach. Even though we were up at 8 am, we still weren't early enough to get one on the beach (maybe the old cliche about the Germans is true - the hotel was mainly full of German guests!)
*Lots of steps from the beach, to the restaurant, to the hotel reception. Good exercise if a little overwhelming in the heat.
*Whilst the breakfast food itself was good, the overall experience was not quite 5*. The staff didn't always understand our requests and it felt a bit crowded.
*Instead of going on an advertised day trip, we had a private tour using the hotel limo service. For approx £12 an hour you can be driven anywhere on the island. This was great - it meant we saw exactly what we wanted to see without being herded along with other tourists.
*We had suits and thai silk skirts tailored for us in Chaweng. The results were amazing as we had approx 4 fittings to make sure the clothes fitted perfectly.
*There are some good restaurants along the beach to the left of the hotel (Beach Love and Charming) perfect for a cheap, great quality lunch or dinner.
*After a day or so we became more confident with using the local taxi service. Basically there are open-backed pick-ups that you can jump in for just £1 per person. They have set routes so you need to check before you get in. But we ended up using these to take us from Chaweng back to the hotel instead of the standard taxis which charged approx £4.
- Also Known As:
- New Star Beach Hotel Chaweng
- New Star Beach Hotel
- Hotel New Star Beach
- New Star Beach Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand
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