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Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   14/3 Moo 2 Tambon Boput, Chaweng, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2005

I cannot praise the Amari Palm Reef highly enough. Having just arrived from Bangkok planning to stay in Chaweng for a few nights, we chose a deluxe room at the Amari and were not disappointed. On the contrary, we were extremely satisfied with all aspects of our experience.

The deluxe room was superbly fitted and nicely appointed, we had a balcony and nice furniture, a dvd player (which could also play regular music cd's) and separate shower and tub in the bathroom. Lots of amenities!

The breakfast which was included in the rate was second to none - I thought I had seen it all after having visited the Warsaw Marriott (which officially has one of the best breakfasts in the world) but the Amari wiped it off first place.

The defining characteristic about the Amari was not the ultimate breakfast, nor the fabulous pools or the fantastic location directly on Chaweng Beach. Rather, it was the truly outstanding service. Everywhere we went, we were greeted courteously. As we are a young gay couple, this is certainly not what we are used to - but the staff treated us with much respect and this exquisite service and genuine kindness made all the difference. We will most certainly revisit the Amari properties and wholeheartedly recommend the Amari to anyone who likes to be pampered.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2005

Good bits:
2 lovely resturants Prego (Italian) and the main one. We ate in Pregos twice and the main resturant 3 times
bar lovely
lovely bathroom in Deluxe room - seperate bath and black granite shower. Don't take shampoos, body lotion etc and all provided
service excellent - both for the room and the dining
lovely view in Deluxe room
2nd pool much quieter and lovely
breakfast excellent

Not so good bits - beds very firm (ok if you like this)
bit of a trek to the beach (well only about 200 metres)
not much storage spaces for clothes in room

Ko Samiu itself: loads of tailors, places to be pampered and cheap shopping
Food quality excellent everywhere - try Coco, the blues bar for food.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2005

We didn't actually stay at the Amari, but spent enough time on the complex, and did see the rooms, that we still felt we could give a good opinion.

We thought the Amari was a great complex, we ate at their Italian Prego restaurant, and had a lovely meal, sipped cocktails in their uber trendy bar@C, and used their spa facilities, all were great. As non guests we couldn't use the pool, but it looked pretty great, and kids were using it well past the 8pm curfew of the other hotels (not sure if these kids were just getting away with it!)

What was lovely was the whole complex is lit up with subtle lights, so it looks very inviting at night.

Only thing i would stay is we were a bit disapointed when we saw the rooms, if you stay on the beach side the rooms are all indoors, so you go down small dark corridors to get to your room. All the other complexes we viewed the rooms opened up directly to the outside, giving a much more light open feel.

However, this resort is so big, that half is it is actually on the other side of the Chaweng beach road. These rooms for the same price were larger, and in more private hut-villa style, with a second swimming pool as well. Depends how much the 30 second walk over a very busy, noisy road bothers you to get to the beach.

We would definutley think about staying here on our next visit to Koh Samui.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2005

We arrived at this hotel and found ourselves in a bungalow with a verandah overlooking the main road in Chaweng beach that cuts the hotel in two. It was very noisy so we paid for a better room and moved after just one night. Apart from that, I'd pretty much agree with the other reviewers: the room we moved to was very good. It's also good that there are two pools: the "back" pool was much quieter than the one by the beach. Breakfast in the hotel was OK, no more. We also ate in Prego, the hotel's Italian restaurant, and weren't disappointed, but the best restaurant in Koh Samui has to be the outstanding Betelnut.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2005

Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Amari Palm Reef in September 2005. We loved it!! We were in one of the rooms over the road but this didn't prove any problem at all. I upgraded to a deluex room before we arrived and it was well worth it. The bathroom was lovely with a large shower and the bedroom was beautiful with a massive king size bed. I got to see one of the family rooms which was nowhere as nice as the room we had. The bathroom was really small compared to ours and the room not decorated as nicely. So I would definitely recommend upgrading if you can!!

The hotel grounds were very clean as were all the restaurants and bars. The staff were all very friendly.

The breakfast was lovely. I definitely put on weight because of eating too much every day!! Eating in the hotel worked out quite expensive though and it was no better than eating in cheaper restaurants outside the hotel. The food everywhere was lovely. We didn't go in one restaurant and have a dodgy meal. We did go to Prego (the hotels Italian restaurant) twice which was lovely - the only restaurant that seemed to do very tempting desserts!!

So all in all I would definitely recommend that you stay at this hotel. If I return to Koh Samui I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2005

Sawadee Khrap Eveybody!
We got married and spent a glorious honeymoon at the Amari, I've travelled around and can honestly say I was blown away by everything.
It was perfect for honeymooners - away from the noise of Chaweng but well within walking distance. The service was impeccable - smiles everywhere and top class arrangements for our entertainment. They put fresh orchids around our room daily! Food and drink - especially the breakfast was heaven - imagine every sumptuous breakfast you ever wanted laid out ready for you to devour it was there. The onsite Prego Restuarant was equally top notch. Decor was superb with manicured gardens, 2 refreshing pools and cute lttle lizards that scurried about. We stayed in a spacious air conditioned Deluxe room with King Size Bed that we sure messed up (wink wink) but the room was cleaned and sprayed every day. Bathroom had gorgeous marble shower with powerful water pressure (adjustable too!) In room safe to store our valuables and a balcony over the lovely rear garden with its waterways and bridges. If you need to find a flaw, then the only thing I can suggest is the beach out front as it had a bit of flotsam and jetsam but this was minor - you could walk 2/3 mins down the beach and find a perfect spot to swim or tan.
My new wife and I will definitely return to this picturesque resort someday.
Khap Kun Khrap for listening! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui

Address: 14/3 Moo 2 Tambon Boput, Chaweng, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#3 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#3 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#5 Family Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cushioned by soft white sands and sparkling waters, Amari welcomes you to one of the most idyllic islands in the Gulf of Thailand. A gem set apart from the rest of the world, Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui on Koh Samui invites you to live out your days on island time, where there is always time for another dip in the pool or another walk on the beach. Turn off your clock, enter our time zone, and let Amari take care of the rest. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui Hotel Chaweng
Amari Palm Reef Hotel
Amari Palm Reef Resort
Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui Ko Samui/Chaweng, Thailand

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