We would be in Koh Samui towards the end of June 14. We are looking for a suitable mid range family accomodation. We would be 3 adults and 2 children aged 10 and 5 years.
We would have already stays for 5 nights in koh tao before coming to samui. While researching for accomodation options, my requirements were - on the beach property so that we don't have to run around for towels, laid back dinner on the beaches, lively music, decent mid range family accomodation (2 rooms), hawkers for street food, decent massages (with a bit of privacy if possible), don't want to bump into girlie bars or lady boys if we decide to roam around a bit in the evenings, and good beach for kids to safely play in. Bophut perhaps, from what I' read in the reviews here, fulfills all except the last requirement (good beach). With good, I would say it's still ok if it's murky but soft and sandy. Rocky and grainy means one can only walk with floaters but not sit - not what we want.
With the above in mind, I ruled out even south chaweng (there were some decently priced options like baan talay, but not very sure about not bumping into things which kids should not see), and White House at choeng mon (choeng mon ticked all my requirements but only White House fit our budget. Didn't like the reviews of White House - almost everyone said the location was good, but the property was old, not upto date and the bathrooms were tired. Imperial boat house was out of our budget and samui honey cottages didn't have good reviews either).
With that, we were back to Bophut. I've got confirmations of family bungalow availability at both smile house and world resort. Can anyone let me know which has a better stretch of beach (soft, can sit down, with nice laid back night dinners on beach at hotel/ nearby). Smile I understand is in the middle of fisherman's village and so may be anyways fulfill th requirements (not sure of beach though). The room availability at Smile is the more expensive chalet. World resort is at the extreme end of Bophut, so am not sure of the night vibrancy on that side, and the beach quality. World Resort has both normal and luxury family villas available for choice at the moment.
Would be a great help if someone can throw more light on which resort to choose in light of the above.