We travelled as a family (hubby, teenage daughter and I) to Thailand for a 3 week + holiday in June 2011 staying at three different Absolute Resorts ,each week in a different area of Thailand with two nights in Bangkok at the Bangkok Marriott at the start of our journey.
Khoi Sumui is a beautiful island – the typical Tai experience with white sand and turquoise blue seas and the wonderful friendly and happy Tai people.
The Q is undoubtedly a beautiful well situated resort set on a hill leading right onto the beach. Although advertised as a 4 Star this may have been so 10years ago, sadly accommodation was looking tired and in need of maintenance.
The resorts huge gardens and pools had workers gardening and cleaning continuously however they were not making some but not enough headway and although more attention was needed the gardens and pool areas were still very beautiful – the views awesome!.
The accommodation that clearly was previously of a very high standard was now crying out for upgrading (lots of posts on this on TripAdvisor before our trip and still now almost a year later). There is a selection of different accommodation ranging from single room apartments to double room and private apartments/villas with own plunge pools (accommodation with own pool a definite consideration even at the higher cost essential with the Thailand heat).
In our apartment stove plates were rusted – there was only a very old buckled frying pan and a dented pot (I refused to use) and insufficient utensils in cupboards to allow for any comfortable even basic self catering.
Bathroom was large with bath, shower, bidet, double basins however tired looking – in spite of this the rooms were clean and the daily service of cleaning although basic was sufficient with linen and bath towels regularly changed and replaced.
The rooms had huge authentic looking Tai Teak wood beds , they looked gorgeous with beautiful white linen however they must be the hardest and most uncomfortable beds we have ever slept in (in fact right across Thailand very hard beds were more the rule and I believe this to be a Thai preference).
The beds were so hard that my daughter slept on top of the extra pillows and both hubby and I returned home in need of some serious physiotherapy. Reading a recent post we could have asked for an extra mattress (sob) however sadly we did not know that this was possible and management did little if anything to inform us of any offerings to make our stay more accommodating.
Breakfast at the Q resort was overpriced as was their other meals (if compared to everywhere else on offer on the island) so we opted to explore and eat out.
The beach at the bottom of the hill has its own Resorts, bars and restaurants and you need to go no further than a stroll up the beach for an excellent massage, pedicure, manicure, small scale shopping, fabulous lunch, sundowner or evening meal in a magical beach setting. These beach restaurants were first class – food fresh and excellently prepared and everything was very good value for money.
My only mistake was having a pedicure and having to negotiate the sand and the stream back to the resort without ‘mussing ‘up the artistic work created by the talented Tai lady.
Q- Signature is the very essence of a ‘Tai Resort’ with high pitched Tai roofs, palm trees and Tai ambience with a gorgeous beach full of everything you need if you don’t wish to explore the whole island. This island and resort (Blue seas, white beaches, palm trees and Tai roof backgrounds) is a photographer’s paradise and my husband loved it – see photos.
The main pool at the resort had absolutely (had to use the word) beautiful views – only down side is they close the pool at 7pm and in the June/July stifling heat this was a great pity and consideration should be taken to extend the hours for guests due to the heat and humidity that is Thailand.
Venture down the road into the ‘village’ to buy your milk /bread although don’t be tempted to eat in the village – venture to the beach to eat viewing the water lapping on the sand almost at your feet – so much more worth it.
Absolute has apparently only recently bought and taken over the Q Signature and although the maintenance issue seems long lived perhaps we should give them more time as it really is a gem just needing attention. Having a UK lady welcome you at reception in my mind was a pity as one would expect Tai managers as this was the case everywhere else we went in Thailand and hopefully this resort will see the wisdom of having guests welcome by Tai people when arriving on their island – this adds to the ambiance.
Would we go back – probably not – too many new places to go, see and conquer?
Do we regret stayed here? Not at all (hard beds and lack of maintenance included) – it was and will ever remain wonderful magical Tai island holiday.
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