Hidden - yes - but certainly worth looking for! The Emerald is an unusual collection of privately-owned studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, some fully occupied by owners, some partly- occupied and some just investments. Anything vacant is managed hotel-style by a wonderful staff who all speak English and work tirelessly keeping the whole place pristine - right down to swooping on leaves and flowers the moment they fall to daily polishing all the stainless steel fitments around the central pool .
The rooms are spacious, quiet - all facing the central pool/outdoor restaurant area, complimented by a simple bar and kitchen.
The eclectic mixture of owners and guest makes for an immediately friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I enjoyed an impromptu BBQ last night with the condotel "family" - a mixture of local Thai, British, American and Aussies. a 10-minute meeting earlier settled on the menu and the staff immediately set to purchasing and preparing a banquet.
After many, many stays in a hotel full of strangers this was a breath of fresh air. Local knowledge was accurate and plentiful - as were the stories about the dinner guests - in all - fantastic.
Far from anywhere? - No. Scooter or car hire is just down the road, cheap as chips on Samui and pretty essential if you want to get a lot out of your stay on the island. No need to be frightened of driving or riding on the Island - just take a tip from the locals - drive slowly, be prepared to give way to others - they will give way to you and everything happens smoothly.
Nearby fresh food and seafood markets abound and the apartments offer neat, small kitchens with a full-size fridge. I have opted to put my culinary skills to use here rather than go out to the endless number of eateries that abound on Samui..
Give this one serious thought if you are thinking about a trip to beautiful Koh Samui.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Emerald Condotel is located in Bo Phut, just 5 minutes’ drive from Samui Airport. Offering modern, well-appointed studios, it features an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi.The air-conditioned studios have a large seating area with a flat-screen TV. Each studio has a safety deposit box, a microwave, and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom offers a hairdryer and shower.5-minute drive from the Big Buddha, and a 10-minute drive from Fisherman Village.Facilities include a 24-hour front desk and a garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Emerald Condotel Ko Samui/Bophut