We went to Samui for our daughter's wedding. She chose the island after staying there 3 years ago. We could have stayed with friends, but decided that after 35 years together we deserved a bit of luxury! We chose Peace as we knew the area - we stayed near Bophut before - and the wedding was at the Anantara, "3 doors up". In fact most of the family were in the 4 hotels next to each other. Cosy.
It was wonderful. On arrival, we were taken to our bungalow, the Standard, but within minutes were told our AC was faulty, and we were being upgraded to the Garden Wing. It was fantastic, a large bedroom with a bed you could play 5-a-side on, an outside (but private) bath, and an exceedingly spacious WC/shower room. The only criticism I have is the lack of closet space, 1 single wardrobe for 2 of us for 3 weeks?
The staff were marvellous. Friendly, helpful, always greeting with a 'sawadee'. One lad in particular went out of his way to ensure we (4), had sunbeds every day, and even got his mates to move the beds to a shady area if none were available - no mean feat as the beds are solid wood!!
One caveat, the menu prices in the bar and restaurant are slightly misleading. They add service charge and VAT to all costs, so the bill mounts up without you realising, unlike anywhere else I know on the island. A snack with a couple of drinks can cost £10!
Fishermans' Village has changed since our last visit, but the stalwarts are still there. 'The Pier' is new, flashy, but has good food (15% discount vouchers from Peace), Larry's 'Shack' has the best steaks I've ever tasted, and '56' has the best gourmet fusion anywhere. All reasonably priced. In fact, I could recommend almost all of the restaurants there.
For authentic Thai you must try No115, on the road to Chaweng, just before Big C. It was unbelievable. 12 of us dined and drank our fill, for about £15 each!
BTW, if you like chill, avoid Chaweng like the plague. A nice place to visit - and particularly shop - but too noisy, too hot, too smelly. 'The Taverna' is a superb Italian, but 'Rice' is overpriced and a bit up itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Bophut beach in the northeast of the island, the Peace Resort is a newly refurbished, friendly bungalow style resort, ideal for a relaxing family getaway. The style is best described as contemporary Thai with the architecture following local traditions, but a transformation in 2008 has given a more up-scale look and feel while the prices have remained very reasonable. The resort is well laid out in small buildings, ensuring a more intimate, human scale, while the grounds are tranquil and green, with a restaurant that spills out onto the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peace Resort Koh Samui
- Peace Hotel Koh Samui
- Peace Resort Ko Samui/Bophut