We had been to Thailand before (Phuket) and really enjoyed it. I must say that on the drive to the hotel I was a little disappointed with the main streets and thought I'd made a mistake in picking Koh Samui. However once you turn into the entrance for the hotel it made me relax. We were greeted by the friendly staff in reception and given a cold drink of something. It very sweet and wasn't very nice. A cold coconut would have been far more welcome. Anyway that said we were shown to our room which was a good size. It smelled a bit, I think it needed airing but it was very clean. After travelling for almost 24 hours you really don't care! We put on the air con and got ready to explore. The hotel is situated slap bang on the beach which was great. The grounds like the hotel are well kept and has some nice touches with the antiques and furniture in the common parts. The pool facing the beach was like getting into a bath. Bliss! The big sun loungers facing the sea were great as you got a little bit of breeze to help with the 34 degree heat.
We didn't eat in the hotel apart from breakfasts which were plenty full and varied. The Chefs on the eggs station were great but it was amazing to stand there and listen to some guests just say 'eggs, both sides, or just 'Omlette' No please or thank yous. No manners. Tut tut!
Anyway we had not realised that our dates co-incided with the Thai New Year. The morning started off with the monks arriving to collect their Alms and then say prayer. The colours of their robes against the backdrop of blue skies and the beach/lawn was amazing. Once they had gone the party began. The Thai people wear these fabulous floral shirts rather then their normal uniforms and they began dancing around the pool to a music system which they took with them on a cart. Outside at the front of the hotel it was the craziest thing we have ever seen. People were driving in trucks with barrels of water, water pistols and just about anything else they could get to chuck water over each other. On the road side it was the same. The music was pumping, people were dancing and everyone was drenched! Great fun! They also pasted everyone on the face with a talcom powder and water mixture (not sure what that bit was for) The Songkran festival is a buddhist festival and the water is to cleans. Everyone looked so happy.
The hotel wasn't too busy on the first week of our trip which was nice and as the easter holidays kicked in it got a bit busier. The same with the main town in Cheweng. We had been warned it would be crazy but at this time of the year It was quite. Tuk Tuks were a rip off. There was price for local people of 15/20 bhat per ride but 100 bhat each for foreigners. We ended up renting a bike and had a great time touring the island and seeing the sights. There was a fantastic restaurant about 15 minutes down the road called Krua Bang Po which served great food and was right on the beach. Hardly saw any tourists there. The restaurants in town all basically offer the same fish menus and to be honest you're probably better off ordering off the main menus. You can get great fish in the Walking Street (as well as Chicken, Cocktails etc) There is another street not far from there which has live music three nights a week which is also good and has a little market and food stalls.
If you are into Muay Thai there is a great gym for training called Superpro Samui which is close to the Bangkok Samui hospital. My husband trained there for over one week and really enjoyed it.
Overall it was a great holiday, the hotel was good and I would definitely recommend it. Not sure if I will go back there next year but I will definitely return to Thailand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Palm Beach Resort is located just 15 minutes from the airport on Bophut beach on the north of the island. With stunning views of Koh Phangan Island our beach is one of the most beautiful settings you will ever encounter. At 270 meters, it is the longest beach-front of any resort on the island. There are a total of 127 rooms, separated to 2 zones. Deluxe has 90 Rooms and Deluxe Triple 12 Rooms with own terrace and balcony. Villas 24 Rooms and 1 Royal Villas with Garden & Sea view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Palm Beach Hotel Bophut
- Samui Palm Beach Resort And Hotel
- Samui Palm Beach Resort & Hotel Ko Samui/Bophut