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Kanda Residences
Ranked #62 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
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Huntly, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beyound Expectations :o)”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Karma Samui : Thailand. Courtesy car from airport which is only a short distance away.
Been on many vacations but this has been the best accommodation so far......we had another 2 bedrooms within the villa grounds which was not used as we were only on holiday by ourselves. ( an opportunity missed by family members :O) )
Food at resort is of a very high standard but we preferred the `cheaper` option and ate elsewhere`s on most occasions....across the road @ the coffee house was a favourite `stop on occasions` for a breakfast / snack cake etc :O) The resort beach was of a very poor quality/cleanliness but plenty of others to go to, close to hand and the `songtels` was a very popular mode of transport by us :O) You can be as adventurous as you like or totally `chill out`...the choice is yours, either way, you will not be disappointed :O)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Karma Samui. The villas are modern and luxurious, and the resort is very peaceful - you almost feel like the only people there. Ideal spot to relax and unwind. We also enjoyed the Sunday brunch at the Rockpool restuarant.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karma_Resorts_Group, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Jenny212

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Jason
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

i loved this hotel . perfect stay at karma samui. i wish though ive stayed at the houses right on the beach itself . but all were booked out. so i opted to book the ones further back. was a bit hectec getting to the shore but when u do its really worth it. i love the scene , the view , the service was also nice. weve rented a buggy to tour around me and my friends. they gave us a 3 bedroom when we asked only for 2. asking us politley not to use it. we were a group of 4. since the door wasnt locked we did not act politley and used it lol. but all in all a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Sultan Qs

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you and your party again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed at Karma Samui two months ago for a blissful week-long island escape, having chosen the quiter Koh Samui (as opposed to Phuket) for our first-ever visit to Thailand. Situated to the north just outside the hustle and bustle of Chaweng town, this pool-villa resort, steeply sloped against a hill, was everything and more than we had anticipated. Chaweng Town with its 6km long beach and numerous shops is but a 10 minute ride away by novel converted truck-taxi (50 baht p.p. a ride). Our magnificent all en-suite 3-bedroom pool villa (no 18) was ideally positioned halfway down to the little resort beach and lovely pool area, making access to the lobby at the top not too much of a climb.

The resort tranquillity and island ambience is complemented with beautifully lush, manicured gardens throughout. Our über-spacious villa (465 sq.m!) was in impeccable condition and truly fit for a king: spread over three separate pavilions (one of them comprising the master bedroom wing) around a sparkling pool with sala and huge lovely garden. Attention to luxurious detail, typically with Thai touches, in all of the villa amenities, furnishings and appointments really impressed us. Villa service twice daily, always unobtrusive, included a turndown service. Extremely friendly English-speaking front office staff was always ready to help with any type of information - and assistance, like offering without fail a golf cart ride down to our villa. The only very minor problem we encountered was our villa lounge telephone that would not dial internationally, and a somewhat erratic Internet connectivity in the business centre - but hey, who cares if you are on an island escape?

The resort restaurant, Rockpool, deserves a special mention. Beautifully positioned at seaside and stylish, the deck extends right over the soft waves below. We enjoyed two lovely romantic lantern-lit dinners on the deck. Highly acclaimed chef Martin Selby's food and his presentation thereof, is simply gourmet. The menu bears as good a variety you will find anywhere on the island - for fine dining and leisure bites, with bar menu and island cocktails to match.

Karma Samui for us, made for a Thai paradise holiday. We will recommend this charming and luxurious resort to anyone who enjoys laid-back island luxury and serenity. The resort deserves its status as member of the prestigious "Leading Small Hotels of the World".

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear AndreLombard

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

I must apologise for the erratic communications services you experienced during your stay, which unfortunately can be a little slow and unreliable sometimes

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spent two fantastic nights here at a private pool villa with three bedrooms. One big room on one side and the other two rooms on the other side. In the middle, there is a large living area combined with a dining area with a fully equipped kitchen. Laundry appliances are kept in another room.

The living room faces the pool and the pool faces the sea. A wooden pavilion with comfortable long cushions is by the pool; two sunbath beds with a huge white fabric umbrella are also provided.

Lovely breakfast with an amazing view at its open-air restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Emmi 35

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My husband and I recently got married at the Karma. I cannot speak highly enough about all the staff!! The place is simply stunning and all of our 45 guests were blown away. The restaurant 'RockPool' is not to be missed! the food is fresh and the Sunday Brunch is to die for. head chef Martin is one of a kind and so
helpful. The villas are beautiful and we cannot wait to go back. I will be recommending the Karma to everyone I know! :)

  • Stayed August 2012
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear EleshaEddy

You should be well and truly settled into married life by now and although only a few months ago it all still seems like yesterday here at the resort

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We look forward to having the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was superb. The 3 bedroom villa is fantastic in all respects. Your villa actually consists of a small courtyard with a private plunge pool, sunbathing chairs, a separate Dinning/living/kitchen unit in the middle of the courtyard and a master bedroom on one side and 2 bedrooms on the opposite side of the courtyard. The decor is very upscale and the entire property is very well maintained in all respects. For people who need beach access, this might disappoint as the resort is built on a rocky beach where you cant sunbathe or swim. Non of the apartments have a sea view. The ones that do have them are apparently privately owned (as this is a time share property). Chaweng beach is about 5 Km away (taxi costs 200 bahts each way) and Bophut beach is 10 Km away (400 baht each way). The resort has taxis (Chevrolet Captivas) with very courteous drivers and they charge the same amount as a normal taxi. In case you have a problem getting a taxi at any of these places, you can call the resort and they send their taxi to pick you up. The nearest 7-11 is a kilometer away so if you need anything you have to walk the road which is on a gradient or use the hotel taxi @ 150 bahts to pick up something that you need (which is expensive). They have electric cars in the resort to take you from the reception to your room. This is useful for elderly people as the entire property is built on a slope with steep gradient.

The Staff (Manager Tisca and her team Palm and Mo) deserve a mention. They were very courteous and were very helpful with all our booking on high speed ferry, taxi arrangements, providing guidance about things to do in Koh Samui etc.

I found Koh Samui too commercial and not that interesting. It's like any other commercial beach destination in the world with touristy things and accordingly expensive compared to other destinations in Thailand. The beaches were not as pristine as the ones in say Koh Tao where you can snorkle. The place is "too made up" for western tourists but if you like that sort of thing, you will enjoy Koh Samui. We have seen several such places before the Koh Samui did not impress us at all. Our stay was fantastic only because of this resort where we relaxed and enjoyed our fantastic villa and the private plunge pool with our kids.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Neutrinoegghead

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

I was however saddened to read of your disappointment with the island facilities and infrastructure

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words about our resort

Alan
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Property: Kanda Residences
Address: 80/32 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Karma Samui)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#39 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#41 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#54 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kanda Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally-located, elegant, ocean-facing, over-sized pool villa retreat. Five minutes from both Koh Samui International Airport and Chaweng Beach. Choose from One to Three bedroom villas with minimum size of 400 square metres. Grand living area, private swimming pool, outdoor terrace and Thai-style sala (pavilion).Home to "Rock Pool" the iconic beachfront restaurant. Asian Wellness Centre with certified Wat Po Thai Massage therapist, Reiki treatments. ... more   less 
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Karma Samui Hotel Koh Samui
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