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The Sea Koh Samui Boutique Resort & Residences
Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
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“A cosy villa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We were looking for a 3 bedroom villa with reasonable price and was referred to this hotel by the travel agent. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. My son and daughters were excited about their own rooms and own villa with pool. we had a sea- facing villa and privacy was good. The hotel was not big, so there were not too many guests. Some of the staff could not speak English or were shy to speak , but generally they were simple, friendly people. The female assistant manager was excellent , very helpful and considerate. The Spa was excellent too . If the hotel can improve on training their staff a little better and if the villas are maintained a little better, it would be a wonderful hotel. Location may not be too good, but then it is more quiet.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

This hotel provides daily shuttle services to the main attractions in Samui. The staff, led by a good English speaking manager are generally quite friendly. The hotel exterior is quite nicely done. We took up a one bedroom garden view suite which comprises of a big bathroom with a large Jacuzzi, bedroom with small closet, full size kitchen, living-dining space and a balcony (walled and windowed) facing the road. The highlight of the hotel is its music played around the compound and at the pool bar. Location wise tho, if you are looking for a completely unobstructed view of the ocean and absolutely smooth and white sand, this may not be a suitable hotel for you. There are limited places to eat within walking distance from the hotel. However, there is a family mart (convenient store) less than 10 minutes walk away. You may rent a car/bike to go around the island (which tourists usually do). The food in the hotel can be done without. Do not expect much. Otherwise, it is a hotel comfortable to stay in, tranquil on the beach and worth promoted.

Room Tip: Sea view suite/villa.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is the best one place to stay on Samui! The beach was very nice, providing picturesque sea view though you can't enjoy swimming in the sea because of corals. But you can rent a bike for very good price in a store placed opposite the hotel and enjoy Mae-nam beach not far from hotel. Food, stuff, service were excellent in any way!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Spent a couple of nights at The Sea, and in the end we're glad is was only 2. We arrived by car, and the first thing you find out is that there is no-one to help you carry your bags from the car. We overlooked this, and the initial impression of the room was a good one, until.... we noticed the furniture is covered in stains, dirty and clearly not looked after. We then saw the shower was unclean, covered with mold.... and finally, we soon found out that the room we were in was located directly above the restaurant. Cooking smells of the most unpleasant type emanated into the room on the first night, but it was not so bad. However, breakfast the following day was unbearable, and so was dinner. We requested air fresheners, but little was done to help remove the appalling smells. Breakfast on our last morning was the worst, the smells were so bad that it became ingrained in our clothes. I raised the issue with the front desk, who didn't take the problem seriously, they didn't want to know.
The level of staff service is poor. We waited 15 minutes at the breakfast restaurant for someone to come an offer coffee or tea, and take our order (and this happened only after I went to the front desk to ask if anyone was working in the breakfast room).
Overall, the resort has potential.... but clearly management is unheard of.... For now, we won't be going back.

Room Tip: Stay away from rooms near the restaurant or road....
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

I had stayed Suite Room with a good price.The room with Jacuzzi, Balcony,Kitchen area where i can cook my favorite seafood dinner. The pool is awesome nearby the private beach. I had a woderful time at the hotel with friendly staff

Room Tip: Biggesdt Villa for family. Suite Room for Honeymooner
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed at The Sea for 3 nights in June 2013. We thought it was a lovely hotel. Our 1 bed suite was really spacious and I loved the jacuzzi bathtub! The pool area is really nice and a has variety of places to sit by the pool or on the beach.

We were really impressed with the breakfast - choice of eggs or pancakes to order plus an extensive buffet. We ate all our other meals in the beach front restaurant and thought the food was really good. Not a huge amount of choice for vegetarians but they have different menus so its worth asking what else they do.

We were traveling with our 1 year old son and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. There is a shallow pool next to the main pool which was perfect for us. They also cooked him some plain meals when we asked. The only un-child-friendly thing was the balcony on our 1 bed suite as there was a gap a child could crawl through along the bottom. We blocked it off with furniture so it was fine.

All in all we had a lovely relaxing stay and would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: 1 bed suite was very spacious
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Bethel, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed in a large 2-bedroom room that was more like a condo. Big, comfortable with all the luxuries that a travel could need. Best of all it had a full size washer and dryer. The front desk staff was fantastic and tried to address all of our needs. The property is very nice, and quiet. Just what my family needed. It is perfect for travelers with a car or those that do not mind spending 400-750 baht on a taxi (each way) to get to your destination. The property seems to have more of an adult crowd, however, there seemed to be plenty of kids enjoy the resort. The pool and beach are very nice, however, it is not a swimming beach (too many rocks).

The Bad – We had a very disastrous dinner in their restaurant, slow, and non-attentive service with bad tasting and overpriced food. I notified the front desk manager the next day and she apologized and said that she would pass our experience on to the food and beverage manager. A few days later, just as I was checking out, the manager apologized, stated they would not comp any part of the dinner, but would use this as a learning experience for his staff. What a bunch of [--]! How dare they take our money, give us terrible service and bad food that is over priced, waste our time, and make us part of their training program. We rate their restaurant 0 out of 5 stars. If you are hungry, try the beachfront restaurant right next door.

Bottom line is, yes I would stay there again, but would never eat in their restaurant again.

Dinning tip – Not too far away is the Barracuda. It has to be one of the best restaurants on the island. The food and service are excellent, and they really pay attention to all the little details.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Sea Koh Samui Boutique Resort & Residences
Address: 7/64 Moo 5 | Bang Por Beach, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand (Formerly The Sea Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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:
Ranked #7 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Mae Nam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Sea Koh Samui Boutique Resort & Residences 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally conceived as luxury private villa residences, The Sea Koh Samui Resort & Spa has been transformed into a unique boutique resort offering unmatched space and style for those looking for a tropical island getaway with a difference. THE VILLAS are all designed with easy tropical living in mind and aim to create the atmosphere of a home from home rather than a hotel room. Furnished and decorated with elegance and style combining a blend of Asian and Western influences THE VILLAS LIVE AND BREATHE luxury from the teak wood floors to the quality silk and cotton fabrics used throughout. In the gardens, hundred year old frangipani trees line the walkway from the lobby to the 20 meter salt water pool by the beach where you can while away the hours on a longer in perfect bliss and harmony with the natural surroundings. ... more   less 
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