When we arrived at Paradise Beach Resort, we were a little taken back by how dated it was. The rooms were quite old, the bathroom was small and the furniture definitely old, the safe had a key which is inconvenient (we had to hide it in the room for fear of losing it if we took it with us) and the bed was super hard (which we also found out was common amongst the rest of the resorts in the area from friends that were travelling too). We had a garden room on the lower level.
The beach is hardly there, especially during high tide but we heard the area has been having uncharacteristically high tides lately (our friends were getting married on the beach a few resorts up so we had to keep an eye on it)! We found photos from a while back and there certainly should be one during low tide. My partner swam but I didn't, it was clean though and did look inviting.
A special mention to the breakfast staff - they were always willing to help us and were really quite kind. My partner had a masage at the spa and I had a mani & pedi - again, staff were lovely there too. There is a courtesy bus that takes you directly to Chaweng (check with staff for times), we found this service prompt and very useful - getting taxis in the area proved to be difficult as they often ripped you off (no meter - had to negotiate fare and then the driver changed the fare when you arrive at your destination) so yes, I recommend the bus. Even the resort staff tell you to be wary of the taxis.
The resort is a fair way off the main street, perhaps a 10 minute walk and there isn't much in the way of shopping. If you want shopping, you may need to head to the Fishermans Village markets.
The fitness area is just that, an area with a rusted bike, treadmill and a bench from memory. As per Thai custom, you are required to take off your shoes in there which I thought would be quite hard when exercising. A swim would probably be the best form of exercise here or walk everywhere like we did.
We didn't use the pools either (we went to our friends villa most of the time) but they looked rather clean. Plenty of sunbeds (also quite old) and room to move.
There is also a pond near the tailor, and in the pond is a gorgeous pet turtle. As soon as you walk over, he/she spots you and swims over straight away! Possibly a highlight of our stay here and we always went out of the resort that way to say hi!
If you are looking for a clean, safe place to stay, this is it. It's not fancy but it's nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Low rise, Thai style, landscaped garden, unspoiled beach, warm clear waters of the South China Sea; 12 km from Phangah Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Beach Hotel Mae Nam
- Paradise Beach Koh Samui
- Paradise Beach Resort Ko Samui, Thailand