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Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 50 Hotels in Lamai Beach
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New York City, New York
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“Go with the Oceanfront Pool Villa if you can”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

The Oceanfront Pool Villa made this this ultimate hotel experience and is an incredible value when compared to similar accommodations on the island. While the beach may not be ideal for swimming, from the villa the ocean looks perfect and seems to go on infinitely. Reading some of the negative comments about this hotel; they seem to fall into two categories:

1. People who were disappointed by the beach (if you know in advance that the beach here has shallow water and two other other gorgeous swimming beaches are located five minutes away via free shuttle then this should not be an issue --- it also makes this stretch of Lamai beach especially quiet and private which for us was a real plus). The fact that the hotel has only 77 rooms also makes it seems intimate -- as though you were a guest at someone's
private estate.

2.People who had service issues and did not communicate them to a manger; Every request we made was met by immediate action -- the staff simply bent over backwards to indulge our every whim!

The staff really is outstanding -- just keep in mind that not every employee speaks perfect English --- if you have a service issue, communicate it to a manger to be certain it has been understood. Tina and KK are rock stars in my book and made our seven day stay perfect. The only negative for us is that time passed much too quickly here. We would return to Le Meriden Koh Samui anytime and will recommend the same to everyone.

Room Tip: 1.Go for the Oceanfront Pool Villa. 2. Wake up early every morning and enjoy the sunrise and the co...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Dear phlashba,

Your review offers some sound advice.

The Ocean Front Pool Villa does offer great value compared to similar accommodations and some of the best uninterrupted beachfront views. With a mix of quiet and calm the beach does offer privacy but also access to nearby destinations and is excellent for walks. Lamai town only 20-30 minutes down the stretch is accessible during low tides which makes exploring fun. Normally from October through to March, the tides are higher and better for swimming. Our Ocean Pier also takes guests out 224m in to the Gulf of Thailand!

While we hope that our guests are happy and comfortable during their stay, our team certainly encourages feedback and the opportunity to make it as enjoyable as possible while at the resort. It is good to know that your communications with the team ensured this, allowing us to serve you better.

Since you mentioned time having passed to quickly this trip, we hope to have you back soon enough for a longer stay!

Sincerely,
Tina

Tina Liu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Le Meridien Koh Samui is an absolutely stunning property. It is in the perfect location, right between the popular areas of Lamai and Chaweng. The hotel provides nightly transportation to these areas which is fantastic. It really gives you the opportunity to explore the island. The grounds are perfect! The pool area is gorgeous, although the beach is not for swimming - it is rocky, but the pool is definitely more than enough. Plus with so many beautiful beaches on Koh Samui, I suggest you explore the island's other beaches anyways. The rooms are outstanding! We loved our Plunge Pool Suite. It is so unique! With our very own pool! Plus the bed's are heavenly!! The only criticism I have is with an outdoor bathroom (it is connected to the bedroom by the outdoor pool but is still completely private), there are unwanted mosquitoes. You must leave the bedroom door closed at all times. However, the hotel does a good job of stopping this issue because every night the turndown service comes and sets up anti-mosquito candles and catchers which really help. I would DEFINITELY recommend this hotel!! It's beautiful!!

Room Tip: The plunge pool suites are the least expensive but beautiful rooms!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Dear Kayla B,

It is good to know that the hotel location suited your needs. Situated between Chaweng and Lamai, the quiet resort location certainly offers the quickest options for getting to the popular spots without having to be in the right in midst of the hustle and bustle. The island should be explored and it is very easy navigating around while the hotel does offer shuttles as mentioned to assist.

At the resort, we are glad that you rested well on our beds and enjoyed the private plunge pool in room. Hopefully, you had time for refreshing dips to cool off. Just to clarify however, our Verandah and Terrace Suites are two other room options with great value as the Plunge Pool Suites offer a unique additional feature and is typically priced a little higher.

We hope that you will have time to visit us again and perhaps try one of our other room categories which offer semi-private or private pools which you so enjoyed, such as the Pool Access Suites, the Pavilion Pool Villa or the Ocean Front Pool Villa!

Sincerely,
Tina

Tina Liu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed in a Pool Access Room in August 2012 for 6 nights using a pay 2 stay 3 night deal via Le Meridien's website. We really enjoyed our stay and we especially liked our room; the pool access room was really special. To us it was nicer than a private plunge pool as you could actually swim as opposed to just get wet. It was quite large and very under-utilised so each time we swam in it we were the only ones there. Morning swims before breakfast were our favourite! The room decor was beautiful with a bit of a Sino-Portuguese feel. Our only problem with the room was the mozzies. There is an open air bathroom (separated to the airconditioned bedroom by a door which you keep shut) which let mozzies in, however each day housekeeping came with citronella, mozzie coils and mozzie zappers to kill them before they did any harm so it wasn't too much of an issue.

Housekeeping was a little slow, one day they didn't come until 5pm and a couple of days around 3pm. We complained and then they came quickly but you don't really expect to have to complain when its a reputable hotel. The towels also need to be thrown out - they are worn out and thin. One was even fraying at the end which was really unacceptable. We complained and they were changed straight away. But again, this is pretty obvious and just seemed like blatant cost cutting - if the towel looks old, thin and threadbare throw it out!

The hotel surrounds are pretty with nice architecture and nice tropical plants. The hotel grounds are small though - before it was a chain hotel it was an independent boutique hotel 'The Gurich' so don't expect a large resort on many acres. There really is only just enough room by the pool and we resorted to saving sun loungers to make sure we got a spot.

The beach isn't really worth trying to swim in, however you can walk or kayak to neighbouring beaches which are great. The main part of Lamai Beach is nice and in the other direction Coral Cove and Silver Beach were nice as well.

There is only one restaurant but it was nice. We only ate there for breakfast and a couple of lunches. There is a good restaurant right next to the resort on the beach which is cheap and delicious. It is also worth travelling to either Chaweng Beach or Lamai Beach for dinner where there is more action. The Lamai night market is great for pad thais, curries and satays (or cheap cocktails) and there is a full street market on Sunday nights which is worth going to.

Overall, we had a great stay and we would return. We felt it was value for money and the staff were really lovely.

Room Tip: The Pool Access Room was great to wake up to a quick swim before breakfast. The pool is quite large...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Dear FlissandCarlo,

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay in our Pool Access Suites and took advantage of the semi-private pools. It is certainly a good escape for those who want to just laze around nearby the room or have that early or late night swim as you did. You will also be pleased to learn that all bathrooms of this room type have now been screened off to keep out the mosquitoes while still allowing for fresh tropical air to pass through.

Unfortunately, housekeeping services left room for improvement and for this we apologize. While you metioned that they promptly took care of your concerns, we certainly agree that the issues can be better avoided and have addressed them with the team.

It sounds as though you also had a chance to explore the areas around the resort which is one of the main advantages of our location being separated from the hustle and bustle of crowded beach areas while maintaining close proximity to get there as needed. Lamai town less than 5 minutes away by car or 20-30 minutes by walk on beach, tides permitting, is actually the 2nd largest on the island after Chaweng and offers great value for food and drink as you had discovered. Coral Cove and Silver beach which you mentioned are also gems and the hotel offers daily shuttles there for guests to explore.

Overall, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back. We look forward to the opportunity to making the visit even more comfortable and appreciate you taking the time to communicate to us.

Sincerely,
Tina

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

I booked the LM as I prefer SPG hotels and the W wasn't offering as good deals. We had a Pool pavilion room which had the most amazingly comfortable bed and pillows, our own very decent sized pool and outdoor bath with good shower and a nespresso machine!!! Godsend. What a lovely resort. I was a little cautious because it's only a cat 4, and I would have preferred a cat 5, but it was lovely. Great service by all staff or anything we wanted. Spa was lovely with two French masseurs and at 2-4-1 excellent quality. The restaurants was great for breakfast, drinks and snacks in afternoon and dinner. Only downside was it was not walking distance from main town centers which necessitated the expensive cabs. Definitely have lunch at the small roadside cafe that has the world flags. Amazing and embarrassingly cheap. Go out of LM, walk left and on other side of the road and you can't miss it.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Dear lcie_lynx,

We are delighted to here that you enjoyed the Pavillion Pool Villa. The beds here are often highlighted by guests so it is good to know that you rested well during stay.

The hotel is situated about 20-30 minutes from Chaweng but only 5 minutes from Lamai which is Samui's 2nd largest town. Guests can even walk there in about 20-30 minutes from the beach when tides are low making for a lovely stroll and offering options beyond only our location. As you hopefully tried, we also have daily shuttle service to different parts of the island and nearby beach coves as well.

However, it sounds as though you took advantage of our facilities in both the restaurants and spa, enjoying both.

If you liked the Pavillion Pool Villa with its 16sqm private pool, do consider the Ocean Front Pool Villa with a 25 sqm infinity pool and excellent views over the Gulf of Thailand!

Sincerely,
Tina

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

But would only recomend the hotel if you do have a great pool villa. The rest of the hotel is a little shabby. The service is fantastic and the pool is lovely though. They aim to please.

I will Definitly return, next time I want to splurge on a villa with a spectacular view. Oh...and the beds are fantastic. like floating on clouds.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Dear anrubins,

I believe you stayed in our Ocean Front Pool Villa after mentioning the spectacular views as these rooms certainly do offer that with its proximity to the beach and the 25sqm infinity pool in the room. Unfortunately for us, we don't see our guest as much once they've checked in to this room!

We are glad that you will definitely be returning and if there is anything more to make your stay even more comfortable or enjoyable, please let us know.

Sincerely,
Tina

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Me and my husband stayed here during our Koh Samuian honeymoon for 4 nights last year. We stayed at the Pavillion Pool Villa for 2 nights and moved to the breathtakingly beautiful Ocean Front Pool Villa for the last 2 nights. The rooms were nicely decorated in a pan asian style and it was just perfect honeymoon setting! The staffs were very attentive and friendly.After housekeeping they left small surprises for us every night and it felt nice to come back to room after touring around the island to open up the small gifts they left for us! The food was enjoyable, although we were at the hotel only for breakfast. Getting around Koh samui and other beaches weren't difficult at all since the hotel staffs arranged cabs/tuk tuks for us.

Recommended for couples who are looking for an ultimate Koh Samuian experience!

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Dear akshasarang22,

We are delighted that you enjoyed your special honeymoon stay in our Ocean Front Villa and even had a chance to try the Pavilion Pool Villa before that. Both are certainly ideal for honeymooners who are looking for good private space and a romantic setting.

As you enjoyed your stay with us in general, please do return for a visit and perhaps to celebrate an anniversary next time!

Sincerely,
Tina

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Fantastic resort, everything was fantsatic!
Wonferfull rooms and villa with private pool, food was fantstic.
The only thing i did not like was the beach, the resort in 10 minutes far from lamai beach and silver beach.

Really advised!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Le_Meridien_Koh_Samu, General Manager at Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Dear suguruitec,

We are glad that you had a fantastic stay in general and thank you for taking the time to share your enthusiasm!

While I'm not sure which villa type you stayed in, please do consider the Ocean Front Pool Villa if you have the chance on another occasion, if not on this one. With a private 25 sqm infinity pool facing the ocean, surely it will warrant some more positive emotions!

Sincerely,
Tina

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Property: Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Address: 146/24 Moo 4 | Surat Thani, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Lamai Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Lamai Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Lamai Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lamai Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Lamai Beach
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Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on an idyllic stretch of exclusive Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere and rich, cultural experiences. Inspired by timeless beauty and diverse cultural influences, the resort features an intimate selection of 64 suites and 14 stand alone villas, some with their own private plunge pools, infinity pools, limitless ocean views and private dining pavilions. Each exquisitely appointed with the most modern in-room facilities, high ceilings, expansive windows and open-air bathrooms. The resort features the Le Méridien signature arrival experience programme; an inspiring restaurant concept: Latest Recipe; and the savvy lobby lounge bar Latitude 9, the resort poolside Plunge Bar as well as the world-class luxury Le SPA.Reflect and relax at the world-class luxury Le SPA, with a customized menu of rejuvenating experiences that combine ancient cultural methods and ingredients to revitalize mind, body and spirit. A beautiful oceanfront infinity pool and expansive deck offers a stylish daytime retreat for a refreshing swim with spectacular ocean views. Guests can stay fit in the state-of-the-art fitness center, offering the latest and best exercise equipment and daily Yoga and Pilates classes. Relax by day on the resorts 224-meter floating pier that extends over the Gulf of Thailand and by night, enjoy a unique and sophisticated venue for an exclusive dinner, celebratory cocktails or engage with other well travelled new friends. ... more   less 
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