Koh Samui is a tropical Island paradise which attracted much international investment in hotels in recent years. It is not possible to stay in certain hotels for under £500 a night. They and many like them offer a pristine, sanitised, safe environment which takes advantage of Samui's fantastic scenery, sand, sea and weather, and the cheap and charming Thai labour-force. These are duplicates of hotels all round the world and they are deliberately remote from the real Thailand, the real Samui.
There is an alternative. These are the older Thai Hotels that are located on the best beaches and are in the centre of resort towns buzzing with restaurants, bars and spas. The Aloha Resort located in the centre of Lemai's soft sanded beach leading to a bathing area in the sea gets pleasantly deep pleasantly fast. There also a good swimming pool by the sand in a coconut palmed garden.
The hotel offers superior and deluxe rooms. Invest in the extra small amount to get the deluxe and you will have a balcony with an uninterrupted view of the sea. The hotel is slightly old and could do with an overhaul in places. The breakfast is not brilliant and no-one seems to eat in the restaurant but the staff are polite, helpful and speak a form of English.
In my opinion at about a discounted price of under £60 a night with a sea view and under 50 paces to the beach one direction and a bustling high street the other direction knocks the flip-flops off those same-same hotels ten time the price.
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- Also Known As:
- Aloha Hotel Lamai Beach
- Aloha Hotel Koh Samui
- Aloha Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach