We stayed in the Samui Amanda in September 2007. It was our first trip to Thailand and as a couple in our early thiries, we wanted a nice play to stay that wasn't in the very busy (but lovely beach!!) Chaweng.
The Hotel is on the North West side of the Island near a port called Nathon. Nathon is quite a busy little town and you can get some great street food by the port. Nathon is about 5 minutes drive from the Samui Amanda.
The resort is set within woodland on a private beach. There are several bungalows closely spread out over the resort. We chose a bunglaow on the beach which was literally metres away from the sea. The rooms were very clean and furnished to a high quality.
The sea was quite shallow and calm when we went although I'm not sure what it is like at other times of the year. The beach is very pretty with sand and light shingle but is not very long if you wish to go wandering for hours on end!
The hotel is well off the beaten track and unless you hire a car or scooter (both of which can be done from the hotel) it is very difficult to leave the resort on foot as there isn't really anything around. It will take you approximately one hour to drive around the Island, but if you are not a confident driver, I wouldn't recommend it!
The Hotel does offer a bus shuttle service to Chaweng (the busiest resort on Koh Samui) each evening. Book your place on the bus with reception. The bus will also pick you up if you should request it at about 11pm. If you want to stay out later you can easily pick up a taxi/bus from Chaweng to take you home. From memeory the taxi home cost about £6.00 for two people.
The staff were friendly, polite and helpful. The food served in the restaurant was of a very high standard and was only ruined by the awful duo that sang twice a week in the evening. (Although they were quite amusing!!! Breakfast was a selection of foods including bacon and eggs and some rather scary looking, but tasty, green cakes!
I would recommned this resort for people who after complete rest and recuperation. We had a fabulous time (the beach front bungalow really made it special) and would love to go back. You will not get disturbed here and if you want to go and explore, you can - just not on foot!
I have more pics and video of this resort should you request it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the most exclusive, private and beautiful sunset beaches in Koh Samui, Thailand. Our resort surrounded by swaying coconut palms under a clear blue sky, simply promises you nothing but a pristine tropical paradise. Just 4 kms. from Nathorn downtown and 18 kms. from Samui Airport. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Samui Amanda Hotel Lamai Beach
- Samui Amanda Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach