We were going to stay at the Amanda Resort but in the last minute changed to somewhere else in Samui because of some reviews around the shallowness of the beach at Amanda's.
Out of curiosity we went to check the resort out and even had a chance to look at the bungalows.
There is no doubt that Amanda is a great value for money (booking long stays particularly). For 1200B one gets bungalows one would expect from resorts twice or three times that price, with all the amenities. The garden is very relaxing, there is a wonderful swimming pool, and it is close to Nathon where one can find very good cheap restaurants and good shopping (free shuttle provided).
However the big letdown is the beach- we tried swimming there and on top of being somewhat rocky, it is completely shallow - we tried walking dozens of metres out and the water was still knee-high!
This is a perfect resort for older travellers and families with children who may not care much for beach swimming. Otherwise you may want to look somewhere else as there is no beach nearby you can walk to.
- 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