Positives: Price, beachfront location, clean rooms. Negatives: both very minor - sometimes unreliable wifi in room, restaurant food mediocre.
Much of Ko Samui's beachfront is taken over by high-end resorts, leaving those of us on a budget to find a place that doesn't require walking too far to access the beach. Fortunately, Samui Beach Resort is literally right on Lamai Beach. Even better is a nice pool and restaurant right on the beach. We stayed in one of the remodeled bungalows, 40 steps from the pool. It was very clean, housekeeping was on-top-of-it, AC was nice refrigerator, hot water pot, free instant coffee, tea, TV. The only issue was the electrical wiring to the bathroom - sometimes the switch worked...sometimes we had to hit the box quite hard to make the connection. Our other minor issue was the spotty wifi. It wasn't always reliably working in our room. Oh well. The property rents out scooters for 200 baht/day - well worth it to get around town. The restaurant on site was so-so. Our pizzas were burnt. Chicken salad came with the driest, smallest, flattest strips of chicken that I thought it was chicken jerky. It was inedible. Prices are basic resort food prices, but you can walk 2 minutes to the main street and find 2 authentic Thai restaurants where we ate most of our meals for less 250 baht/2 people including drinks! If you want a swanky experience, walk south on the beach for 3 minutes, climb onto the rocks towards the pink neon Dinky Rock Bar sign. Felt like we were in Miami. So, all-in-all, can't find a better place in all of Samui on a budget. We would stay here again for sure. Enjoy!