Duration of stay at this hotel 08/03/13 - 29/03/13 travelling with partner.
Arrived at Bill resort having travelled for 24hrs from Manchester, flying with Ethiad and Bangkok Air. We were greeted with smiles and fruit juice, booked in quickly and then swiftly taken to our room via golf buggy.
We were upgraded to a bungalow (704) so that was a nice surprise. Found the room to be perfectly adequate for what we wanted and needed, large bed, air conditioning, lighting, dressing table with light and mirrors. There was a well stocked small fridge with soft drinks and small selection of alcolic drinks. Lots of windows. W/C, shower, basin, toilet, little hose next to toilet! My only gripe with the room would be that there wasn't enough storage for clothing as there were limited hangers and no shelving in the wardrobe. There was a TV in the room but that didn't really work - no issue for us because we didn't want to watch TV. The rooms were cleaned right through, with changes of bedding and towels whenever you leave the tag on the outside door handle. On day 10 we came back from a day out on the scooter to find a colony of ants had moved in. I went down to reception and reported the problem (using Google Translate). A staff member came to have a look and promptly offered a move of bungalows. This was done in around 10 minutes without any fuss. We then moved up the path to room 708.
Restaurant, food & drink
The restaurant is found next to the beach and looks out directly onto the white beaches and aqua blue sea. Pretty impressive location. We were on bed and breakfast so ate here probably half of the mornings of our stay. Breakfast is served up to 10am but we went in on occasion at around 1030am and got breakfast without issue. There was plenty to chose from, cereal, fruit, breads, pasta and rice. There is a (friendly) chef who will make eggs in whatever way you like. I generally had Thai style omelette. We had lunch there on several occasions and found the selection to be very good, particularly the Thai options, which is what you would expect from a Thai establishment. Having read some reviews based solely on pizza we decided to have one one afternoon, wondering how a pizza could be so bad. I can say it wasn't the best pizza I've had in my life, but certainly wasn't the worst. The restaurant staff a generally decent people if not a little aloof on first meeting but I found that our usual friendly approach worked well and before long we were getting on very well. We never ate here at night opting to walk or scooter to Lamai.
The beach in front of the restaurant is clean and the sea water clear and warm. Beach sellers pass by but a the friendliest I've ever encountered. One fella that passes by carries a ridiculously heavy rig which contains an ice box and another box with coals for roasting corn. He will do pineapple, mango, corn. All very nice and very cheap. He's a pleasure to watch at work. The pool is a decent size and is suitable for swimming at around 15m. On most days it was crystal clear and a nice temperature. We always found there to be plenty of sun loungers available. The site is set in woods and the grounds are being swept every day. There is an interesting selection of wildlife in the area. A snake fell from a tree onto my wifes back on day one, on the beach. Interesting. We also saw a 5ft coconut snake slither off under our bungalow. There were also, lizards and geckos flitting around. We were fully aware that we were in a tropical island and therefore there was a chance we would see some of the wildlife. We were not let down. There were some domesticated cats and a couple of dogs who were friendly and I dare say help maintain the balance on the site as they do throughout Thailand. Much has been written of the hills. There is a steep hill which is the road that runs down from reception to the restaurant / pool but there is also a set of steps which are not too much problem for anyone who is of even moderate fitness. While we were staying at Bill Resort we were the only UK guests which for us was no problem. The majority were Russian or German.
In conclusion I would recommend this hotel for anyone who hasn't been to Koh Samui and is happy to take the short walk along the beach to the busier areas of Lamai, or a short walk onto the road and into the busier part of Lamai. There were a few families with young children and they all seemed to have great fun here. It is clean and tidy and is a good base to get out and see just how amazing the rest of Koh Samui is.
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- Also Known As:
- Bill Hotel Lamai Beach
- Bill Hotel Koh Samui
- Bill Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach