I can understand why the reviews for Samui Honey Cottages seem so bi-polar. I was slightly concerned before we got there because of the reviews here, but it was our most cost effective option as I had to be in Cheong Mon to participate in the Wat Po Massage course at the Apple's Spa for a week. I had originally booked the standard room (at about $40 CAD) for 7 nights. When we got there, the receptionist was very polite and pleasant. She took us around to the very back of the property where the standard room was located. It was a bit run down, but spacious and there was a nice view of the gardens and a partial view of the ocean. It was equipped with a big fridge, cupboard, safe and air conditioner. I had some concern with the room because the glass panels on the windows seemed as if they would let mosquitos in. The room and bathroom were both very clean. However, the sleep quality we had that night was not very good. Everytime the air con kicked in it would make quite a loud noise, then sounded like an motor revving. The room was also located close to the road and you could hear any vehicle or activity that was happening out back. The next day we upgraded, paying about $10CAD per night more for a deluxe room. I was shown rooms 25 and 26, but both looked like they were also run down and didn't seem much better. The only improvement was that the bathrooms had seperate shower stalls rather than a wet room. Since we were in Samui at such a low tourist time, there were not too many people staying on the resort. We were shown and allowed to move to Room 16 which looked freshly painted, with improved lighting and was located right by the pool. I was so much happier with this move and I do not at all regret paying the extra money for this room. It was spacious, again with a large cupboard and the bathroom was a nice size with a seperate shower stall (with a skylight!) that had hot water. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint, lighting and a little bit of art work will do for a room. The only trouble I had was that I think the A/C unit was a little big for the room and it was hard to regulate the temperature. Another thing that was a little unsettling were the somewhat sheer curtains. There were a lot of windows, which was great for natural light, but the unit itself was central and by the pool so it felt a bit like a fish bow. Like I said, the resort itself wasn't so busy, so privacy wasn't too much of an issue. But at a busier time, I would be concerned about people being able to see into our room.
I noticed throughout the week that we were there that many of the units around the resort were being renovated or painted, so it is obvious that the owner is making improvements to keep the property up to snuff.
The location was fantastic. Cheong Mon is a soft white powder beach, although the ocean is a bit rocky and I did cut my foot one day going into the water. The grounds were reasonably well kept and there were platforms with bean bags lining the beach where my husband and I would hang out and relax at the end of a long day in class. The setting was gorgeous and I really enjoyed being in that environment for a week. The pool was cleaned up every morning and it was a nice place to get some sun and go for a refreshing dip in the afternoon.
The staff at Honey were very nice. The receptionist who greeted us and helped me upgrade my room was very helpful and fufilled all the requests I had for her. Laundry service was a good price and was done by the next day. Our room was made up every day and it felt very clean.
All in all, although I had some concerns about staying here, the week turned out to be really really great after we had the room change. I think if you get the right room, you will have a really nice time here. I would definitely stay here again if I were to visit Cheong Mon in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Honey Cottages Beach Resort. Are resort on the beach front of choengmon beach running bussiness by family style resort area are on the beach facilities service bar and restaurant swimming pool near beach and beach sun bed service thai massage is available waiting for your holiday looking for relax beach resort looking for samui honey cottages beach resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Honey Cottages Hotel Choeng Mon
- Samui Honey Hotel
- Samui Honey Cottages Beach Resort Ko Samui/Choeng Mon