My friend and I stayed at this resort in early January for 4 nights. We loved out stay here!
We absolutely adored every aspect of this resort even though it was quite far away from the main tourist area. The rooms were extremely well kept and very nice. Every staff member was friendly, always greeting us with smiles when we passed by. Every time we had a question the staff would always make every effort to answer our enquiry and help us at every opportunity. The staff are super easy to talk to and one of them even taught us a magic trick! (also makes awesome mojitos!)
If you're looking for some partying and clubbing this place is definitely not the place for you. The resort is about 40 minutes away from Chaweng and costs about 700 baht by taxi (if they call the taxi for you). For us, we only spent one day in Chaweng and caught the taxi that they called for us. They also said that if we wanted to organise a taxi the way back we could call them and they would send a driver over. Having the security that we had a ride either way helped us to barter for a taxi on the way back (originally quoted 1000 baht, we managed to get it down to 500 baht although we were really bad at haggling). Honestly though, since we were mostly going on tours for island hopping, snorkelling and other water activities, it didn't really matter that we were on the quieter side of town. We actually preferred our area as it was a lot more local and not as touristy.
The resort provides free bicycle hire and motorcycles for 250 baht a day. We weren't game enough to motorcycle on the crazy samui roads (although nothing compared to Vietnam) but we did use their bikes a few times. They had two new bikes and it was awesome just cycling around the quieter roads. We used them to cycle to the local seven eleven to stock up on junk food and drinks. The resort also provides kayaks for hire for 300 baht for the day. The kayaks are in awesome condition and the bay is super easy to kayak in! You can even kayak to lipa noi pier, which is very pretty and nice. If you do choose to kayak we would suggest kayaking in the morning around 9 to 11am, the beach looks the best then and the sun isn't as harsh.
The food was good but on the pricier side (about 140 - 180 baht), but you can easily grab food from places somewhat close by like Nathong city (about 80 - 90 baht) or there is a place only about 5 minutes away for some cheap grub (ya-on steak). There are also other restaurants if you walk along the beach to lipa noi beach. The prices are similar or more expensive than the hotel restaurant but the walk is quite nice. Only issue is that the tide comes up very quickly so the road you took on the way there might not be there on the way back.
All in all, this resort was GREAT! We were in Samui to relax and that's exactly what we did, relax. If any of the staff read this comment, we love you! Thank you for making our stay in Samui FABULOUS!
(Also if you are taking air asia to samui and going to lipa noi pier, organise a hotel transfer with the resort. It's 150 baht from the pier, which is cheaper than the shuttle that they provide at the pier which was 200 baht.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viva Vacation Resort is "far enough away" from the airport and city to remain a peaceful paradise, yet close enough to everything to be convenient for off-site exploration.An elegant contemporary Thai resort situated in the middle of coconut gardens and surrounded by lush green trees and ornamental plants. Here you'll find true relaxation for your vacation as there is a private white sandy beach, unpolluted wind, gorgeous sunsets, and spectacular sea views which could be the answer to your vacation needs.Also, we offer the great friendly service with 11 air-conditioned villas, a big swimming pool, a restaurant, and all facilities for your comfort and convenience. It is the perfect place to spend your holiday with family or friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Vacation Resort Ko Samui/Lipa Noi, Thailand