LOCATION: Between Chaweng Noi and Lamai, on a steep hill path up to the Sandalwood resort. No taxi or moped driver will take you up the hill, so you have quite a climb if you don't hire your own moped. The location is quite isolated, but that is the attraction, while only being 10 minutes either way from the bustle of Chaweng and Lamai, and just a 5 minute walk to the beach and bar at the Coral Cove resort. Taxis are expensive on Samui anyway by Thai standards, but if you don't find out the 'right price' to bargain to quickly the drivers will try to fleece you.
FACILITIES: I stayed in the HiRoofterrace apartment. If you come from a 4 or 5* full service hotel you will take a little time to acclimatise to less luxurious fixtures (and you may well question whether the place is right for you), but after a couple of days you realise that the place is very relaxed and comfortable. The view over Chaweng bay and the jungle covered hills is incredible and undoubtedly the most attractive feature. The natural lighting in the bedroom is fantastic. The bathroom was fairly rudimentary, with quite basic fixtures; the shower water pressure was very poor and pulsed hot and cold water. If investment were to be applied to the property I think a more luxurious bathroom would hugely improve the overall experience. If any food based rubbish was left in the bin ants would quickly arrive, so to avoid an insect problem it's best to leave any used packages or bottles in a plastic bag in the fridge until the morning. The advertised room service facility requires giving staff 3 hours notice, so is not really that useful. The staff were friendly.
A major disappointment was the extensive building work on the neighbouring plot. I had been assured by Klaus several months in advance, as well as a few weeks prior, that the building work would almost certainly have been completed by the point of my arrival. However, there was VERY noisy construction work (drills, hammering into concrete, grinders etc) progressing every day during all daylight hours. There is no way the property was in the final stages of fitting out as I had been told.
I would recommend Ban Sua on the basis that you are visiting when there is no building work occurring. There are certainly aspects where a little more luxury would make a huge difference to the property, but for the price you will struggle to find anywhere that is so tranquil whilst providing some nice private facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the sole provider for roof terrace villas. Ban Sua offers unique rooms with Thai charm. All rooms feature a sea view terrace. Our villas are located in Chaweng noi above the supreme secluded beach of Coral Cove Bay right above Coral Cove chalet and beneath Sandalwood. The sea views cover a wide angle from Coral cove bay to Chaweng bay to the endless sea. The beach is 300m away from us. As well, we are located just about 800m from Samui's new golf course, the RSGCC. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ban Sua Samui Ko Samui/Maret