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Punnpreeda Pool Villa Beachfront
Ranked #213 of 457 Specialty Lodging in Ko Samui
Reviewed February 5, 2012

Our two-month research on the 'perfect' place to stay in Koh Samui culminated in finally selecting this fabulous private resort located in a quite corner of the island. We had 3 principal critera that needed to be fulfilled: 1) a beach front loaction, 2) a villa with a private pool and 3) a peaceful location, Punnpreeda seemed to provide all three, and a super deal from Expedia to boot sealed it!

The place has only 14 odd villas located on a very quite beach front in Bophut, on the western end of Bangrak beach. Though we had booked a one-bedroom villa, they had already upgraded us to a two-bedroom on arrival..and when we axpressed our desire to be smack on the beach, they futher upgraded us to their best located villa, just 5 steps from the beach and with a view that one could write home forever about! Spectacular!!

I have a bit of a fetish for infinity pool villas overlooking the sea and have stayed in many across the world, but the sheer quality of this villa and the location still managed to take my breath away, many times across my stay. The design of the villas is very well thought of, being built across two levels, with the bedrooms overlooking the vast living area, which in turn offers expansive views of the private pool, the beach and the bay. One can thus view the ocean and the pool right from one's bed..brilliant!

The service is honestly warm and with a wide smile and folded hands omnipresent at all times, a bright young lady called Honey looked afyer our villa, constantly there to cater to all our requests, almost like a private butler. The resident sales head, Salinee (Arm is her nickname) made sure that we had all we wanted, and delivered with that wonderful smile and genuine warmth again.

It's a quiet place but located inbetween a 15-minute walk to the west to Fisherman's village with it's quaint restaurants or a 20-minute walk to the west to Bangrak and a wide choice of restaurants located around the Big Buddha. The breakfast served in the villa is sumptuous with enough choice. But what honestly surprised us was the complimentay mini bar, with beer, whisky, wine and soft beverages on the house! Yes, and replaced every day!! Considering the rate we were paying, this value add-on was quite unbelievable!

Though the place was close to perfection and delivered on all fronts, a couple of suggestions to make it even better:
01) They don't have a running restaurant and serve all meals in the room. I didn't mind the lack of a restaurant as there was more than enough choice around the location..but the kitchen closes at 10 PM, which was a bit of a downer. Keeping it open till 11 PM at least would keep late-diners like us a little happier.
02) The resort offer complimentay kayaking, it's great fun but just be careful of the rocks, this is a rather windy location too and it's pretty easy to get beached on the rocks by the wind. A life-guard / hotel personnel should be stationed on the beach during the activity.

For dining out, try out 'Orgasmic' run by Chef Wally, a 5-minute walk towards Fisherman's and a 10 minute walk to the other side is 'Ocean 11', perhaps one of the most-rewarded restaurants in Koh-Samui.

Tip: If you don't feel like walking, hire a car from the resort to drop you or pick you up, it's a better car, better driver and cheaper than the taxis on the road!

One again, a big thank you to the staff for creating memories for a lifetime!! We will be back and can't wait to recommend this place to all our friends. After all, it's not very often that paradise can be experienced at an earthly price.

Thank you Punpreeda, you are truly the best place to stay in Koh Samui..by far.

Room Tip: Chosse the beach0front villas..I think the numbers are from 901 to 905
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mbiswas
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed here for four nights during the Chinese New year celebrations. Our first impressions, frankly, were not good. Our driver was late picking us up at the airport and when we got to the hotel our room was not ready. It was hot, we were sweaty, our little one was asleep and we just wanted to get settled.
Things improved rapidly.
Our room not being ready turned out to be a godsend as we got an upgrade from a studio villa to a two bed roomed beachfront villa.

The approach to the villa was through winding gardens with tantalising glimpses of sea visible beyond the slope. The villa itself was, as has been said by others, big. There was a long hallway leading to three deep steps which in turn led into the Villa proper. To the left was the seating area along with the 42 inch TV and the DVD player. To the right was the kitchen which was immaculate with a four ring SMEG hob and a huge fridge which housed the minibar items which were renewed daily. Having a picky toddler with us, this arrangement was practically perfect. What would have made it perfect, ( I am being picky here) would have been the addition of a toaster and microwave. As I said though I'm being picky. We managed perfectly well with the equipment provided.
Between the seating area and the kitchen was the dining area.which perfectly served it's purpose especially with the addition of a baby chair.
Just off the kitchen is a drying area, perfect.

From the seating area it is a step outside to the deck and plunge pool and almost a step from there to the sea.
We spent a lot of happy time splashing about in the pool and gazing out to sea. It was wonderful.
It is easy to step from the deck to the great outdoors where there are two extra loungers. Sadly the area outside our Villa was in the process of being landscaped so we were unable to use it. We could see from the areas outside other villas how nice it will look ultimately.

Going back to the hall, either side of the top of the stairs is a bedroom with window access to the kitchen and seating area respectively. These windows could have been a problem but for the most part we kept them closed. Problem solved!

Honey and the team truly were marvellous. Honey even went across the road to the building site, ( belongs to Punnpreeda, they are building Condos), to inflate our little one's bath. No easy task as the road is very busy.
The whole team seem to work all hours.
It was great to have breakfast served to the Villa each day and to be able to choose whether or not we ate in or out for the rest of the day.
We chose most days to eat at least one meal out at the Golden Elephant in the Fisherman's Village which was excellent. Could have tried other venues but hey it worked right there. It would have been nice to walk to the village but given the combination of a busy road and no pavements that was not going to happen. No problem, the Punnpreeda drivers were happy enough to take us and it was only 100 TBH. Coming back was easy enough once the taxi drivers realised that we were not going to pay sky high rates.

All in all it was a lovely stay and we are missing our little slice of paradise.

Tip: If you are going to eat in the villa and need to stock up at the supermarket I suggest you try Big C, they seemed to have a greater variety than Tesco.

Room Tip: Ask for a beach front villa. They are spacious and comfortable and the views are stunning.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank BeijingPandora
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

After a long and thorough search online for a suitable place to stay for a week during Christmas in Koh Samui, we finally decided on Punnpreeda Pool Villa Beachfront. Reasons for this choice were: we wanted a 'home away from home' where we could have meals as and when we pleased; value for money; somewhere quiet enough to relax, but close enough to amenities and activities. Punnpreeda provided us with all this. We stayed in a 2 bedroom beachfront villa. Honey and the wonderful team took excellent care of us and never tired of my endless questions and requests regarding different activities on the island.

There's a great restaurant called Ad Hoc which is less than a 10 minute walk from Punnpreeda. Fisherman's Village is an easy 15-20 minute walk. Chaweng is about a 10 minute taxi ride and costs between THB200-400 one way.

From reading other reviews about Koh Samui, I was under the impression that you almost 'had to' hire a car or moped in order to get the most out of being on the island...but we found using taxis just fine - especially when you get yourself a regular taxi driver. (TIP: it's worth buying a local SIM card). The joy of not having your own transport is that it's great not to have to worry about who is going to be the 'designated driver' on any given day!

To summarise, pros for Punnpreeda:
- Excellent, helpful, friendly and efficient staff.
- Convenient location.
- Comprehensive information about activities on the island.
- The beachfront villas are definitely preferable to the ones further back.
- Great having breakfast served in your villa at a time that suits you.
- Great having WiFi and the minibar included in the price of the villa.
- Great having your own plunge pool.
- Great to have a wide selection of DVDs to borrow from reception.
- Lovely home away from home.

Cons for Punnpreeda:
- No nice beach in front of the villas to enjoy.
- In the 2 bedroom villas, there's only a shower in one of the bedrooms (the other one has a jacuzzi)..but, they cleverly designed a separate (extra) door to the bathroom with the shower so the people in the other room can have access without having to go through the bedroom.

Areas for improvement:
- If they were able to put in a proper swimming pool.
- If they were able to put in a proper bar and restaurant.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Punnpreeda Pool Villa Beachfront and have no hesitation in recommending it - if it sounds like it will suit your needs - as it did ours.

Room Tip: Choose a beachfront villa.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Wooohoo
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Without a doubt this has been the best holiday accommodation I have ever stayed in. We have just finished a 9 night stay at punnpreeda which was total luxury. We were met at the airport and brought to the resort where we met Honey and the team. It was late at night and they checked us in at the villa and then left us to get some sleep. Me and my partner stayed in the rain shower room and our friend in the jacuzzi bath - both have tepid to warm water but after the initial shock you get used to it.

On our first morning breakfast was served in our room which was delightful but not really to our taste so we substituted the cooked breakfast for cereal and fruit juices with hot pastries which you do by selection your breakfast each day x if you want a proper UK breakfast John at the Sweeney Todd facing the gates of fisher mans village is superb x

After breakfast we called into the office were gar girls arranged our car rental which was very cheap at £15 per day through national - we initially took it for 5 days and extended to 9 x. We also took advantage of the free shuttle into Chaweng which drops you off near Prego Italian (which is awesome) x a taxi cab home ranges from 300-500! We paid 500 once and from there went down....

The night before our last day we asked if it would be possible to pay to stay in the room longer than the 12noon checkout as our flight to Bangkok wasn't till 10pm! Honey arranged for us to stay until 8pm at no charge which was fantastic!

Someone noted that the staff would come in unannounced and also counted things whilst they were there - I can honestly say none of this has happened to us! The girls always call or chap the door and wait for an answer. The housekeeping staff do check towels etc as we had an accident with 'skin so soft' that stained 2 of the towels which we were charged for. We were happy to pay but we felt the charge was a little high at 650baht when towels weren't new. Honey was very uncomfortable telling us this but she was told to by her boss. But we really can't complain as they have been amazing and we were getting to stay longer in villa before departure.

Someone noted the pool was too cold also - this is rubbish! Like any pool its chilly bait until your in and then it was very comfortable and refreshing. Also there isn't much of a beach but if you walk around a bit there is steps down and the beach is nice - with it being on a bit of a head/cove you do get some stuff being washed up. but if you love the beach and beach bars they will take you along to punnpreeda hip resort where the beach is lovely and you can use the pool and have cocktails made.

All in all an excellent villa and amazing hospitality. All the little touches like towels made into elephants and fresh flowers and restocked mini bar really made a difference! Thank you Honey and the team for an amazing holiday.

Room Tip: Ask for villa 903 which is the only one with a pool on the beach.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Gary M
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

This hotel is really good if you are going with a group of friends or family. Works out really reasonable.The villas are huge and have a private infinity pool overlooking the sea and are very clean. The bathrooms have a jacuzzi and the living rooms have a pantry. Breakfast is delivered to your room and is really good. Nice cozy feel to the hotel with a small reception. Staff is very helpful and friendly.Close to the airport. Negative points for not having a restaurant and a little far from chaweng. Other than that its an excellent hotel.

Room Tip: 2 Bedroom Villa Beachfront
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Nii14
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

If you love quit and relaxing place, then it was a perfect place to stay. The stuff were very friendly, they welcome us as a family. It was our first time to visit Koh Samui, one of the most wonderful island in Bangkok. They clean the room every day,they clean it well, the breakfast serve in your room which we love the most. We stay at Punnpreeda Pool Villa Beachfront for 8 days and it was wonderful. We would love to come back to this place...

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Rose A
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

I like the hotel and the staff very nice the location perfect

  • Stayed: August 2011
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2  Thank Honey7689
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Address: 199 Moo1 Bang Rak Beach, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #213 of 457 Specialty Lodging in Ko Samui
Price Range: $64 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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