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.
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