We stayed for 2 nights in March and, upon arriving from having spent 2 nights in Cartagena, immediately wished we had spent all our nights at Kohsamui and just taken day/evening trips into Cartagena. The beach is clean and perfect for long walks, the water is great for refreshing swimming, the food is delicious and there are fun activities to do even for a couple hours (touring the mangroves by guided pole-canoe). However, perhaps the most wonderful thing about Kohsamui (apart from the owner, Maria, herself whose passion for the area and hotel is infectuous) is the level of pampering and relaxation from the moment we arrived. The rooms are tranquil and ocean-inspired. But the large common palapa-covered deck with hammocks, outdoor couch and chairs, etc, was our favorite aspect of the hotel - reading, napping, watching the sunset. We found Kohsamui to be a far better value than staying in Cartagena, and Kohsamui seems to have more opportunities for adventures beyond the city. We stayed in a corner room/suite and had far better breakfasts for less than what we spent in Cartagena. Confirming there is no hot water (water is tepid), but I didn't miss it. Rooms are very clean and staff is wonderfully accomodating. We look forward to returning!
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