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Reviewed July 31, 2012

The resort is in a good location and a quick speedboat trip away from Ban Phe.

We stayed in a family garden room which was nice. Rooms were clean and well designed with adequate amenities. The beach towels were replaced ever morning.

Breakfasts were sufficient. We had a few meals at the resort that were very nice but enjoyed having the option of many others close by. It is easy to walk into town and to the next beach on.

The kids enjoyed the beach and you can rent kayak and snorkels, but it is not a resort in the sense that any other entertainment is provided for them.

We booked our transfer from and to Bangkok with no problems, drivers arrived on time and picked and dropped us at our hotels in Bangkok.

Date of stay: July 2012
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Thank Wendy T
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Went to Samed Villas for 3 nights. Took speedboat to get here form the mainland town (which is 2.5hrs from Bangkok). The speedboat took about 0.5hrs; ride was choppy.
Hotel is nice and clean, nestled at the end of a small stretch of beach. Staff are excellend and take great care of the guests. Only drawback was that it is on a rocky part of the beach (the sandy part is only 30 steps away). Water and sand on beach are excellent. Alos, there is a dirty [atch od standing water between Samed Villas and the White Sand hotel next door; which should really be removed or fixed.

Room tip: We took a room facing the ocean but really any room further back (& cheaper) would have been fine. Ocean view is limited due to vegetation growth and these rooms are over the rocks part of the ocean. SO not really worth the extra cost
Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank alikarim
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Ko Samet or Ko Samed (both correct) was a fantastic find, just three hours from Bangkok, a lot more sedate than (Phuket, Ko Samui or Pattaya) but for my money that's a good thing, still if you want to stay out drinking all night you can (real cheap) but the vice side of the aforementioned places does not seem to be here.

We had no real plan on arrival but had booked two nights at Pudsa Bungalows thinking we would have a romantic authentic island Bungalow experience and left after the first night feeling like we needed a really good wash. ScarletLauren mentions Pudsa in her review as the "next resort which was pretty unattractive". So day two we moved to Samed Villa Resort (spelt with a D) great value at only $60 aud (low season) per night included breakfast for two and free Wi-Fi, in my book it was pure comfort, this resort is one that looks better than the pictures on their web site and that’s because the rooms have been totally rebuilt. (don't confuse this resort with Samet Villa Resort, it may be a nice place but it is not the one I stayed at, also you will not find Semed Villa Resort on the agoda hotel web site. http://www.samedvilla.com/

Our room was a good size featuring a king bed + a single bed all in the one room, small stocked mini bar fridge, chips, cookies, chocolates for purchase, Tea and coffee making facilities, Plasma TV with cable, air conditioning and fan, room safe, wardrobe, bedside tables lamps and so on. Beach towels as well as bath towels each day, en-suite bathroom and most important very good fly screens, it even had a rechargeable tennis racket style bug zapper to get that pesky mosquito, and a torch to help you walk up the beach at night when you try to decide on which restaurant to visit, the room was comfortable and clean, at the front of each villa is a good size veranda with two deck chairs, foot stools, side table and a cloths rack.

Breakfast is adequate, hot and tasty, a mix of American/Asian buffet and is served in the restaurant or you can sit outside overlooking the water. The beach out front is transformed every night from a sea of deck chairs to a romantic restaurant with hundreds of fairy lights, table cloths, background music and great food as is twenty other venues up the beach and the food at everyone I tried was tasty and cheap, menus are large and boast dishes from Asia, Italy, French, Western, Seafood just to name a few.

At Jep’s beachside restaurant a five minute walk away, as a party of four adults we shared, four entrée meals, four main meals, two sides of Asian greens, 4 bottles of beer, 2 cans of soft drink, 2 bottles of 300ml sweet wine and including a tip the whole thing cost $11 aud per person. (this is the norm at most places we ate).

I wish we had found this place when our kids were young, this Ao Phai beach seems to be the main restaurant strip, with fire shows and fire works, every night up and down the beach, some restaurants have small bands at night and the kids love it, making new friends and playing in the sand around the restaurant tables when they get board sitting down, mums and dads just looked so relaxed knowing the kids were having a good time.

This beach also boasts one road full of shops hidden down an ally right off the beach, shops are mainly 7/11, and beach wear, sun screen, kids beach toys, togs, grog, cigarettes, personal hygiene and a chemist, doctor, tour bookings, motor bike and quad bike hire, return boat bookings and so on.

I would recommend this island for a honeymoon, family of all ages, couples but not so much singles although on the Tuesday night of my trip coming home late from dinner at least one nightclub on the beach had a fair crowd of young adults.

We paid for a private speed boat from the mainland that dropped us right on the beach in front of our hotel $60 for 4 people, but the ferry is very cheap and a taxi (ute style with two rows of seats in back will take you to your hotel). We paid the resort to take us back to the mainland in their speed boat. (don't sweat the transport it is easy to plan both sides).

Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Koh Samet is a sleepy holiday island, just off the coast three or so hours south east of Bangkok. At least it was pretty sleepy when I was there midweek in late June. But if you just want to lie on the beach (which is decent enough), read your book and drink a few Singhas, then it's ideal.

Samed Villa Resort is well-priced, comfortable and right on the beach (like pretty much everything on Koh Samet), with decent meals and a very relaxed atmosphere, with families, couples and backpackers all welcome.

The service, especially in the restaurant/bar area can a be a little rough and ready, a bit like the island itself, but it's cheerful and you're not likely to be in a rush to go anywhere, so it's not so bad.

I stayed in a beachfront villa, which had a lovely view over the water, and felt private enough. The rooms are pleasant and facilities fairly modern, although you need to be careful to keep the mosquitoes outside - there are loads of them especially around dusk.

If you can't get to any of the more glamourous/famous islands, or just want somewhere chilled to spend a few days, then Koh Samet is perfect and Samed Villas should fulfil most people's needs.

Date of stay: June 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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2  Thank flavour2804
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I almost don't want to recommend this place, as I don't want it ruined. It is lovely, at the end of the main beach, so a bit more remote - but the night life is accessible, for those who need it. For those who don't, you will find a lovely beach, good rooms with A/C and cable TV, a sense of being off the beaten path - most importantly, lovely sand and water.

I didn't give it a five rating for two reasons - the front desk staff was less than service oriented and, more importantly, the dogs. The dogs are everywhere - in the restaurant, on the beach, scratching, begging for food. And if you think "they aren't dangerous, just Thai soi dogs" - well, some lady was bitten while we were there. They should get rid of them.

For the most part, the dogs like to laze around like the other clients, so no big deal. Recommendations - eat the BBQ skewers in the restaurant, they are delicious. In general the food is good. And for us, the wi-fi worked fine... although, accessing it does take away the 'tropical paradise' feel. Recommendation 2, leave the computer at home and enjoy the escape.

Room tip: Skip the speedboat, go for the adventure of the ferry and the pickup truck taxi.
Date of stay: June 2012
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2  Thank Harkish
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