This is my second time to Koh Samed, and first time to Samed Villa. Overall, I would say this is the best spot on the island for the mid-budget traveler, a great place for families, and one of the nicer places on the island--hands down.
First off, for families-the staff are truly wonderful and happy, and go out of their way to make you feel welcome and keep an eye out for your kids. The mix of gentle beach and jungle was perfect for my 9 y.o. boy who spent his days snorkeling for crabs in the gentle waves and hunting for lizards in the bushes. What a treat for him! My daughter enjoyed making friends with the many other young kids who were staying there as well, and they found plenty to keep them occupied.
I've now visited about 20 different spots (resorts and hotels) on the island and think Samed Villa is a gem. It's clean, well organized, and the staff are very sweet. You can tell the management is involved and competent and pride themselves on a well run resort. The restaurant and bar are good, and the seafood offerings are very well done. The whole decor of the place, from the beautiful gardens and walkways, orchids placed here and there, lights on the beach and the ambience, all very well done.
Bottom line was I felt this was a wonderful and safe environment for the children, my whole family enjoyed themselves, and I felt I got a great bargain! What more could you ask?
Only a few negatives--many mosquitos, but this was the rainy season and every place on the island suffers from this-not just Samed Villa. I only mention so that you buy a few of those large can mozzie sprays on the mainland to protect yourself! Theres a little stream by the side of the resort which channels rainwater runoff which you should not let your kids play in, as the water is not clean and some said would give kids a rash--just to note and again, these kinds of streams are all down the beach. Finally, unfortunately, so many partier types have left a lot of broken glass around some of the rocks along the beach--so you really must all wear some kind of shoes if you want to explore those.
Otherwise--if you have a family and are looking for a GREAT place, look no further. Samed Villa is #1 in my book. You'll love it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The affordable escape in a lush tropical garden facing the sea on Koh Samed, Thailand" Samed Villa Resort offers an ambiance of simple well-designed rooms in a pristine natural garden setting right on the beach and belongs now to the best accommodations on the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samed Villa Hotel Koh Samet