We were used to the dumps at Sai Keaw and wanted a change thus we decided to cough up a little bit more per night and went to the Samet Villa. We were 3 Families with 4 kids and had another, an older, couple staying with us. Compared to all the other places we have been, Samed Villa is really clean and has an appealing character. Staff there is very nice and most of they paid good attention to their guests. It is certainly correct that it can get very loud at night but with the UPVC double glazed windows in their bungalows, this is not a problem anymore. Rooms are spacious and offer a clean bathroom, a great bedroom (with TV and Safe) and the terrace of most bungalows is very nice. There are still a lot mosquitos during the evening hours and I would suggest you put some repellent on before sitting outside. This is also applies when sitting down below in restaurant or at the beach. Dinner's there are great, especially the Swiss Food (owner is Swiss) and the BBQ from the Beach. Talking about food, Samed Villa's breakfast is nice and offers a wide range of western and Asian dishes. In our group, everyone was happy.
Over the years Ao Phai Beach has developed in to a male dominated area and it is therefore recommended that you discuss gay related behavior with your children before or upon arrival. It is very common to see guys getting close with each other and we have, on several occasions, found condoms on the beach or in the water. Ao Phai, especially the Silversand part, was known for its very clean water and sandy beach, but these days are definitely over. To summarize my review, I can honestly say that Samed Villa is a nice and decent place but it is definitely in the wrong location, especially then when travelling with children and or people who look for peace and quiet environment. In addition to that it is obvious that Samed has lost his appeal and the island has become more and more a garbage dump and I keep wondering what the intentions were when this place was declared National Park in 1981.
- 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