You can't compare Koh Samed accommodations to other places like Phuket or even Koh Phi Phi. It's an island beachfront chalet, simple and clean. From what I could see of the other properties they were about the same standard, nothing flashy - but really on this particular you wouldn't want anything too flashy as that invites a different type of crowd.
The beach here we found to be slightly busy, but not to the point that you were annoyed with loads of people walking past kicking up sand - it was nice, relaxed and quiet. A very family beach.
The white fine sand and clear water is what you really want - then a clean aircon room to cool down and get a good night's sleep.
We ate at the Cabana restaurant for dinner 2 of the 3 nights we were there, food was excellent and seafood was fresh and prepared well. If you like fish, I recommend the Sea Bass - steamed, ensure it's done Thai style with lemon absolutely fantastic - even better that the price is not expensive, about 420baht which was very reasonable for a whole fish.
At night the Cabana does play music whilst serving dinner of which, if you're in a beachfront chalet you will hear a bit of the bass, BUT that's not really a downside as they turn it off quite early around 22:30 / 23:00.
The beach at night is quite quiet and they have fire shows during dinner times which provides a little entertainment.
From the Cabana beach you can actually walk to the main beach Had Sai Keaw using a beachfront trail which connects the beaches - we had lunch there in a very local Thai place, excellent food - you will definitely see the difference in busy beaches as Had Sai Keaw being the main touristy beach you can tell will be much noisier at night.
The island to me still feels somewhat well protected and not industrialized with big hotel resorts. It looks like they take care of the surroundings very well, everyday I saw people sweeping up leaves not just in front of their properties but out onto the beach part as well to keep the place looking pristine which was excellent.
So if you want relaxing, quiet and not expecting 5-star large resort type accommodation then stay here - it's cleaned everyday, staff are nice and quite helpful.
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- Also Known As:
- Samed Cabana Hotel Koh Samet