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Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
Ranked #11 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
Milton Keynes, England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous staff and location”
Reviewed October 1, 2006

It was our first trip to Thailand and this was a great hotel to start with! The staff are great - nothing is too much trouble and they will try and accomodate your every need. We ate at the Spice Island at few times - would recommend the prawn patties! A word of advice - the wine is expensive (even thai wine) generally across the island. We met some people who had bought their own wine, kept it in their mini bar and had that if they fancied wine. Beer is much cheaper with meals. Do eat out in Chaweng high street - all of the food we had was great. The Eat Sense rest: on the beach is excellent.
We booked the Eco-safari excursion with Turismo Asia which was really great and we thought excellent value for money. The weather wasn't sunny when we were there (which was apparently unusual for that time of year) but don't be fooled by the clouds! Lots of people got burned as the sun was still really strong behind the clouds. You will get hassle from traders in the street but they are generally harmless. Valentinos were a great tailor if you fancy getting some clothes made? All in all, a really good hotel, apparently due for room refurbs next year so can only get better I think? Have a great time.

  • Liked — The staff were really friendly, location on the beach was much better than other hotels on island
  • Disliked — The frogs were pretty loud at night-time! Not a big complaint though
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a room upstairs as it might mean the frog noise is less?!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 26, 2006

Central Samui resort was absolutely excellent. The location was great, - its a little bit further away from the main street Chaweng hussle & bussle - but there are still a lot of shops and stalls on your doorstep selling the same type of things you can find on the main strip
The beach is excellent - wide, spacious and much quiter than higher up on the strip. Chaweng beach is by far the best on the island, in terms of the size of the beaches as well as the soft white sand.

THe resort itself was great, the onsite dining also offers a good selection at reasonable prices, and breakfast by the sea (at Spice Island) is a great way to start the day. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the centara spa treatments are great, if a little pricey compared to the selection of massage shops on the Chaweng street.

All is all, highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2006

Hi,

This was our 2nd visit to this Hotel we stayed here two years ago for our Honeymoon, I'd emailed the Hotel direct and told them we were returning and requested a room on an upper floor.

Upon arrival we were given a welcome drink in a coconut and some refreshing towels, and the receptionist said welcome back, we thought nice touch. We checked in and was taken to our room we stayed in room 731 on the upper floor which I'm sure we were given a upgrade the room was lovely and a lovely view, got into the room and there was a loveheart cake and a letter welcoming us back really nice that they valued our return to the hotel.

Great Breakfast, and a great location, and a lovely pool area, we also used the gym which was good.

The staff are very attentative too.

Whilst there my Husband had a ear infection and the hotel tool us to the Hospital which was nice.

When we checked out we had 2,000 baht of our bill which we were surprised about when my husband asked what that was for the lady said maybe some inconvienice by the hotel, maybe noise at breakfast or something else, we think possibily it was that we had a problem with the TV, but they did fix it.

Would definately stay here again love the Hotel.

Julie

  • Liked — Everything
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed September 21, 2006

I could not find a fault with this hotel..only maybe a bit pricey for Thailand. Staff lovely, Food great, Great location on the beach.
Breakfast very nice had everything. I would reconmmend this hotel to everyone. You pay for what you get.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Braintree, essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2006

Stayed at the Central in late August and thought the hotel was everything a five star hotel should be..very clean, efficiently run, lovely grounds, fantastic location and lots of amenities. The staff here are wonderful and friendly and always greet you with a smile and a" Swatdi-kah".
The grounds here incorporating the pool area here are just fantastic and are immaculately kept by the groundsmen. Food fantastic too, especially the breakfasts which we totally indulged in.
The beach area at the Central is also lovely with powdery white sand and crystal clear water and no where near as crowded as I first feared as Chaweng beach is the most popular beach area on the Island.
The hawkers are not to annoying as they can be in other parts of the world and they do seem to offer what you want whilst being baked by the immense heat..i.e ice Creams, fresh fruits etc.
The nightlife on the Chaweng strip is very busy and a walk along the main street is certainly an experience with constant greetings by business owners/staff to sample their restuarant/shop/strip joint, the worst being the tailors who are definately the most forward but normally a simple "No thanks" should suffice.

Definate locations to visit on the strip are:-
The Wave bar - fantastic english food and marvellous selection of books and also good info to be had about Samui in regards to safety, excursions and traditions.
Mama roma restuarant - gorgeous Italian food and great service.
Chaba Cabana hotel - seafood to die for and great selection of thai dishes and the service the best I have ever experienced.

My only cautionary note to potential travellers to Samui is the amount of Stray dogs on the streets. If you are an animal lover like myself this can be particularly upsetting as some of the dogs do seem to be in a poor state although their is an organisation in Samui currently addressing this problem.
Also for info purposes, a massive belt of land on Chaweng beach strip has been purchased so expect in the next year alot of building work going on as the sex bars are moved away and the flagship hotels from 4 seasons, Amari and Marriott move in. This can only be good as Koh Samui wants to get back to the "family resort" it once was.

  • Liked — very clean and efficient
  • Disliked — bit expensive
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank darren2000
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2006

We stayed twice here over the space of two weeks in August/September 06. Whilst its not particularly cheap for Thailand, I would definitely recommend this hotel.
The positives:
Great location on the beach and very much a beach club type atmosphere with staff on hand to help.
Staff excellent, all very polite and friendly. Every single person made an effort with us.
Breakfast was excellent. Make sure you get it included as the first time it wasnt included.
Views from our room were great.
Meals were very high standard.
The pool area was great and gave a very different experience to being on the beach.
A welcome drink and flannel on arrival was a nice touch.
A cocktail party put on by the hotel was such a nice touch and really gave us a warm feeling about the hotel.
The negatives:
Very expensive for the standard of the hotel, especially as our first stay didnt include breakfast. Make sure you get it included!
The rooms were a little tired, whilst spotlessly clean and great amenities, they could have done with a bit of refurbishment.

Overall, we were very happy staying there and whilst the hotel is perhaps getting a little dated we would happily go back there and know we would have a great time.

  • Liked — The pool
  • Disliked — The price
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure they include breakfast!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Gateshead, UK
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2006

This hotel exceeded our expectations.
We were there between 28 Aug - 4th Sep 06. The hotel was about 75% full.

The rooms are good and very clean. Bottled water is supplied each day. When you remove your key from the room as you leave the power goes off but A/C stays on. The staff at this hotel are simply fanatstic. Very helpful and friendly. The pool area is beatifull and the beach is just perfect. Plenty of free sunbeds and towels are also provided by the pool and beach.

Get a good mixture of nationalities and a good class of person.
Breakfast is excellent and restaurants are very good.

I enjoyed taking part in pool volley ball and football on the grass.
Gym here is excellent and air conditioned. Hotel is suitable for children but is not over run by them.

Plenty of restaurants outside the hotel. Just over the road is one called "The little boat", This is very cheap but really good food. Zico's brazilian reataurant is more expensive but excellent too.
Thai boxing is worth a visit,

Koh Samui was a great holiday and this hotel is exceelnt with real attention to detail. The Thai people are just so friendly.
Please check out the pictures that I took of the hotel

We would love to go back next year.

  • Liked — THE STAFF
  • Disliked — NOTHING
  • Tips/Secrets — JUST GO
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
Address: 38/2 Moo 3, Borpud | Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Chaweng
#6 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#8 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui 5*
Number of rooms: 203
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui is a long-established resort that sits right on Chaweng Beach, a tranquil location that yet provides easy access to Central Festival for shopping and the ever-present buzz of Chaweng Road. Complete with the old world charm of colonial-era architecture and an unparalleled beach front setting, the resort is home to a host of facilities and activities, including a beautiful spa, complimentary Yoga classes a large sea-gazing swimming pool with its own swim-up pool bar and Jacuzzi, a fitness centre, two tennis courts and two kids clubs. You’ll enjoy no less than seven restaurants and bars, including COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Perfect for the most tranquil romantic escape or an adventuresome family holiday, the resort also features Muay Thai classes, beach volleyball, and a choice of water sports – think kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, Hobie Catamaran, body boarding and paddle boarding - as well as superb snorkelling and island hopping excursions around Koh Samui and diving opportunities arranged respectively by the tour desk and the PADI Dive Centre. Whether holidaying in Samui just the two of you or with the family, you will enjoy views of over the turquoise expanse of the Gulf of Thailand from your balcony or a private plunge pool. Spaciousness is a feature with all rooms and suites, with total living space ranging from 40 to 132 square metres while selected suites also provide concierge services. And your good times will begin almost from the minute you touch down on the island, as the resort is a short 15-minute drive from the airport. ... more   less 
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