More about Centara Villas Samui
Away from the rush
Central Samui Village consists of individual Thai-style villas with views of the garden or ocean from the balcony. It is a private and peaceful gettaway with comforts expected of a 3-4 star hotel - air-conditioning, mini bar, safe and cable network.
The resort has a Swimming pool, a Spa and a wonderful Beach side restaurant (amonst other ammenties). The Central Samui Village is opposite the Butterfly garden so a visit to the butterfly garden is a short stroll away.
There are obvious advantages of being away from the rushed touristy areas - peace, quiet, however the disadvantage is that you cannot just leave your room and walk to the nearest club or shop. The are free Shuttle Buses to Chaweng Beach that leave almost every hour, which does make it easier.
I would recommend the Central Samui Village for those who want to get away from the rush but if you want to have a more vibrant experience I suggest the sister resort, Central Samui Resort at Chaweng Beach. Excellent Hotel Spa
Professional and exotic thai massage experience
Check out Our Blog on our Central Samui Village Pool Villa Experience
Well, I wouldn't say that the hotel was superb but it is definitely a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life. On top of that, due to its far-flung location, there are a number of shuttle services available a day. Due to that, we didn't have to spend a single cent on transport while we explored Koh Samui.
You can go to Lamai Beach, Chaweng area and even to Nathon. We didn't go to Nathon as we did not have the time.
As for food, it's really quite heavenly. Good spread.
The massage at Centara Spa is very good. Of a certain standard. Had the Royal Thai and oil massage and both were great experiences.
The resort has a very resort feel which is good. Check out our blog to see pictures and read about our experience - http://thecosyplace.blogspot.com/
PERFECT PLACE TO RECHARGE...
WE STAYED AT THE CENTRAL SAMUI VILLAGE FOR 17 NIGHTS AFTER A MAD 4 DAYS SEEING THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF BANGKOK.
AFTER BANGKOK WE WHERE READY TO CHILL OUT AND CATCH OUR BREATH, AND WE HAD FOUND THE PERFECT PLACE TO DO IT.
SAMUI VILLAGE IS IN THE SOUTH EAST OF THE ISLAND AND THE WHOLE COMPLEX IS BUILT ON THE SIDE OF A HILL RUNNING DOWN TO THE SEA, ALL 100 VILLAS BLEND INTO THE HILLSIDE GIVING IT A PERFECT AT HOME WITH NATURE FEEL.
WE STAYED IN A DELUX SEAVIEW VILLA AND I HAVE TO SAY WE LOVED IT..THE WHOLE COMPLEX IS 3 STAR AND I WILL SAY HERE AND NOW THAT THE RATING DOES NOT DO THE PLACE JUSTICE. OUR ROOM WAS ON VERY HIGH STILTS GIVING IT FANTASTIC SEA VIEWS FROM ITS OWN SUN DECK COMPLETE WITH TWO SUNBEDS...THE ROOM HAS A LOVELY FOUR POSTER BED..TV ..MINIBAR..AND LARGE BATHROOM.
THE COMPLEX HAS THREE SWIMMING POOLS, THE MAIN ONE BEING IN THE SHAPE OF A BUTTERFLY, THIS LEADS DOWN TO A VERY NICE BEACH. THE OTHER POOLS ARE VERY QUIET, MOSTLY USED BY GUESTS FOR READING OR JUST CHILLING.
THERE IS ALSO A LOVELY RESTAURANT OVERLOOKING THE BEACH..WE FOUND THIS TO BE USED FOR BOTH BREAKFAST AND DINNER.
THE HOTEL RUNS A FREE SHUTTLE BUS INTO CHAWENG AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY,
WE FOUND THAT BY BOOKING A DAY IN ADVANCE HELPS AS THE BUS BOOKS OUT QUITE QUICKLY. THE JOURNEY TIME TO CHAWENG TAKES 30 MINS.
ALL IN ALL WE FOUND THE CENTRAL SAMUI VILLAGE A FANTASTIC PLACE TO STAY WHILE ON KO SAMUI..THE ONLY THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT AS ITS BUILT ON A HILLSIDE IT IS NOT WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY. THAT ASIDE I COULD NOT FIND ANY FAULTS WITH THIS UNDERRATED GEM AND I HAVE NO DOUBT WE WILL RETURN AGAIN. THE QUALITIES OF THE CENTRAL SAMUI VILLAGE ARE WITHOUT DOUBT THE VILLAS..
ALL INDIVIDUAL THEY OFFER BOTH STYLE AND PRIVACY..PLUS THE SUNDECK AND SUNBEDS ARE A REAL BONUS.
THIS IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE YOU COME AND RELAX AND FORGET THE CARES OF MODERN LIFE...IF ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
from chaweng beach you drive south and pass lamai beach to Natien Beach. Here you have some nice resorts like Central Samui Village (nice restaurant they have called Reef Cafe) you pass this resort and the Butterfly garden. After this you take the first sand-road left. Quit have down. Here you find the empty beach - walk to the right and pass the corner - and fall in love.
We went to Central Samui Village last weekend for our long weekend break. We were expecting to have great holiday at Samui and had upgrade our room to pool villa suite. Hoping it would be our perfect holiday.
On arrival we were greeting as the hotel VIP guest. Thinking that the hotel location is a little bit far, but we needed privacy anyway so we were ok with that. The pool villa looks great. We were pretty happy with everything...then the holiday turned bad.....
We didn't receive VIP service as expecting.
1) Hotel staff walked into our pool area without ringing the bell (the bell is just right in front on the door). There is no lock in the pool area and the staff just kept walking with out warning. They did that many time to deliver our newpaper in the morning!!!
2) Our pool turned yellow on our 2nd day there. We paid for pool villa but the pool was broken and hotel didn't offer us anything not even to move the room. We shouldn't pay for pool villa when there is just a yellow pool to look at.
The front desk are nice but of course couldn't do anything and I am not sure whether they had report this to their manager.
We were asking to speak to the manager but he wasn't there and hotel staff couldn't locate him for us.
If anyone is thinking of going there, please change your mind. There are many other nice places in Samui more convience and value for money to choose from. I seriously don't recommend this Central Samui Village.
Cosy and relaxing Hotel
We visited friends in Samui and the Central Samui Village has been recommended to us. It was closed to our friends place and we stayed for 5 nights.
Living in Thailand ourselves, I must say that we're pretty spoiled and have high expectations when it comes to terms with service and friendliness - and we have not been disappointed! The resort very relaxing, lush, peaceful and a tranquil heaven and the staff has just been marvelous! Breakfast is inredible - Continental, full English or even Thai, served "buffet" style. In general the food is very good and not too expensive.
There are 3 pools on different levels - so there's plenty of space to relax. Complimentary shuttle buses run to Chaweng several days so we could save on the taxi fares too!
On our last day, we were even invited to a cosy cocktail party were we even met the management of the hotel.
All in all, this is one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in - for the price we've payed - and the service is beyond reproach. I find it very difficult to find fault with this idyllic place and I will definately return and recommend this to others who like a quiet yet cosy retreat.
It has been our second trip to Samui and our second stay in Central Samui Village and my husband and I agree both that it has even become better! We loved the resort because it is secluded and quite and this year we decided that this is again just what we need. We stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms and were even upgraded to a room with a private jacuzzi as the hotel was busy and they remembered that we stayed with the resort previously - how nice is that?
You can see the changes everywhere – but mostly in the rooms, the restaurant and the service, although the drinks have become a bit expensive. The resort is nicely groomed, the rooms are clean and well maintained, and staffs are very attentive and eager to please. Maybe they just need a bit more English language training as it is sometimes a bit difficult to communicate with some of them. The free shuttle buses to the other Central Hotel are great and very convenient.
Overall – the place is very beautiful, a hidden jem so to speak and we will be definitely back next year
Time to change the Hotel Manager
Upon arrival for our honeymoon, we were kept waiting three hours for our room, despite arriving at 3pm in the afternoon. This would have been ok if we had been given any idea how long we would have to wait, or any compensation or even an apology for waiting, which we didn't receive. The reception manager was very cold and even rude. Upon arrival to our room, we discovered that the door needed fixing and the lock to the room was broken but when we called the reception, the staff couldn't understand a word of what we said, not even the word 'maintenance'!!!!
We even had to call 3 times because no one picked up the phone!
The beach was a nightmare, don't expect to swim there....
Rooms weren't cleaned very well, and left unlocked when housekeeping left. There was rubbish and laundry left on the walkway for days.
The language barrier seemed to be a major problem and the service was really unfriendly at the reception where they were looking down at the guests. They are very relax and even lazy.
When we expressed our concerns with management, a cake and a bottle of wine were sent to our room the day after by the food and beverage manager who I have to say was the only one we saw working very hard in this hotel and always doing his best to satisfy all the unhappy guests.
We never saw any other members of the management team except the reception manager who was really very very very bad, they should transfer her at the back area!
But my main question is: "Where was the hotel manager or assistant????" This hotel really need a new one.
We absolutely love Thailand and the Thai people, and have had such wonderful experiences at other places we've stayed, so it was really disappointing to pay more for this resort, only to have such a bad experience.
We absolutely don't recomment Central Samui Village and wouldn't stay there, or any other Central resorts now as a result.
Nice relaxing resort
This is a resort for those that are seeking a relaxing holiday around
the pool and who don't mind being away from the main tourist areas. Yes, its definitely in a quiet corner of the island, however the rooms are nice, the pools are great, there are always plenty of sun lounges (either by the pool or on the beach) and the staff are all friendly (although some are a little challenged with their English skills). If all you want to do is lay by the pool and read a book this is a nice place to do it.
We booked a Spa Villa but were notified before we arrived that we would be upgraded to a Pool Villa for 3 nights because of a "water pipe problem" in our room. We really enjoyed the pool villa and felt very spoilt. We would have liked to stay the rest of the week there but it would have been an extra 3000B/day on top of what we had already paid, which did seem a lot. We loved the private courtyard and the huge shaded daybed which was perfect for lounging. The Pool Villas are all at the top of the resort, so by the time you get back up the hill from the pool or restaurant you really do need another swim!
Compared to the Pool Villa the Spa Villa was a little disappointing -still a lovely room and a nice big deck area, but the water that came out of the tap to fill the spa was a bit brown and murky so it was a bit like sitting in dirty bath water. You still get afternoon tea and evening cocktail service though (which always comes with interesting snacks).
The food at the restaurant is good although the theme buffets are pricey. The breakfast buffet is excellent and it was always a pleasure to come to breakfast. We dined at the resort 3 nights, at the Laem Set Inn next door one night (nice but also pricey) and wandered down the road to the Barracuda on 2 nights (cheaper and run by a nice local couple).
The hotel shuttle to Lamai and Chaweng does need to be booked a day ahead, which was a problem for us as we were never that organised. We only went up to Lamai once for lunch and shopping. The beach is nice (better for swimming than at the resort) but Lamai itself is nothing exciting. We booked the round island tour through the hotel tour desk - the guide was very good (fluent in 3 languages other than Thai) and we saw all the quirky highlights of Koh Samui.
We really enjoyed our stay at Central Samui Village but if I came back to Koh Samui I would probably try somewhere else on the north coast or nearer to Chaweng.
Adventures in Koh Samui
I am visiting Koh Samui for three weeks at the end of July. We are staying at the Central Samui Village in the south of the island. It looks like paradise and I am hoping I will be able to relax and read loads of books on the beach, but that there will also be a few places of interest to have a look at.
BEACH AT CENTRAL SAMUI VILLAGE.
A standard room at the Central Samui Village
Central Samui Village
I was told that the only plane that flys koh samui is by Bankok Airway and the plane is very small . Is it safe?
Re: Central Samui Village
Yes Bangkok Airlines is safe. I flew from Samui to Phuket two weeks ago. Very professional operation and staff. Great airport too. Free internet access in the terminal.
Re: Central Samui Village
Very safe they use a boing twin engined jet holding about 80 passengers, also use a twin engined ( may be a foker ) approx 50 passengers
Have a good time
Re: Central Samui Village
Yes you have to fly Bangkok air to Samui as they own the airport & are the only one`s that land there.I have flown with them countless times & they are very safe, punctual, the only thing is that they are not that cheap because they have the monopoly they pretty much charge what they want although the current fares have been in place for a while now (approx 7300 THB rtn).
Bangkok air use mainly the A7 Turbo prop plane that seats approx 50 & takes a little over 1 hour.
Another option to consider is catching a flight with Thai airways to Surat thani & catching the ferry across saving you approx 2000 THB.
Central Samui Village Laem Set Beach
Wife and I are looking at staying here in early Dec and wondered if anyone had stayed here and what were your thoughts. We're after a bit of peace n quiet but would also like to spend a few nights out in the bars but are after somewhere that you can sit and listen without having to yell to be heard. Any suggestions as to must do things or places to visist would be great. This is our first trip to Koh Samui but have been to Phuket and Penang a number of times so we're not new travellers to S.E. Asia.
Cheers in advance
Ko Samui Resort
Just after some information on Central Samui Village and surrounding area.
Will be staying there in January on honeymoon.
Does anyone know what this resort is like?
Is it far from the airport?
Are there bars, discos, restaurants & shopping around? Or do you need to travel to Chewang for this.
Also how far is it from Central Samui Village to Chewang & what could we expect to pay in a taxi?
RE: Ko Samui Resort
Central Samui Village is a very nice and quiet resort. However, it is situated rather far from main bars, discos, restaurants and shopping areas. The nearest area is Lamai and you will have to drive there. Lamai is a quiet place even for Janaury. The main action is in Chaweng and you need to drive there. It takes about 15 min to 30 mins drive (depending on speed and traffic). I am not sure about the cost of a taxi but by Samui standards, the taxi prices is very high. Expect to pay around 200 to 400 baht for the taxi. Central Samui Village should be able to arrange for transport to pick you up from the hotel.
My friends stayed there recently and found that the service is great and that it is truly a great place to stay for honeymoon.