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We just returned from a week at Sala Samui, having listened to everyones advice on this site before booking. We used the hotel airport pickup service which was a great start, friendly driver, cold drinks, chilled towels, everything you'd want really. Its probably expensive compared to getting a cab but we thought it was definitely worth it. We had a pool villa complete with the infamous outside bathroom which we booked after taking the advice of the hordes on this site who said it was worth doing - and they were definitely right. The pool is at the perfect temperature and completely private, theres no finer way to spend an afternoon than a few hours in the pool with a bottle of champagne or 2. The communal pools are lovely too with the advantage of being on the beach with great views. The bathroom is completely private, I didnt see any bugs at all and it really just adds a bit of character. The restaurant is good, breakfasts are really good. We ate there a few times and wandered down the beach to the myriad other restaurants the rest of the time. We had originally thought of staying at Chongsai Bay instead, it seems to me that the major advantage of Sala Samui is having so many alternative places to eat or drink right on your doorstep, the disadvantage is you dont get sea views from your room. The spa was a great experience, you can certainly get a massage on the beach for a fraction of the price but the surroundings made it well worth it.
We went into Chaweng once, a lot of the resorts there looked lovely too, the town itself is fine, we didnt rush back there but it wasnt awful.
Generally Sala Samui is fantastic for couples and anyone wanting complete peace and relaxation. There were a few kids around but it really isnt a kid place.
I did a ton of research before heading to Ko Samui and was so happy I decided to go with Sala Samui. Tongsai (my other choice) is beautiful but more of a resort and Amari Reef is right in town, which is good if you want to be in the middle of it all, but after days in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, a tiny stretch of quiet beach was paradise.
The pool villa is the way to go here and yes, it looks exactly like the website. It was extremely hard to leave this place-definitely the most romantic and beautiful room we ever stayed in. The hotel restaurant is great; we dined there twice and appreciated the variety and the great wine list after so much Singha. Down the beach, Bongoes is good for lunch, try the choo chee.
I envy anyone who is about to book a few nights here; it is heaven!
We have just returned from Sala Samui and used your site before we went so thought would like to thank everyone for their honest reviews.
We have stayed all over the world, in particular Mauritius in 5* resorts and can honestly say the garden pool villa was the best accomodation ever stayed in. You are totally private with own outdoor pool, day bed and sun loungers. Although through the day it is much cooler to lie on the beach the late afternoons were wonderful to have such privacy in your own seculuded grounds. We had some beautiful intimate times sharing a glass of champagne while bathing in the outdoor bath.
|We were particularly impressed with the beach restaurants and bars and to be honest only ate in the resort once as felt the food and drink outside was much more honestly priced and just as good. Freshly barbequed lobster while sitting on the beach drinking cocktails is highly recommended and just about all the places along the beach do this.They also offer every other type of food from breakfast to spaghetti bolognese.
We ventured into Chaweng twice and wasn't really impressed, hot, dirty, seedy and shops just like market stalls selling fake everything, we did eat at the Red Snapper as recommended and it was good but like Sala Samui restaurant expensive fior what you got. Although not expensive in comparison to what we would pay back home for the equivalent. Bophut, fisherman's village is much nicer but smaller and feels slightly bohemian, (reminded us of Key West).
Truthfully if you are looking for complete get away from it all relaxation with a choice of fresh fish and Thai food drinking cocktails then you won't go far wrong with this place.
Nice design, but too crammed
Hi, we stayed at Sala for two nights. When we arrived and checked in, we got a garden pool villa facing the entrance of the resort. Although high walls and clever building ensure that there's still a lot of privacy, looking at power poles didn't make the private garden too beautiful.
However, what annoyed us most was construction work taking place right outside the resort, which means right next to the villa assigned to us. We asked for another villa, but as the resort was fully booked, we got a balcony room.
I think that all rooms and villas are beautifully designed and in a very contemporary design. But the whole resort is crammed into a relatively small piece of land which is almost completely built-up.
The beach is nice, but when swimming corals are a nuicanse; i cut my foot on them and did not go swimming at that beach afterwards.
We did not try the restaurant for dinner. Breakfast is nice, service friendly. Lunch was okay, but nothing special.
All in all, I would not want to stay at the Sala Samui again - it's more of a honeymooner place.
Simple The Best
After all the reviews posted on this site, my Fiancée and I were a little dubious that a hotel could be that good. However, Sala Samui is that good! The hotel is first class, from the rooms to the staff to the food.
We stayed in a Sala Pool Villa which, as everyone says, is just as the brochure pictures depict. The staff are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. We ate dinner at the hotel twice and breakfast everyday. The food was always exceptionally good and plentiful (breakfast was a feast!).
The hotel is situated on Chong Mon Beach, a much quieter location than the chaos of Chaweng but that is only 10 minutes away by taxi (200 - 250 Baht). The beach at Sala Samui is spotless and kept clean by the staff who rake the sand every morning. Directly offshore from the hotel, about 10m out, there is a shallow reef which is ok for snorkelling on but visibility is not fantastic due to sand sediment. However, you only have to walk 100m down the beach (in the direction of The Imperial Boathouse) and the beach gently recedes into a sand bottomed sea. There are several beach bars/restaurants located along the beach that serve very good food - we used Otto's most days. (For tattoo lovers, Otto's has a very good Tattooist next door, called Red's!). Other places we recommend to eat are Villa Bianca and The Happy Elephant at Bo Phut Fisherman's Village (taxi: 250 - 300 Baht), Eat Sense in Chaweng and Big John's Seafood at Lipa Noi.
We recommend you hire a jeep for the day (1200 Baht) to explore the island. Be warned - if you visit Numuang Waterfall 2 and want to visit the plunge pool at the top, comfortable walking shoes are recommended (climbing rocks in flip flops could prove hazardous!!). Also, don’t let the Elephant trekking guys at the bottom of the access road, tell you that you cannot drive up to the base of the waterfall. We also took a day trip to the National Marine Park, west of Koh Samui, which was a good day out. During the trip, you snorkel, kayak and visit the Emerald Lake and eat lunch at Koh Ang Thong.
We loved Koh Samui so much so that we are planning on marrying there next year. Our only fear is that there are a lot of building developments happening on the island that may ruin a coconut paradise.
Excellent Boutique Hotel..Can't wait to go back!
We have just returned from our honeymoon in Thailand all of which I researched on this site. We started with 3 nights in Bangkok, 8 nights Sala Samui (end Feb) and then 5 nights in Evason Phuket. I can honestly say the time we spent at Sala Samui made our honeymoon!!! Can't recommend it enough..even though I am tempted to try and keep it all to myself!
Its just 15mins from the airport to the hotel. You are greated with a cool drink and cold towel and as we were honeymooners I got roses! The entrance is beautiful with ponds with carp and wooden bridges. We booked a pool villa..beautiful. The villas are private with a walled garden, outdoor pool, 2 sunloungers and a day bed. Champagne, fruit and chocs in the room when you arrive! Now the room was just georgous, massive bed, stocked mini bar, air con (necessity), etc. The villa just was perfect..with its outdoor bathroom, separate shower and a round bath!!!
There is only one restaurtant(open air - so remem your mozi cream in the evening!) and bar in the resort, but the food is fantastic and there's a wide selection on the menu. The breakfast is very good with continental selection and table service for cooked breakfast. The staff are very attentive and friendly. Especially OTT who we found to be a great help and very informative of the area. The service was fast and courteous..I couldn't have faulted them in any way. We ate in our room 2 nights..they offer the same menu and it arrives fast and hot! Great when you just want to chill out after your couples massage (free for honeymooners)in the hotel spa!
There was a traditional Thai night and a 2 piece band on from England another night. Other than that there would be no other entertainment..total relaxation! Great for what we wanted! If you wanted bars and entertainment Chow weng town (not sure of spelling) was about 20 mins in taxi away. We ate in Poppies restaurant was excellent! The town itself was a bit dusty and noisey..didn't really like it..we went to Rice restaurant and the openair window overlooked the busy street..food was good though. Try and pick a restaurant overlooking the beach (like Poppies)..you get a free restaurant guide book at the airport information when you arrive..pick one up!
We went on the island tour with elephant treck and monkey show..very good! Remember to tip the guides...they only get 150 bhat a day less than the price of a glass of sparkling wine (170 bhat)! Our guide that day was Joy and she was excellent.
The hotel spa is very good.. they give a great french manicure. We had couples massage and I went for 2 other treatments..the prices aren't bad and the surroundings are beautiful. It was very relaxing walking down the wee pathways between the villas, past the waterfeatures, in your towel robe and slippers provided by the hotel. You can get a massage from the ladies on the beach, its cheaper but the surrounds aren't just as nice and you get sand everywhere!
The beach is just beside the restaurant..the attendants get you a towel and you pick your bed to ly on, they make it up for you, put your umbrella up and they even get you a drink from the bar! Very friendly and attentive..but not in an obtrusive way!
You have a dvd player in your room and you can borrow dvd's from the hotel library free of charge! Also there is free internet access in the library!
On the whole..this has to be the most beautiful hotel we have stayed at! The staff are great, friendly and attentive. Do remember to tip the staff as the 10% that is added onto your bill for a service charge doesn't directly go to them! And they really do appreciate it when you tip them! We hope to return to Sala Samui very soon!!
This place was fantastic!!!! We had our own garden pool villa which was just superb. The rooms were clean and the staff very friendly. Although communication with them was a bit difficult as not all spoke and understood English very well. One draw back was that the hotel only had one restaurant and bar. However this was not too bad as the restaurant staff treated very well and the food was great. Be warned – carry loads of mosquito repellant!!!
Very good hotel.
Hi! Having used this site to choose to stay at the Sala myself I thought it only fair to do a review too, so here we go.........
- Coeng Mon is a good central location
- Hotel facilities and rooms of a very good standard, great stereo and DVD/CD player in the room
- Best staff I have ever come accross in a hotel
- Good local retaurants within walking distnce
- At Thai standards, extras like Spa and Restaurant are expensive but are good quality
- Some maintenance problems: Jaccuzis didn't work for duration of stay; showers at pools in toilets had blocked drains so kept floodng; water to room switched off between 0200 - 0600 a couple of times with no notification.
- Lack of clothes and suitcase storage space in Deluxe Balcony Room
- Not helpfull with a late check out (admittedly hotel was busy) but they let you use facilities and there are showers at pool with lockers to change in when you leave (hence frustration that they kept flooding)
My partner and I stayed in a Deluxe Balcony Room (room 55) for 7 nights from the 30th March, 2006. We booked through Tradewinds as a package holiday. The room was a good size, obviously a twin room with the beds pushed together to make a Kingsize with the Sala signature open bathroom and large balcony with day bed. Any photos you see on here or on the website are exactly what you get, the only thing missing in this room was the sofa at the end of the bed but I think that was because this room could be a Twin if need be.
The Deluxe Balcony rooms are all situated above the Pool Villa rooms in a U shaped setting around a basic lawn with Palm trees. I didn't think the room was over looked at all as we were at the bottom of the garden but we were on the perimeter of the grounds so you can hear noise from the street and shops outside the front of the resort. Apart from three large villas by the communal pools, no one has a sea view but the garden was lit nicely at night if you sat on the day bed with a drink in the evening. Mosquitoes were around but no bites, the turn down service includes bug spray of room and a electric mozzi coil being switched on. Only Green tea is in the room, if you want any other type like English Breakfast you have to specifically ask for it then they bring it for the rest of your stay. No fresh milk, we bought some from the 7/11 and kept in the fridge.
The beach and pools are a short walk with plenty of beach beds and umbrellas available, staff give you towels and there is a shower to use if you have a swim. The shower in the toilets kept flooding from blocked drains and the jaccuzis were out of service for our whole stay unfortunately. Service from the restaurant can be ordered on the beach and while there are some beach vendors walking up and down they are not intrusive. In fact the ice cream guy (Cornetto 50 baht!) and roasted corn on the cob lady are great to talk to!
As has been reported the Sala Spa facilities are nice but at western prices, expensive. For 250 baht (£4) you can have a great Thai massage amongst other things by some ladies with beds and shade just to the left of the beach. They were fantastic, I had a massage almost evry day and they are good to have a chat with, they have been there for 8 years and know all the gossip about Koh Samui!!
There is free dvd and library use at reception as well as 2 computers with High Speed internet access. All of the room items can be bought in a small shop (ie: don't take anything from the room or they will charge it to your account!!) along with the usual basic touristy stuff. Be warned! Bring your own sunscreen as decent stuff is hard to come by anywhere in Thailand and what is (usually nivea) can cost up to £10 a small bottle.
I would recommend you get a jeep (1200 baht £18) for a day or more and explore the island a bit, scooters are cheaper but at you peril - remember, no medical insurance will cover you if you have an accident and I have never seen so many Westerners hobbling around on crutches or with stitches in their head as in Thailand!!
If you want to go to Chaweng beach expect to pay 200 baht (£3), you will need to barter with the taxi driver but never pay more than this, the same on your return. This is the same price as the Hotel shuttle bus which I didn't use. The hotel car is 300 Baht which I did use to go into town several times, more comfortable than the taxi and gives you a chance to talk to the hotel staff who drive you in. You can't get it back though.
In central Chaweng it is hot, noisey and very commercial, loads of bars, restaurants and shops to choose from. That is why going back to Choeng Mon for the day is nicer than being in Chewang the whole time. The beach in Chewang is much larger and better swimming than the one at the Sala though, Choeng Mon has a reef close to shore so is shallow and rocky.
For a typical and very good Ladyboy show go to Star Bar (2230-0100) where the hotel shuttle bus drops you off. It is the only such show place for any other bars just walk up and down till you find one you fancy.
On the whole this is a very nice 4 and a half star hotel with a convenient location and great staff and well worth a visit. Bear in mind it was extremely hot at this time of the year so plan your visit well and enjoy!!
This has to be the best hotel in Ko Samui we stayed in the Sala suite number 34 it had the best room and view,the service was excellent we eat at the resturant most days and had room service in the morning a little expensive but worth every penny i would give the cheif 10 out of ten for his superb menue.
i will defenitly go back next year for longer this time hopfully 3 weeks it was so relaxing i am counting the days.
Best Holiday Ever
Quite suimply put this is the best holiday I have ever been on.
Myself and my fiance enjoyed every day of our stay and have just started saving up to go again.
Service in the hotel is top notch. Quite simply if you require anything at all the staff will only be too happy to help in the quickest way posibble.
As I am sure you will read elsewhere prices within the hotel are very expensive compared to eklsewhere on the island. I would recommend booking room only as you can get a cheap breakfast only a short walk away (bongoes was the resteraunt of our choice)
The shuttle bus service to Chaweng is also a useful addition as is the personalised service you get from the hotel staff in setting up your sunbed for the day.
A word of warning for the March/April Weather. Take plenty of high factrors as the sun is very strong to say the least. I have been known to use factor 2 at the end of some holidays but right up to the last day is Koh Samui I was on factor 20.
Lovely hotel, lovely location - you must try this!
Thong Tanote Beach
Lipanoi Beach at the evening
Bang Rak Pier in Bo Phut
Mae Nam Soi 5 Village
Has anyone stayed here that could give me some information please. Thanks
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Haven`t stayed there but it gets really good reviews it`s around at Choengmon which is 5/10 mins from Chaweng,CVhoengmon is a nice quiet part of Samui.
Sala Samui is very popular so if you`re thinking of booking I would do it at the earliest possible opportunity.
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Choengmon Beach...is a best place for me to stay...quied...small...and romance..but which information do you want to know?
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thanks for your response.
Just to say we have booked - travelling on 17.09.06- staying at Sala Samui for 10 nights then Bangkok for 4 nights - just have to book a hotel there now as the one we wanted is not available.
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M6geng - thanks - you have answered most - quite, best place, small and romantic - thats perfect.
Is there any bars nearby and if possible could you tell me how much we would expect to pay for a taxi to get around - are the taxis metred etc. Thanks again
Sala Samui Resort & Spa
My son and his partner have decided on the Sala Samui for a romantic 10 days at the end of June. As it is a relatively new hotel, has anyone got any feedback. He wants to book soon so any information would be appreciated. Also weather in Koh Samui in July, is it dry or wet!! Thanks.
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July is a good time to visit. The rainy season in Samui doesn't start until later in the year. I was there last July for a month. Most days were hot and sunny. We had quite a few thunderstorms overnight and a couple of days it rained during the day, but they are short, intense tropical downpours that last maybe an hour, then it clears up and the sun comes out again. You may get a few cloudy days but it is always hot and humid, rain won't be a problem.
RE: Sala Samui Resort & Spa
Dean has told you about weather, yes, it's new, try and see if you can find any reviews on Beachsiam or if not probably too early to find people who have been
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Just returned from Sala Samui - just fantastic... and perfect for couples.
Brilliant staff, great service, lovely location, brilliant layout. Really good restaurant laid out in the evening with romatic couples in mind. Quiet beach is lit up by torches all the way along for a stroll to the local bars.
Sala Pool Villas are the most private you will find anywhere (worth upgrading from Garden Villa if not already done so).
Have stayed at many 5-star hotels - most of which don't come close to the experience of this 'boutique' resort.
we are thinking about travelling mid september - whats it like at that time in Ko Samui? Is it busy? whats it like weather wise...we want to stay at Sala Samui Resort and Spa - has anyone stayed there? whats it like?
It's still considered as a low season and not too busy.
The weather in Koh Phangan (next to Samui, so it's the same there):
According to my personal opinion, the weather is great all the year.
RE: RE: september
is it easy to get accommodation in september - our agent is still waiting (since Wednesday) for Sala Samui to contact back and let us know if the room we want is available - and we are fretting that we might have to choose other accommodation - but our heart is set on Sala Samiu!