More about Six Senses Hideaway Samui - A Sala Property
peter & jenny sydney australia
we have recently spent 5 nights at the sila evason in ko samui and would like to say
that we had a wonderful time.
we had a pool villa suite near 'dining on the rocks' and had a beautiful view.
Our butlers name was NIM and she was lovely girl who was always smiling and very
helpful with all our requests as were all the people we dealt with.
we enjoyed our room especially with private pool large room and bathroom/shower.
only negative was cost of dining which was quite excessive considering the handful
of great restaurants on island which were reasonably priced for great meal.
overall beauiful spot,secluded for honeymooners like us
also neither of us thought that ko samui was overdeveloped construction site especially
considering some holiday destinations and even our own city.
After reading some of the reviews about the Sila Evason we were a little concerned but after spending part of our honeymoon there we want to highly recommend this wonderful resort. We stayed in a pool villa for seven nights. The villa was just as amazing as the pictures on the website and very romantic, very comfortable. Our butler Goog-gigg met us every morning at breakfast and every request was dealt with very efficiently, she secured us many great tables at restaurants throughout the island with little notice. Dining on the rocks is a must - if it is romance you want ask for the private table - you will not be disappointed, the meal is around the same as you would pay for a good meal in the UK but wine is very expensive due to the high import duty (same throughout Thailand). The spa is wonderful with amazing views. We had no problems with mosquitos, only getting bitten outside the resort ( there is regular fogging, electric repellants in the room). Amazing, unique resort, excellent service, idyllic rooms and scenery.
Treated like royalty, nothing at at all to complain about truely amazing!!!!
We stayed at Sila Evason Hideaway Samui as part of our honeymoon in October for 9 nights. From the minute we arrived we were really overwhelmed by how beautiful the Hidaway is and how much we were looked after – nothing was too much trouble – and we didn’t have cause to complain at any time – very unusual in my experience!
In most parts of the world you are treated like another annoying tourist by the locals, but not at Hideaway Samui – a very refreshing change. The staff were friendly, attentive and very polite, without being intrusive or imposing. The ‘resort’ was very relaxing and peaceful, exactly what you need after a hectic few months planning a wedding!
The accommodation is beautiful and very romantic. We had a standard villa with a sunken bath and outside shower. It was beautifully cleaned every day, with small gifts left for us most evenings when we returned to the room.
There are two restaurants, dinning on the hill and the rocks or you can have room service. We ate most of our meals at dinning on the hill or as room service and I can honestly say we never had a bad meal the food was, like everything else beautiful – you can chose anything off the comprehensive menu (both Thai and Western dishes) and it is beautifully cooked and presented with the highest service.
We did eat ‘On the Rocks’ one evening as part of our package, however it is very expensive for a series of small courses that left us hungry! It’s a romantic setting with the sound of the waves crashing underneath the platforms that your tables sit on – but this was ruined by the naff saxophonist who played to shopping centre type backing tapes.
The Hideaway is situated a little away from the nearest town, but the hotel does lay on a shuttle service twice a day and taxi’s are not too expensive anyway. This is not a place for people who want lively hustle and bustle anyway – its more suited to relaxing and tranquil holidays – ideal for honeymoons or romantic breaks.
There is a spa which has a wide variety of relatively inexpensive treatments, all of which are given in glass fronted villas overlooking the sea and sun set – well worth it.
As for the mosquitoes – well yes we did get bitten and you do have to be careful. They are doing everything they can, bearing in mind the location and design of the Hideaway, to reduce the numbers of the annoying insects, but I can honestly say that not even the odd mosquito bite could put a dampener on our stay.
We would recommend this wonderful place to any couples looking to take time out for a beautiful holiday and will certainly look to go again in the future!
We recently returned from a 4 day stay in a pool villa at the Sila Evason Hideway. Based upon some previous reviews, it appears that the resort has worked hard to correct any earlier problems. Our stay could not have been better.
Our pool villa (#55) provided complete privacy, easy beach access and a stunning view. The charming villa was both elegant and rustic. Plus the beds were very comfortable. The housekeping staff kept our villa in top notch condition during our stay.
The entire staff seemed well trained and cheerful. Our butler, Nong, was excellent and satisfied every need with a smile. She even called to remind of us of our fast approaching flight time (i.e. we were running late) and rode with us to the airport to speed us through the process. We also appreciated the beach and pool staff who constantly served us ice water and other refreshments. The hotel pool was beautifully designed and we had no trouble finding chairs. Despite being 100% occupied, we never saw many guests and never felt crowded while at this resort.
The Manager's cocktail hour each evening provided a wonderful way to watch the sunset while chating with hotel managment and guests. Dinner on the Rocks was spectacular with a creative menu, prompt service, and breathtaking views. Although the Dinner on the Hill had good looking buffets each night, we are not general fans of buffets. We ordered from the menu which provided many delicious choices.
We had no problems with flies or mosquitoes although we always used insect spray before going outdoor after dusk.
We would certainly recommend this resort to any of our friends (even the most demanding) who are looking for a relaxing holiday.
Very very disappointed, but good service.
We stayed here for 5 nights in early May, in a pool villa suite. I will not stay at an Evason Hideaway property again, and doubt very much that we'll go to Soneva Gili or Soneva Fushi as we had previously planned.
The major problem for us was significant lack of privacy. We looked at 3 villas until we found one that had any privacy at all - & then it was still not very good. The villas are a good size - especially the pool villa suite which we had (there are 10 pool villa suites, most other villas also have a pool but much less outdoor sala space). However, you can be looked in on from most angles....in our room we could be seen from the resort road which runs in a circle past all the rooms, so we had to keep all the blinds down on that side of the room. From our pool & outdoor area we could be seen by people in the next door rooms. Perhaps my expectations were wrong - but when you are paying A$1000 plus 17% tax per night, I expect space & privacy. Also, our bed was 2 single mattresses pushed together - again not what you expect for a room rate of A$1,170 per night.
This place is rustic......one bathroom is wall to ceiling bamboo canes, which made it very dark & a haven for mosquitoes. We couldn't open the window as it looked onto a path that the staff use, and anyway, we would have been munched even more by mosquitoes. The other bathroom was larger & more airy & better, but again, if you opened a window more mosquitoes would have come in. Maybe at a non-mosquito time of year this bathroom design would have worked - but it needs all the windows (which are not glass, just strung-together bamboo canes) open for it to feel that 'indoors / outdoors' effect that I think they were going for. It was also very very hot, as neither bathroom was air conditioned. The outdoor shower was nice, but this hotel is prone to exaggeration, as in the description it said something along the lines of 'outdoor shower looking onto private garden'. Translated, private garden was in reality a small bed of grey coloured rocks - no plants, nothing but barreness.
I think the hotel is trying to be eco-friendly, hence no air conditioned restaurant and the bathrooms of your villa not being air conditioned. But I missed the normal sense of Thai beauty - there were no Thai pavilion style buildings / villas, no beautiful flowers - just jungly undergrowth. I am not suggesting they have non-Thai species in the garden, but they could do a lot lot better.
On the positive side the service was very good. Our butler was Emilie, and she was extremely helpful. The butler service is a good concept, but in reality it is not so different than if your hotel has a good concierge service.
We also found it massively overpriced. We are very happy to spend money on expensive holidays - & have stayed at Lizard Island in Australia, Soho Grand in New York, Amansara in Cambodia (heaven), but this was so overpriced. So for example dinner at Dining on the Rocks was A$200 per person.......you can eat at Tetsuya's in Sydney for that (which has been rated as one of the top 20 restaurants in the world), and the quality didn't compare. Dining on the Rocks is a pleasant setting & service was again very good, but we felt the 'Experience' dinner there was not worth the money. A$400 for dinner in Thailand.......come on....
Other positives were the spa treatments & the large infinity pool.
But I will not stay at this brand of hotel again.....our total bill was A$7,500 for 5 nights in a pool villa suite, which was breakfast everyday, dinner 4 nights, no lunch (the breakfast buffet was very good so we didn't need lunch). And very little privacy. I have no idea why the word 'hideaway' is in the title of this hotel. Koh Samui is an over-developed, ramshackle place too.....building sites everywhere.
So, good service, hot & humid (with lots of mosquitoes) but major drawback was privacy. This is not a luxury hideaway.
We love this place
My husband and I stayed here for 7 nights in July for our honeymoon Villa 24 (pool villa). let me just say what a wonderful place this is, we were treated like royalty right from the start. we had a wonderful butler named Youth who was a very lovely, polite young man who anticipated our needs and requirements. The rest of the hosts were all very gracious and always had a smile and greeting for the guests of the resort. we had the chance to get to know certain individuals during the "meet the management" cocktail hour (a free cocktail event provided by our hosts). This was great as it gave us a chance to see how the hosts are in a relaxed situation. the food was reasonably priced considering it was hotel price, and in comparison to some of the restaurants on chaweng beach, we were glad to pay a little bit more for exceptional food and convenient service (the massuman curry is certainly one to try!!!). the whole resort exuded a sense of peacefulness and serenity perfect for a honeymoon. we werent disturbed or bothered by anybody. the mosquitoes were a little annoying but then again, tropical islands come hand in hand with mosquitoes and the like. We absolutely adored our private pool and rarely left its side, however when we did venture down to our private beach, we found the service to be also of exceptional value.
Overall, considering the fact that this is only a fledgling resort compared to other established holiday destinations in samui, we found the service to be excellent, the food absolutely fabulous and a longing to return and stay longer. If you like the whole nature theme then this is the place to stay, however if you are after a more regimented hotel type holiday then i would try somewhere else.
Mark and Margaux (Jul 10- Jul 17 2006)
Considering we have been lucky enough to stay in some nice hotels in our time. This place was still quite something. Probably the most attentive staff I have come across in all the hotels I have stayed in. Everyone got the right balance of being there when you needed them, but not being at all intrusive. The rooms / villas were fantastic with amazing views. The Island is far from the best in Thailand, but being able to stay in a hotel like this makes it worth going there.
Heaven on earth!
We just came back from a (feeling really short) week in this fantastic resort. From the moment you are being checked in while you have a refreshing drink untill you are being checked in on your departing flight everything is taken care off. We had a pool villa, no. 60 which is on the sunrise side. Every morning when I woke up I had the feeling I was looking at a postcard. The villas are great. They are spacious, the infinity pool is a dream and the "bathroom" is something I have never seen before. At two sides you can kind of fold the walls away which gives you the impression that you are outside. Everything I could think of was present. And if you come over something you miss, just contact your butler and it will be sorted.
All the facilities are excellent. The towel and water you get at the beach or the pool. Food is like a dream from breakfast and "dining on the hill" to "dining on the rocks" which is a real experience. (Don't forget to make a reservation as it is highly popular, not only by residents) The spas are more than I could ever imagine, everything just breaths "relax". If you want to do a trip or visit something, just go to L.I.F.E. They will take care of it, taking all the hassle away from you. And while you're there have a look at the cd's, dvd's and books that you can borrow.
Lying in the swing in "drinks on the hill" sipping my daiquiri, made me realise it was heaven on earth!
Have a look at my pictures as they will tell you more than I could possibly write here. Though I think nobody will ever believe our stories untill they have been there!
Be careful when choosing your room
This is a beautiful hotel with fabulous rooms. However, given the price you may be amazed at the lack of privacy. We had a pool villa and had to hang towels on the perimeter to stop people looking in as they walked past and severals villas were worse than ours. Avoid the hideaway villas, the locations are poor.
Don't be put off, this is a great hotel, but insist on a villa that is on the outside of the road - i.e. the road runs behind your villa not in front of your deck.
Kick up a fuss if you get there and you are annoyed as the locations vary considerably for rooms of the same price.
Message is, you should have a great time but be sure you get value for your money. If it helps, I enjoyed my holiday and loved the room, but would never go back at that price point.
can not be better
i ve been to the sila for 3 nights and here is my review.
I am a travel professional and consider myself one of the worst clients you could have. The evason is really fantastic !!!!!!!
Check in was smooth, we met our butler Park and went right to drinking on the hill, the main bar. After complimentary drink we went to our pool villa.... fantastic. I agree that it seems that some of them are less private, but our was so secluded and with a stunning view over the beach. The sila is about fine luxury details everywhere and i was really impressed. When needed our butler was quick and attentive, never too much or too less.
We had no mosquitoes and did not even need the repellent. I was told i was lucky but still....this was not a problem.
The cocktail party every day was very nice and dining on the hill, the main restaurant extremely good. We had only thai food so i don't know for the mediterranean selection.
Breackfast was one of my favorite moments.
The beach is small but beautifull and the color of the water amazing.
what is harder to describe is the feeling and the sensations that you experience at the sila: relax and tranquillity are everywhere. Beautifull music creates the mood and lights and colors do the rest.
What can i say? It was a perfect vacation...BRAVO to the manager and the staff !
Sila Evason Hideaway
Did anyone here stay in Sila Evason Hideway resort before? It was newly opened in July. I know it is one of luxury hotels there, but not sure how well it is? And I would like to know if Koh Samui is a nice place for snorkeling?
Re: Sila Evason Hideaway
I don't know about this resort, but as far as snorkelling is concerned I recommend you take a trip to Koh Tao (about 90 mins by speedboat from Samui). In my experience that offers the best snorkelling in the area. You can also snorkel in Angthong Marine Park (about an hour by speedboat from Samui), but Koh Tao would be my first choice for snorkelling. I wouldn't bother snorkelling around Samui. Samui would be a good base for visiting the surrounding islands.
Re: Re: Sila Evason Hideaway
Thanks for yr reply, your comments are very supportive, I’m now planning to go Koh Samui in Dec.
Btw, do you know any local travel agents there? How do they charge for a day trip to Koh Tao for snorkeling? Just want to gauge my budget on activity expense ?
Re: Re: Sila Evason Hideaway
I can't remember any travel agents. My wife does scuba diving so we booked a speedboat to Koh Tao with one of the many dive operators based on the island. I cannot remember the exact cost for snorkelling I'm afraid as we did both a scuba diving and snorkelling package - I think it was somewhere between 1500 and 2000 baht for snorkelling?? Hopefully someone else on the forum can provide a more accurate cost for you. There are many travel agents on Samui whom you can book trips to Koh Tao.
Re: Sila Evason Hideaway
We drove through this resort last month (Sept 04) when we were in Koh Samui. We went because we had previously enjoyed staying at the Evason in Phuket. Each bungalow has its own private dip pool in front of the bungalow. The beach below looks crap. It all looked nice but it's very far away from anything. If you're looking for a honeymoon get away from everyone then the Hideaway is perfect. Anything else, you can stay elsewhere so that you can get onto boat trips to go snorkeling etc. And yes apparently the snorkeling in Koh Tao is excellent. I haven't been there yet. I have snorkelled in Koh Phi Phi - that was the best for me.
first time to Ko Samui
Thanks for all those replies..
unfortunately I couldnt go in April.. :(
however I havent given up and now planning to go in OCT and this time mite go by Air from Bangkok..
1.Please let me know if climate is ok
2. Recommended places to stay
3. if 3 nights fine?
Re: first time to Ko Samui
Concerning places to stay, it all depends on your budget ! There are so many hotels at Koh Samui, in all kinds of different price-categories.
In 2005, we've stayed in Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa. Up in the higher price-range, but absolutely worth the money ! Back then they were still rebuilding some cottages, but it's all done now. The bungalows are fabulous, the food is absolutely delicious, an open restaurant right over the beach, ... You'll hear nothing bad from Zazen as far as we are concerned !
Here's my tip on it with some detailsand pictures : http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/114fff/16186f/3/
Have fun !
Re: first time to Ko Samui
May rain during the night, daytime is usually nice weather.
Place to Stay:
Pick a place in Chaweng. Link below is a nice hotel.
http://www.firstbungalowsamui.com/index.htm or this link below.
Is 3 Days enough?
Depends on you and how you will get to the island.
If your touring with the Lomprayah Catamaran then 3 nights is OK because Samui is one of the stops.
If your going to fly to Samui, A 3 day stay (in my opinion) is not worth the price of the flight ticket.
Link to Lomprayah Catamaran:
Enjoy your vacation. Emily.
Re: first time to Ko Samui
Weather in October is normally wet, not a good time, how much rain is anybodies guess but normally plenty.
Accomodation is totally up to you & your likes, dislikes & budget.
If your only going 3 days then in my opinion you have to fly as overland or boat will waste to much time.For me 3 days anywhere isn`t enough.
Hope this helps
Re: first time to Ko Samui
I think the best places to stay (high, medium, low-sh) are Sila Evason Six Senses Resort, Poppies Resort, and AKWA. You should also definately check out Tamarind Springs. Otherwise, for a list of sights to see on samui, check out: http://ultimatethailandexplorers.com/no_cache/destinations/koh-samui/