Koh Samui: The Imperial Samui...
Koh Samui: The Imperial Samui hotel, Chaweng Noi beach.
Bangkok: Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Around £70 (pounds) per night. Imperial Samui hotel, Koh Samui
Absolutely beautiful hotel surrounded by trees and ponds with 2 pools, one is an amazing freshwater pool overlooking the sea.
Great Location and Beautiful Resort
Wonderful breakfast included in room price, very reasonable prices for a four to five star resort. The grounds are immaculate and the rooms are very clean and spacious. Very comfortable beds and spectacular views. Service was exceptional and the staff goes out of their way to accomodate every need their guests might have. Transportation of any kind is available from the lobby. The flowers and trees are gorgeous! The ponds and fountains are crystal clear and the beach is perfect! The seafood dinner on the beach is a must! The huge salt water pool overlooking the ocean is so relaxing and the large fresh water pool is peaceful and quiet. Massage & manicure/pedicure services on ther beach are a wonderful treat. This scenic resort offers Mediterranean style architecture nestled in the hillside with landscaped gardens tumbling to the serene beach.
Koh Samui restaurants: The...
Koh Samui restaurants: The Drop Inn is excellent, the food is cheap but well prepared and delicious; also The Terrace is lovely (next to the Imperial Samui hotel)in Chaweng Noi.
The Drop Inn is a very picturesque retaurant, right in the centre of Chaweng and the food is always good quality, even though it is cheap. Duck curry with coconut.
Chill out @ the Imperial Hotel Koh Samui
Having just returned from a fabulous 10 nights at the Imperial Samui which has to be one of the nicest hotels with the friendliest staff we have ever stayed at and we do travel extensively. Upon arrival at the Imperial we were seated in the lounge while check in procedures were completed. Our room was large and spotless with a balcony overlooking the freshwater pool with views through the trees to the sea. The sea water pool is the place to spend the day with a lovely stretch of sandy beach immediately in front of it leading to the sea which was incredibly warm even after lounging in the sun. Breakfast is very good, is served 6.30 to 10.30 and caters for every taste with a genuine welcoming smile from all the staff you meet.
The hotel is situated between 5 & 10 min outside Cheweng Beach which in our opinion is a major plus as you have a nice quite relaxed environment to return to should you go into Cheweng which has shops - bars – restaurants and plenty tailors ready to make you any garment you wish at very reasonable prices. You can pick up a Taxi or mini pick up outside the hotel from 50 baht per person.
After reading reports on “Beach Love” restaurant we decided to eat there the first night but were a little disappointed as the food was nothing to write home about though the setting was perfect and it is not every night you walk to dinner bare footed through the sand. We ate at the Imperial’s beach bar on two occasions, the first from the standard menu which was actually very nice. Though the second was at a theme night buffet which was as good as you would expect a buffet to be. For a fabulous meal in relaxing surroundings turn right at the main gate and walk about 100/150 yards to “The Gourmet Terrace”. Sunee Sungkhaseng runs this delightful establishment that offers a large selection of freshly made Authentic Thai – European dishes with the best Thai Green Curry we tasted. If you are not sure what to eat leave it to Sunee to choose though her “Fried Ice Cream” (yes, fried ice cream and we got the recipe) is incredible and all at standard Thai prices. It is fairly quite this restaurant as unless you are walking down the road you would miss it but if you try it once you will eat there twice. Sunne can not only cook but also makes a mean Mai Thai.
We were disappointed with our stay at the Imperial Samui. We left our booking to the last minute and this was one of the only places available for the Jan/Feb season. Our main complaint is the location of the hotel which is quite isolated and at least 15 minutes from Chaweng centre by taxi (this costs at least 100 Baht per trip). The hotel has a shuttle bus service but this also costs 100 Baht and only runs every 3 or so hours with the last run being at 10.30pm. Given that this is one of the pricier hotels on the island I feel that they should offer a free shuttle service to/from town at more regular intervals, given that there are no shops/cafes/facilities close to the hotel.
Chaweng Noi beach where the hotel is located is no where near as nice or as popular as the main beach at Chaweng and during our 6 day stay at the Imperial, the red flag (no swimming) flew for 4 of the 6 days forcing us to travel to Chaweng beach if we wanted to swim in the ocean.
The pool facilities are however fantastic so if you're wanting a nice relaxing holiday away from the crowds this is a good choice. We never saw anyone in the fresh water pool but the salt water pool by the pool was quite popular. The rooms were excellent and service very good too. The hotel also offered a very extensive breakfast selection.
Lovely hotel, peaceful location
We stayed at the Imperial for ten nigts after Bangkok. On arrival, they upgraded us to a deluxe room at no charge which was a great way to start !
We were looking for a peaceful getaway, and this was the perfect choice. You are about five mins away from Chaweng, but if you go onto the road outside the hotel, you can flag down the local " tuk tuks " which are basicaly pick up trucks with a roof attached. They cost 100 Baht for two people and run all day and night. The seawater pool runs down to the beach, and is always busy, whereas the freshwater pool is situated further back and I didn't see anyone lying around that one during our stay.
The included breakfast is excellent, with a myriad of choices, brilliant value for money. We absolutely loved eating at Beach Love, which is a 200 metre walk along the beach. As previous reviewers have said, the food is fantastic and cheap, the staff very friendly and with the location and chilled out tunes, it was everything we hoped for and more, and probably made our trip. The hotel holds theme evenings, but we didn't go to any, because for what they're charging for one person without drinks, you can have a banquet at Beach Love, but beware, they are persistent in selling them to you every morning at breakfast. The rooms were ok, nothing spectacular but nice enough.
My wife used the Spa a couple of times and said that it was fantastic. She had a twona d a half hour seesion that cost about £45.00, which I think was the most expensive.
If you're looking for a peaceful location within striking distance of the busier Chaweng, look no further. The Imperial is ideal, and with Beach Love a short walk along the beach, you can't lose.
If you fancy splashing the cash on a nice restaurant, try The Cliff. It's a mediterranean menu but is probably the best restaurant I've ever been to.
Best vacation ever
We spent 14 days at this hotel. Haven't met friendlier staff. Breakfast buffet is delicious with a wide selection. The rooms were nice, with a big bathroom and the view was great. We spent most of the days at the seawather pool which was absolutely beautiful. They have a freshwather pool as well, however there were not many people using it. The beach at Chaeweng Noi is much better than the beach in Chaeweng which is much more noicier with the jet skies etc. and fuel in the wather. It's a peaceful resort only 5 minutes drive away from Chaeweng. You can get a taxi to the centre for 50 baht per person each way. If you don't want to go to Chaeweng for dinner just go down to the beach and turn right for 5 min. and you find the Beach Love Restaurant. Very nice with good prices and friendly staff.
We went to the spa at the beach. A backmassage for 30 min. cost only 500 Bath. Well money spent after a long day in the sun. We had thunder and lightning for one night. At daytime sunshine. It was about 37 dregrees celcius, but the breeze didn't make it feel that hot.
We have travelled a lot, however for the first time we would loved to stay longer. We will be back for sure!!
Tore & Tove
Rough start, smoother finish
I was dismayed upon my arrival to learn of the major renovations taking place near the saltwater pool, beach, and most of the guestrooms to the Tara restaurant. I was particularly disappointed because the Imperial did not mention the renovations (I had booked directly online). This was in sharp contrast to the Amari Palm hotel down the road in Chaweng, which had the courtesy to let online bookers know of major renovation taking place there immediately following booking. Then, Imperial staff stuck me in an inferior room near the construction. I'd booked a "premier seafacing room" and the staff w/o telling me, stuck me in a much smaller room with a very restricted view and a location immediately above the jackhammers. I realized the problem myself when I reviewed the hotel's room layouts and insisted I be moved to the room I was paying for. Other than that, which did dampen my spirits upon arrival, the staff was very helpful - and I'm sure that when major construction is not taking place, the hotel is majestic. Just make sure you ask re: the status of the renovations or you will be lounging at the pool and beach to the music of jackhammers all day.