Choosing accommodation in Koh Samui seemed to be such a difficult task. So many people online say, don’t stay in Chaweng stay in the Fisherman’s Village, yet so many people say the opposite or even, another alternative altogether. What took days and days to decide upon, led to a pretty good decision. During our time in Koh Samui, Thailand, we ended up staying at Samui Paradise Chaweng Beach Resort and Spa.
Overall, I was super happy with our choice and would probably stay there again, if I were to return to Koh Samui. The four star hotel is situated at the very southern end of Chaweng Beach (literally the last resort on the 6km beach). Chaweng Beach is the most popular and touristy beach on the island, however, after visiting a lot of beaches across Koh Samui, it is probably the nicest too. The northern beaches are really pretty, but have the sharpest, rocky sand. The sand and water of Chaweng beach really is the nicest, so for that reason I would recommend staying in the area of Chaweng.
Being located at the very end of Chaweng beach, bring about a number of positives. You’re not right in the centre of the craziness, yet you are still close enough to either walk or get the local bus. Yet, this may be a negative for those who are really interested in the night life (can you tell I’m not?), as it is a little out of the way to stumble back to. But I mean the local bus comes pretty regularly and costs around 50 baht per person, depending how far you’re going.
The hotel has a somewhat private beach, which means it gets cleaned by the hotel every morning, making it so much nicer to swim at than further up Chaweng Beach, outside other hotels. The surroundings of the actual hotel are beautiful. Each ‘room’ is it’s own little hut, surrounded by all sorts of greenery, making you feel like you’re staying in the Thai jungle. The grounds are maintained exceptionally well, making it always feel clean. The hotel has a pool for guests, which may not be the biggest, but is really well done. Yet again, the pool is maintained really well by staff. The pool has a number of sun beds surrounding it, as well as additional beds on the beach.
The rooms themselves felt really clean and cozy. Each room has a great air-conditioner among many other amenities. The beds and pillows were so comfortable, making for a fabulous nights sleep. The only downfall was the noise from the road. But honestly, it wasn’t that much of a big deal. We stayed in a room which backed out onto the main road of Chaweng. After contacting reception to see if a quieter room was available, which wasn’t as they were fully booked, the noise was fixed super easily, by shutting the bathroom door. So all in all that wasn’t really much of an issue. There were a few things in the bathroom that needed updating and just looked a bit tired, but overall everything about the room was great! There was daily cleaning of rooms, which was always done really well and each day new beach towels were given.
The hotel has it’s own restaurant, bar and spa. I couldn’t recommend the spa enough. It was honestly incredible!! We went to the restaurant two times for dinner and were pleasantly pleased with what they served. It is a lot more expensive than food you can get in town, but it is a restaurant and it is still only around $16 per person for an entrée, main and drink. The complimentary breakfast buffet however, wasn’t that great. The setting was amazing to eat at each morning, looking at the sun rising over the Gulf of Thailand, however the food wasn’t great. I must say though, I am so glad we had that breakfast each morning, as there are not many places that offer breakfast in town. It is essentially just Starbucks…
The staff at Samui Paradise were probably the best thing about the hotel. The Manager Chutima was amazing, as she always went out of her way to help us in anyway she could. She even took us on a tour of the island! It wasn’t just the manager that was amazing; from the pool boy, to the restaurant staff, the ladies in the spa and all the reception staff were all so friendly and helpful. The staff really made the hotel that much better.
So overall, I would give this hotel an 8/10. The overall feeling of the hotel is really relaxing and beautiful. The only downfalls are the buffet breakfast (which is still fine, nothing terrible, just not great) and the minor wear and tear that is seen in the bathroom. If you are going to Koh Samui, then I would definitely recommend staying at Samui Paradise Chaweng Beach Resort and Spa.
Ok well, what was meant to be a quick round up of the hotel we stayed at while in Koh Samui, has now turned into an extremely detailed review (oops). Nevertheless, I hope this was useful! If you are planning on going to Koh Samui, let me know if you have any other questions and have the best time!!