I booked this hotel after coming across the hotel's website. It looked perfect and was the kind of get away I was looking for. On this basis I booked 3 nights at a cost of 1450 THB per night. I arranged for us to be picked up by the hotel manager (Stan) from Koh Samui Airport, as we were arriving late in the evening. Normally there's a fee, but Stan let us off, which was very much appreciated.
We were shown to our A/C Villa and in the darkness couldn't really tell what the surroundings were like, however we could tell that the Villa wasn't anywhere near the standard the photos on the website portrayed.
So the next day..... We were firstly woken up at 5am by the local cockerel (I think it's a pet) and weren't able to get back to sleep. Next.... I'll take a shower BUT we don't have any hot water in the Villa (despite being a 'standard' part of all the Villa's). So we were told to use the empty Villa next door, which meant trudging back to our Villa with wet hair, etc. This might be a good time to also mention the overgrown and unkempt walk-ways, which we had to traverse to get back to our accommodation.
The website states that the Villas are 2km from the beach, which wasn't perceived as a problem for us as we enjoy a leisurely walk. However, there isn't a proper road between the two and the lack of lights means that walking to and fro at night would be a huge risk. As such, we were given the option of hiring a scooter from Baan Shadis. Neither of us had driven one before and it was a pretty daunting experience. My advice is to make sure you know how to drive a scooter before you stay here, because you'll never leave the grounds if you don't.
Other factors that let the place down;
Gecko faeces all over the Villa (see photo)
Toilet very unclean (see photo)
The 'pool' had one sun lounger (which was broken) and had obviously never been cleaned (see photo), there were also 2 plastic chairs, but these were useless too.
The grass surrounding the pool was all but dead and there was no chance of laying on the pool side, due to an infestation of ants.
Sheets and towels weren't changed whilst we were there (we have always had both changed daily in all other places in Thailand).
There is no food offered and you'll have to make the 2km trek in order to get anything.
So in the end we left after 2 nights (having paid for 3) and decided to escape to Haad Rin.
This place could be gorgeous, if given some much needed TLC. If it was anything like how it is portrayed on the website, then I would definitely return, but as things stand right now I won't be returning back to Baan Shadis in a hurry!
- Also Known As:
- Baan Shadis Samui Koh Samui, Thailand