I'm planning to go Koh Samui with my fiance from 30th April (we should be arriving late at night as we're taking Bangkok Airways from Singapore) to 4th May.
I have read that May is the start of the rainy season but I'm not sure if it starts "pouring" the moment the month of May crosses over, so I thought we'll give it a shot/gamble. Any feedback on this is appreciated.
I'm having a headache deciding which hotel to book with. My options currently are (in no particular order):-
1) Anantara Resort and Spa - Bo Phut
2) Centara Grand Beach - Chaweng
3) Centara Samui Villas - Chaweng
4) Bo Phut Resort & Spa - Bo Phut
From what I've gathered online, Bo Phut beaches aren't that nice as the sand is quite coarse and some say the water isn't that clear. I haven't seen any feedback on Chaweng beach yet. However, I understand that Chaweng beach is like the HUB of Samui where most of the shops/restaurants are (I could be wrong, please correct me if I am :) or in short, where the action is. Am I right to liken Chaweng beach to say Patong beach of Phuket? Although I don't think Chaweng is THAT crowded compared to Patong?
I would like to stay in a hotel where beach access/front is available. would be a plus as well if the beach is clean. Given that the time that I'll be there is low season, I'm not too woried about the crowds. Can someone tell me if Chaweng beach is cleanar/better than Bo Phut or vice versa?
Any other hotel recommendation would be helpful as well. My budget for accomodation during this period is around SGD1,000, roughly SGD250/night.