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Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

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Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

I have literally spent the better part of the entire day today looking at honeymoon destinations! I'm going C-R-A-Z-Y ! ! ! !

So...... I thought it was narrowed down to Fiji -- or Koh Samui ... but now i'm not so sure.  On tripadvisor.com, the reviews for the Sandalwood Resort Villas said that it's a little remote... is it too remote???? We don't have kids so we want someplace that there's not a lot of children..... some is fine.... :-)

What do you think? Neither one of us is big on Thai food either.... so that's a concern.....

I'm completely torn. The amount of time i've spent on travel websites is now easily more than a work week!  And i'm no closer than I was before I started.

We want fun in the sun..... but do we want BEACH?  or is POOL sufficient?  I was reading reviews that also said that there's water snakes in the ocean.  YUCK!  I hate snakes!!!!!!!   But will my lovely bride be satisfied with a pool and maybe the resort not being ON the beach.... I think we both want to walk the beach, so I don't know!!!

HELP!!!  Someone chime in and Help!?!?!??!!?!

We will be coming in from New York and we would like to keep the budget to "moderate" -- $350/night perhaps? We like all-inclusives but certainly not necessary. Our preference is a bure villa... as we can go anywhere and have a "regular hotel room" feel. We're getting married August 6th so we're thinking August 14th for 12 nights? 13 nights? 14 nights?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!


Dennis & Mandi

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1. Re: Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

Hi BaggerOne,

I cant comment on Koh Samui - not yet anyway, am leaving tomorrow!! - but I have been to Fiji. The resorts in Fiji are very remote from one another. Pretty much when you get to your resort, that is where you stay. There isn't a huge range of restaurants or shops or anything like that that you can wander out and have a look at. From what I know from friends and reading this website etc, Koh Samui is filled with many options. You can pick a nice resort with a nice pool and it is on beachfront...so there is both options covered. The range of restaurants looks amazing - not just Thai food. There is heaps of options for day trips to do too. Even without having been to Koh Samui - it would definately be my choice over Fiji.

Hope this helps a little, and good luck with your decision....and wedding :-)

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2. Re: Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

Have a look at the reviews for the Tongsai Bay in Samui. That resort is made for honeymoons and relaxing. Yes there may be some children there (there were 4 when we went last April) but most people are there as couples. Its a stunning resort and very thai in style. It has 87 rooms or villas set in 25 acres of the most beautiful hillside gardens. The service is the best we have experienced anywhere in the world. The rooms are larger than most in SE Asia. Its luxury done in a laid back friendly way with 6 star service and its much much cheaper than similar 5 star hotels such as the four seasons and Banyan Tree. They're doing free night offers at the moment which makes it even more affordable. Go for a cottage suite if you can.

They have 3 restaurants and food is excellent in all 3. 1 specialises in Thai food but the other 2 produce more westernised foods. They don't do all inclusive but food and drink is very reasonable in Thailand anyway. We found Tongsai's food prices to be cheaper than those in similar 5 star of the higher quality places to eat in Samui. They will throw in all sorts of extras if you're on honeymoon.

It is more isolated than some of the hotels in Samui but its no more than 10 mnutes by taxi to the main nightime areas of Bhoput (good for eating out at night) and Chaweng (party zone central). Having said that Sandlewood is isolated as is the Four Seasons, six senses and Banyan Tree. It seems that all of the best hotels are in slighly more isolated spots and having been to the built up areas such as Chaweng I can see why that is. That way you get the natural beauty of Samui minus the horrible noise you get in the built up areas. Samui is so small that even the isolated hotels are no more than 15 minutes away from the busy areas.

You might also want to look up Sala Samui. That's set on Chong Mon Beach. Another good honeymoon hotel set on a good beach and with a selection of bars and beachside restaurants. Chong Mon is 10 minutes walk from Tongsai. Its a good compromise as its beautiful with things to do but its no where near as built up as Chaweng and that means its quite late at night.

As for sea snakes you won't see them in Samui. There are 2 pools at Tongsai and its has a good private beach. Most hotel beaches are public and in Thailand that means hawkers and timeshare touts pestering you plus jet skis zooming by all day. You won't get that at Tongsai or the Banyan tree as both have private beaches.

Edited: 28 February 2011, 10:05
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3. Re: Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

VERY nice! I will check it out for sure!

We are actually thinking of doing something a little closer.... does anyone know about Etu Moana on Aututaki ? Or the Aututaki Lagoon Resort? Anyone have any ideas about that? It's much easier to get to Rarotonga airport.... The Etu Moana is a very small 8 bungalow resort and the views are breathtaking!!!

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4. Re: Honeymoon in Koh Samui - Not a family affair! Suggestions!?!

Kinda wondering why you're going to Ko Samui if you don't know if you like the ocean and hate Thai food. But, assuming you have figured that out, I would recommend the Tongsai Bay Resort. You can have your own cottage with an amazing view of the ocean. Both times I've stayed I enjoyed the quiet location, no hawkers on the beach, not really geared to families -- though there were a few there in Feb this year. Water and beach is wonderful (never heard or saw anything about ocean snakes, but there are large iguanas and geckoes on the property) , pool is excellent and I don't think you'll have any trouble getting western food. People working there are very nice. Think you'll like it.

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