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Looking for the best Resort in Koh Samui for Honeymoon

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Looking for the best Resort in Koh Samui for Honeymoon

Hi Everybody,

I ve been confused with lots of options for my Honeymoon @ Koh Samui. Banyan, Tongsai,Sala Samui, Sex Senses,Zazen.

My requirement is a Sea view Pvt Pool Villa. I would want it to be really pvt and special where the resort can give me a wonderful honeymoon package. At the same time i would prefer a lot of activities filled in as well.

Let the price also be around the range of 550$ per night. I am looking for 4 nights and 5 days. I shall be travelling from India.

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1. Re: Looking for the best Resort in Koh Samui for Honeymoon

Hi i shall be travelling from 18th of Feb 2013 till 25th of Feb 2013 to Koh Samui....

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Hi Varun. You made me smile - Sex Senses! Indeed and for your honeymoon I hope so. Sea view and private put out Zazen - it is a terrific place however for your criteria no. SIX Senses is very peaceful and provided you ask for a villa that is not overlooked you could have a lovely time however it is quiet and quite a long haul to any activities. Before I bought a house on Samui I always stayed at Sala Samui however the sea view private pool villas are not private so possibly not. I've never stayed in Tongsai but for me it is a rather tired resort and in my experience food average (waiting for Twiggyrex to come and beat me up). The Banyan Tree is also a wee bit out of the scene but positioned between Chaweng and Lamai, most modern and has the best villas. So if it is in budget I would go there (but it might not be). You can of course mix and match as the island is small and it is easy to swap around.

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LOL, same as Fleetcat. Perhaps a Fraudian slip with sex sense, and know it is your honeymoon, but it is SIX sense. Lovely hotel very special, and not a million miles from anywhere if you need to be busy.

Other places might be a bit out of things if you want to have lots of activities, other than your, er, honeymoon!

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A private pool room is going to give you no views. If it's really private, you are going to be looking at high walls surrounding your villa, you might as well be at home.

I would say go for the Tongsai and get a pool villa with a stunning view. The resort is spread out so it's not like you are going to be getting people wandering past your room/pool.

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Just before Fleetcat gets beaten up - I have to agree with her totally. IMO Tongsai is very dated and the food could only be described as average.

Six Sense - it has been a few years since we went but I have sent friends there over several years and they have all felt the food and views are magnificent.

The room we had was not over looked - I think its number was in the 50's. They also have a fantastic large pool.

Have not been to Banyan Tree yet - it is certainly on my list but price may be an issue.

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The Karma Samui, which is part of the leading small hotels of thr world is a great place for a honeymoon.

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Here's my take on the hotels you've mentioned. Zazen is a great place to eat but given your criteria its not for you. It doesn't have private seafront pool villas.

Six senses and Tongsai Bay are located in neighbouring bays so location wise they're both in a very pretty tranquil part of the island. The only difference is that Tongsai's within walking distance of Choeng Mon beach and its bars and restaurants and Six senses isn't. Both are 10 minutes by cab to Chaweng and Bhoput. Both reorts are very thai in style which means there's lots of dark wood (teak) and thai silks inside and out. There's not much difference between the villas and both would be great for a honeymoon. Again the only slight difference is that some of the villas at six senses are overlooked and if you want guaranteed privacy you'd have to request one that isn't. At Tongsai the villas are spaced out more in bigger grounds and angled so that none of the villas are overlooked.

For me, Tongsai just edges six senses because its got bigger and better grounds. Their villa balconies are also very big and we're outdoor people so holidays for us are all about tranquility, privacy and views. Its also soooo laid back which is a must for me but other than that, there's not much to choose from between the two resorts.

As for both resorts being dated I don't agree but that's down to personal taste. Those two resorts are older than some on Samui and use more traditional building materials such as teak, which is a dark wood and its the dark wood that most people think is dated. Teak is getting rarer and much more expensive so the newer hotels throw up concrete blocks instead which give a lighter more sleek, modern minimalist style but the downside to that is concretes ugly and just doesn't blend into the environment in the same way that teak buildings do. Again, however, that's just personal choice and concrete's not for me (too like London where I work).

This brings me onto the Banyan Tree. Its one of the newest swishest hotels on the island and if you want everything to be very modern and bang up to date in style inside and out then this hotel is the one to go for. As everythings made of concrete however, it will lack the character and charm of the previous 2 hotels but then style's a very personal thing. If you like concrete and sleek light modern minimalism but think darker wood is dated, then go for Banyan Tree. Food is good as is service but having contacted people who've stayed at this hotel and Tongsai and/or six senses, they tell me the service is much more formal which will suit some but not others. Again, a personal choice. Similar to six senses you would have to request a villa that's not overlooked as some are. You might want to check out what deals you could get at Banyan Tree as I'm pretty sure all of their villas cost a lot more than $550 a night.

Sala Samui is also a very nice hotel and its located on choeng mon which is a beautiful beach. Again, a very tranquil and senic location, just across the bay from six senses and Tongsai. This hotel mixes old and new so all villas are made of concrete but they have a modern thai style inside so, more concrete and less dark wood than Tongsai and Six senses but still thai inspired in interior design. Its very popular with honeymooners so should provide a good honeymoon but it does have 2 drawbacks. Unlike Tongsai and six senses none of the villas are detached (they all share a wall). This means they're all squashed together so to provide privacy, the pool villas are surrounded by 8 foot high concrete walls, so you'll be looking at a wall rather than the stunning views of the beach, which is sad as part of the attraction of Choeng Mon is the killer views. The plus side is that the walls would provide the privacy you're looking for and if you want the views, just sunbathe on the beach instead

I hope this helps you make a more informed choice and provides a little more detail on the different styles of the hotels. Apart from Zazen, any of the 4 listed would provide great but differing honeymoons and would match some but perhaps not all of your criteria.

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8. Re: Looking for the best Resort in Koh Samui for Honeymoon

Awesome post Twiggyrex, really gives the OP some fantastic information :)

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9. Re: Looking for the best Resort in Koh Samui for Honeymoon

Thanks a lot twiggyrex. Indeed a wonderful review you had given me.

Sala, Tongsai & 6 senses ( I corrected it this time ;) ) looks interetsing.

Is there any other nice resorts which can fill my requirement. Samui is filled with resorts( its my 1st visit as well) and its actually pretty confusing considering the choices that i get. My friend suggested "Silavadee" , "Conrad" & even Anantara Bophut with their Beach view Pool Villa.

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Anatara Bhoput is a very good resort and the villas are very nice inside and some are on the beach, so you'll get great views. The downside is that the world and his mother may be walking along that beach so if you're after privacy this might be the criteria you have to compromise on. Its in a great location though and very close to the shops and restaurants of fisherman's village, so not as isolated as some of the hotels you've asked about. I like Bhoput and fishermans village. Its not too busy and commercialised and it has lots of bars and restaurants but with a more laid back upmarket feel than say Chaweng or Lamai. If you can compromise on privacy, this might be a good choice for a laid back honeymoon.

Can't comment on silvadee as I've never been there or considered it

The conrads the newest 5 star on the island but you won't get any villas there within your budget. I personally would not stay there for a number of reasons. Its the most remote hotel on the island if you want to regularly visit the 2 main resorts of Bhoput and Chaweng its 40 minutes drive. I also don't like its style which is rows and rows of stark concrete villas, squashed side by side with very little space between them and each row is stacked one on top of the other. Again its personal choice but I like natural settings, lots of greenery and lots of wildlife and Conrad would provide the exact opposite so not an option for me. The villa interiors are top of the range though and as its so isolated it should be peaceful. Not too sure about the privacy element either as I'm pretty sure some of the higher villas would overlook some of the lower villas. Would be worth contacting people who've stayed there to double check on this. There's no beach in this resort, just a tiny narrow strip of sand and a concrete pier to swim from. As you want to be out and about and enjoying Samui,the compromise here would be long drives to get out and about but they'll have an on site travel or cab company (but its the most expensive hotel on the so their tour prices will be very very high).

Two other good resorts to consider would be the W (uber cool, very urban and funky but couldn't be less thai in feel if it tried) and Napasai (orient express hotel - usally a good chain hotel). Again, both will be in a more isolated location but 10 -15 minutes cab ride should get you to one of the main resorts and a biggerchoice of places to eat and drink.