I spent a full month at Emerald Condos in Jan this year and am full of praise for it. The rooms were well equipped, clean, comfortable, bright and in great condition. The staff were absolutely brilliant, food was excellent and cheap, gym was ideal, location was generally quiet, large load washing machine was a boon and gardens and pool were very well maintained. For the price I paid, it was fantastic value for money.
Yes, there were the odd niggles that the first reviewer mentions - only 6 sunbeds, electricity goes off during every heavy rainstorm (which knocks out the water too!) and the TV channels are pointless. But these are minor and certainly didn't affect the overall impression.
However, the reason that I can only give 4 stars is because of the newest scourge of the holidaymaker - the Russian guests. At one point, I was actually the only non Russian on property. I have always maintained that one shouldn't generalise about a race as there are good and bad at every resort. I mean many of the Brits abroad don't cover themselves in glory! However, the guests all seemed to revert to type with a total lack of consideration for others, screaming kids from dawn till late at night who were never reprimanded, chain smokers which meant my room stank if I opened the sliding doors, very late night parties with the obligatory shouting matches and of course the constant miserable faces.
I know it's unfair making a judgement based on something the property has no control over but they did have a negative impact on my stay. A friend also stayed there in Feb and reported the exact same experience so I know it's not a one off situation. Such a pity!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Emerald Condotel is located in Bo Phut, just 5 minutes’ drive from Samui Airport. Offering modern, well-appointed studios, it features an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi.The air-conditioned studios have a large seating area with a flat-screen TV. Each studio has a safety deposit box, a microwave, and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom offers a hairdryer and shower.5-minute drive from the Big Buddha, and a 10-minute drive from Fisherman Village.Facilities include a 24-hour front desk and a garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Emerald Condotel Ko Samui/Bophut