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Kanda Residences
Ranked #61 of 187 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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41 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Villa just moments from the action”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed at Kanda Residences in July 2013 for 5 nights. Originally booked through Samui Island Villas into one of the privately owned and operated Villas. A BIG MISTAKE (see my Flipkey review at: http://www.flipkey.com/koh-samui-villa-rentals/p474435/

If you are going to book, book through the resort. Klaus and the team at Kanda Residences are fantastic. Therefore this review is based on our experiences when the booking is managed by Kanda.

We wanted to have 5 days of relaxation, dining, drinking, tanning and a bit of privacy. Kanda was perfect for this. The Villas are within a large resort complex which has its own beautiful sandy and rocky beach. It is not a maintained beach like Chaweng, but that is its charm. The report has great facilities, including the main restaurant which has views of the Gulf of Thailand (simply breathtaking), 2 infinity pools, gym, spa etc.

The Villas are massive! We were in a 3 bedroom villa with 2 rooms locked off (these rooms are separate to the house, so you don't even notice they are there. The pool was divine, the air-con worked a treat, and the villa had everything you could possibly need to seclude yourself away from reality.

Kanda was previously run as a Karma resort (we had stayed at Karma Kandara in Bali so were expecting huge things), and you can see the effort that the new management team are putting in to ensure that this resort continues to compete with the other players.

Well worth staying if you want to be just out of the craziness of Chaweng, but still close enough (5 mins) to jump in when you want!

Room Tip: The Villas all have views. We stayed in Villa 1 and can't complain about it one bit! The single...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JulesC392
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Kanda_ResidencesTeam, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

Happy New Year 2014. Kanda Residences Team wishing you a happy, healthy and prospect New Year.

Thank you very much for your support and staying with us at Kanda in 2013. We very much appreciate your positive feedback on our pool villa resort. Your comments are very valuable to us and are critical motivation for all of our team.

We would like to honour our returning guests with special privileges to thank you your continued support. We will update you about our programme in the near future.

Best wishes from all of us at Kanda Residences!
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

We stayed here during a family tour round Thailand, with our 8 and 9 year old boys.
I should stress that the standard of accommodation and dining are superb. The villas have lovely pools and are super pvte terrace etc and my two kids had fun swimming 100s of lengths which they enjoyed. The amount of space is hard to beat too, and the std in rooms is high.

The RockPool restaurant needs a special mention as this was excellent. Under stewardship of a UK head chef they have their act together and the breakfast, tapas and evening meals are exquisite - probably the best we had on our trip (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Samui).

Our issue was twofold.

Firstly whilst we had 3 bedrooms in our villa they are in separate buildings. So they are not interconnecting. This meant to keep kids together they'd be in a separate building - albeit 5-10 metres away from us, but they are just too young to leave alone in case of upset, emergency etc. So we ended up sharing with one each which was not ideal.

Secondly with this location you do not have access to a beach to speak of. Their beach was described by staff as too dangerous given the rocks and I saw no one use it.

So you need wheels to stay here or prepare for going everywhere by cab - and that seems to be 400 baht minimum to go anywhere.

So in summary, attractive spacious villas, with a fab restaurant but be sure location is right for you and then the room layout issue which is probably an issue only for those with kids under a certain age.

Room Tip: Double check their room config works if with kids, and location will mean travelling to beaches.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank ccding1502
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Kanda_ResidencesTeam, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 2 September 2015
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you very much for your support and staying with us at Kanda Residences.
And also thank you very much for sharing your feedback on Kanda Residences Trip Advisor.

We really appreciate hearing about your experiences. We are more than happy to hear that you enjoyed dining at RockPool and spacious size of villa. We also pleased to update you that we have follow up the comment on improving bedroom facilities for family. We have completed this option on offering connecting option on some of our courtyard villas.

We hope that you will be back to Samui and will give us the opportunity to better serve you and your family in the near future.


Warmest regard,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

wow... my family and I have just returned from a really fantastic break at the Kanda Residences, the villas really are huge - you could easily live there full time (and some very lucky people do.) The facilities within the villa are great, we especially loved the outdoor area which was very private and included a large pool, sala (where my wife had superb massages each day) and a couple of comfy sunloungers - we loved the fact that you could open up the lounge area fully so that it became part of the outdoor space as well.

The food was excellent and service was friendly at all times, we never had any language issues which was a first during our trip to Thailand.

The location was great for us as it is very peacefull and only 5 minutes by taxi into the mayhem of Chaweng beach.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank garethal
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Kanda R, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you very much for your feedback about your positive experience in our pool villa resort.
As you know, we just rebranded our property, so your comments are very valuable for us and is a big motivator for all our employees.
Again, Thank you for your kind words, and we all hope to welcome you back to Kanda Residences soon 
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Huntly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Karma Samui : Thailand. Courtesy car from airport which is only a short distance away.
Been on many vacations but this has been the best accommodation so far......we had another 2 bedrooms within the villa grounds which was not used as we were only on holiday by ourselves. ( an opportunity missed by family members :O) )
Food at resort is of a very high standard but we preferred the `cheaper` option and ate elsewhere`s on most occasions....across the road @ the coffee house was a favourite `stop on occasions` for a breakfast / snack cake etc :O) The resort beach was of a very poor quality/cleanliness but plenty of others to go to, close to hand and the `songtels` was a very popular mode of transport by us :O) You can be as adventurous as you like or totally `chill out`...the choice is yours, either way, you will not be disappointed :O)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GrandadScotland
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London, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Karma Samui. The villas are modern and luxurious, and the resort is very peaceful - you almost feel like the only people there. Ideal spot to relax and unwind. We also enjoyed the Sunday brunch at the Rockpool restuarant.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Karma_Resorts_Group, Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Dear Jenny212

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Jason
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San Francisco, California
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208 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2012

i loved this hotel . perfect stay at karma samui. i wish though ive stayed at the houses right on the beach itself . but all were booked out. so i opted to book the ones further back. was a bit hectec getting to the shore but when u do its really worth it. i love the scene , the view , the service was also nice. weve rented a buggy to tour around me and my friends. they gave us a 3 bedroom when we asked only for 2. asking us politley not to use it. we were a group of 4. since the door wasnt locked we did not act politley and used it lol. but all in all a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank xxbcxxy
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Dear Sultan Qs

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you and your party again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

We stayed at Karma Samui two months ago for a blissful week-long island escape, having chosen the quiter Koh Samui (as opposed to Phuket) for our first-ever visit to Thailand. Situated to the north just outside the hustle and bustle of Chaweng town, this pool-villa resort, steeply sloped against a hill, was everything and more than we had anticipated. Chaweng Town with its 6km long beach and numerous shops is but a 10 minute ride away by novel converted truck-taxi (50 baht p.p. a ride). Our magnificent all en-suite 3-bedroom pool villa (no 18) was ideally positioned halfway down to the little resort beach and lovely pool area, making access to the lobby at the top not too much of a climb.

The resort tranquillity and island ambience is complemented with beautifully lush, manicured gardens throughout. Our über-spacious villa (465 sq.m!) was in impeccable condition and truly fit for a king: spread over three separate pavilions (one of them comprising the master bedroom wing) around a sparkling pool with sala and huge lovely garden. Attention to luxurious detail, typically with Thai touches, in all of the villa amenities, furnishings and appointments really impressed us. Villa service twice daily, always unobtrusive, included a turndown service. Extremely friendly English-speaking front office staff was always ready to help with any type of information - and assistance, like offering without fail a golf cart ride down to our villa. The only very minor problem we encountered was our villa lounge telephone that would not dial internationally, and a somewhat erratic Internet connectivity in the business centre - but hey, who cares if you are on an island escape?

The resort restaurant, Rockpool, deserves a special mention. Beautifully positioned at seaside and stylish, the deck extends right over the soft waves below. We enjoyed two lovely romantic lantern-lit dinners on the deck. Highly acclaimed chef Martin Selby's food and his presentation thereof, is simply gourmet. The menu bears as good a variety you will find anywhere on the island - for fine dining and leisure bites, with bar menu and island cocktails to match.

Karma Samui for us, made for a Thai paradise holiday. We will recommend this charming and luxurious resort to anyone who enjoys laid-back island luxury and serenity. The resort deserves its status as member of the prestigious "Leading Small Hotels of the World".

Room Tip: Chosoe a room in the middle of the resort against the slope to gain easy access to both the restaura...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AndreLombard
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Karma_Resorts_Group, General Manager at Kanda Residences, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Dear AndreLombard

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your kind comments on Trip Advisor.

It is expressions such as yours that make the Karma Samui teams efforts are all worth while

I must apologise for the erratic communications services you experienced during your stay, which unfortunately can be a little slow and unreliable sometimes

We hope to have the opportunity of looking after you again in the not too distant future

Once more thank you for your kind words

Alan
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Property: Kanda Residences
Address: 80/32 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Karma Samui)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#38 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#41 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#55 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kanda Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally-located, elegant, ocean-facing, over-sized pool villa retreat. Five minutes from both Koh Samui International Airport and Chaweng Beach. Choose from One to Three bedroom villas with minimum size of 400 square metres. Grand living area, private swimming pool, outdoor terrace and Thai-style sala (pavilion).Home to "Rock Pool" the iconic beachfront restaurant. Asian Wellness Centre with certified Wat Po Thai Massage therapist, Reiki treatments. ... more   less 
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