My partner in crime and I decided we could both take a week off, with just a couple of weeks notice before departure - Our criteria was somewhere on the beach, in a villa, with it's own pool and jacuzzi - Thailand was our first choice. Thank you google for introducing me to The Lotus Terraces fairly high up the listings. Thanks also to the other contributors to Tripadvisor for helping convince me. As one does, I had emailed a few places at the same time, but pretty much on the first email reply from Jane, it was clear we were heading to Koh Samui and the Lotus Beach Villa. I have to say that from the first contact, all the way through to our departure, we had nothing but the most friendly, helpful and charming assistance from the entire team. I've been to many places on this small planet we live on, and I can honestly say that I think the team here are the best I've had the pleasure of meeting whilst on a vacation. It felt like staying with close family and friends, but of course with plenty of space and quiet times to ourselves.
So, what can I tell you? Lotus terraces is a small boutique collection of 5 villas - 2 right on the beach, 3 just behind. You get your own pool, plus a larger shared pool, and it's all right on the beach. The beach itself is lovely - very quiet, and with a few quiet bars and restaurants within a few meters (but all quiet - no excess noise issues here). There is a coral reef in the sea, which at low tide can be a bit tricky to walk over to swim (great for snorkling though!), but easily solved - there are 4 kayaks, head right 200 meters and there's another gorgeous beach with no reef - even easier swimming.
As for the villa - I had a look around all 5 villas, as I'm very likely to go back soon, with a few friends - Here's the layout - Lotus Villa - 1 master bedroom, plus an annex in a separate building with 4 more suites (bedroom and bathroom). You can rent just the master, or add as many of these suites you want to - I'd put this villa as the best for a couple, and pretty good for up to 10 people. the Banyan Villa is very similar - with 2 master bedrooms in the main villa, plus 3 more suites in a separate annex. These master rooms are therefore a little smaller than the single master in Lotus Beach. But all lovely of course. Everything is great quality.
With the 2 larger villas, your own chef is "included" in the price - and we had the immense pleasure of Chef Ton taking care of us - what a lovely, charming gentlemen, and a great cook of course. Lots of wonderful meals - personalised to our taste and beautifully presented. For food (and drinks) you can either go yourselves (with driver or your own car) to one of the large supermarkets or smaller markets to get the food you want, or you can give shopping lists to the team and they will shop for you - also Chef will go and get what's needed for whatever dish he's preparing too. We did a combination of the above - so your food costs are much at they would be at home really. Be warned, champagne is quite expensive in Thailand ;), but we discovered our hidden talents in making our own cocktails also, which was fun.
The resort manager, Sue is another wonderful member of the team - available whenever we needed anything, wonderfully knowledgable about all things on Koh Samui - and seems able to make anything happen with ease.
For things to do - Nikki's for sunday Brunch is amazing if you like that sort of thing - poolside beds and tables, great food, live music and DJ, with dancers - and wonderful cocktails..
Liam's boat hire place is great - lovely crews - great boats and a fun day.
Drinks on the beach at the W hotel - more great cocktails.
Fishermans village - wonderful place for a stroll in the markets on a Friday night - with great good and lovely bars - special mention to Coco's something-or-other bar and the fire dancers - and apologies to Apple, our driver for keeping you waiting for another 45 minutes whilst we watched. (We did let her know of course).
I've already had a chat with a few friends about having a week there as a larger group, and also had a chat with the family about taking my Mother, 3 sisters, 2 nephews, 1 niece etc.. So I think this place works on all levels, for couples, families, groups of friends etc.
I'm definitely going back - recommend you take a close look too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotus Samui is a luxury beachfront resort located on Bang Por Beach. The resort has 5 villas ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms, each with its own private pool and ensuite bathroom. There is also a 25m communal pool located right at the beach. Each villa is fully air-conditioned and has the convenience of all modern amenities including a fully equipped European kitchen, complimentary wireless internet and cable TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lotus Samui Ko Samui, Thailand