Before going to Samui Native I read the other reviews, and was aware that there were changes afoot. Politics aside, I found the resort to be beautiful and peaceful. I'll break this review into three parts: 1. Room and facilities; 2. Staff, 3. Location.
1. Room. I paid and stayed in a bunglow beside the pool. The first room I was given had malfunctioning air conditioning, but once I made the staff aware of this I was quickly allocated a similar room with working a/c. The beds are huge, the room incredibly spacious, with panoramic windows on all side. The bed was comfortable, and the bedding clean. The room came with bed, locker with lamp, basin, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, television with satellite, free Wi-Fi, and a safe. The bathroom was incredibly spacious and clean, and the shower was delightful with good water pressure. The towels were many and changed everyday. There is no phone in the room, and the only real complaint I have is that the water was not replenished after the initial two bottles were given.
The hotel itself has a gorgeous swimming pool and is set in lovely gardens. There is a bar onsite, and no restaurant as such, but I believe this is in the works, which leads me on to point 2. The spa and massage facilities no longer exist.
2. I was originally greeted by an over enthusiastic man called Jeff, but within a few days he was dismissed from his post. The resort is now under the management of Dr ? (I cannot recall his name), but his son is helping in its day to day management. The cleaning staff (Doi) was very friendly, and after a few days I managed to figure out that you could get food if asked for in advance. This is all part of the change in management. The food I did eat was delicious, but there is no menu or restaurant as such. It will follow soon I believe.
3. Location. The hotel is set back from main Mae Nam. However, you can hire a moped for 250bht a day from the resort. I'm sure it could be cheaper from the town. You will need some sort of transportation as it is over a KM on country roads, but the setting is a lush garden landscape. With the moped you can be on the main strip of Mae Nam in 4-5 mins, and the beach in another two. There are lots of restaurants and bars, and massage areas.
Overall, I found my stay very relaxing, but a bit disconcerting. For the first three days there was a Greek couple staying at the resort, and up to my final day I was then on my own. It is a very restful resort, and the staff are friendly and gentle, but a bit misguided. WIth more time I am sure that Samui Native will find it's stride again. It is well built and maintained, and has a lovely peaceful setting.
I would return here, but it does need to sort out its management and staffing issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Samui Native Resort - An idyllic Resort in SamuiThe Samui Native Resort draws inspiration from Family “to find inner peace,” and the resort in Samui is dedicated to guiding its guests on a journey of calm, pleasure and the satisfaction of reconnection to the self.The history of this charming Samui resort is one of family, friendship and care, creating a resort, of unique design and close personal intimacy. At The Samui Native Resort Ko Samui, a guest’s preconceptions of a Samui hotel and a Thailand holiday are transformed into an experience of union, sociability, and unimagined pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Native Hotel Mae Nam
- Samui Native Resort And Spa Ko Samui, Thailand