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Fair House Villas & Spa
Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
Irving, Texas
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“very nice place close to the sea”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

We spent 3 days in this hotel in a villa close to the sea, which we liked most. We enjoyed also a small private pool & a massage nearby the main pool. The bar at the pool serves really good drinks, especially Tom Kha Colada in a young coconut :-) Most of the time we spent outside of the hotel, so I cannot evaluate quality of dinner in the hotel restaurant - breakfast was quite diverse and tasty.

Little cons:
- laundry services were poor - despite of doing that 2 times, the clothes were still dirty (one serious wash at home was enough to clean it)
- there are 3 bikes which are available for free, but they are really poor (even with broken breaks), so check them deeper before starting your longer journey. ;-)

Room Tip: it is worth to ask for a villa with a private little pool and very close to the sea
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a sunset room in the Fair House Villas for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. The stay started off a little rocky when our airport pickup never materialized. We pointed this out on arrival, only to be told that since we booked the pickup through Agoda, they had not received it. No apology. This was annoying to say the least. A token of a complimentary drink or something to make reparations would have been nice, but instead we got a frank "not our fault" kind of reply. Not a great start.

The room itself was up a very steep hill with a mixture of steps and sloping paths. They drove us up in a golf buggy, which they offered to do any time we were too tired to walk. The view from the room was absolutely stunning and well worth the climb. The floor and furniture in the room had seen better days, and were very scuffed, scraped and worn. This was the first thing that struck me on entering the room, so unfortunately if does make a bad first impression. I can imagine that it was beautiful a few years ago.

We looked past this, as the view was so amazing and the room was still very nice. We had a hot tub on the balcony, which we only used once, but enjoyed very much.

The facilities at the hotel are very good. The pool, complete with jacuzzi beds, basket ball net and toys for kids and adults, free sunscreen, a bar with pool stools and plenty of sun loungers, was awesome! Just beyond the pool was the small private section of beach for hotel residents, which was quiet and relaxing. The beach was stoney and the water was murky, but it was still lovely to sit on the sun loungers above this. The hotel provided free snorkeling equipment and kayaks, which was a nice touch.

The breakfast was a good spread, and quite typical of a good 4-star hotel, with no stand-out features for me specifically. We ate dinner in the restaurant one night, which was excellent. We had the Thai set menu for 2. We tried the pool bar for food during the day once, but it was not too good. Lunch at the restaurant another day was also only ok, even the Pad Thai was not something I'd have ordered from there again.

The hotel was quiet when we arrived, but the day before we left it filled up with Russian and Japanese families, and a large group of Thai military (?!!). Our peaceful days by the pool were no more, but at least we had enjoyed quieter times for the majority of the stay.

The gym is tiny and not very appealing. At least they have one though, I suppose. It's a bit of a hike into Mae Nam or Bo Phut from the hotel, but they do provide free bicycles or motorbikes for rent, and they operate a free shuttle bus to Chaweng throughout the day. Taxis are a ridiculous set price of 300 Bt, or 500 to Chaweng, so we opted for the motor bike rental as it was 200 for the full day and was a lot of fun.

I very much enjoyed my stay here. Yes, there are things I would change, but all in all we had a great time and I would recommend it, especially for families.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2014

The Fair House VIllas and Spa are in a beautiful, secluded location on a little bit of land with just two properties, the W Resort and the Fair House. It s on a quiet beach, half a kilometer from the main road to Chaweng. It is about a 30-40 minute drive from the airport. THe property is quiet, it caters to couples and small groups and families. Beautiful pool facility. We had two problems during our stay. We arranged an airport pickup through the hotel, and despite following the directions carefully we could not find our driver at the airport and had to take a taxi. When we arrived at the Fair House (via taxi) for our three night stay, we were informed that the Pool Villa, which we had booked for three nights, was not available the first night so they put us in a Mountain Villa. We were very upset because we prepaid the room and they attempted to compensate by giving us a 3-hour spa treatment for free, which was very nice - but we still expected to have our Pool Villa. The Mountain Villas are nice but they are a long walk down to the Pool and Beach area and that is not what we had signed up and paid for in advance. After the first night they moved us over to a Poll Villa for the remaining two nights, which was right next to the private beach and had a private pool.

Room Tip: Pool Villas and other villas down close to the beach and pool are the way to go.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2014

I chosed this hotel because of a travel book and the reviews from here. it comes out everything they mention are truth. I really enjoyed my 4 days.
Seaview room with a balcony, the room is spacious, clean, beautiful and the bed is massive!
Staff were friendly and smile at all times. Breakfast with nice views, sun bathing by the pool with the beach in front of you.
The only thing i wasn't satisfied was the gym is too small... everything else were perfect!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

First time at this resort and I was stunned by the choice. We had a really great time, and would go back in an instant. The hotel is amazing and perfect for romantic getaway.
Check-in was very efficiently done. We stayed in a spacious bungalow with sea view, which I would highly recommend for couples. Maid service was excellent, our room was always clean and minibar replenished daily.
to my mind, the biggest asset is a beautiful pool with a nice pool bar where we spent every night. :)
The facility was very beauiful, the staff was absolutely out of this world and the food was very good.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed at here for our Honeymoon and the resort was fantastic. We were complimentary upgraded and the staff were pleasant and friendly at all times.

The resort was much better then we expected and our expectations were high. Would happily recommend this resort to others.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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West Midlands , UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

We recently stayed at Fair House for 9 nights over Christmas and what a wonderful experience it was. We read reviews before booking and upgraded to a Pool Villa , we feel it was a good choice having explored all over the hotel , not only did we have a very convenient location , the villa was perfect for our needs. The only thing we could have complained about was the lack of draw storage for our clothes , and only 6 coat hangers in the wardrobe , we didn't complain , but i am sure if we had , something would have been done about it.
Breakfast is a lovely spread of almost anything you could desire , good quality and plentiful , we opted for Poached Eggs , most times , and they were cooked fresh for us , and tasted wonderful , they must have been free range with a good diet !! We did go off the resort and look at restaurants around and about , yes prices are cheaper , but only slightly and you do not have the lovely sea view at most other restaurants. We ate from the Thai menu everynight , and the food is really really good , even the most expensive Fish dishes are only around GBP£8 each.
The staff could not do anymore to help you have a lovely holiday and made us feel very special.
Wifi connection is free with a password over the whole complex , but at best it is hit and miss , so if you are expecting to do hours of work via a Wifi connection , then you may have to seek other facilities , but there is a desktop computer in the reception area which i presume would have a wired connection which maybe the answer to your problem.
Overall we had a wonderful relaxing stay , would have gladly stayed for another week without hesitation , and would return there tomorrow if the opportunity arose. If you want a quiet holiday , away from hussle and bussle of European life then this is a place you should try , but please take some mosquito deterent and itch cream !!! The little blighters are vicious , both day and night !!

Room Tip: Pool Villas are very nice and well located for all amenities
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fair House Villas & Spa
Address: 39 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Mae Nam
#7 Spa Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 Luxury Hotel in Mae Nam
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Mae Nam
#11 Romantic Hotel in Mae Nam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Fair House Villas & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fair House Villas & Spa is a locally owned, romantic beach front resort that offers a relaxing atmosphere away from the busy areas of Koh Samui. In the lush tropical gardens you will find the airy and spacious traditional Thai-style bungalows that were carefully built to harmonize with their natural surroundings. The hotel offers six different room categories, all with private balcony or terrace, ranging from the Garden Villas to the exclusive Beach Front Villas, which feature private swimming pools. ... more   less 
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Fair House Villas Hotel Mae Nam
Fair House Villas And Spa
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Fair House Villas & Spa Ko Samui, Thailand

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