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Fair House Villas & Spa
Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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“Lovely place & good value but be prepared for quirks”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Just finished a great 4 night stay at Fair House and overall I was impressed by the natural beauty of the property, quality at this price point and the very friendly and spirited staff. My room was enormous and beautifully appointed with an extremely comfortable 4-poster bed and stunning views of the sea from the balcony. The landscaping includes many varieties of gorgeous orchids and other tropical plants as well as laden mango, bananna and passionfruit trees. I very much enjoyed the fresh salads and vegetable dishes especially knowing that many of the herbs and some produce is grown at their own garden. And the Thai dishes are especially yummy! The place is refeshingly quiet and my sleep was marvelous.

Come with a sense of humor because things don't always go as expected -- the power went out which cut off the water supply, the credit machine didn't operate, patchy wifi, missed wake up call, etc. The lavatory by the pool needs serious updating which I was told is in the works (a simple notice would be wise). The beach towels are quite stained and several of the lounge matts really should be replaced. If you want the amenities of a higher end hotel - bring your own for oddly, there is no soap or wash cloths for the shower/bath just a ceramic bottle of shampoo in the shower and one of hand soap on the sink. Fair House prides itself on being a Green Hotel but this was a bit austere.

In the room directory the first point is Amenities/Theft with several lines dedicated to what must be a serious issue for this particular property -- pilfering by guests of the towels, laundry bags, robes, etc. On the desk there is even a price list for all the "amenities" which if missing would be added to the guest's bill. While I understand this issue can be troubling -- it was unfortunate to have this be the very first item in directory.

The buffet breakfast is a nice array of fresh fruits (it's amazing how much effort is spent on the creative carving of fruit!), cereals, meats, cheeses, delightful fresh salads and eggs to order. With all this on offer, I don't know why Fair House would put out Tang-style orange juice and other sweetened juice drinks? Better to serve one good fresh juice than 4 mediocre.

Massages by the beach and a Thom Ka Colada overlooking the traquil sea. This is the place to forget about the outside world and just relax.

Room Tip: I love the view of the sea but you have to be prepared to climb. The higher up the better the view...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

My partner and I had spent some time reviewing hotels in Ko Samui so we were wary when booking our SUNSET SUITE at this hotel. Other tripadvisor contributors had warned that should you/we be offered an "upgrade" to a supposedly more expensive pool villa that the pool villa was no where near as good as the sunset suite. They were right... and this is exactly what happened to us!! Worse still when we rejected their "upgrade" offer we were told the hotel was fully booked. We were given no choice but to stay in the pool villa the first two nights of our five night stay. The pool villa was tiny, with no view at all and the pool itself was freezing and also very small (more like a jacuzzi). This "upgrade" offer is a complete a scam! We were provided with some compensation but it put a nasty taste in our mouths for the rest of our stay. On day three we finally moved to the sunset suite we had originally booked and payed for (months prior). It was twice the size, offering stunning views over Mae Nam beach, with a large outdoor terrace complete with a heated spa. No comparison!!! So fellow travellers be warned! The staff will argue with you until they are black and blue in the face that the pool villa is an "upgrade" but it is not. Don't cave in and stand your ground.
Otherwise, this hotel is situated in a quiet location and although not five star, it has a traditional Thai charm about it.

Room Tip: Only book a sunset suite. Do not fall for the offer of a pool villa "upgrade."
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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FairHouseVillas, Manager at Fair House Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Dear Michael K,

Many thanks for your review. I am happy you enjoyed the charm and location of our hotel, although it is a great shame that the experience was compromised by the upgrade offer.

First of all I want to point out that this is not a standard procedure we have to offer this (or any) upgrade by default. In this case the front office team had a problem allocating all the bookings of the room category you selected, as one room went out of order. In order to overcome this, the team offered you a complimentary upgrade to the higher category which is the Pool Villa in this case. In this sense, the team acted correctly, however it is a clear breach of our standards for the team to "argue" or act pushy with such an upgrade, and for this I sincerely apologize and I have already held briefings with the team to clarify this point.

It is of course entirely up to the guest to evaluate and decide what room category suits their needs and gives them the best value. Technically, the Pool Villa is an upgrade from the Sunset Suite, although it is a rather small difference in price between the two. The Sunset Suite offers, as you mention, fantastic views, a spacious living room and a private Jacuzzi on the terrace. The main attraction of the Pool Villa is the private garden area and the private pool, so the total space is quite a bit larger and gives and increased feeling of privacy. In addition, the large bathroom and the location close to the main pool and beach front is attractive for many. Also, some prefer not to have the extra walk up the hillside. Overall I would say it is very much 50/50 which one guests prefer. Photos of all our six room types can be found on our website for those who are curious..

Again, I am very sorry that the upgrade offer came across the way it did. I would like to offer our sincere thanks for pointing this out to us, which allows us to adapt and improve our service for our future guests.

Warm regards,

Vigbjorn Hassel Vaage
Group Director of Operations
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Irving, Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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