The Marina Villa was well located on Had Lamai, just shy of the main part of Lamai Beach, but still well within walking distance. Initially walking into the reception area I thought this hotel would be a little dated and uninspiring, but that view quickly changed when I saw that the grounds were very well kept, and our room was very clean. I also observed one of the housekeeping girls in another room actually cleaning the windows, which is a bit of a rarity! The groundskeeping boys would also sweep the paths and the area around the ground floor rooms each morning. The housekeeping staff seem to clean all the towels and linen by hand on-site. Fair enough as long as they do a thorough job!
The two swimming pools were very good, the larger pool being good for lap swimming, while the smaller pool still had a deep end and shallow end, and was nice to muck around in and have a good view of the beach. There was a spa/jacuzzi attached to the smaller pool but I never saw this operating and can only assume it may be broken. I also cut my knee on a sharp edge on the floor of this spa. I did get the impression the water was a little over-chlorinated.
The TV provides a reasonable selection of cable TV channels, but the majority are Thai channels and I would have expected a better package with some more English channels.
Motorbike hire at the hotel was very good value at 150B per day for guests.
Where this hotel lacks is in providing some of the basic services one would expect, for example:
*There was no tea or coffee in the rooms (surely one can expect tea/coffee from a 3 star establishment rather than having to pay for it at the hotel restaurant/bar!).
*We were only given 2 bottles of water for 3 people on the first day (though this was fixed on subsequent days).
*There was no quilt cover for the quilt on the extra bed, and it was quite difficult to explain to staff with my limited Thai, and their unusually limited English, that I needed a quilt cover on the extra bed, just like there was one on the main bed!
*No soap bar was provided, just bath gel and shampoo, and this was not replenished by housekeeping even though they did everything else. Guests should not have to go and ask for such things to be replenished every day.
Overall however I would stay here again, the beachfront location is good; the rooms and grounds are clean, tidy, picturesque and a good size; the hotel is reasonably new; the price is right; there are two swimming pools, and it's just pretty good value for money on a nice quiet but not isolated part of Koh Samui.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Villa Hotel Lamai Beach
- Marina Villa Ko Samui/Lamai Beach