Small hotel on a small plot of land; lots of rooms and several pool villas.
Small pool area (only one pool with place for some 50 people)
No sun loungers on beach (terrible beach, extremely shallow, muddy ground).
Pool villas are nice and spacious, with Nespresso machine and ipod station; DVD player.
Beach front villas even provide ipod touch: however, neighbours may play loud music.
Pool villas offer sufficient privacy.
Plenty of other pool villas available on Samui (well, Thailand); but privacy is often an issue.
Part of the stone floors around plunge pools are extremely slippery when wet.
Tropics - one needs a lot of water. 6 bottles per villa. very good.
Beds are soft, I'd say too soft. imagine a soft version of Westin heavenly bed.
Baby cots (standard Starwood issue) do not have bedding or pillows for safety reasons. take your own stuff.
Lots of different lights in villas. new hotels starting labelling lights to avoid confusion.
Breakfast is average. A la carte options have to be paid.
No french cheese (danish varities of brie and blue cheese), terrible croissants (meridien is of french origin).
Few healthy options.
Food is average as well. Burger was terrible (tiny piece of beef, beyond well done although we ordered medium)
Thai food is ok. Expensive, in particular drinks; we always order ice water in the tropics; they several times tried to give us bottled water instead (distilled water at 2 euro per bottle - no way).
Service is mediocre. One evening you get bread basket, other night you don't; no salt/pepper on table, etc.
Once guy cleared our table from other customers dishes with promise to be back right away. We had to wait 15 minutes and ask again someone else to bring us menus.
Rate had 25% F&B discount. Was supposed to be "automatic"; well, we had to remind them several times. Some alcoholic beverages apparently not included. very confusing.
Platinum benefit: one free drink per day - staying in a 5 star international hotel and having to beg for free drink (by the way, I am Platinum. pls make sure this drink is free....) - very bad.
Wines very expensive. They would have corkage fee though. Offer 5 different white wines by glass - well only one wine is actually available. bad chardonnay.
Did I mention that beach is terrible? Plastic pier is pointless. Impossible to swim anywhere.
Other part of Lamai beach is ok.
Walk to Silver beach - simply turn right from hotel, walk max 10 minutes.
We took taxi. 200 baht for 1 minute drive? ripoff. hotel staff seem to prefer certain taxi drivers.
we also went to the Cliff restaurant - see separate review - 200 baht to get there. but only 100 baht return trip.
There is a restaurant on beach, left of hotel. food is alright.
We also went to Renaissance hotel for dinner - terrible - see separate review.
Anyway, after several times staying on Samui, I cannot recommend it. Best to take ferry to Ko Tao or go to the Philippines if you want great beaches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on an idyllic stretch of exclusive Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere and rich, cultural experiences. Inspired by timeless beauty and diverse cultural influences, the resort features an intimate selection of 64 suites and 14 stand alone villas, some with their own private plunge pools, infinity pools, limitless ocean views and private dining pavilions. Each exquisitely appointed with the most modern in-room facilities, high ceilings, expansive windows and open-air bathrooms. The resort features the Le Méridien signature arrival experience programme; an inspiring restaurant concept: Latest Recipe; and the savvy lobby lounge bar Latitude 9, the resort poolside Plunge Bar as well as the world-class luxury Le SPA.Reflect and relax at the world-class luxury Le SPA, with a customized menu of rejuvenating experiences that combine ancient cultural methods and ingredients to revitalize mind, body and spirit. A beautiful oceanfront infinity pool and expansive deck offers a stylish daytime retreat for a refreshing swim with spectacular ocean views. Guests can stay fit in the state-of-the-art fitness center, offering the latest and best exercise equipment and daily Yoga and Pilates classes. Relax by day on the resorts 224-meter floating pier that extends over the Gulf of Thailand and by night, enjoy a unique and sophisticated venue for an exclusive dinner, celebratory cocktails or engage with other well travelled new friends. ... more less
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