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Samui Sense Beach Resort
Ranked #24 of 50 Hotels in Lamai Beach
Peebles, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“Friendly, very comfortable hotel”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

The samui sense doesn't look much from the street but it really is a little oasis. We were greeted with a refreshing cocktail and quickly checked in. Our room was fairly small but really was comfortable. We really enjoyed our time in this resort and loved being right on the beach. Breakfast was good with lots of food choice. Tables were set up on the beach at night which was a very nice touch and very romantic. Overall we had a lovely time at this resort and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

The location is great, the accommodation is very comfortable, the personnel is forthcoming and friendly, you can expect professional treatment + the breakfast is excellent:)
Samui Sense beach is a lovely place!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

the beach next to the hotel was amazing, the rooms were clean and big enough but we found the location to be a little out of the way and there is not much to do on that side of the island. the staff were not very helpful and not very friendly and I found them difficult to communicate with and ask for help - examples are we had to carry our own suitcases too and fro our rooms, we had to walk to the street with our own bags and flag down our own taxis, when asking best places to go we were responded with "I dont know" etc etc.
the bed was the hardest I have ever slept on and i was convinced sleeping on the floor would have been more comfortable!
The breakfast was the highlight, the staff that worked at that time in the morning were alot more friendly and there was enough choice and the seating is right on the beach which was pleasant in the morning.

Room Tip: ask for a room near the pool and close to the beach - they are the rooms that have sitting areas out...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2011

We stayed here for 4 days 3 nights during August 2011 and I got the impression there weren't many people staying at the time.

We had originally booked a bungalow based on reviews on TripAdvisor however once we walked into one down near the pool and bar we immediately thought twice about that decision. Cigarette burns on the old wooden (very plain) bedside cabinet/box things, no two lights matched and the aircon was only putting out wisps of coolish air every couple of minutes. The bathroom would have been extremely modern in the very early 80s.

We asked to see another room and were shown 2 - the Thai Bungalow (slightly more expensive) and the 1br suite (1000THB per night more expensive). We settled on the very modern and up to date suite with balcony. Very happy with the room and its amenities. So modern and new that it felt like it was built the preceding week.

The airconditioning was a central system so you could set and forget while you were there. The balcony with its sun lounges would be great but we preferred to spend time on the beach. Nonetheless - great place to have a G+T while contemplating where to have dinner.

The dark polished wooden floors of the 1 bedroom apartment led up to a beautifully laid floor level (Thai style) bed with crisp white linen and silk oddments as decoration. The bath was large and deep making for a great bath. The wardrobe space was good. There was little 'kitchen' to speak of apart from a tiny (ie: 1' x 1' x 1') fridge with a proper metal sink, but no microwave or stove facilities to speak of. Quite a few channels on the cable - roughly half in English and a few in French and German. The lounge was great and comfortable to relax in with the ipad. If there are a couple of couples staying in suites near each other there is easily enough room to get together for a drink in one room before going out.

Wireless internet throughout the hotel is free (they give you the password when you check in). The speed is pretty good (not as good as Bangkok but still better than some other places we've been). As at August 2011 there is no 3G on Koh Samui. I repeat - there is NO 3G on Koh Samui. You can use your 3G simcard you bought in any other place in Thailand to make calls and text perfectly (and at excellent rates, no matter which company you were with, by the way). So many people at the airport were berating the poor sim card selling girls as though they were personally responsible. What is that about?

You're gonna have to use the usually free internet in the hotel. If you're security conscious (not that 3G will help that) - use a VPN like we do. 10 years and not a problem with phished information yet. Spend 10 or 15 USD for your entire holiday trip and you'll be safe, no matter where you go. You can even use it when you get home and go to hotspots etc.

Back to the hotel... We had decent wi-fi access from our sun lounges on the beach too so the iPad got a work out (check out the photos). Come the evening time they move the sun lounges off the beach and replace them with beanbags. We had a drink here before wandering along the beach to check out dinner options. One thing here - regardless of where you go - if you're sitting on the beach, it's dark, and drinks or dinner are your order - you are going to pay for it. It's the way it is. The food on the beach here is expensive, then so are all of the other beach hotel food options. Don't moan because the seafood banquet in the main street is only $40USD and here you're paying $60USD. You're sitting on a beach with your toes in the sand and someone running food back and forward to you - they don't do this for $3USD a person any more. Drinks are no different. If you want to have cheap drinks while walking on the beach - buy them at 7-11 and have them as you discreetly walk along the lapping waves.

Overall the suite option with balcony was outstanding. If I recall correctly hotel transfers are only one-way if you stay in a suite (ie: the return is free). That's worth the 1000THB for a night on its own. Try it - you'll like it!

Room Tip: Choose a suite - not a bungalow. Do not stay near the pool (noise).
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

After several days in crazy Bangkok, coming here was like ying to the capitals yang. From the moment we entered the reception area it was wonderful. Lamai is relatively small so you're close to everything when you walk out. And it's one of the few areas of the beach with sunloungers. The dinners on the beach are beautiful and it's great to walk along afterwards visiting the various beach bars.
We had a Thai villa which I would recommend.I'm not really a pool person so it was lovely to sit out on the shaded decking with a book.
Breakfast overlooking the beach is a great start to the day and we had no problems with anything really, maybe if we had to be picky it would be the amount of sunloungers available,. They do allow non-hotel guests to use them for a fee. We always had some though. Staff were courteous, rooms were cleaned immaculately and we will be coming here again.
Stay here. you won't regret it.

Room Tip: Thai Villa is great. The pool rooms are right on the pool however so if you like some privacy maybe...
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

I loved the week I spent at Samui Sense!!! The room (superior) was immaculate, cute and cozy with first class amenities including kimonos and umbrellas. The restaurant facing the ocean offers a nice breakfast buffet, you can order drinks and food all day long from your long chairs on the beach. The personnel is very nice and helpful. There is also a nice pool. Hotel is very calm surrounded with greenery and very well kept...I was definitely very happy with my choice...and I strongly recommand a stay there!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here at the end of two weeks of non-stop travel through cambodia and thailand.

We stayed in a standard room that had been refurbished, the room size was average with a massive king bed. We didn't have a view, but then we spent most of our time on the beach where they had umbrellas and sun beds set up daily. I can definately reccomend the thai massage girls set up the the left of the hotel (When looking from the beach)- but ask for an oil massage if you don't like being turned into a pretzel like I do :)

Each morning we walked past the pool rooms and junior suite, their verandas face directly onto the path so there is not alot of privacy outside these rooms and I was glad not to have paid the extra.

It was only 50 meters to the restaurant which did a good breakfast. In the evening the beach is turned into a chillout zone for happy hour (bean bags to sit on, creative lighting and 2 for 1 coctails), dinner on the beach was also great and the food was delicious (though probably the most expensive we ate on the island- at about $55 (AUD) for 3 courses and drinks).

Location wise it was exactly what we were after- the hotel is on the main shopping/eating strip in Lamai and everything was in walking distance- great pubs, fantastic restaurants, it was a little quiet at this time of year, but this suited us. The hotel is set well back from the street and you don't hear the traffic at all.

The staff were very friendly and patient (especially when I stuffed up the in-room safe and had to get it reset) there was a bit of a language barrier, but nothing to stop you chosing this hotel.

We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Samui Sense Beach Resort
Address: 124/61 Moo 3 Maret Lamai Beach, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Samui Sense Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the middle of Lamai beach, Koh Samui’s white sandy beach with various shopping and nightlife entertainment , Samui Sense provides you with an ultimate comfort in one of Koh Samui’s best locations. We are only less than 30 mins from Koh Samui’s airport and only 15 mins to Chaweng nightlife area. Our small boutique hotel has recently been upgraded to a true four-star boutique hotel standard, blended with Koh Samui’s original design concepts, our hotel accommodation design ranges from traditional Thai architecture to modern contemporary. Our 44 units comprises of 6 Poolside Villas, 8 Thai Villas, 20 Superior Rooms, 8 Junior Suites and 2 Executive Suites. Samui Sense represents what Samui's old charm used to be and is a well preserved property on the island with true Samui hospitality. ... more   less 
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