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Crystal Bay Yacht Club
Ranked #15 of 51 Hotels in Lamai Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 January 2012

I've been here three times over the last few years, this last visit on honeymoon.

I still think that it is in the best possible location on the island between the two main cities, Chaweng and Lamai, with it's own wonderful, semi-secluded beach set in a beautiful bay. 5 minutes in either direction and you are in either town, depending on what you feel like doing on that day. Younger people will most likely spend all their time in Chaweng, while the most others will prefer Lamai.

The venue itself is great, with a jungle setting, bungalows between the trees, and enough space between bungalows to a afford a little privacy. The resort is clearly geared towards relaxation, as all facilities shutdown at 10pm, bar included - which can be frustrating.

The newly renovated swimming pool is fantastic, a meter 20 meters from the ocean.

The rooms themselves are a nice and clean, although not going to win any stars on the hotel star scale. Furniture is a little outdated, we had one of those 1980's massive TV's in our room (although the room I was in last year had a flat screen). The TV's reception was completely out, but on notifying reception someone came down to sort out the issue. A/C was working sufficiently well, and there is a computer with internet in the room. A stocked fridge is always and additional bonus, with fridge charges being the same as at the restaurant - also a welcome surprise.

Bathroom is clean and functional, although taking a shower is an adventure on its own with a couple of seconds of hot water... then just cold... jiggle the facet... some more hot water... etc. But then, who goes to a tropical island, beaches and pools, and then needs to spend a hour in the shower... so this wasn't a huge problem for us.

The restaurant/bar is good... not the best food I've ever had, but everything on the menu was palatable. I really enjoyed the Thai dishes, but don't bother ordering a steak or pizza, remember where you are. I enjoyed the breakfasts, which are included with the room... not a huge selection of fruits/breads/cereals, but if you like a little fruit and a traditional American breakfast (coffee, eggs, bacon, toast) it's great. The food and beverage prices at the resort are reasonable, and really cheap when compared to other hotels.

Service is a little less great. The staff there are tired, no one speaks English and it is sometimes frustrating dealing with them. Overtime, you get used to it, but if you're there for just a couple of days or in a rush, it will become irritating. They do smile, are friendly, and try to understand and help you, and at worst, when ordering a meal, you just have to point at the item on the menu (which is in English). Ordering drinks was never a problem though.

Of the 12 days we stayed here, we easily spent 4 whole days in the resort, with enough to do to keep us busy, and lets not forget the Thai massage team on the beach. You can easily lose half a day being pampered by them!

Overall, it's not a 5 star establishment, but it is beautiful, peaceful and quiet - and conveniently located. I can honestly say that I always leave this resort + island completely relaxed, and thoroughly enjoy my visit. Given the room rate and it's location, I don't think it is unreasonable and I will go back any time, hopefully again this year.

Room Tip: My favorite rooms are the Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows, because they are right on the beach, with a p...
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

we stayed here in june 2009,and returned in june 2011,as we loved it so much the 1st time.i must admit though,it seems to have been a bit neglected since our 1st visit,i think it may have been to do with bad floods,just before went went this year,pathways were cracked,ponds with fish in bit dirty,bathroom was in need of a good re-vamp.but at the end of the day,we stayed a week,instead of3days. it has a lovely pool,that looks right on to the beach,as is so peaceful,which is what drew us back here in the 1st place.supermarket up the road(10min walk). food good at samui yacht club(bit over priced).there are a few places to eat on walk to supermarket(very cheap),also good little locals bar on the same route.they were actualy working on cutting trees back etc,just before we left.but would still reccomend this place,would still go back again.

Room Tip: have stayed in2different rooms and found them both quiet.nearer the reception area,as were decoratin...
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank caronkelly
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

My husband and I visited "Samui Yacht Club" in the end of September - the beginning of October 2009, before the rain's season. This hotel is located between Lamai beach and Chaweng beach, in the beauty bay. It is very gentle and pacific place surrounded mountains and stones. If you dream about relaxing, “Samui Yacht Club” is for you. The tropical garden around the hotel resembled the island Bali. Our bungalow was located on the slope of mountain. It was very beautiful view through the tropical plants from the veranda: high palms, lianas, orchids… and then silent bay. “Singing” lizards have lived in the territory of the hotel. Large lizards came to us twice and several little lizards lived in our bungalow.
The weather before the rain’s season was very warm and mild. The hot Thai sun was hidden behind clouds. But it did not prevent us to take pleasure in Thai warmth. There was ebb in the mornings, but it was not significant. It had not prevented us go swimming. The water came back in the evenings. There are a lot of restaurants near “Samui Yacht Club”. The hotel’s restaurant was enough good. It is traditional Thai food. On the right side, in 5 minutes from the hotel is located “Crystal Bay” restaurant. The prices in this place were lower than “Samui Yacht Club” restaurant. The food was not very spicy. The other restaurant is located not far from the hotel – 5 minutes by the taxi or the local “bus” to the side of Samui airport. It names “Seafood”. It is the real Thai food with a lot of spices, but it is delicious. Be careful if you will make a decision to have a dinner in “Seafood”. Save your stomach!!!
In general “Samui Yacht Club” is very friendly and pacific hotel. I will be happy to recommend this hotel you.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ameeriel_Laurdien
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We really enjoyed our stay here, it was very good.

Contrary to the other reviews, we did not find the staff rude, but some were not as friendly as some of the other Thai people we had encountered. It all depended on the person, I suppose!

The rooms were clean and well kept - although they would benefit from a bit of an uplift.

The restaurant is expensive in relation to other local restaurants, but the food is very good (and the value is definitely there!)

The beach is beautiful, and the pool is quiet - so we were very happy with our stay!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MrsBorri
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I thought it was really beautiful here and not nearly as busy as I expected! The resort is on a really pretty and quiet beach, in between the lively beaches of Lamai and Chaweng (which we walked to during the day) and has a swimming pool, large restaurant and what feels like almost a private beach. The large bungalows are set in jungle style grounds, with fish ponds dotted about and each one feels quite private. The rooms are spacious, with four poster beds, fridge, TV and a large outdoor style bathroom! Our room felt like it hadn't been stayed in for a while, which was the only downside as it was a bit dusty, with a few dead insects! Maybe it was because we were there during the rainy season and it wasn't as busy as it usually is. We found the restaurant quite expensive, but the was a little restaurant just a 2 minute walk away called 'Baan Lamai' which had the best Thai food we'd eaten all holiday! Try their duck red curry and tempura prawns, amazing! I would say this place is great for total relaxation at the end of a hectic trip in Thailand as it's very beautiful, but there isn't a huge amount to do so if you are here any longer than say 3 nights, I would choose the livelier Lamai beach.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bee1980
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

I planned to stay over a week but ended up moving after 4 nights.

The staff at reception were pleasant and helpful, especially with a very earlier check in. Nice welcoming drink on arrival.
The family villa was good, but I agree the place is looking a little tired. Nevertheless, it is reasonable value for money but I wouldn't consider it a bargain.

If you stay at the Yacht Club you should expect:
* little or no hot running water. That would be a big issue if you were staying in London, but it's not such a big deal in warm Samui - until about day 4 of a cold spell!
* several dogs wandering around the place, including the dining room particularly at breakfast. They didn't do much other than lie around and occasionally say hello so if you can get over the culture shock of having dogs being treated as guests in the place, then no problem.
• plenty of geckos, frogs and fish inhabiting the lovely, extensive and well maintained gardens.
• a quite resort which seemed never more than half full when I was there, and most guests seemed to be Russians who spoke almost no English.
* nice clean and deep swimming pool very close to the beach and the restaurant area with plenty of lounges. Small children's playground next to the pool.
• a very satisfactory - but unremarkable - buffet breakfast that varied its hot dishes each morning. Very pleasant and helpful staff in the dinning room who went to significant lengths to shoo away the bird life that wandered in but always ignored the dogs and cats laying around.
• a 5 minute walk to the nearest convenience store.
• a car hire business operating directly outside the resort with reasonable rates, brand new cars and no hassles.

The Yacht Club provided good value for money and was in a quite area which is why I picked it. There are several other "resorts" on the same beach, but none of them appeared to be any better.
The restaurant's lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu and I found I couldn't eat lunch or dinner there more than once. But one of the best things about Samui is trying all the magnificent restaurants elsewhere on the island. Worth the taxi fare is Zazen, Rocky Resort or the beach dinning experience at Chaweng.

30 years ago SYC would have been a great place. But now Samui Yacht club has significant maintenance issues. There was a broken safe in my room that had not been removed, perhaps because it is a bit heavy. The new safe sat on top of the old one and was not even bolted to anything, so that simply made the task of stealing all your valuables easier for anyone who was lucky enough to get by the lax security and into your room. The plug to the outdoor bath was next to impossible to remove to drain the tub. Surprisingly the men's urinal in the outdoor bathroom flushed through a pipe in the external wall which dropped straight to the open ground! TV reception was barely adequate.

On the plus side, there was a computer in the room with free internet (but port 25 was blocked so you could not send email to your smtp server using a mail client). At the Amari Palm Reef where I am presently typing this review the wifi internet connection is charged at a staggering US$2.50 per hour to use (after we have already paid $300 per night for the privilege of staying here - stay tuned for that review in a few days!). Nice sized LCD TV with surround sound DVD player.
The family villa had 1 king size, 1 queen and 1 single, and two bathrooms. Plenty of space. Good room service. Fridge was sufficiently stocked.
The beach was good. It was certainly no worse than what i have seen of Chaweng save that there was probably a bit more coral and rocks under the water at Samui Yacht Club. I'm told the Chaweng Resort has the same owner.

If the weather was better and all I wanted to do was laze around on the beach or by the pool, I'd probably still be there. But it has been colder, windy and rainy recently and the beach has not been so pleasant.

Finally, I bought a SIM card at the airport arrival from a company called True. They promised GPRS mobile internet but it simply doesn't work - at least not with an iphone. I wasted B200 on that card which was no great loss except for the immense frustration in trying to get the thing to work including trips back to the salesmen who sold it to me. It's a shame because using data roaming on the iphone is the most insane thing you could do.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank moof66
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

My partner and I had a great time here. It might not be the most exclusive resort there is on Koh Samui but it is really ok. The wooden houses (we had one in the garden) are beautiful and in the evening it is just beautiful with the lights and the moonlight shining on the beach nearby.
From the garden you walk in one minute to the beach and garden. The beach is small, not crowded and beautifull. Watch out when you go in the water though, there are some dangerous rocks and coral.

Nice restaurant at the pool and beach with good lunch and diner possibilities. Good breakfast buffet.

What might not be great:
- some employees are not always friendly
- there were some details like a window that did not close completely. the houses are just a little old.
- it is located quite far from the town Lamai. If you want to go for dinner, shopping or sightseeing, you have to get a taxi everytime.

Overall, fine resort. If they update everything a little bit, it could be great.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank caatjes
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Address: 209/1 Moo 4, Ao Thongtakian | between Chaweng and Lamai, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand (Formerly Samui Yacht Club)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Lamai Beach
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range: £30 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Crystal Bay Yacht Club 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crystal Bay Yacht Club sits on a small but perfect beach on the Island of Koh Samui in Thailand. The calm warm crystal clear sea, powder soft white sand and beautiful tropical gardens make this location truly special. The resort consists of 43 bungalows all set in over 12,000 square meters of lush tropical gardens. Many species of birds and butterflies can be seen enjoying the natural surroundings. ... more   less 
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