We wanted to go back to Coral Cove resort since we had loved it 2 years ago but they were doing construction so stayed at Coral Cove Chalet instead for the first time this August. The rooms are definitely very tired and need serious renewal. The air-con is either on or off, no fan, paint cracking, beds creaking, windows impossible to open or to close...Bathrooms depressing. We arrived at night and felt quite down with the rooms which are the old dark kind of wooden bungalow room, probably quite classs when they were built a few decades ago but not on the level of what is available today (although not for the same price).
The staff at reception is maybe the worst in Thailand: you would really have to hunt around to find a more unpleasant unhelpful unfriendly unsmiling bunch. The staff at the restaurant, pool bar, cleaning is perfectly nice, friendly, helpful...Everything you would expect and love in Thailand.
The breakfast buffet is fairly commonplace but quite OK considering. The restaurant is uninspired and irregular. Avoid the sandwiches and hamburgers. The kids liked the fried chicken which we liked more than the fried chicken at Shangri-la in Bangkok. The Thai dishes are OK but they will not make them spicy even though you repeatedly ask for it (a bit but not as much as we would've liked). Fairly reasonable prices considering that the hotel is in a no-man's land and you have to take a taxi to buy a bottle of water (we thought the restaurant was expensive until we went to hotels in Chaweng where a pad thai cost 220 baht).
THE MASSAGE IS THE BEST WE'VE HAD IN THAILAND in a pleasant massage spot (no intimacy though) out in the open with a nice breeze but not on the beach - no sand on skin. There is a little round massage lady who is very sweet and a little older lady who is very strong. Both are extremely good masseuses and really know their business (Thai massage not the oil soft type).
There a 2 small "private beaches" which are both quite pleasant for snorkelling not so much for swimming aThe one on the right which is accessible only by tgoing down a fairly steep flight of stairs after the pool is usually deserted and ideal for snorkelling.
We loved the place and despite the extremely unpleasant receptionists we would go back for the calm, quiet and scenery. If you want nightlife and shops this is not the place but if you want peace and quiet and don't mind old creaking floors, it can be ideal.
We stayed for a total of 2 weeks and occupied 4 rooms (see below for room recommendations)
We wouldn't recommend this resort for people with reduced mobility and families with small children since there are quite steep stairs to go anywhere.
This is not the place if you prefer a nice sandy flat beach. Both beaches are quite rocky (we had water shoes). Careful not to destroy the coral, it was quite damaged on the more busier and smaller beach on the left.
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Cove Chalet Hotel Koh Samui
- Coral Cove Chalet Koh Samui
- Coral Cove Chalet Ko Samui/Lamai Beach