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“Nice rooms, but a long way from the beach”

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Searine Samui Boutique Resort
Ranked #23 of 43 Lamai Beach B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 July 2012

The rooms are spacious and clean, the food is of a good standard and well priced. The staff are very friendly,. It is, however, at least a 25 minute walk to the beach and the free shuttle is only to the beach and not from the beach. Do not use their taxi service as it is double that of other taxis. The kids pool is in good condition, but the adults pool has lots of tiles missing and electrical wires sticking out from the lamps.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

I will never ever suggest ANYONE to stay here.
This place was a nightmare for us - Travelled in a group of six.
We were placed in the mountains.. about a 20 minute walk up hill (all of us are pretty fit 20 year olds) Staff even struggled to carry our luggage up there.
There were holes in our doors and walls ants and bugs all over our beds - No safe!
No airconditiong! Electrician couldn't even fix it - we weren't offered an upgrade or money back.
Live wires in the pool - Drinks and food took way longer then average (an hour) for a bowl of chips and a cocktail.
We lasted 2 hours at this hotel and had to leave asap.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Ca W
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

This is a lovely little bit of heaven. The location, landscaping, rooms, & spa treatments all divine. The staff hard working, friendly, great sense of humour and very helpful. Only good things to say!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

We paid £50 a night for room 119 had a lovely bungalow. Size wise it was excellent, went into the bathroom and there was a weird planter in there and holes in the slated windows so we felt a bit uncomfortable about bugs and creepy crawleys. Low and behold the 2nd night we found a spider as big as your hands spread out climbing up the wall a foot from my head. As no telephone I ran down the hill and up again to get reception they removed it quickly but we didn't feel comfortable staying there after that I slept with the light on.
Coupled with a rather tasteless breakfast. We checked out 2 days before we needed to even though we'd paid in advance.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

Overall stay was great, stayed in a wooden villa, very spacious with lovely bathroom. Very clean, basic breakfast but enough to keep you going until lunch. Only downfall is the resort is situated on a hill so walking back to rooms can be tiring in the heat and after a long day . Would recommend to couples wanting a quiet getaway away from busier Chaweng beach . Shopping is better in Chaweng and would recommend hiring a moped for a day or more. Hotel charged 250 baht for 24 hr hire but can get cheaper on the main road to hire just need a passport to hire.did get hassled on lamai beach a little for foot scrubs, painting nails massages etc etc but have experienced worse you just need to be firm when saying no and best off ignoring them as they are quiet persistent and much pricier. Many bars on beach offer cocktails for 99 baht and are worth it. Overall I would only really recommend this place is you are seeking a quiet romantic holiday not for partying and don't want something in the centre of town.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

first impressions was ok,we had booked a 'standard room'online but when we arrived they mentioned we could upgrade to a 'superior'room for 500 baht(about £10) per night extra,they insisted we look at this room but declined,we was satisfied with the standard,then her mood suddenly changed to being not very friendly.the 'superior'rooms are a lot nearer the reception,but be warned we was situated in a room right at top of the 'hill'we are pretty fit but when you have been out for the night we was not looking forward to your journey to our room!also if you don't know your way around the island they will charge at least 500 baht a trip!the local songthaw costs 60 baht!we wanted an extra 3 nights,we agreed a price but when it came to paying they requested more money!we moved to the north of the island.we took advantage of the free transfer to the airport which took us 3/4 of the way to our destination.be wary of the local karioca bars just below the hotel they go on till around 4 in the morning.the only positive thing was the breakfast which was cooked to order and not bad for thai standards,there was a loveley chap who took your orders always had a smile on his face.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

We rented a villa and it was wonderful. Very quite hotel and a far but doable walk to the beach. They will drop you off for free, but you’re on your own to get back. Most nights/ days that was not an issue, but we did have to walk a couple times and it was a hike. This location is great if you want to be away from the partying, it’s nice a quite. Pool was beautiful but empty most of the time.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Searine Samui Boutique Resort

Address: 127/60 Moo 3, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand (Formerly Serenehill Resort & Spa)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Lamai Beach
Price Range: £17 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Searine Samui Boutique Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Searine Boutique Resort on Koh Samui is situated on a hill with great views of the ocean, while only 10min walk from Lamai's famous beaches. Our villas are made from teak wood and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, trees and gardens that shall give you the tropical jungle sense. Amidst this amazing scenery there's an elevated roundly-shaped swimming pool with waterfalls. The staff is always ready and happy to serve you with a smile! Enjoy staying with us! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Serene Hill Hotel Koh Samui
Searine Samui Boutique Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach

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