Varinda Garden Resort. Do not stay here you will deeply regret it. Most of the good reviews for this place are for 1 or 2 nights stay only. It Is without doubt one of the worst resorts I have ever been unfortunate enough to stay at, it is ran by very unpleasant cheating scammers. It is run down and very dangerous not to mention the infestation of bats once the sun goes down. The people that run the place are rude extremely unhelpful and very unprofessional. The food was disgusting and the service was the worst I have ever come across. Only good thing about this place is the view from the pool. That is all and the only good thing I have to say. I can express how terrible this resort is from start to finish we were disgusted by it all.
The night we arrived 9.30pm we were picked up by a privet Taxi and taken to the resort (personally I would never class this a resort more a shanty town ready to be knocked down) we were charged 600 Baht for a half hour transfer and were told this would be a 2 way price we were CHEETED by the owners of the resort.
Once at the resort we were greeted by a skinny untidy youngish guy that could hardly speak any English, everything was in darkness and looked closed for the night. We filled in the particulars and as doing so my daughter was attacked by one of the many stray dogs they allowed to roam about and call pets. (dog fesses everywhere) we were then led into what I can only describe as a dark path into over grown Jungle with badly placed old garden ornaments all 4 of us tripped over something and were badly bitten by mosquitoes just going to the room. Once at the room we were shown into what we were told was the family villa I would call this a rundown shed. I asked about the bar or the pool and if there was any restaurant available. The guy did not have a clue what I was trying to ask. So I left it at that and we got everything settled. By 10.30pm we were all sorted and needed something to eat. I then asked the next guy I met if there was a bar or restaurant where we could get food. He said the whole resort was shut down now for the night. And directed us to a very narrow and steep path that my kids and wife were terrified of due to how steep it was and very poorly lit and Dangerous walk way. All the wooden path ways are very badly rotten and unsafe if.
Long dangerous walk into town and to the beach. No path ways so you are taking your life in your own hands dogging the fast traffic.
We met 2 couples with children that were disgusted with the place and the staff and had arranged to check out early as we did also but the girl had charged my credit card without my authorisation for the full Holliday and no refund for the days we did not stay the money was not an issue just the way we were treated again CHEETED by them. We found a much nicer friendlier place just down the road and loved it so put this place behind us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Varinda Garden Resort is a family run and owned resort. Which is located high on a hill with stunning views of Lamai Bay one of the best of the island of Koh Samui. Where you can relax and enjoy their superb swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Varinda Garden Hotel Koh Samui
- Varinda Garden Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach