2 couples - 21 nights - 50 yrs young!
Sea Lice - scroll to the bottom for info.
We've traveled the world and have stayed in 5 star Hotels as well as hovels in the hills of Ethiopia for $3 a night where the only light and heat was from a small candle.
On this trip we wanted to escape the cold Canadian winters and head for sun and beach at an affordable price. As always, we relied on TA to scout out our lodgings and we were not let down.
There was a mixed bag of reviews about Honey Cottages but the majority were very positive and Choeng Mon looked like the place for us and the price for the beach front room was to tempting.
Airport is only 10 minutes away and it cost us 500 baht ($17) to get a ride in a brand new SUV for the 4 of us. Lots of cabs waiting outside the airport. It cost us 400 baht to return to the airport, as the hotel made the arrangements for us....10 minute trip.
We write this with mixed feelings about the place even though we spent 21 nights there.
- Right on the beach, with a terrific infinity pool that a allows you to stare at the ocean only 30 yards away. No other hotel on that beach has that kind of setting and there are a couple of really nice hotels here.
- Cleanliness of the rooms. Everyday our bedding was completely changed. Fresh large bath towels and beach towels daily. A couple of bottles of water provided daily. We did have a problem one day with an infestation of little bugs, but the hotel spayed the room and no further problems. Hey, your in the tropics and you've got to expect this...no big deal. $300 a night rooms have the same problem.
- We had room #15 (beach front) first room on the beach right beside the pool, with a fantastic view and sound of the ocean literally yards away. Nice patio with chairs to sit on and take in the morning view. See the 'negatives' about this room though.
- Fridge in the room and 'whisper' air conditioners (easy to use).
- Friendly staff, always willing to help....as long as they could understand you. We were surprised by the limited English that the staff spoke. The best staff person was the terrific lady that worked behind the bar 7 days a week 12 hours a day....she was a wealth of knowledge.
- Location on the beach. It's located at one end of the beach with plenty of shade and sun for everyone. Plenty of people walking by for those that enjoy 'people watching' but far quieter then the center of the beach.
- The Boathouse Hotel is 2 doors away and is a beautiful resort to walk through to get to the main street. We always walked through that hotel because of the beautiful grounds and at night with it all lit up, it was really beautiful.
- Breakfast on the beach. Nice breakfast with the average choices, included with the room.
It's a shame, it's just some really simple things that could really make this a fantastic place.
It's a lovely small boutique hotel run by a family and they simply cannot see that the place is not being kept up. Nothing some paint and regular cleaning wouldn't take care of.
The cleanliness of the pool, bar and beach area are really lacking. Obviously when there was some flooding, they placed sand bags all along the beach. Every other hotel cleaned them up, but not Honey Cottages...still sitting there partially covered in sand littered along the beach in front of their place.
Heck, we pulled out a dozen of them ourselves, with the owner watching hoping he would get the message...Nope.
- The pool and bar area floors, tables and chairs are dirty. The only time they were ever washed down was when we did it ourselves. Seriously....food is dropped and walked over, we saw dogs and kids pee on the floor, on more then one occasion and nothing ever washed.
We watched kids and dogs pee all over the place and some parents thought it was cute???
I guess European kids from about the age of 7 and under, don't wear swim trunks on the beach?? I understand 1-3 yrs of age at most...but 7 and a little girl....call me old fashion I guess?
- Sundeck chairs, tables and cushions are filthy. Never once saw them clean the chairs or tables. Every other hotel hangs the cushions over the top of the chairs, so that if it rains, they will at least drain out. Not Honey Cottages....the lounge cushions are old, rotten and full of holes. Every morning we'd grab the towel from our room and wash our chairs and tables down.
- Room #15 while great view and location, you had to put up with the noise from the bar. On more then one occasion I had to call the front desk at midnight and ask them to have the music turned down and that was only because we could see that it was only STAFF at the bar playing pool.
Also, the craziest thing was our bathroom was attached to another rooms bathroom. A partial wall in between, but open at the top! Whenever your, talking, showering or using the toilet, the room next door can hear EVERYTHING and can even SMELL (you know what).
We have mixed feelings about this place. We love the location, the view from our room, the infinity pool, the friendly staff, the clean rooms, but the rest of the cleanliness was a real turn off and I can only see it getting worse.
I'd never stay here for 3 weeks again...a couple of nights, sure. Which is a shame, as it's pretty darn expensive to find ocean front rooms at such an affordable rate.
We visited the entire island and next time we would choose Lamai to stay at. Not crazy like Chaweng, but has far more choices in restaurants, browsing and a terrific beach.
Choeng Mon's main street is about 3 blocks long, with about 15 restaurants, 10 massage places, 10 tailor shops, and few shops selling tourist stuff.
SEA LICE - are in the waters of Choeng Mon beach. We never encountered them at Chaweng Beach, or Lamai Beach or Bophut Beach.
You'll feel little bites...I thought I was just having to scratch a lot. When you get out of the water, they will persist around the bottoms of your swim trunks. We just took a shower and that got rid of them.
I must admit, I love the ocean and the sea lice never prevented me or the other couple with us, from going into the water....not until the National Marine Park tour.
They were terrible at the beaches on the National Marine Park tour. We took the tour to do some snorkeling, along with hundreds of other people, but of the 3 beaches we went to, I bet we saw less then 10 people do any snorkeling and not for very long....should have done the kayaking.
Definition of Sea Lice:
The larvae are large enough to be visible to the naked eye but become nearly invisible in the water - unfortunately the only reliable method of identifying when sea lice are present is by the appearance of the rash on other swimmers or divers. During summer months high concentrations of these stinging larvae may float in "clouds" or "blooms" that affect large areas of beach or ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui Honey Cottages Beach Resort. Are resort on the beach front of choengmon beach running bussiness by family style resort area are on the beach facilities service bar and restaurant swimming pool near beach and beach sun bed service thai massage is available waiting for your holiday looking for relax beach resort looking for samui honey cottages beach resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui Honey Cottages Hotel Choeng Mon
- Samui Honey Hotel
- Samui Honey Cottages Beach Resort Ko Samui/Choeng Mon, Thailand