We booked 2 weeks in Thailand: one week in Siam Residence and then a week in a luxury property on the Phuket island.
Let me solve the mystery of the eerie feeling (and the empty villas). The manager explained to us that a Swiss casino owner keeps this property for his personal enjoyment, having it ready in case he or his family, friends, business associates, etc wish to make a quick trip to Thailand. He allows some villas to be rented so that the staff has something to do. Villas are generous in size, you do have the pool pretty much to yourself, and there is huge boat you can rent I think 4 hours minimum. Yes, there are Swiss and German guests there who visit every year, order only viener schnitzel every meal, read german paperbacks, and not only never leave the property but never leave their lounge chair - not even to swim in the gorgeous pool. I suspect they hardly noticed that they are in Thailand. But then the exotic is at your fingertips - we rented a 100cc motorbike and had a blast - every evening we drove to a different restuarant (10-15 minutes away), and so the food was fantastic. Who said you have to eat in your own hotel every night? We are in our 40's, and love the motorbike - the warm breeze, the ability to visit a local market and stock up on fresh local fruit, sightseeing....
During the day, we enjoyed the tranquility and peace of that place.
It wasn't so bad!!! of course you can find super resorts with top-of-evertyhing, but Siam residence was something like 100 dollars a night including the breakfast. We stayind in worse places on Koh samui, and for more money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on Santi Beach in Lipanoi, over an extensive stretch of white sand. Luxury accommodations and high-standard services will definitely please the most demanding customers looking for out-of-this-world delight. The spacious and modern villas, built along a tropical garden leading to the beach and pool, offer exceptional comfort: a patio with garden or ocean view, a living-room,separate bedrooms, a huge bathroom, sumptuous furniture, satellite TV, a minibar, a Hi-Fi sound system, FREE Wi-Fi and air-conditioning, to name the main features. Customer satisfaction is the number one priority here, and the staff will make sure your stay remains unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Siam Residence Boutique Resort Ko Samui/Lipa Noi, Thailand