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Merit Wellness & Mind Retreat Resort Samui
Ranked #58 of 62 Hotels in Maret
Surin, Thailand
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Back again”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

I had a really good time there. the people in the hotel very nice the food very nice but more really nice is spa :) it's so good. but the location of the hotel it not have beach !!
But for sure next time i will back to this place again ( it's really nice place for couple ^_^ )

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

My second visit to Koh Samui so I am aware of Thai style resorts however the description of this resort is somewhat generous. Yes it was clean, tidy and fantastic views. It is however not close to beaches, the advertised shuttle is no available, you are encouraged to make your own arrangements an the restaurant is both expensive and not great in comparison to other establishments.

Like all things Thai, you often have to ask for things, such as having a top sheet on the bed, or fresh towels each day.

Overall a relaxing base to explore but not a stay in resort.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Frankston, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

We had a great stay with Samui Cliff from 7th November - 12th November. As the other reviews say, there are a lot of stairs but the hotel will pick you up from your room and take you to reception and back again if you want. The car isn't always there to do this, but it's a small price to pay for the beautiful views. I still wouldn't recommend this for the elderly or immobile just in case. Walking down was fine.... walking up not so good lol
The first day we arrived, the hotel picked us up from the airport (there was a shuttle bus waiting for us with bottles of water and chilled towels) after we checked in we were taken to our room which had a wonderful view, the bed was fairly comfy and the bathroom was fairly nice and had a spa (which we didn't use). For the people with the negative comments, yes, this place is a little dated, but you get what you pay for (personally I think you get a bit more here) We got a deal from Cudo.com and for what we paid for 5 nights, we are definitely not complaining! We didn't need everything to be perfect as we were on holidays and had no intentions of coming to Thailand to stay in the room the whole time. The only draw back (and it certainly isn't a deal breaker) was that when you left for the day, the power turns off so you come back to a hot room. The air con worked fairly quick though so it was cool fairly quickly. We felt pretty secure, so we just left the key in for the air con, wedged the door open so we didn't get locked out and while the room was cooling down, we went and had a dip in the pool. We had all of our valuables in the safe and took the key with us. We never had a problem with missing items. Sometimes we would leave a camera or phone out but nothing ever went missing. That isn't to say that you can just leave your belongings out, and it's not because we don't trust people in Thailand, I wouldn't leave my valuables out in a hotel in Australia either.
The hotel also provided a free shuttle to Lamai every hour. Downside - they ask what time you would like to be picked up as they will come back especially for you, so they kind of put you on the spot. It's difficult to say how long you are going to be, there is so much to look at. My suggestion would be to ask to be picked up at least 2-3 hours later and if you are finished early, get a took took or taxi back then tell them at Reception you don't need to be picked up. (Just negotiate the price before you get in. To give you an idea, we stayed near the airport in Bangkok for 1 night before going to Koh Samui and decided to get a taxi into Bangkok as we had time to kill. For the trip there, we were fortunate enough to get a taxi with a meter, and the driver actually had it going :) For about a 30-40 min ride (lots of traffic) the meter came to about 195 baht and we gave the driver a generous tip. In Lamai, they do not usually run the meter, but about 150 baht plus a tip should be fair. (they wont think so) Took took's are cheaper than taxi's. (The took took's in Lamai are more like being in the back of a ute with a roof)
At Samui Cliff, they also have the tourist desk and the ladies there can organise the trips for you, and were great. I HIGHLY recommend the Angthong National Marine Park tour by speed boat (it's not crazy) and sit in the back where there is shade, you may not be able to see out the front, but you don't get burnt to a crisp like some of the people in our group.
We had a tour guide "Mai" who had great English, and also spoke fluent German. He was very funny, and did a great job. They also picked you up from the hotel and drove you back. I think a few other places charged different prices, but from memory, we paid around 3300 baht (for 2 people) + 400 baht for entry into the national park. It was definitely worth it.
We didn't try the spa packages at Samui Cliff, they were a bit expensive, but we did have regular massages in Lamai at "Relaxation Place Massage". There are 2 in Lamai, the one that we went to was in the group of shops with the Scoops American Ice Cream shop on the corner. The ladys were lovely, and may be a bit more pricier than others, but it was clean and relaxing, and the ladies were very professional. The place isn't huge, but it just made it feel more like we were getting the royal treatment. We went there almost every day and we pretty much had the place to ourselves every time.
We only had 1 meal at the hotel restaurant, and that was for lunch, and it wasn't too bad. A little pricey, but we were short on time so didn't have a lot of choice. We tried a few different places, but our favourite was Salathai which was on the main strip in Lamai. Their seafood was really nice, and the Pad Thai was the tastiest I had while in Thailand.
We also had the ladies at the tour desk at Samui Cliff organise to do the Extreme Rollerball in Bophut. It was a lot of fun. I am an absolute chicken, but I would probably do it again...... maybe. If you have an underwater camera, it's worth filming while you're in the ball. It looks hilarious! I also recommend going to the Fisherman's village in Bophut, it is a short taxi ride or took took ride there. It is very busy, but there are lots of stalls and the atmosphere is good. There is also Muay Thai fights in Lamai on a Saturday night. There is a boxing ring which is surrounded by bars, and if you get there early enough, you can get great seats. We picked front row seats, and were right next to some steps, which turned out to be where the trainers yell to their fighters etc. It was pretty cool. It was great to watch their national sport up close. The Muay Thai gym opposite Samui Cliff was pretty good too. My partner paid 800 baht for a private session as they are usually closed on a sunday, and really enjoyed it.
When we were leaving, we organised for the hotel to arrange for a taxi to the airport, which was just easier then having to arrange it ourselves. It was 250 baht per person, but knowing that you would get to the airport on time etc. It was worth the peace of mind. I absolutely loved Koh Samui, and planning my next trip already. Samui Cliff definitely helped to make our stay great. The staff were friendly, some of the restaurant people weren't always as smiley but you get that anywhere. If you want somewhere to stay as a base for your travels around Koh Samui, this place is pretty good. You are pretty much in the middle of Lamai and Chaweng which are great for shopping etc. We will definitely be back!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

We had a lovely five days at Cliffview. If you find the stairs too much, the shuttle pick up is very speedy - and the views are spectacular and well worth the stairs. The food was excellent and authentic - we ate in the restaurant every night because it was so good. All the staff made us feel welcome and special - don't come here if your idea of samui is to party - it is a way out of Chaweng - but do come here for a quiet relaxing visit - we loved it.....excellent value and we had a great time

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

For myself, my husband and my two kids (16 and 11) it was a dream come true. We are from South Africa and also have stunning beaches but this was out of this world!! We stayed in the beach front rooms and what an experience, you could hear the waves breaking on the rocks. The view was to die for and the moonlight on the water, WOW!!!!

Since we arrived we received nothing but friendly faces, smiles and excellent service. The staff was really helpful when ever we needed them or had any questions. They helped us with booking of activities and also suggested some things that we would like to do. It did not matter what time of day or night we called on them, they were always there with a friendly smile and face.

The breakfast was nice as well as the dinners we had there. Well prepared and presented. We really have no complaints about our trip and would suggest Samui Cliff View Resort & Spa Hotel to all our friends.

For a fabulous holiday with a stunning view, wonderful place to stay where you feel important and can relax with not a lot of people around you, then this is the place to go.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

Wow! the view was excellent. We booked at a discount price so the value was quite good for my wife and I. We were travelling with my parents who are in their 70's so the endless stairs we had to negotiate to get any where were quite an issue for them. To travel from our room to the reception we needed to call for a car to come and get us. This was done quickly and without fuss and the hourly free shuttle to Lamai beach was handy. Our food from the hotel restaurant was very nice, but a bit on the expensive side, and the service was a bit slow at times. The Spa in our room was filthy.
The accommodation was comfortable and quiet, the ambiance of the resort was relaxing and getting around to Chawang and Lamai was just a Taxi etc away. Definitely go back to Koh Samui

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

My husband and I have been traveling to Koh Samui for the 4 years and stay at the Cliff View Resort every time-

The location is a short scooter or tuk tuck ride away from the city centre.

The resort itself is a little dated yet clean with the basic facilities and fantastic staff-
The rooms are large with most over viewing the sea and a private balcony.

Do be prepared for a hike up the stairs if you wish to go to reception or call in advance for a van to collect you.

Great for couples who wish to has a quite hotel and relax within away to the busy streets or beach-

great nearby restaurant called the Cliff with assorted menu and great ambiance.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kylee4
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Property: Merit Wellness & Mind Retreat Resort Samui
Address: 211/1 Moo 4, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand (Formerly Samui Cliff View Resort & Spa)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#24 Spa Hotel in Maret
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Maret
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Maret
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Merit Wellness & Mind Retreat Resort Samui 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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