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Sandalwood Luxury Villas
Ranked #2 of 62 Hotels in Maret
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Central Norway, Norway
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“Fantastic hotel experience !”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

visited the Sandalwood luxury villas for one week, staying in the Lotus Villa with my wife and two kids.
we had a fantastic stay and this is really a hotel to recommend to every one. we have visited many 5 star hotels around the world, but this one is different in a postive way. you are not just number, but really feel you are special and taken well care of.
the staff was very service minded and pleasant. the villa was clean and perfect for us.
breakfast was good and restaurant served very good food for reasonable prices. everything you needed was in the room minibar.
there are too many things to highlight which was perfect. but l must mention the driver service which helped us 24/7 when we needed transportation, and the pleasant atmosphere all over.
the view is simply breath taking!

we will definitely visit again next year and look forward to meeting all the people working there again.

Robert, you have a very nice place and a very good team!

thanks for the great vacation we had at sandalwood and we look forward to meet you all again.

regards
Olav, Maria, Victoria and Anna.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your family’s recent visit to Sandalwood Luxury Villas. It is a joy to hear such a strong recommendation from a world traveler, like yourself, who has stayed in so many 5 star hotels in a lifetime of global holidays.

The difference at Sandalwood is that we have only 10 villas and we are able to provide a personalized level of service that is difficult to find at larger resorts. We are very proud of our staff who work hard every day to deliver our unique style of first rate Thai hospitality.

Thank you for pointing out the convenient service you received from our team of drivers. We provide each guest with a mobile phone so you can easily be picked up from anywhere on Koh Samui without having to negotiate with local for-hire taxis.

We are certainly looking forward to your return to Sandalwood so we can welcome back your smiling faces and create some new memories together. Please be sure to contact us directly as we have special offers available for our returning guests.
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

We spent five days in the Amarin villa. The villa is very spacious and the private balcony (with amazing views of the sea and Chaweng beach) has a great jacuzzi.

Sandalwood's main infinity pool is great; it's never busy there because Sandalwood "only" has 10 villas (some of them have their own pool), and the views are great.

The hotel staff will do anything to make your stay even better. When we asked if we could have dinner on our balcony, they immediately came to our room to make the table and light some candles :).

Sandalwood is located on a steep hill (that's why the view is breathtaking ;-)) and for some people, walking up this hill might be a bit exhausting. However, this is really not a problem because they drive you up and down the hill for free! (in luxury, air conditioned cars), anytime you want. When you want to go up, just call the front desk (using the free mobile phone they provide when you check in), and a driver will pick you up within 5 minutes.

So, even when you think the Sandalwood taxi service is too expensive (which I don't think, because you get a better car and friendly drivers), you could take a regular taxi to the bottom of the hill, and then call the front desk :-).

Also, Sandalwood provides a complimentary shuttle service that takes you to Chaweng or Lamai, 2 times a day. The front desk even gave us a call to ask if we needed a driver to pick us up because it was raining!

The (complimentary) breakfast is also very nice. You are allowed to order as much food/coffee as you want, and there is a buffet too.

When we were at Sandalwood, we decided to spend a few more days on the north of Koh Samui.
The people at the front desk gave us some great advice and they even drove us to our new hotel (for free)! - usually they pick you up from the airport and take you there when you check out (also complimentary).

We really appreciated everything the people at Sandalwood did to make our stay one of the best experiences we have ever had.

We really hope to return to Sandalwood one day!

Stayed July 2014
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for writing such a positive review of your stay at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. We always love to read reviews that are filled with great memories of the time you spent with us. Our Amarin Villa is a favorite amongst our guests for its beautiful panoramic ocean views, spacious layout and the luxurious Jacuzzi tub on the balcony. I remember that our Sanctuary Spa team provided you with a milk bath in the Jacuzzi tub, a Sandalwood signature treatment and a truly luxurious experience.

It is wonderful to know that you took advantage of the main infinity pool, our Blue Ginger Restaurant and so much more of what Sandalwood has to offer our guests. We are pleased that you appreciated the fact that the only way to experience the amazing view from Sandalwood is to climb 500 meters into the hills of Chaweng Noi. As you know, accessibility can be a challenge and we try to offset this by providing a variety of transportation options including private drivers, free roundtrip airport transfers, twice daily free shuttles into Chaweng and Lamai, anytime free shuttles down to the beautiful and peaceful Coral Cove beach as well as mobile phones so you can contact us quickly and easily.

As you mentioned, our staff is on call to make sure every guest has a special experience at Sandalwood. Whether it’s a private dinner on the balcony of your villa or recommendations for the hard-to-find restaurants and activities on Koh Samui, our team is ready to assist at a moment’s notice.

We are so pleased to hear that your stay at Sandalwood was one of the best experiences that you have ever had. If you do return to Koh Samui, please contact us directly and we will put together a special package for you.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Stayed in several villas, each one unique & beautiful in its own way. The views are stunning & every member of staff always smiling & genuinely helpful. You don't get such a stunning view in the middle of any town, so yes it's up a short steep hill & it is an out of town hotel - that's what makes it soo special. That said there are many fabulous restaurants less than 5mins away & the hotel happily takes & returns you at short notice. The spa & staff there just add to the overall ambience of the resort. I would just like to end with a massive thank you to everyone at Sandalwood for making 10 days of my life so special & relaxing. Andy Kerswill

Room Tip: All rooms with a pool are superb, but the main hotel pool is lovely too.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 13 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. It sounds like you really enjoyed the opportunity to stay in several villas and to experience the famous Sandalwood views from multiple vista points. It’s wonderful to know that you appreciate the unique and panoramic views we have to offer at Sandalwood, although it does require a short and steep hill to reach those views.

We are so pleased to hear that we were able to make ten days of your life so special. Our staff works hard every day to bring our guests a memorable experience and it sounds like you truly appreciated the experience at Sandalwood. If your future travel plans include a return to Koh Samui, we would love to welcome your smiling faces back here again.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I stayed here with my three brothers and best mate and i'll be straight with you. This hotel was the best hotel each of us has ever stayed at. Yes the walk up and down the driveway to the villas and restaurants was tiring for us unfit guys but the view, the restaurant, the service, the villa, the jacuzzi, the serenity was soooo worth it. This villa/resort was really hard to walk away from. Also know that no yuk yuk or local taxi will take you up the hill to this resort but you use sandalwood luxury taxis/mini vans and they give you a mobile phone to call for a pick up anywhere in town 24/7 for reasonable prices. Thank you Sandalwood and we will be back. I might even book a trip to Thailand just because of your resort

Room Tip: We stay in the lalavadee villa and it was astonishing
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. It’s wonderful to know that you feel Sandalwood is “The best resort in the entire world.” The Leelawadee Villa is our largest villa with three spacious bedrooms and a very large outdoor space. The exterior balcony and private pool area is the most popular spot for guests to gather to enjoy the panoramic ocean views and the Thai style furnishings.

We are pleased to hear that you found our luxury taxis and minivans helpful in getting around Koh Samui. There is a lot to offer on this island and we want to help our guests find the best places to spend their precious holiday time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Sandalwood and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again. Please contact us directly when you plan your return trip and we’ll put together a special package for you.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

To begin the place was absolutely beautiful, views spectacular and service great.Our room was comfortable with a huge bathroom. I was staying with my son and there was a second bed in an alcove where a door could be pulled shut.Outdoor space was large. My only comment is that when you book this hotel know that it is truly secluded. The staff does a great job getting you down the hill for cabs to pick you up and they will take you into town in the morning. They will also pick you up and charge the room for the cost of pick up. Just be aware that there is nothing within easy walking distance. I'm in good shape but the walk down a very steep hill and more importantly back up is very strenuous! Know that unless you want to eat at the hotel restaurant you need to make plans ahead of time for cab service. I highly recommend the hotel as long as you are aware of location limitations.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for writing this review regarding your recent stay at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. We are pleased to hear that you were happy with your villa layout. Each of our villas is unique in design, with Thai décor combined with all of the modern amenities. It sounds like this villa was spacious and comfortable for you and your son.

You are correct in pointing out Sandalwood’s private and secluded location. We try our best to make that point clear on our website and through the use of photos. If a potential Sandalwood guest would like to stay right on the beach or in the middle of the hectic party scene in the main tourist areas, there are many fine hotels on Koh Samui from which to choose. Our resort’s hillside location, Thai hospitality, serenity and panoramic ocean views is simply a different holiday experience.

Because we are located 500m up a steep hill, Sandalwood provides our guests with many transportation options including private drivers, twice daily free shuttles to Chaweng and Lamai (15 min), free anytime shuttles for the two minute drive to Coral Cove beach, as well as a selection of cars for rent.

Please come back and see us again…
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This hotel has the betest infinity pool i've ever experienced. We stayed there for 1 night only and so disapointed that we had to leave.. Still we had time to have a massage in the spa wich was good also. The only point i would say is the A/C that is a bit noisy during the night, but apart form that this hotel is really a beutifull oasis in Samui. Will be back one day!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your one night stay at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed our infinity pool and that you plan to come back and visit with us again.

I am sorry to hear that there was a problem with the aircon unit in your villa. We have a 24-hour maintenance team available to address these types of occurrences. A/C maintenance is a part of every resort’s routine due to the tropical weather and frequent usage on Koh Samui.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Sandalwood for a longer stay next time. If you do plan to stay for 3 nights or more, please take a look at the “packages” section of our website. Our special packages offer many perks (spa treatments, meals, etc) at little or no additional cost.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The people at the Sandalwood Villas are the finest staff in the world. They were caring and attentive. Sensitive to our needs and looked out for us like we were family. We won our initial accommodation with Sandalwood through our son's school auction to which Sandalwood Villas had generously donated. We were completely blown way at how they accommodated us expanding our reservation to include our 13 year old. We were sad to leave. Spa services are top notch the pool was awesome and the staff was great. They are up a steep hill that some taxi's won't go up, be warned, but this was not a problem. They offer a twice a day shuttle service for free and will get you pretty much 24/7 as available for around 500 baht or less depending on the time of day and the destination. They are completely reasonable and honest unlike 90% of the taxis and they look after you. Spectacular views, serene, very functional accommodation with laundry services and onsite spa and massage, a very fine restaurant, you really don't need to go anywhere, but if you want to they can arrange tours for you, a ride to the beach or a trip to the Shrines. Really one of the best places to stay on the planet. Breakfast included, great restaurant and bar, the Blue Ginger has been copied throughout the world, but never equalled. We ate many meals here and had Thai curry for breakfast. Yum. The owners are friendly and care genuinely about your good time. Can't recommend it highly enough. They also provided us with an all access cell phone. Made our trip easy!!! And the free Wi-Fi made it easier to stay in touch.

Room Tip: All depends an how many you are and how private you want to be. It was beautiful.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Owner_Sandalwood, Owner at Sandalwood Luxury Villas, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review of your experience at Sandalwood Luxury Villas. We love to hear that you appreciated the Thai style hospitality that our amazing staff provide every day.

It’s hard to explain how much joy it brings our team to read your words:

Better than coming home!

The people at the Sandalwood Villas are the finest staff in the world.

One of the best places to stay on the planet.

Yum

Can't recommend it highly enough

It was a true pleasure to have you as our guests at Sandalwood. If your future travel plans include a return to Koh Samui, please contact us directly and we will plan something special for our returning friends.
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Property: Sandalwood Luxury Villas
Address: 211/7 Moo 4, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Maret
#1 Spa Hotel in Maret
#1 Romantic Hotel in Maret
#2 Family Hotel in Maret
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandalwood Luxury Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, our ten Thai style pavilions are positioned around five infinity edge swimming pools. Each intimate and secluded villa has a panoramic ocean view and is linked by landscaped gardens with intricate stone walkways.We provide exclusive and sophisticated accommodation while seamlessly blending traditional Thai architecture with a modern contemporary style.At Sandalwood Luxury Villas, we strive to give each guest an outstanding level of quality service with our warm Thai hospitality. From the moment our professional drivers pick you up at the airport, our staff is available to cater for your every need. Whether enjoying an authentic Thai meal in our Blue Ginger Restaurant or a massage at our Sanctuary Spa, our goal is to make your Sandalwood stay a special experience. ... more   less 
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