I booked a premier private pool suite for $150 at the end of May. We were a little dissapointed because the room is small with no windows to speak off and the pool (small plunge pool) is enclosed by high walls so you feel a little trapped (not what you want when you are meant to be on a beach holiday). Given the hotel was very empty I asked about an upgrade and was told it was not possible. The next morning I said I would check-out and spent the morning looking for rooms in some other hotels (Napasai was the nicest of the ones I checked out, Tongsai Bay seemed a bit old school like a resort out of the '70s). Sure enough when I got back we were upgraded at Villa Lawana to a grand poolside villa which was brilliant (why the hotel didn't just do this straight away and save me a wasted morning was a little frustrating). The poolside villas have a shared, very long, pool which must be amazing if you go with a bunch of friends and book up all the 6 villas surrounding one pool, but must be annoying if you are sharing with a bunch of people that are very noisy. As it was we shared the pool with 2 other couples that were very quiet. The rooms are really nice with a huge bathroom and outdoor shower. We had no problem with mossies. There was also a huge private sala facing the pool but with shades you could pull down for privacy. There was a lovely spa, but the massages weren't great and very expensive given you could go around the corner and get a great thai massage for $15. The common areas were all very nice with a really nice infinity pool facing the beach. The breakfast was OK but they stopped serving the buffet when we were there, we had dinner one night which was OK but fairly expensive and we were the only ones eating so a complete lack of atmosphere. The beach looks OK, but the water is pretty nasty, very very warm and with lots of stuff floating in the water. Mind you I don't know why everyone raves about Chawang beach, we thought it was pretty grotty. The front desk staff were all lovely, but the staff at the restaurant were rather strange. A guy named Tony was overly friendly, and when i asked about a cheap place to do laundry, he said he could do it. He ended up taking 3 days to return the laundry and it came back with a lot of the clothes stained. There seemed to be a lot of tension between the staff and one of the girls kept telling us about all the problems she had with other guests. It wasn't such a big deal but just very strange. I gave this hotel 4 stars, because for $150 the grand poolside villas were an amazing bargain, we loved our room and the main hotel pool. Villa Lawana is located a short walk from Chawang beach or you can hop on the back of the shared taxi/buses for 100 baht which seemed to be the best way to get around. Don't hire a taxi they are hugely overpriced. We were not impressed with Koh Samui which is totally overbuilt and seems to be getting worse. The main street in Chawang smells of sewage and is rather rough. We did have a fantastic meal at a restaurant at the Library (which also seems like a nice place to stay). We went out to the grandmother/grandfather rock which seems to be a made up tourist attraction. If Chawang beach is meant to be one of the best in Koh Samui I hate to see what the others are like because Chawang seemed very dirty. I doubt we will be back in Koh Samui, but if we do go back and we can get the same rate we would be happy to stay at Vila Lawana again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the quiet, pristine northern end of Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa offers peerless luxury Koh Samui accommodation just steps away from the ocean. Watch the sun rise over Samui’s palm forested coastline. Recline in rooms and suites inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Experience the perfect romantic dinner for two in a setting of your choice, accompanied by the freshest international cuisine.With room sizes starting at 61 square metres, Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa provides leading island resort accommodation. From the luxuriously appointed rooms and spacious Koh Samui pool villas to the resort’s communal facilities and restaurants, each guest is treated to the finest in services and amenities. Take a dip in the beachside infinity edge pool, dine in our treehouse restaurant overlooking the bay, or keep in touch with friends back home thanks to free Wi-Fi throughout the resort.While Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort & Spa’s location is quiet and tranquil, the buzz and excitement of Chaweng Beach lie just around the corner, with an array of international restaurants and local shops to take care of your every need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Lawana Hotel Chaweng
- Lawana Hotel Bophut
- Lawana Resort Bophut
- Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng