Kirikayan Boutique Resort Ko Samui
We live in Thailand and had not visited Ko Samui for a while, previously we had stayed at OP bungalows, but decided this time to spend more and indulge ourselves
The last night we were staying we preordered a red snapper, the previous evening, about one kilo, in the Chalaybun Restaurant part of the hotel. It was excellent, crispy with the bone removed and a very spicy sauce, some of the best fish I have eaten in many years, the desert chocolate soufflé with ice cream was also very good, unlike the cold crepe suzette we ate on a previous evening, in the same place; that was as bad as the soufflé was good
We chose Kirikayan on the bottom end of Chaweng beach, for six nights, we had booked early and on arrival told the room we booked was not available and we were being upgraded. The photos on the internet are very clever, and every possible lens must have been used to create the impression; and the one of the pool whilst factual, gives a very different impression of reality
The hotel is a remarkable feat of imagination and creativity on a narrow strip to the beautiful beach front, getting so many rooms into such a small space, the close proximity is well covered with many lovely tropical plants
We were shown to the new room on the second floor with living room downstairs and the bed on the floor squeezed into the second floor up a narrow concrete staircase, some ten steps and no handrail, and the air
conditioning really only serving the down stairs, after half an hour I went to reception to explain the bed on the floor was not very good for me being a pensioner and having problems getting up from the floor, also the extra steps were dangerous when going to the bathroom when half asleep in the night and there was no television in the bedroom, I enquired could we have what we booked, some six weeks earlier
We were given a new room by the nice and smiling reception, room number 1/3, on the ground floor, much better but a little cramped, no chair or writing table, beautifully furnished with lovely colours and many cushions, but nowhere to store them, space was cleverly saved with using a tree branch with hooks instead of a wardrobe. It was good we had suitcases as we then had somewhere to put our clothes. The bathroom was very good with water so hot you could scald yourself on it, either a temperature controller or big sign needs to be posted, children using the hot water could seriously harm themselves, as in fact I nearly did myself, being used in Thailand to only tepid hot water
The rooms were very clean and all the staff very helpful and smiling
I had trouble with the internet and reception tried very hard to help switching me from one modem to another , however it would only work in some parts of the room and was then the slowest I have ever used so slow at times to be almost unusable, even in reception it was not much better. I found it very frustrating.
The swimming pool was very beautiful but most days it was not possible to get sun loungers or tables with shade, and again on the beach there were no sun loungers available, simply because there were not enough, there was no space by the pool but plenty on the beach
The buffet breakfast is quite comprehensive, the bacon, I think is cooked one day when it is underdone by the third day it has become overdone, (being reheated) likewise the hash browns but by day three they are baked too hard to eat, the eggs are very good and freshly cooked, the bread is at least a couple of days old and not fresh, the butter is kept next to the toaster so it is nicely melted The fresh yogurt is good but would be better if kept chilled, and again maybe reserved from the previous day
On out last day there we wanted to lounge by the pool or on the beach but there were no spaces available. Also no table, to have lunch by the pool, the internet was not working and the television in the room just a noise and spots, we were leaving soon so I started writing my review!!
I travel a reasonable amount and have visited many wonderful hotels,
this was not one of my best choices, I much prefer the simpler OP Bungalows up the beach which is under half the price with plenty of shade on the beach, and rooms twice the size
Would I go back, would I recommend it, unfortunately no to both
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- Also Known As:
- Kirikayan Boutique Hotel Chaweng
- Kirikayan Boutique Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng