We booked this resort on the basis of fellow travellers reviews & some extra research via the web. We booked it through our own travel agent because they seemed to be able to give us the best total package for the itinerary we wanted.
We are regular visitors to Asia & have been to many destinations every year in the past 10 years (sometimes twice)
As a middle aged couple we do not seek the night life but we have a particular set of guidelines by which we judge a destination.
Firstly we require accomodation which is as clean as possible.
We accept that some destinations are sometimes 'smelly' but this is usually a result of being close to the beach with the resultant drainage problems associated with almost continual occupancy. The owners of resorts usually have little time to perform maintenance work & sometimes it does occur at the most inconvenient times.
With regard to Chaweng resort, we were aware that some maintenance work was going to be in progress during our stay but we decided to take our chances. As it turned out I was not aware of any noise from the refurbishing of a few units taking place although admittedly they were in the next row of units away from the one in which we were housed.
We were pleasantly surprised at the bungalow we were given. It was on the right hand side of the resort (as you face the beach) & it was no more than 10 metres from one of the pools & 30 metres from the beach. There was a 'smell' every now & then from the drains but nothing that would have caused me to lodge a formal complaint. Other units closer to the main road might have posed problems for my wife & I though as they were most probably noisier due to the traffic. Fortunately we did not suffer from noisy neighbours as so many resorts of this type seem to do. This might have been because it was very early in the season.
One reviewer on this site had alerted us to the fact that there was a mini mart as well as several local restaurants just outside the resort & this information coincided with the parameters we use when choosing to stay at particular places.That is, we like to have a variety of alternative eating places to hand within close proximity to where we plan to stay as eating in the same restaurant day after day can become boring.
The breakfasts were of the buffet style & were typical of what you can expect in most hotels. I found the food to be totally acceptable & there was a very good variety including muesli, yoghurt , fresh fruit & the inevitable 'eggs any way you like.'
The facilities in the bungalow were of an acceptable standard & in fact this room had the coldest air conditioner we have ever experienced in all of our trips to Asia, including some 'high end' 'name' hotels. The mini bar was well stocked although like most travellers I prefer to buy my supplies elsewhere & the fridge was large enough to accommodate my own prefered brands as well as having an ice cube tray!
The booking in procedure was basically the same as anywhere, with the staff being neither overly friendly but certainly not rude.
The resort was probably a full 10 minute stroll to the centre of the 'action' if you could call it that, but there are many 'taxis' (who do not use their meters but want you to negotiate a price each time) to take you anywhere you might like to go. This is typical of Thailand in general with most desinations suffering from 'meter
taxis' who refuse to use them.
The beach right outside Chaweng resort was very good, being both clean & safe. Although Chaweng resort does not have its own watersports facilities there are two resorts on either side who will rent out their hobies (catamarans) or trimarans. Needless to say there are many locals who will hire their jetskis etc for a reasonable cost.
As in the rest of Thailand there are many local markets to browse in. Most tourists probably only see those which are located in the main street but just down the road leading away from the main drag is a local market selling fruit & vegetables as well as pots & pans etc. Those who are interested enough to find their way there might be pleasantly surprised at how much cheaper things are where the locals shop compared to where the tourists shop.
This was our 3rd visit to Thailand & our first to Koh Samui & it suited us very well indeed. Chaweng resort is 'mid range' as far as I am concerned & I would stay there again without hesitation.
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