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Amari Koh Samui
Ranked #8 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Thoroughly recommended”
Reviewed 13 November 2012

Our 3rd visit to the Amari in Koh Samui. It satisfies all of our demands in a holiday. The hotel is a very good quality 4* and so has none of the pretensions you sometimes find in higher rated establishments. The staff are wonderful and the setting is divine. The breakfasts in the Merante restaurant are superb. The hotel has a great bar where pre dinner drinks are extremely good value during a 3 hour long happy hour! . My family and I like the fact that we can choose to dress up or down as much as we like for dinner. We ate in the hotel, in the shacks on the beach, from the beach vendors and in the main town at a variety of restaurants ranging from plush to 'back street'. If, like us, you are football fans there are several bars in town that show all the Premier League games. We would definitely recommend the friday night market in Fisherman's Village Bophut.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

We are actually staying here right now as I'm writing this and was compelled to do so rather than wait til we got back. We actually booked and paid for a different hotel which shall remain nameless as the owner was very understanding, it's just that it didn't suit our needs.
We therefore walked through Koh Samui and called at 5 high end hotels and requested room rates and made our selection on the 'feel good' factor. We always use Tripadvisor as our bible when choosing our hotels, but seeing as we were here anyway, what better way to book than personally visit each hotel?!
I have to say that this is now our second day and we are extremely happy with the choice we made. We had never heard of the Amari chain before and so were not swayed in any way by past experiences or recommendations. We were given an upgrade to a deluxe room which we are very impressed with. Nice big room with all amenities including free wifi, bath with separate TV, separate large double headed shower, large sink with his and hers taps.
It is ideally placed as it is not right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Koh Samui, but close enough to walk in of an evening. Nice quiet pool on the quiet side of the road as opposed to the beach side, although both are equally as nice. Water is at a perfect temperature at this time of year in both the pools and the sea.
Breakfast is extremely well presented and tasty and all the staff we have encountered have been extremely pleasant, courteous and helpful so we cannot empathise with previous couples who have experienced problems. There is a pedestrian crossing between both parts of the hotel where they have two security guys who stop the traffic for you to cross. They are not really needed as Koh Samui is nowhere near as hectic as other parts of Thailand, but it is a nice extra touch anyway, which shows that the hotel has its customers good intentions at heart.
All in all a superb hotel with beautiful surroundings, eager to help staff, great food and a credit to Koh Samui. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Upgrade to a deluxe as you are on the quieter side of the road with all the amenities only a road cr...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Just got back this morning after staying for 11 nights. The room was excellent (No 3204). It had all of the things you need for a holiday, TV, Safe (free), wardrobe, shower, separate toilet, double bed that was very comfy and clean. The staff came in each day to clean and service the room. Cant say anything bad about it.
Our room was over the road from the main reception which was nice and quiet. To get to the beach we walked about 45 seconds if that. The hotel provides two security staff to walk you across the road if you need to. Its a small road and not very busy but shows the way the hotel thinks about its customers. The breakfast is excellent with lots to choose from. The pools are also clean and well maintained. You can step off the hotel poolside directly onto the beach, and big beach towels are provided. If I was to be critical in any way what so ever, I would say that the hotel provides a beach buffet on a Wednesday night and a live singer / group. The cost was 890 Thai Baht each (about £18 UK pound). Although there was as much food as you could eat, the actual choice of food was not that great. That aside, I cannot fault this hotel at all, and have already looked at re-booking it for next year. An excellent hotel with very very little to complain about, but everything to compliment it. A real real well done from the three of us.

Room Tip: Our room had air con which is a definite must.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Came here in a lowseason, so got a nice price and with just a few guests at the hotel. But. Since the hotelarea is so big, I really dont know how many was here. But I loved it!

I upgraded to Deluxe. It must be worth it. You are far from the road, and the only thing you hear is running water from the garden. Also had the big pool almost for ourself. The hotel is on a quit part of Chaweng, but only a few minutes to walk to the the hart of the main street.

The rooms must be a few years old, but I loved the bathroom!

Room Tip: Deluxe was very nice! Was placed on its own location.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights in a Junior suite which was well worth the extra spent, just steps away from the beachside pool with a lovely little patio with gorgeous ocean views. Room was large and clean. Bed super comfortable, fridge in room, bathroom enormous with double sink. W ate at the resort every morning for breakfast which had a good variety and had a couple of thai dinners at the resort which we sensational! Also we walked along the entire Chaweng beach and checked out all the other hotels and this is the nicest!

Room Tip: Shell out the extra for a beachside Junior suite - you wont be disappointed!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Set in a beautiful location, the Amari Palm Reef impressed from the outset. Modern yet Thai inspired arcitecture on a beautiful beach backdrop. The staff were extremely friendly the whole time I was there, nothing was too difficult and they were very eager to please.

The room was fantasticly clean with a well stocked mini bar, along with a huge shower and decent sized bath which some 5 star resorts lack.

The beach buffet dinner was a high-light of the stay and an absolute must.

Overall I was extremely impressed with the hotel and its staff, Martin was exeptionally welcoming and introduced me to the in-house restuarant "Prego" which I highly recommend to anyone seeking a world class dining experience.



If you havnt visited Koh Samui before, then this is your place to stay. A pure delight. I will be coming back!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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London
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Superb hotel located on the picturesque strech of Chaweng beach on Koh Samui Island.

The hotel is 'cut' in 2 by the main road; we stayed on the far side but in hindsight the better side as it is the quieter side and has it's own pool which is more accessible than the main pool.

The hotel is well managed, the staff are exceptionally friendly, helpful and caring. The food is superb in the main restaurant / bar area and the premises also hosts an Italian restaurant on site which serves beautiful pizza and pasta. The hotel rooms are very cosy and comfortable too, although the room we had contained a very small bathroom with a shower unit only.

The only downfall is the mosquito's in the evening, but this is something that you will need to contend with all over the island, and is something that this or any other hotel can not really control. advise is to carry and use spray.

The rate per night is very reasonable, actually damn cheap for those travelling from UK/EU. (same price per night in this gorgeous hotel and location for what you'd pay for a 2star hole in central London)

I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing for a comfortable, clean, stress-free break.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Amari Koh Samui
Address: 14/3 Moo 2 | Surathani, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Chaweng
#6 Spa Hotel in Chaweng
#7 Family Hotel in Chaweng
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Romantic Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Amari Koh Samui 4*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cushioned by soft white sands and sparkling waters, Amari welcomes you to one of the most idyllic islands in the Gulf of Thailand. A gem set apart from the rest of the world, Amari on Koh Samui invites you to live out your days on island time, where there is always time for another dip in the pool or another walk on the beach. Turn off your clock, enter our time zone, and let Amari take care of the rest. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui Hotel Chaweng
Amari Palm Reef Hotel
Amari Palm Reef Resort
Amari Koh Samui Ko Samui/Chaweng

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