We've just moved on from an excellent 11 nights here. Service is excellent and we were so well looked after. At check in, we were told they had reserved 2 different rooms to choose from , both in the same price category we had paid for. One was a lower level bungalow, quite near the road, and the garden was hemmed in by high trees, the second was more suited to us. An upper level, so the balcony was above the foliage, over looking Prego Restaurant.
Two pools, one very peaceful and you'd almost have it to yourselves, the second one right onto the beach. The hotel also has sunbeds on the beach and scattered about under the welcome shade of the trees.
Understandably, you aren't supposed to take food and drink into the hotel from outside, but on the beach sun beds you can get a beer from the beach vendors for 50 baht, trays of fresh fruit the same. Lots of little beach places to get a bite at lunch time, and also at night. The beach is well lit and plenty of people around, so your quite safe walking home under the stars, by the lapping waves rather than on the outside road, dodging the traffic.
We were here for our 25th wedding anniversary, and on the day we had a lovely chocolate cake, an arrangement of flowers, and the bed decorated with petals. Lovely little touches. Thank you Amari.
Our room rate included breakfast - delicious. So much choice, whatever your palette, constantly being replenished. Great egg bar that you could get whatever you choose. What better way than to start the day overlooking the sea.
Getting about is easy, use the local tuk tuk bus. You need to barter a bit with the price, but the general rule seems to be 50 anywhere in the retort and 100 to go further afield such as to Lamai, or Bophut. Consider Bophut's Fishermans Village on a Friday Night, really lively market there, and lovely places to eat too.
And if you feel up to it, rent a car for a day. The island is only 52km round, but you can shoot up roads and villages you don't get to see on the guided tours. Driving is easy if you're from UK or Australia as its the same side of the road. We were told 500 baht petrol would see us through the day, and that was spot on!
Would thoroughly recommend the hotel. Great location, just on the quieter outskirts of the main resort. Clean, welcoming, efficient. Beautifully laid out and lovely gardens. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.
- 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