Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui
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This review could say it all with a single word "Tops"! The accommodation is splendid, location ideal, service deft and cordial, food abundance and select, gardens and pool a delight. If you find the price right - as we did - go there.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lodge Diest
We stayed at the amari for seven nights in december for our honeymoon before moving onto phuket and i have to stay we have stayed in many 4 and 5 * hotels but not one could match the standards and service we received at the Amari. We stayed in a deluxe room overlooking the gardens which was very contempary , the bathroom had a huge power shower and separate bath . I have to agree also with other reviews about the pool attendants, whom like them we tipped on the first fews days and after that we did not have to lift a finger, every morning when they saw us heading to breakfast they would get our beds and beach towels out ready. If we were to return to Kho Samui we would not stay at any other hotel...definately recommended !
Fantastic hot shower
A fantastic hotel. I couldn't help but laugh at the gentleman who wrote a review October 2004 regarding how dissapointing the hotel was based on the shower pressure and temperature not being sufficient.
I can confirm that during my visit shower pressure was comparible to a firemans hose, temperature comparible to a steam compressor. Even if it hadn't been it wouldn't have spoilt my holiday (fool)
We stayed in the the deluxe room, a lovely example, huge bed, huge shower (very hot and very powerfull) and really great effective air conditioning (definately required)
The staff were excellent, breakfast selection great and restraunts were excellent.
Would definatley go back if I was the type to return to destinations year after year, Vietnam for me next year!!
what a excellent place to stay,the friendly staff ,brilliant restaurants especially Prego italian restaurant,
The breakfast buffet was the best selection of food I have seen
We upgraded to a delux room before we arrived and was in the garden area,good sized bedroom large bathroom with bath and very good large shower cubicle
we were met every morning and transported to breakfast by golf cart
we arrived back from a day out to find a birthday cake ,flowers and fruit
such a nice touch with no prompting
Set on the peaceful end of the beach but only a few minutes walk by beach or road for nightlife
The hotel and gardens were lit up at night very pretty
We will be back
Stayed in a suite - closest rooms to the beach. They have huge bathroom and an extra area at the from with a table and sofa. Got a great package deal through the Amari website including breakfast and a meal.
Brilliant service - plate of sweets every night, and fruit / cheese / smoked salmon on arrival and departure. Enormous choice at breakfast buffet.
Bar @C serves cool cocktails - Spa will do an hours' massage for about GBP15.
Right at the north end of the main stretch of Chaweng, but still walkable to the centre. Highly recommended.
Sounds like it is worth upgrading to a deluxe room
I wish I had read the 3 previous reviews before travelling to the Amari! Although I agree that the design of the hotel, and Prego and Bar@C were all excellent, unfortunately I had booked a superior room, and in this case superior is actually the standard room, and I was disappointed. The room was smaller than I expected, although adequate and very clean. My problem was that the room smelled quite fusty, and the bathroom was tiny, with only a shower that wasn't high enough to stand upright in! Our balcony was also right next to the main road. The decor was a little dated & I think they need to update this so the rooms are the same standard as the rest of the hotel. However, I'm still giving the hotel a good mark as staff, service & food were all excellent. I would return, but would upgrade to a deluxe room on next visit as it sounds like the rooms are much better.
My wife and I stayed at the Amari Palm Reef for seven nights at the end of February. We couldn't fault it on anything. The rooms were clean and spacious. The hotel setting and layout was just beautiful and very clean, especially at dusk when they turned on the hundreds of lights which adorned the palm trees and buildings all around the complex. Staff were very helpul and extremely friendly. We tipped the pool attendants on the first couple of days, and for the rest of the holiday, the sunbeds we preferred were set up for us with towels on them every morning, saving me the hassle of getting up early to get a good spot. The breakfast was great with a large choice of very fresh food and the the Bar@C was great, especially the three king size beds they have for you to lie on and enjoy your cocktails. A previous reviewer mentioned the mosquitoes. We didn't find these a problem as the maids came round every evening to turn our beds down and spray repellent in the room and left my wife a flower each night. I would have no hesitation in going back again, in fact we met several people who regularly stayed there each year.
Amazed by the Amari
9th Feb-19th Feb
We are a 30's couple who wanted a luxury holiday with plenty to do but stay in a quiet part of the town and still be able to get to everything. This hotel was perfect for that.
Chaweng is a very lively town (one North to South strip of bars, restaurants, markets and shops that runs next to the beach). The heart to this strip was about 10-15 mins walk however from the minute you walk out of the hotel the shops get progressivley busier and yet you are still in a peaceful end of town. In my opinion it is the perfect place to be, and have a silent night sleep.
The hotel is part of chain and an outstanding quality one. There are two parts to the hotel this being split by a road, but don't let this put you off as there are Amari hotel patrol men contantly there to get you safely across the road so you dont even feel like to have to look both ways, they are like apermanent lollipop man! The one side of the road is the beach side, reception, resturants, pool and bigger bungalows which I think were for familys although the family ones were on the otherside too.
From the moment we arrived we were amazed on what facilities this place had, the reception is a beautiful traditional thai open air building with staff that couldnt be more helpful. We arrived just at lunch time and we were taken to 'Bar@C' which is a gorgeous outdoor chill out bar with really soft sofas overlooking the pools and sea. We were soon taken to our room, which was on the otherside of the road in there new block, which in my opinion is the best bit. we were taken in a golf buggy and through the lovely gardens with water features everywhere, past the other enormous swimming pools to the new blocks of suites. We had a deluxe room and it was in everyway deluxe. Huge bedroom with Superking size bed all mod cons and the bathroom was huge with a separate marble power shower. All the rooms look out over the lovely gardens as they all face in.
The pools are fantastic, the front one is only a few feet from the beach and so you have a choice of a sun lounger on the beach or by the pool.
We couldnt fault this place and I would definately come back. They even made me a birthday cake and we didn'nt mention that!
Also this hotel has a fantastic Italian restaurant called Prego that is in it's own building, run by a top Italian Chef. This was the best Italian Ive had and their Valentines set 6 course dinner was outstanding and huge. And we are regulars in Londons resturants.
Five star this place and wonderful, and my standards are very high!
My partner and I had booked to go to the Amari in Phuket and of course, because of the tsunami, the hotel was closed. We re-arranged to go to the Amari in Koh Samui, which was slightly more expensive - but we were not disappointed.
We had the most amazing time. We'd booked a deluxe room which was large with wooden floors, contemporary decor, robes, slippers, power shower, etc. Very nice indeed. On top of this the gardens were beautiful as was the pool and reception area. Breakfast was out of this world. Huge selection and exceeded all our (high) expectations. Bar@c (the hotel bar) is incredibly well-designed as is its new Italian restaurant, Prego. On top of this, the hotel is in an ideal location, close to all the bars and restaurants that Samui has to offer.
What really made it for us though were the staff. So helpful and polite, particularly the pool-side staff. Top marks for 'Bea' and his team. We'll definitely be back.
I got married at this hotel and it was amazing, my parents love it so much they now return every year. Especially loved the location, althought the resteraunt is beautiful you can get equally good food cheaper elsewhere.
I have stayed at several other Amari hotels, and have always had a good experience, until this one. The surrounding area outside the hotel is beautiful. The rooms are very small, but the major problem is the shower. It has very little pressure, and changes constantly from too hot to too cold, and was a big turnoff for both me and my wife.
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... heaps of tricks like hoola hoops, played soccer, gave people massages. They are just fantastic creatures. The handler took one of the elephants behind yet again to wet him down and cool him off and he told Paul it was my turn next. Sure enough as soon as he was back in the arena , I was called down to ride the elephant around and then Deb had a turn also. It was so good! There was then a monkey show, showing how the monkey climbs the palms and twists off ...
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her new mask. On our last night together we ate at Lime & Soda - a beach
bar/restaurant with wooden tables next to the sea, sand between our toes &
tall palms all around. We'd had a special time with very special friends and
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