Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui
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We have been painfully aware that these blogs have been becoming fewer and farther between over recent weeks - Apologies for that! I guess that the novelty has now well and truly worn off, combined with the facts that we will be imminently return to blighty, and have been doing very little of note, have all been contributing factors.
Me and Panini arrived after one of the most mentally gruelling 11hr flights on record. Sure there was good inflight entertainment. But there was also no legroom, a fat man with an extra long elbow to the right of me, Panini to the left and Human fingernails and pills in the pouch in front of me (fig.1). I sent a picture to Qantas saying how a child …
28th March to 2nd April 2013 Greetings here from Koh Samui, So we arrived on Thursday lunchtime checked into our room which had its own pool (pic's attached) and literally unpacked and got ready to go out on the Hen and Stag do's, Sorry incase anyone was unaware, we are attending a wedding whilst on the Island. I know nothing about the Hen Do so …
... and all the other screens were also being polluted with various other fussball games which didn't bode too well for any sound if and when the rugby appeared but we patiently waited and were rewarded. After ganging up with a South African couple we convinced the owner that we really did need sound and as a compromise headed upstairs to our own pool table room with two tables and four chairs set out in front of a small tv that was indeed showing the gentlemans sport, ...
... bliss!! On our first day at the new place we hired a moped (sorry mum, I didn't tell you about that!). It was just £4 a day for the bike and it was a great way to see the island. We drove up and down the west coast of the island stopping at various beaches for a swim, lunch or just a stroll. Andy drove the whole time with me on the back and he did a really good job and don't worry we only drove slowly and we were on roads where there was hardly ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Chaweng
My fiancee and I stayed at the Central Samui Beach Resort for 10 days. The area and location was perfect. The staff are friendly and the beach and pool area are idyllic.
The weather was hot everyday and the food/drink and shopping could not be faulted. When shopping always offer 1/2 the price and then work your way up to what you're happy to pay. We loved the calculator shopping!
We recommend The Loft where the Thai food is excellent at very cheap prices. Chez Andy's was very good also. The PFC Bar is always good for a night out. Christie's cabaret show was lots of fun and you would never guess that they are ladyboys. The wave runners are great fun too.
We would highly recommend this hotel and area.
Christmas in samui
Arrived here on the 20th december, room was wonderfull with great views over the beach and swimming pool.
Staff were very friendly and always lots of sunloungers and beach towels available.
Even though many customers without reservations arrived on the 26th after the tsunami needing a room and some being extremely rude to the staff, all of the workforce kept their cool and were patient and understanding.
i would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a change from the bungalow type accomodation in a lovely part of cheweng.
Fantastic - definitely would return!
Stayed here November 2004 - would recommend highly. Staff were the best I have come across and were extremely friendly.
KIDS CLUB - It was quiet season and often our children (7 & 6) were the only ones in the Kids Club. Didn't matter - they still had a great time with the staff. Note though, it is an hourly kids club that runs from about 10 am to around 3 pm doing different activities each hour - it is not an all day type of kids club. No complaints though, my kids loved it.
FOOD - We had a delicious buffet breakfast included and room service was quite inexpensive. Although you can go straight out on to the street if you want to find something different (this hotel is very central on the main strip). We found excellent, cheap restaurants within walking distance.
ROOMS - Rooms were quite good - very clean. We booked two connecting rooms to give our kids some room. Note - no vcr or dvd.
POOL - huge, beautiful pool. It really does look like the photos. Like other reviewers though, I would go down around 9 in the morning and put towels on the chairs that I wanted, they do fill up fairly quickly.
LAUNDRY - Didn't use the laundry service - if you walk out to the street, you will find many signs where you can get your laundry done for less than $2 US a kilo.
When we left I forgot my cardigan. After an email to the hotel, it arrived in the mail about 3 days later.
All in all, excellent stay and if I get back to Koh Samui, I would definitely go back to this hotel - their friendly staff made our holiday fantastic.
Stayed here in january 2005 beautiful hotel the only down fall was getting a sun lounger went down at 9am one morning and they were all gone. They seem to let people put towels on loungers and they do not come back for hours. staff say they have not got enough beds for the amount of guest. I would advise you to set alarm clock and get down for 8am.Otherwise exellent hotel.
Paradise found ?
Stayed at the Central during Feb 05. We were advised by friends to book this hotel following the cancelation of our Phuket holiday. The hotel is truly fantastic, better than we imagined. From the moment you check in ( those iced towels will stay with me forever) the staff make it clear that you are the guest and nothing is to much trouble. Food is expensive compared to street / beach prices but is still cheaper than the UK by a long way. £1.30 for a cold beer at the swim up bar versus £2.65 a pint in my crappy local at home - no comparison. All the restaurants and bars are great, cheap cocktails ( happy hour daily!) and beautiful fresh cooked food.
If you are not an early riser ther may be a wait for a sun bed, the staff are more than happy to go "hunting" and bring you a couple of beds.
*** one word of advice.. TAKE MOZZIE REPELANT. Even if you never get bit....take some. Ko Samui "airport" is a mozzie heaven. I was murdered at both the airport and on the plane.
Don't let this put you off, it is a wonderful place and hotel. Compare it to Phuket 10 years ago and you won't be far wrong.
Stayed here for 10 days of our honeymoon July2004. Would definitely recommend. The room was of good size with the biggest bed we had ever seen and the maid service was excellent, with turn-down, chocloates, flowers on the bed etc. The hotel grounds were stunning with beautiful plants, ornamental gardens and a large pool with bar and fountains. The staff were very attentive and the food was excellent quality but wine was dear....stick to the Singha. Everynight there was a gala buffet with some form of entertainment (usually local dancing). Tables would be laid out on the beach, in the gardens or in one of the restarants. Superb. Chaweng area ? Bit of a dusty street with mainly cheap and cheerfull, noisy bars and pubs. Ko Samui on the whole? Only a small island and not that much in the way of attractions (you can do the island tour in 1/2 a day) but great beaches and very friendly people and on the whole we really enjoyed it.
What can I say - Myself, my husband and 4 year old son spent 2 weeks at this hotel in May 2004 we loved every second. The hotel is perferctly located on a white beach. We never saw our son as the childrens club was so good loads going on all the time from boogie boarding to cooking and walking to the market. Food in the hotel was pricey compared to everywhere else (''''''5.95 pp for a buffet of which I have never in all my life seen anything like it) but it was well worth it. Eating by the sea by candlelight was heavenly. We have just added another member to our family but as soon as we are able we will back to sample the delights of Central Samui Beach Resort.
Stayed here in october.Everything about it is first class from the staff to location to the food to the rooms.Not cheap but you get what you pay for.We will definately be going back
Good points and Bad...
We arrived here in August 2004 and were impressed with the lobby area which is all open air (can be a detterent at night because of mosquitos)! However, we were told that myself and my husband could only have a Twin room (although we booked a King). We even took copies of the emails exchanged between us and the staff and they denied they took place! - strange that! We were also made to feel as though we were being done a favour by being spoken to! We had to wait 4 hours for our room - in the meanwhile we were provided with free drinks
The room was impressive with a glass divide between the bedroom and bathroom - although you can use the wooden shutters. The room was tidy and consistently cleaned. The pool area was fantastic, with water fountains that were fun. The pool bar was great and the food there was good too. We hardly visited the beach as it was often overcrowded and its a public beach which meant that locals selling goods often approached us.
The Spa prices were ridiculous. The surrounding area is great. You must visit Ziccos - a Brazilian themed bar/buffet restaurant. You can have salad and the waitresses come around with various fresh skewers of different meats! Highly addictive. McDonalds is just down the road to the right of the hotel - although you are advised to take a tuk-tuk (a mini truck carrying passengers!) which costs a few Bahts.
Basically, its definitely worth going here, but dont be too surprised if the staff can sometimes be unable to resolve your problems.
Fabulous hotel. Staff couldn't do enough for you. Not a cheap place to stay but we arrived Christmas Eve, hoping to stay until 5th Jan - short notice or what? Managed to squeeze us in and enjoyed our stay. Hotel front practically on the beach but at the quieter end of Chaweng beach.