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Woke up early (again!!!) and went to reception to find that my driver was waiting for me to take us scuba diving. As I was the first to be picked up, I got the front seat, and discovered that the driver was a mad Bob Marley Fan!
We picked up people along the way, and eventually got onto our boat - which was huge, and had rather a lot of …
Well I got up early again this morning, and went and had breakfast whilst watching the sun rise. The Hotel cats were also up early and were delighted to see that I was happy to feed them a little breakfast as well.
After breakfast I got my scuba gear and made my way up to reception. It definitely did appear that my diving was jinxed, as I …
I woke up to find that I still wasn't feeling well, but decided to plough on, and went down to have breakfast. I had planned to walk the length of Kamala beach that morning, but as it was raining rather heavily, I decided to give this a miss.Still feeling ill, I went back to the hotel room and read for a bit. I requested a late check out, and they …
Utter Chilling out by the Pool and Beach in Koh Samui. This place was beautiful. Styaed on quiet side of Island. People here so lovely adn a illion miles away from Bangkok attitude. Whata beautiful place.
(Written by Steph) So, here we are, on the very last leg of our trip. We made it out to our little island of Koh Samui, which is in southern Thailand. Our hotel is great, very quiet and relaxing with a beautiful beach, and great food. Both of us are already on book #2 since arriving here, so I think the next 10 days will prove to be very relaxing! …
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Centara Villas Samui Ko Samui
We only stayed here as we were told their sister hotel Central Samui Beach Resort was overbooked.
The location was awful bearing in mind we had booked the liveliest resort on the island. There was nothing to do. The bar closed at 11pm on the dot.
The restaurant and bar staff spoke very little English and couldn't even understand me when I asked for a fork to eat my meal. We also had to ask for tea/coffee with breakfast, it was never offered to us.
Terrible - would not stay here again ever.
We just got back from Thailand having stayed in the Central Samui Village for two weeks. We picked the location because it was secluded and peaceful. Our room wasn't ready when we got there after a very long journey --even though the resort was by no means full-- but I'll overlook this. The accommodation was great, no problems there. Breakfast was fine with a wide choice of food. If you eat dinner in the hotel you'll be paying well over the odds once they add all the mysterious taxes on (especially on one of their buffet nights). This is because of the resort's remote location apparently (according to an ex staff member). However if you turn right at the hotel entrance, walk down the hill you'll find three family run cafe's/restaurants which are ultra cheap. The first one you come to on your left we only visited once and then named it 'Misery's' due to the rude almost aggressive girl working there (we talked to some others including someone who lives on the island and they confirmed her reputation).. However, keep going and the next two places are lovely. The next one along is called Ocean Cafe, very nice, then walk a little further alongside a white wall and there's Simple Life run by a lovely old chap. Both places very cheap with good food. There are also some small food shops to pick up water, crisps etc.
Stayed in this hotel and found it to be very good. On reading other reviews I have to say that the staff were excellent and very friendly. It was the low season when we stayed there, so hotel was quiet enough. I have to say it was very quiet in the evenings but you have the best of both worlds as you can get shuttle bus into lively chaweng/lamai. Found this to be excellent service, it ran in and out of town at 5 various times a day, times are spaced out. If book the day before no problem in getting a seat and sometimes a jeep was laid on if there were a few extra that wanted to go into town. Bar had a music duo who entertained and were very good, not sure what time bar closed but definitely wasn't 8.00pm when we were there!!
Arrive on a outward journey to OZ. Fabulous accom but staff unwilling to listen. all arguments caused by staff. the bar overlooking the beach offered bar food. as you'd expect! we ordered food like the 'few' other people did. The staff then refused to serve the food unless you moved 5 metres into the restaurant. why? always the same. can you please move. even for a snack. so many stand offs it waa almost funny watching guests standing off with staff a battle of wills. there must have been 20 people staying in a place that 400 people could stay without being seen. Then at night around 8 pm the staff closed the bar - i mean every night!! why? being so remote taxi's were ordered and cost a fortune for a good 30 -40 minute ride ouy to samui. Every night was the same. we ended up never staying for dinner and took off for the lengthy journey for our evening drinks.
Having read numerous reports prior to embarking on our Holiday of which all differed I was rather concerned that perhaps our Fantasy holiday was going to be a dissapointment. This dread grew slightly as we drove through Chaweng on route to the Central Samui Village due to the total exploitation of this side of the Island.
This hotel is out of the way of the tourist traps of Chaweng and Lamai, however, you can travel to both of these places by the hotel's shuttle bus. You do however have to book in advance as there are only 10 places. The last bus returns at 10pm so no good if you want a late night! Taxis from Chaweng are approx 500bahts and 300bahts from Lamai (i.e. no more than about £9). The bungalows in the hotel are beautiful, extremely clean and well looked after. No good for anybody unfit as you need to hike up a fair few steps from the pool to your room and to the hotel lobby. There are 3 pools, but not brilliant for swimming, simply just to relax by/in. The hotel is pretty expensive for food and drink and beware, there is nothing doing after 10pm!!
Having driven through Chaweng and Lamai en route to the hotel from the airport, I was really delighted to find mysef in a more remote part of the island in this little resort. True, there are lots of steps as all the individual bungalows are built on the side of a steep hill, but this means many have a nice view through palm trees down to the ocean and are not overlooked. The decor was beautiful and well-represented by the photos on the website, the bathroom was just fine in my room, there was a fridge and a tv with CNN, BBC News24, plus French and German stations, plus Star movies in English as well as Thai channels. Having said that, we hardly watched it. The room had tea and coffee making facilities and a small safe in the wardrobe, big enough for a laptop (there's Wifi access in the reception area and you just buy a card for 100-400 baht). They also provide you with mosquito repellent, although they weren't a huge problem, not in February anyhow. The beach itself has quite shallow sea, so I wouldn't say it's that great for swimming, but there are 3 nice pools. For a treat, I'd recommend the Royal Thai Massage, or the 'Sparkling Eyes' facial at the in-house Centara Spa - they serve gorgeous lemongrass tea to welcome you and at the end of your treatments. There's a branch of Hertz across the road from the hotel where you can hire fully insured jeeps etc. There's also a cash machine right next to Hertz. I wouldn't recommend hiring a motorcycle, but if you do, definitely wear a helmet and gloves as accidents are a very very regular occurance. As a guest at the Central Samui Village you are also entitled to use the facilities at their sister hotel in Chaweng, the Central Samui Beach Hotel - check out the swim-up bar for a cocktail. We didn't have any problems booking into the free minibus shuttle, but you do need to plan this a day or so in advance. The hotel has a very international clientelle - we met Spanish, Germans, Danes, Russians, French, Australians, Americans, Japanese and English. We found the hotel staff very helpful, friendly and polite, although sometimes in the restaurant they mysteriously disappear for short periods of time, but they do reappear eventually. The hotel restaurant is relatively expensive, especially as they add another 17% for service and tax, but there are a couple of nice cheap local restaurants a 10 minute walk away - Banlamman is on the left corner as you turn off the main road for the hotel and the owner, Rin, will come to pick you up by car and drive you back if you give him a ring (he speaks good English). Directly opposite Banlamman there is a little supermarket where you can pick up beer, soft drinks etc. One last recommendation while you're on Samui is to do a half-day cookery course at SITCA in Chaweng - it was really the best way to learn about Thai food and helped us out knowing what to order in restaurants.
We have just come back from Koh Samui, Thailand and stayed at the Central Samui Village. This hotel is what you would expect from a 3 star hotel (listed as 4 though) At face value all looks well but after a few days and having experienced the staff and cooking you will be dissapointed. The rooms are the best part but all of the bathrooms are well past there best, shower falling off the wall, flaking paint etc. Most of the staff dont seem to know whats going on or what they are supposed to be doing and the restuarant (there is only one, not three like they make out)is very basic and again in need of repair. Food will often not arrive or arrive uncooked and then trying to get them to take it back is hard as they dont understand any English. If you want to go out the hotel offer a "shuttle" bus which is always booked and you may get lucky but for most of the time we spent £15 a day on taxis as it is very remote and to far to walk anywhere nice. The hotel is themed on its butterfly garden and we thought it best to visit this attraction, all I could say is that if you have seen the film Jurassic park 2 when they go back to the derelict park, this is what it looks like!!!!! we saw 3 butterflies when we were there and were amazed at how run down this place was, certanly not for children as quite dangerous (broken fences, rotten floorboards etc).
I admit it was our honeymoon. Can't blame me for gushing about this place then, can you?
Loved every minute
We stayed at the Central Samui Village last july. The rooms were amazing and the 3 pools were fantastic. Its not anywhere near the hustle and bustle of chaweng, but the hotel shuttle took us and picked us up whenwever we wanted. Food great. breakfast fit for a king. Staff friendly and helpful. It certainly is a little bit of paradise on koh samui. We are returning to the same hotel again this year.