Centara Villas Samui
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... t too worried about flying MAS as MH370 was a one-in-twenty-year event - what could happen? Finally we reached the front of the line and the counter to be told - horrors! - we didn't check the bags through security so we got dragged out of the line and put through the scanner. Fortunately, they were quick and we were back at the front of the line again.
We went through duty-free but decided not to buy duty free durian chips (yeuchhh)....or alcohol - mistake !
... one afternoon. Sima was good at it but me on the other hand, I was disastrous!
On the final morning at breakfast we were talking about Ards and Bangor, the lady at the table next to us began talking. Turns out she’s from Ards too! It’s a small world!
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... for dinner. Darren came back with a pizza and turned all the lights off in the lounge and realised that the bottle of Whiskey Mike had taken 4 shots from the previous day was missing. Either it had been stolen or Mike had taken it. We found out the next day Mike had taken it; apparently he 'needed' it.
Friday was the day we were due to come face to face with David. He was supposed to arrive at 10am, but he didn't arrive until 10.30am. I had said to ...
... Borat!!!) and after a few verses of The lion King’s “In the jungle” we arrived.
From the minute we stepped off the tuk tuk it was chaos. A sea of fluorescent colours overpowered the golden sand lighting up the beach. We paid 100 baht and got our wristband to enter the beginning of the party. The night to be honest is a bit of a blur to us all, after numerous buckets of whiskey, ...
... common room which everyone wants to hang in. Our second night we went to a night market with a group of people from our hostel - Ashley from America, nick, Ryan, Brendan, Ben and Jon from England and Sara from New Zealand. I paid 50 baht which is equivalent of around $1.60 for a container of noodles, pork, bok choy and sauce. It was delicious! We then had a beer in a bar before going to a cabaret show which was performed by the lady boys. It is ridiculous how beautiful these ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
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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.
Peaceful and secluded
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.
We got the shuttle into Chaweng and Lamai a few times. Easy to book the day before. Went to the Thai boxing in Chaweng which was an experience (taxi back from Chaweng to the hotel is about 400-450 Baht-not much really and there are plenty of taxis)..
Lamai wasn't our cup of tea although we did get a taxi up the road a little way for a lovely meal (very reasonable as well) with tables on the beach at the Spa Resort, 171-2 Moo 4 | lamai Beach ; walked back along the beach.
Whilst we were in Samui we learnt to dive with the dive school used by the hotel. It was very well run and we both qualified. We also went out to the national park on a kayaking trip with BlueStar ---- really good day and the national marine park is lovely. Recommended.
We went elephant riding which we organised through the hotel. Just a brief ride but it was nice, although you do wonder about the welfare of the elephants. You can go up to the waterfalls afterwards but the guide will come with you so don't expect to be alone.
We did quite a bit of snorkelling when we were there. You can snorkel right off the beach by swimming out through the inlet (bad visibility this bit but don't worry) once outside visibility is quite clear.. Not bad coral if you swim towards the Laem Set. We actually came across quite a large octopus on our travels. We also went out on a snorkelling trip including lunch on a deserted beach which was rather nice.
We used the Centara Spa twice; we both had a Lotus Foot Massage which was invigorating and we also had a facial which wasn't really worth the money..The spa is lovely though, all tinkling water and whiffs of lemon grass. Much cheaper to go outside the hotel however. Foot massage places are ten a penny in the towns.
Don't bother with the Butterfly garden across the road, more butterflies to be found around the hotel.
The airport on Samui is lovely, all flowers and wooden open sided buildings, you can even get a massage whilst you await your plane!
The food problems mentioned by a previous reviewer must have been sorted out now because people were eating their lunch orders on the beach or wherever they liked.
Nice resort if you want peace and quiet
Lovely hotel and staff
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!!
I have to say it was dearer to eat evening meals/drinks here due to the service charge and tax (totalling 17% extra onto bill) but this is the case with all hotels in thailand and quite a few restaurants, but again when compared to our standards its cheap.
Accomadation consists of own private villa/chalet which found to be very nice, and was serviced daily. Although, have to be fairly healthy for all the steps as its on a hill and steps between each chalet down to sea.
Strange protocol robotic staff
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.
Great place to relax but nowt else to do after 8 pm. very dissappointed in what could have been an excellent place to enjoy. Be prepared, order taxi's every night coz the shttle bus was a joke, as was the service. Stay in the other hotel in town it may cost more but you'll enjoy your holiday more without the feeling of being a hostage.
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.
However upon arriving at Central Samui Village my fears were replaced by a sense of utmost satisfaction on our choice of stay. We found all the facilities to be well maintained and comfortable. All staff were friendly and helpful with special mention to the Bar staff and restraunt staff.
Yes the beach is probably not the best if you are looking for long strolls on white sand or lengthy swims (due to the rocky reef encircling the bay) However the tour operator on site offered an excellent selection of day trips from snorkelling at other islands to Samui exploration tours. We made use of these and basically did a tour a day which ensured that each day was filled with new and exciting wonders (Must do the Coral reef trip for some great snorkeling)
Comparing prices the food at the resort is higher but then I was quite willing to pay the extra amount for the convenience of it all as well as being rather sceptical of the working conditions of some of the other Kitchens. One can go to Chaweng for the day or even for a late afternoon and Dinner as the Hotel does provide transfers (book a day in advance)
All in all our stay here was an absolute pleasure and if there were not so many other places in the world to see We would definitely return.
Beautiful, secluded and chilled out
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!!
You can also go and eat at the hotel next door, just a couple of minutes walk along the beach, the Laem Set Inn. Lovely food, extensive menu, excellent service.
You must take a trip to the Thai Boxing in either Lamai or Chaweng. We went to Chaweng - had ringside seats and absolutely loved it. A fantastic night where you don't even need to leave your seat as they bring the beer to you!
Lamai is a great destination for some late night shopping and drinking. Can highly recommend the Irish Bar - The Samui Shamrock. If you visit, say hi to Brian the excellent barman who'll look after you. The rock band are also an experience not to be missed!
The staff at the Central Samui Beach were excellent. I had to call a doctor out at one stage and he arrived within 30 minutes, with two nurses and the hotel manager. Couldn't have felt more looked after.
Also don't miss Rocky's - a beautiful restaurant approx 10 mins away from the hotel. Great food at fantastic prices. Do however avoid the sister hotel, over-crowded, fighting for sun-loungers, bad pool. Don't waste your time.
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).
Overall, I would not recommend this hotel but it is dissapointing as it has great potential and certanly could be amazing. If you have the money stay at the Amari Palm hotel, thats how it should be done.
I admit it was our honeymoon. Can't blame me for gushing about this place then, can you?
Anyway, nine relaxing and magical days spent here out of a 3 week trip.
The resort itself virtually monopolises a small beach at the south east of Samui so you don't get too many of the vivid sunsets found elsewhere on the island. Fine. Hire a car and explore!
Plenty to do on the island and the hotel staff made it easy for us to get out & about. However if you want to simply enjoy the resort then use the hotel facilities. Three pools, sea canoes, etc. Personally I usually can't stay still. I need to get out and explore places. But we took a few days here to unwind and it was just right.
The best bit? Difficult to say. Probably the room. A sweet little bungalow all to ourselves, nicely decorated with lots of wood and simple features, with all the facilities of a normal hotel (aircon, safe, fridge, tv, etc.). Lots of privacy, but with restaurants and pools and bars all on site. Really well laid out, it's difficult to get a feel for how many rooms there are. All seemed to have a sea view, and not overlook others much at all. I suppose the downside of that is the walks to & from bars, reception, room, restaurants, etc. But you can't have it all. There were ramps and so forth, which made it easier for the less mobile.
Will I go back? Tricky one. If we revisit Samui then definitely. I adore Samui. Much prefer it to Phuket where I went last month. But it was our honeymoon and I don't want to spoil that wonderful memory. Maybe Koh Chang next year then.
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.