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... have to use their computers to book...dumb. I'm once again in the lap of luxury and this resort is awesome. Especially the pool area. We swim for several hours sipping on happy hour cocktails before getting ready for dinner at one of the resort restaurants. Our servers name is Tim. I'm pretty sure she gave herself that name but what can't resist using her name at the end of every sentence. "Let me ask you something Tim"..."what do ...
Woke up and had an English breakfast down the road (scrambled eggs and toast) we then booked snorkelling for tomorrow and got a taxi to go to Phangan total wipeout also had a snooze on our private beach for a couple of hours. Had lunch at the centre (baguette) and then did the course a few times. If I got over the red balls Id get a free t shirt (was too hard). Got round the course in 2:32 which beat most women but didn't reach the ...
... that we have satellite TV and he abruptly said he wasn't here to watch the TV. Five minutes later he called us asking us to show him how to work the TV. He never spoke to us or the other guests during his stay. He telephoned us one evening at 9pm to ask about getting his laundry done. We did it the next day for him and even hung it up in his room whilst he was out so it would dry. He told us he was leaving for a midday ferry the next day. ...
... ourselves couldn’t help but laugh.
The boat eventually set off and we were on our way. The first stop was the island of Koh Samui and we couldn’t help but smirk at those who got off as they were not able to make it to the Full Moon Party like us (Koh Phangan gets pretty much booked up for the 5 days surrounding full moon). The boat carried on and an hour later we arrived at the island of Koh Phangan. It was a beautiful looking island and we were excited ...
... us totally off the chart for no decompression dives. You know what I'm like; I spent the next 24 hours googling decompression sickness symptoms and worrying that I'd wake up dead! Luckily, me & my hypochondria are still here to tell the tale.
Day 4 saw us in full preparation for the full moon party. we got fully on board with the high vis clothing, party paints and the pre-party buckets!! Turns out the full moon wasn't as ...
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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.