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Historical Traveler Reviews The Maltings Serviced Apartments Chesterfield
A little magic resort
If you like to live a little dream in a small and magic kingdom, Poppies is the best choice. We were there this summer 2 times: one week in june(from 24 to 2 jul) and another week in july(from 17 to 24).
Every room is a nice, little cottage(Thai style) in a magnificent garden, full of flowers, with little bridges, and nice big red fishes, all is very clean.
we had different 2 rooms, but it's the same, the room furnishings are good, and the bathroom is charming;every day fresh thai fruits and flowers, a little present(only the first week...), nice phrases on the bed and some differents sweet or biscuits. The swimming pool is small but lovely like the beach; The beach staff is excellent, they are very efficient. The sunbeds are better around the pool than on the beach, we prefered to stay on the pool during our 2 visit because there were too many hawkers. On the beach don't forget the nice woman who sells sweetcorns.
The restaurant is very good, the thai food is gorgeous, and the international is the same. In the staff there is a very nice girl, Lek, who remembers after 2 weeks what we prefered.
Also the reception staff is excellent and very friendly, this nice thai girls try always to do the best, i remember Aum, Jeab and the sweet girl who is pregnant and she works wery well and she is very clever and efficient. Unfortunately the last day there was a problem: i booked a late check out since my reservation in june, but the last minute(the same morning that we leave!!!!) we did't have and we had lost an important meeting in Nathon, we made a bad impression with a very important person!!! We were so upset, but never mind...
We are coming back in November, maybe if we have some days free we will return to Poppies!!
Chaweng is not the best, we didn't love it, a lot of traffic, a lot of tailors who stop you during your walk,the thai boxing loudspeakers is so boring...Samui is a nice island but for us Chaweng is not the best.
Please don't forget a massage to Tamarind spring, it's another dream!!!
The Poppies spa has not the same style than the hotel has (that is strange...).
The best Boutique hotel in Chaweng
We stayed at Poppies for our Honeymoon in July 2005 and i can honestly say that i have never stayed at a hotel and been made to feel more at home. The staff are extreamely attentive and your every request is seen to within minutes. On arrival we were greeted with garlands, cold towels and a cocktail. We had champange in our room and a gorgeous floral turndown wishing us happy honeymoon. The little extras didnt stop there. We received fresh fruit, water and a newspaper every day and of an evening we received a floral turndown and had cookies (very tasty) and proverbs left for us. They also left mosquito repellants burning for us. The house keeping was excellent too.
The cottage we had was wondeful. The most important thing was that it was air conditioned but it also had all of the other mod cons. We had to ask for an iron and board but it arrived within 2 minutes and we kept it for the duration of our stay. To top that we were literally about 10 steps from the beach and the same from the pool. We had the best cottage there although i have to say all of the cottages are placed so well in the best gardens that i saw in Chaweng (they are constantly being attended to) that none of them are far from the pool and beach.
As other reviews have pointed out the restaurant is pricey but only by Koh Samui terms. You would pay about 30 GBP for a decent meal there where as in the resort you could eat the same for practically a third of the price.
All in all Poppies was the perfect loaction for our honeymoon and we will definately be returning. I was very sad to leave
Service at Poppies is the BEST!
My wife & I stayed at Poppies for 5 nights in late July, 2005. While we were not overly impressed with the Chaweng area of Samui, I can say that we were blown away by the service and accommodations of Poppies. The previous reviewers sums up the Poppies experience perfectly. The cottage rooms and bathrooms are of perfect size, cleanliness, decor, amenities, etc. The beach is right there, a nice beach, and the staff will quickly set up comfortable beach chairs and towels for you, along with an umbrella if desired, and the staff frequently provides you with complimentary drinking water and assorted fruits while lounging on the beach. The grounds and landscaping make Poppies an idylic & plush setting, a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Chaweng, just steps away.
Poppies is perfect, but what really puts this place over the top is the OUTSTANDING SERVICE. It is hard to put into words how much we enjoyed the front office staff. From check-in to check-out, they were the most enjoyable part of our stay on Samui. They always had big smiles, were incredibly helpful with any question, quickly booked us on a well-priced trip to the National Marine Park, arranged car rides and assisted us with air travel. But, most importantly, they truly seemed to take a keen interest in us as people, not just customers. I swear that one of the women (I won't say her name, but one of the front office staff) had tears in her eyes when saying her goodbye to us.
We had dinner at the restaurant one night, and had two lunches there. The food was very, very good, but I can't say that we were blown away, especially at the relatively high prices. Was the priciest restaurant I saw on Samui, and though it was good and I recommend it, I'd say that to be the most expensive, the restaurant needs to be the best, not just very good. So, eat there, but also don't pass up great restaurants such as Betelnut and Bellini's (both just down a side road, not far away).
As for Chaweng, we were not impressed. Even though I read about how busy it was, I didn't expect it to be so built up. Sort of like another Kao San Rd. up in Bangkok, constantly being pandered by the merchants, and the constant beeping of the horns of the taxis is over the top annoying for a beach resort island, not to mention the blaring advertisements for nightly boxing matches...tonight, tonight...
All in all, we were sort of happy to head out of Samui, where we went to Seim Reap, Cambodia...would you believe that the main streets of Seim Reap are more comfortable and relaxing than the main road in Chaweng? But, we were very sad to be leaving the comforts and outstanding staff at Poppies. They cannot be complimented enough, and if you are headed to Samui with your spouse, then Poppies is the place to stay. I can't imagine how the accomodations and service can be any better...simply outstanding.
This is a perfect destination if you are traveling with an infant or small children: The accomodation is bungalow style (not hotel rooms), all of which are dotted along a pathway leading to the pool and beach, with no bunglaow more than a minute walk to the pool/beach/restaurant. The Bunglaows are very clean, spacious and have all of the amenities you would want or expect (a/c, minibar, tv, etc). Each has a small landing with sitting chairs and a table (perfect for sitting outside and reading when baby is taking a nap inside). Given the pool is so close to the Bunglows, it was possible to nip in for a quick dip too.
The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is reputed to be one of the best on Koh Samui, so good in fact that it attracts guests from other hotels every night for dinner (although the staff always keep a few tables for guests of Poppies, so it is always possible to get a table).
The staff are very friendly and helpful (many seem to have been with Poppies for years -- it is obvious they are treated very well and enjoy working at the hotel). They love children (particularly small babies), which is quite nice, they would wander around the restaurant area with him whilst we would eat our breakfast/lunch.
The beach and pool are very nice and it is always possible to get a loungechair/umbrella by either. The hotel provides a lifeguard, who will also bring drinks and food. One of the very nice things about Poppies is that it never feels "overcrowded" -- there are only about 20 Bungalows on the entire resort. There was a massage platform on the beach just a few metres from the hotel (the hotel also has a "spa"), and would thoroughly recommend an hour of that every day!
All in all, we would return to Poppies in a flash, and would probably make the effort to return to Koh Samui just to stay there (we have also stayed at the Sheraton Beach resort in Krabi, which is also nice, but a slightly different feel ie. moe lig a bigger hotel, smaller rooms which are further from the beach/pool).
Fantastic grounds fantastic food wonderful ambiance
We went to Poppies in July 2004 and we still talk about it to this day. The food was brilliant, with the best thai cuisine i have ever tasted. The burgers are to die for,(i know how can you eat a burger in Thailand but they were recommended by a chef who was staying here as well). The service was excellent and the hosts were most helpful in advising us where else to see and eat on the island. The beach is gorgeous, the water warm and the huge corn on the cobs on the beach were amazing. I sound like all i talk about is the food but it really was fantastic. Poppies is situated nicely to the far end of Chaweng beach but this suited us fine. Relaxation is wonderful when staying here and we reccomend Poppies for a truly wonderful holiday.
Paradise found - wonderful service in a beautiful hotel!
We absolutely loved Poppies hotel from the moment we arrived. You are greeted at reception with a garland of flowers and welcome drinks whilst you check in. The general manager or his wife comes to personally greet you which is a nice personal touch.
The Thai style cottages were stylish and had everything you could need with a tropical garden at the front for privacy and a small garden even in the bathroom. They are set amongst beautiful gardens with a stream, bridges and ponds full of huge koi carp.
We were given bottled water everyday as well as fresh fruit. When you woke up each morning a basket of fruit and a paper were on your terrace. In the evening the turn down service was excellent as they also tidied the room and left gifts and orchids on the bed as well as cookies or thai sweets.
In fact the staff and service are what make the hotel so special. All the staff were so welcoming and friendly. They always greeted you and asked how you were if you passed them and the restaurant and front desk staff were extremely helpful.
Once a week there is a managers cocktail party on the beach which was excellent - a large choice of free drinks and excellent canapes such as sushi. The manager/part owner and his wife make an effort to talk to all the guests.
We ate in the restaurant on the Thai night and the food and setting were wonderful. We had the seafood kantoke which was a set menu which included lobster thai curry and thought it good value although more expensive than some other restaurants.
The hotel is set on one of the best parts of Chaweng beach as it is away from the larger hotels but still easy walking distance to plenty of bars and restaurants.
To sum up I would say you get 5* service at 4* prices and I will definitely stay at Poppies again.
What a gem of a hotel in Koh Samui
Poppies is just superb! A small independently ran hotel that has fantastic 1st class individual Thai hut style accommodation. Lots of personal touches and a very enjoyable stay. Lovely pool area and great outdoor dining restaurant.
Hotel is positioned right by the beach and just a few minutes walk to the centre of Koh Samui.
I have to say this is one the best hotels I have stayed in and beats the large 5 star hotel if you are wanting an authentic stay on the island, in gorgeous surroundings which made it an extra special holiday that I will never forget. Without a doubt I would stay at this gem of a hotel if I were ever to return to Koh Samui!
Great location and quality
Stayed 4 nights in March 2005. Bungalows very well appointed with efficient air-conditioning (a must!). Personal and attentive service from resort staff, excellent front desk, helpful with car hire etc... Manicured tropical garden with artificial streams with koi ponds. Only drawbacks were that the pool was a bit small and the cottages fairly close together (the resort is on a fairly small block) which creates a slightly 'closed in' feeling. Good breakfast but not buffet style - on a few occasions staff got orders wrong, drinks and some other items were overpriced for Thailand - but these are only minor complaints and overall enjoyable stay and would definitely return.
Missing them already
We have just returned from Poppies after spending 10 days there. It was at one end of Chaweng Beach so was away from the hubbub of the shops and bars but only took two minutes to walk there. We had a cottage at the front near the beach with a lovely view of the sea. They were large and beautifully furnished with a little garden in the bathroom with a sunken bath. The Cottages were privately concealed in a lovely tropical garden setting with streams and bridges. Breakfast was excellent and the Poppies restaurant was the No. 1 restaurant in Samui. We ate there twice and was not dissapointed. The Pool is small but designed like a natural pool which on one side is a beautiful setting for the restaurant with the sea on the other. The beach was very clean and the beach staff looked after our every whim - we never had to worry about beds. You could not get a more friendly and more attentive staff at Poppies, they gave you the personal touch that you don't get from large hotels. We had a wonderful time there and miss everyone, so are planning to return in 2007 and it won't be too soon. We would recommend this hotel to everyone going to Koh Samui.
Cosy! VERY friendly stuff! Day SPA and hotel as well offer good quality for the prize. Clean. Service is extraordinary good. In general, nothing to complain about.
Was a very pleasant stay!
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