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For a last full day we wanted to relax. We spent the day around the pool. The sun kept clouding over but it still was very warm. For lunch we ventured to a place called Ninja Crepes. Previous days and evenings people had been queueing at the door. The place looked battered and unloved and hygiene didn't seem high on the agenda. With a hard stomachs …
... was an interesting touch!
The rest of our time on the island was spent relaxing on the beach, swimming and of course eating and drinking although not as much as I would have liked as I picked up a tummy bug and wasn't feeling 100%. We also had dinner at Bophut Fishermans Village and at Chaweng Beach before leaving on Saturday afternoon to fly back to Vientiane.
All in all it was a great way to celebrate a 57th birthday.
We decided that four days on Samui was enough and booked our van, ferry, songtheaw, and several busses to Bangkok. The sleeper train from Surat Thani was fully booked two days in advance, half moon masses i think. The bus is cheaper, and cheaper is good. We'll pass through the capital enroute to Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park and the Thai Burma railway to pay our respects. In the evenings the Club fills up with day trips here for the food and the the ...
... prior to this was the 20 minute video I was told to watch the previous day. There was no opportunity to practice any of the basic breathing so I panicked, forgot everything and drank copious amounts of sea water. After a couple of attempts later I still didn't feel comfortable breathing underwater and decided to skip the rest of that dive. This whole experience was very traumatic for me so I do not remember everything clearly, but I do recall doing a ...
... a detox to convince ourselves not ordering one of those Thai pancakes was the right decision.
For two people who LOVE food it is a mental and physical commitment to complete the 5 1/2 day detox. I have done two 5 day detoxes before (1 in Thailand and 1 in Bali), but maybe like childbirth you forget all that is involved until you are doing it again. For the most part we've felt pretty good, but you do go through waves of hungry, up/down emotions, high/low energy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Poppies Samui Ko Samui
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!