Napasai by Orient-Express
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Exploring the island: the first time I tried exploring Ko Samui it was by myself and on foot and it was the day after the really heavy floodings. I ended up having a red clay bath... walking along the road beacuse the pavements were still sandbagged and recovering from the flooding, I slipped in my flip flops and found myself lying on my back in a …
The whole wedding day was spectacular, it was everything you'd imagine a beach wedding to be and Katie & Ben, after all the trails of the last few days (wondering whether their guest would make it to the wedding, held up by floods and volcanos and landslides, wondering if they would make it to their own wedding, wondering if the rain would stop …
Well, Napasai Resort, what can I say...? I dont think I have ever stayed anywhere as fancy as this. Ever. Imagine turning up straight off the boat / looking like a drowned rat and stepping into the most amazing plush hotel ever, I arrived in the late afternoon and the hotel was already lit up like a glowing vision, the whole of the gardens and …
So, wednesday came and I had my ticket ready and pre-booked for the half hour trip to Ko Samui on the fast boat so that I can be swept in speed and style to my luxury villa to meet with the rest of the wedding party. Just one small fly in the thai ointment, the rainy downpour which I had been waiting to end had now turned into a full on Typhoon / …
Ko Samui, an island in the gulf of Thailand, is not the kind of place where we would normally have bothered stopping - everyone we met who had been there recently described it as over commercailised, brash and far too developed to the point that it has lost its charm. We found that these comments were certainly true of Chaweng Beach on the east …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Napasai by Orient-Express Mae Nam
Relatively small resort but cosy, excellent rooms which were enormous for the price. Attentive staff and good food (particularly Thai dishes).
Overall friendly and warm particularly to our two children (aged 2 and 4). We would go back again.
We stayed at Napasai for 4 nights in early December. Koh Samui had unfortunately been inundated with rain and much of the island was still underwater while we were there, and it did continue to rain for most of our stay. The hotel itself is truly beautiful, wonderful gardens, a beautiful pool and lovely ocean views. Our sea-view cottage was steps from the ocean and pool and was wonderful in a simple way. Lots of wood and nice big windows with plenty of places to curl up. We had our own balcony to sit and look out over the grounds. We actually never ventured up to the cottages on top of the hill, but they looked nice and private and I'm sure the views were spectacular. Because of the rain we didn't get the full Koh Samui experience, and since the roads were flooded it was hard to get off the resort for meals. We ate at the hotel all 4 nights, 3 nights at the casual beach restaurant and one night at the more upscale one. All meals were great and the service was fine. Other people have commented on the poor service, but we saw none of this at all. They couldn't have been friendlier or more eager to help. There weren't very many people there at the time, so perhaps there were more staff to go around. The pool is fantastic with lots of lounge chairs and poolside service. we also went to the spa one rainy morning and were very happy with all the services we got. I did a 4-hour package and it was great. The whole ambience of the resort is one of calm and relaxation. If you're looking for a party resort this certainly isn't it, and it is relatively isolated. There really isn't much to walk to even if we could have. We did go into Chaweng one day and it was so hectic we couldn't wait to get back to the resort!
Eden on Samui
I loved this hotel. At first service was a bit off but they came around to responding to my needs. Pristine beach, nice breakfast, not a lot of activities, but if you just want to relax in luxury it's excellent. You'll love the views to the water, the infinity pool, the private beach, and the little meditative area in every room. Press your issue if you have any problem with the staff. I think they will make you happy in the end.
We stayed for 7 days at the Napasai and on first impressions it was a fabulous resort. We were thoroughly disappointed by the time we left. As were our friends who were also staying there.
We stayed at both this hotel and Sala Samui (see other review).
Have just returned from Samui and stayed at the Napasai on the advice of friends (I''d never heard of it!)
My husband and I visted this property in June 2005 and could not say a bad word about it! We had wanted to travel to Thailand for many years but had put this off as we saw it as a real backpackers paradise and felt sadly those days were behind us. We decided to book this hotel as our travel agent had advised that all standard cottages had sea views. On arrvial at the hotel we were delighted to see that this property did not have huge hotel blocks but cottages scattered along the beachfront. You have to get a taxi if you want to leave the hotel to see the sights but this suited us as we could relax by the huge infinity pool during the day and then visit Fishermans Village and Chaweng at night when the temperature had cooled down. To be honest the shops are not all that unless you are looking for cheap surfer t-shirts! After trying a couple of the local restaurants on the first couple of nights we resorted to dining in the hotel restaurant for the rest of our stay as the food was fantastic and very well priced. Overall great food, the staff a joy and we would defintly go back to this hotel again.
We stayed 9 days in the Napasai early April this year. The hotel is situated privately on a small beach with some of the villas having rocks in front of them. The hotel is an All-Villa Hotel with the Villas differentiating in size (one to three bedroom) and location (beach or up the hill). The hotel has recently joined Orient-Express group and is currently trying to match there service standards as seen in other properties of the group. Overall service is helpful and friendly but could be more attentive and sometimes you could experience sustantial problems due to their lack of language capabilities (hardly anyone speaks really englisch). The resort itself provides a lot of privacy and is compared to other locations quiter and moreromantic. The two restaurants offer either a french-thai cuisine or a snack menue in excellent quality. The spa treatments have been excellent and are priced according to the hotel. On the negative side there is no health club / fitness offering at the moment but we have been told that a new spa / health center will be added in summer. The beach is relatively small and there is a coral reef directly in front of the hotel which is not ideal for swimming but nice for a snorkeling adventure
I was a little concerned not having read any reviews of the Pansea Samui (now renamed as "Napasai") before booking our stay. But, Pansea have such a good reputation that I though my wife and I would "risk" a 5 night stay in February 2005.