SALA Samui Resort And Spa
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After a rather entertaining last evening in Yangon (eating dinner to the sound of locals singing along to a country and western concert on TV), we headed off to Yangon International Airport to return to the most touristically* developed South East Asian country we have visited on this trip, Thailand.
Our hotel in Yangon had sent us off …
Boo! Last stop on our travels. We're here for the next 8 days. Sunday 19th. Here we are in Samui for our last week (boo!!) after an uneventful internal transfer from Chian Mai to Samui. Just had an early morning thunderstorm during breakfast - was great fun. Just off to look around the local village & see what's what as the sun is out again & …
... we were still awake because of the live music and Darren was being sick again. All of a sudden the power went off - hallelujah a power cut. Sadly it only lasted 10 minutes and the music carried on until 3am again. We made the decision that we have to move tomorrow even though we'd paid for another night. As the hotel manager was not on site, I emailed Booking.com and advised them of the situation hoping the hotel would issue us with a refund for our last ...
... waterfalls, zip lining and a fruit market. Waterfalls were nice and we managed to time it so that we missed the crowds. The water was so cold but felt so good on my sunburn :) The zip lining was only 4 lines but much fun all the same flying from tree to tree avoiding being smacked by the passing branches. The driver forgot about the fruit market until we reminded him about it when he came to drop me off at the hotel - turns out it was more a fruit shop as apposed to a ...
... flock to, and the accommodation, well for anything decent, it is super expensive compared to the rest of South East Asia. I put it down to the package holidays that have developed, making it a tourist destination which has in turn jumped at the chance to charge western prices for hotel rooms. For a nice hotel, you are looking at paying at least £70/£80 per night, some hotels ranging to over £3000 per night!! This is in a country where a beer costs £1.50.
Saying that, we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews SALA Samui Resort And Spa Ko Samui
We stayed at Sala Samui for 4 nights in early September and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a Sala pool villa with our own private pool, which is great if you want total privacy. It took a little getting used to using the toilet outside, but the outdoor bath and shower is a nice touch. We love the lightings in the villa (all of which can be manually controlled) as well as in the resort in general. Our room also has a stereo/cd/dvd player, and the reception has a generous list of dvd's which the guests can check out for free. There are also two computers with internet access that guests can use without charge.
Sala Samui (stayed for 5 nights in a Balcony Room)
We counted 10 large cockroaches in the dining area during course of our dinner! We dined at this hotel one evening as we had heard so much about the hotel and were intrigued to see what it was like. We were on our honey moon and we were staying at the tongsai bay (just around the corner). before we booked our honey moon we had been torn between tongsai bay and sala samui. I can tell u we made the right choice paying the small additional cost and staying at the tongsai. We did not notice the cockroaches at sala samui until one ran over my husband's foot - gross! After that we were looking at the deck floor in the dining room and we just kept seeing loads of roaches. Strangely enough no - one else really seemd to notice - apart from the last reviewer who also visited in August.
please take my advice and book this resort immediately! save yourself the hassle of looking around at where else you can stay. seriously, i am a total perfectionist, a serious travel planner who researches hotels in great detail before deciding where to go. i spent weeks looking at the hotels/resorts samui had to offer and ultimately chose the sala samui. thank goodness i did! i was torn between tongsai bay and the sala but i made the right choice....
what can i say about sala samui only excellent. all ones expectations will be exceeded. myself and my new bride spent the first 3 days of our honeymoon there in early july. from the moment we were greeted at the airport to the day we checked out everything was sheer class. when we checked in we were greeted with a bouquet of flowers and smiling faces all around. we stayed in a sala pool villa which i expected to be nice and private - was not disappointed. the rooms are immaculate and the pool is the real icing on top. idea of outside bathroom i thought strange at first but loved it. the staff are so friendly - just like all thai's. we ate in the restaurant twice - both very good. the real treat for us was a half day in the mandara spa - absolute paradise. for someone who does not go to spas regulary this was an amazing experience. i am assured for the treatments on offer it represents good value.
The hotel is amazing! We stayed here for 5 days in the middle of May and really enjoyed ourselves. We had a Sala Pool Villa and it was well worth the money for your own garden and pool! It is expensive but we have stayed at cheaper places in Thailand and you get what you pay for. The hotel is so quiet but it is only 10 mins to Cheweng. The beach is perfect, the service is good but a bit slow, the reception staff are helpful and we took advantage of their taxi service. They could do with more fans in the restaurants and some protection against the flies and mosquitos while you are eating. The portions could also do with being a bit bigger. The spa was expensive compared to other spas in the area and the treatments were not any better. However I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a quiet and luxurious holiday at a brand new hotel!
Before I went to Thailand I spent ages on this site and the forums reading all the reviews and discussions and so I thought I should post one of my own.
what a fantastic place. it is new clean in a quite location yet not too far from chaweng. the food is simply out of this world. and has a wine cellar, what more can i say. great staff they just cant do enough for you. the pools are a work of art. most the time we had the two pools to ourseves. the mini bar is cheap in the room, there is also a dvd player, so buy some in bangkok to watch if you cant sleep. having met people and seen their hotel you realised how amazing the sala was. the spa was good expensive for thailand but same price as uk.
i would recomand it to anyone, i will be back next year for my honeymoon!!
Stayed at the Sala Samui Jan/Feb 2005
We have originally reserved Sala Samui resort for our December vacation. Upon arrival in mid-December the property was not finalized. Not only the spa but the territory of the resort as well. The workers were everywhere....The entrance therefore made a very strange impression....