White House Beach Resort & Spa
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Tuesday, December 16 Today was our rest day in Chang Mai. We worked on pictures, calls to family, this computer and skype is so nice to have. While having lunch I jotted down some things I kept forgetting to write about. Lost the little paper, so will try from memory. There aren't as many Thai smokers as there were Vietnamese smokers. Still lots of …
Hi again, We wanted a few days out of the cities, but had a tough time deciding which of Thailands beautiful beaches to visit. The deciding factor in the end was the weather. It's rainy season here in Thailand and the beaches on the west coast of Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, and surrounding areas) would be expecting torrential rains, where the beaches …
... of another bus to pick us up. We were shuttled rapidly to the dock and Franki and I scrambled aboard literally seconds before the Raja car ferry steamed away from the quayside. Our two fellow passengers were left behind.
As the ferry docked in Ko Samui you could sense the laid back vibe although the trucks rumbling along the busy main road that circles the island certainly disguises any suggestion that there may be golden unspoiled beaches behind the curtain ...
... of time. We fell in lady love with a new friend named Becky, and we loved our funny tour guide named Sunshine (who came with us back to Chiang Mai and joined us dancing at a top 40 bar after Jan got a pretty elephant tattoo on her ankle).
We spent our days feeding the elephants, had the opportunity to help bathe them every afternoon and went on several nature walks to 'meet' the many elephants and learn about their lives before they were rescued. Feeding them ...
... than shopping, massages, or eating/drinking there is little immediately obvious to occupy yourself as a day visitor. The tours from the boat were variously going around the island looking at Budhas/temples, resorts, beaches, waterfalls, and a wildlife park which includes an elephant refuge.
After about an hour we had bough some Evian water bottles from the Tesco, walked several streets looking in shops, ...
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This was our third and definitely last visit to the Hotel White House. We previously stayed in 2002/2003 and after those stays had very high opinions of the Hotel White House - at the time it really lived up to its claim of "where each guest is a president". Unfortunately we think that the ethos behind the hotel has changed - and with a big chunk of the reason that we would stay there.
I defintely do not agree with the negative comments about this hotel. We have just returned form an 8 night stay here.
We found the hotel not well mantained and management rather incompetent. For the price of $120USD/night in Thailand - quite a rip-off.
We have just had 10 days at the white house hotel. We stayed in a deluxe room and it was great value for money. I cannot say enough about the staff. They were very friendly and helped us in every way the could. As part of package we had a free airport pickup and they also dropped us back to the airport free of charge. The hotel is situated on Choeng Mon beach which is very peaceful and beautiful. We had the option to eat in our hotel or just take a stroll along the beach to try and of the other beach side resteraunts, all overlooking the water. Overall staying in Choeng Mon is a lovely experience compared to the hustle and bustle of Chewang. The white house was perfect for us, well priced, free newspaper each day, excellent choice of food for breakfast and free internet each day.....as well as been right on the most beautiful beach in Samui.
we found this hotel to suit all our needs especially with a young family.
situated on the beach, the hotel pool kept our children happy all day long
the staff were very friendly and nothing was to much trouble
the rooms were a nice airy type and clean. if you want an away from it all hotel then try this one.
I stayed at the White House on Honeymoon, after we had to rearrange our travel plans because of the 2004 tsunami. I was initially sceptical about how busy Koh Samui would be, as we were looking for somewhere very quiet and un-touristy. The White House provided us with a lovely amount of secluded tranquility in what is just about the quietest part of the island. The hotel is small and compact, but well looked after by excellent staff. Our slight criticism is that it could do with some refurbishment as much of the furniture and fittings are starting to look elderly. But this should not detract from the beautiful setting.
Unique small boutique hotel
A perfect example of a "boutique" hotel.
Small site but beautiful, lush, tropical garden setting. Thai style villas add to the atmosphere.
Villas are spacious. Bathroom OK - not luxurious. Good spot on beach. Elegant pool and patio area and restaurant overlooking the pool and beach.
My family had a great time in April 2002. Very family friendly attitude but hotel really geared for adults.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the White House from Jan 9-Jan 15 of 2005. We were pleasantly suprised with the hotel. The staff is excellent with good attitudes and very friendly. While we don't have children, we both noticed how nice the staff was to the children at the hotel. The toilet did block, but they moved us immediately to a new room.
The food at the restaurant is suprisingly very good.....enjoyed the Pad Thai and the Beef Salad.....
For what it is...a hotel....we were pleased.....
A wonderful quiet retreat!
This hotel was the third of four hotels in Thailand for our Honeymoon. When we arrived we were quite unimpressed with it's location, we thought it was going to be a bit guest housy! That was until we were shown to our suite, it was lovely. A short (3 minute) walk to the gorgeous pool, and another 1 minute to the beach. The surroundings were perfect but it was the staff who made it for us, so friendly and helpful. We stayed for 11 nights and felt quite emotional when leaving, we could have stayed for longer!!