Centara Villas Samui Hotel, Koh Samui
Reviews - Centara Villas Samui Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Taiwan
- Traveller type: Honeymooners
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Not good location, terrible servicefrom Tokyojaz
Love this resortfrom Danny115
Danny, Surrey UK
A beautiful, peaceful placefrom WelshCardiff
Whether or not sand has been desposited on the beach since some of the earlier reviews I cannot say, but do not write this hotel off by comments about the beach. The sand was fine and the water clear . In fact it had a natural quality that we loved. At low tide a lagoon formed and guests are able to wade through the water to reach rocks around 50 metres off shore. We have been to many of the best beach locations around the world and this beach did not disappoint. There were also plenty of quiet beach activities such as Boule, darts, table tennis to keep everyone entertained.
The food/drink is not expensive although the price is much higher than you pay in local resturants but in view of the location of the bar and resturant which overlooks the beach, the prices were not bad at all. If you are looking for cheap drinks just buy off the ladies at the stall (with cool box) at the end of the beach - 50p for a Sprite. There is also happy hour at the bar from 5.30pm- 7pm (buy one get one free) with a local band to entertain you before dinner as you sup your drinks.
I would recommend going to one of the two local resturants situated a short walk away during the evening- both are good but the service and food at the nearest resturant (opposite the open bar and pool table) was fantastic and the husband and wife team churned out the best Thai food I have have ever tasted.
The villas are lovely and are all detached with individual steps and walkways to each one. The resort is set on a fairly steep slop down to the sea so the whole resort consists of steps to go everywhere. Finding your way around at night could be difficult as each walkway looked the same and the directions not always helpful but great for those who enjoy orienteering. I would recommend an upgrade to a Superior villa as they are better situated and offer more space for only a few more Pounds a night. The bathroom is designed to offer a bit of 'open to the elements' feel and could not be cooled by the air conditioning and baked during the day - which some could view as negative but it did not trouble us at all.
I really must mention the swimming pools which are the most impressive aspect of the resort. There are 3 in all each one at a higher level than the other, joined by waterfalls. Unlike most resorts, there was no fight for a sunbed and the upper pool areas were hardly used at all. I was able to have a pool to myself on some days. We particularly approved of the sun bed policy which discouraged reserving sun beds with towels etc with the threat that staff would remove personnel belongings if sunbeds were not used for a lengthy period of time.
We loved this resort so much that we didn't bother using the free bus to Lamai or Chaweng. There simply wasn't any point as everything we needed was around the resort and having driven through both places from the airport, it was a relief to avoid the chaos and traffic of the main tourist resorts. I would however recommend taking a Kayaking trip around the Marine Park situated 40km from Samui.
A great resort which gives a far better experience than you would ever expect from a 3 1/2 * star hotel. In fact ignore the star rating, it equalled many 5* resorts I have visited.
A hidden gemfrom pjay72
There are a couple of restaurants just outside the hotel which are both great and a new little bar called CocoBola which is run by a lovely women called Dow, it stays open till you drop off your bar stool and they have a great pool table. We took the free coach into Chewang (25mins) and Lami (10 mins) a few nights preferred Lami as Chewang is over commercialised but if McDonalds and Scruffy Murphys is your bag you will love it!
Couple of other pointers, buy water and beers off the ladies at end of the beach, they also do a great massage. Have lunch at Leam Set Inn just down the beach the setting is stunning. Get your laundry done at CocoBola
If you are looking for wild nights out this is not the place for you, but if you want to relax in a beautiful setting this is the place for you.
Lovely hotel, but too far from main resortsfrom beck26
It is situated on a hillside, with individual villas accessed by lots of steps to and from reception or down to the beach / restaurant and bar. Definitely not for those with walking problems.
The hotel is miles away from the main / busy resort of Chaweng, and is approximately 30 minutes on the shuttle bus.
You need to book the bus in advance as places are limited and its books up very quickly and a taxi will be fairly expensive if you have to book one every night.
This is a couples resort for people who just want total relaxation and to get away from it all. The private beach is small and there is very little to do there. Not recommended for young singles (which is what we were), we would have been better suited in the sister hotel - Central Chaweng Beach resort.
Loved it!from jeebs
My fears were quickly laid to rest from the moment I was greeted at the lobby. We were treated to fresh coconut juice and wet cold towels. There were minor communication issues with staff along the way of our stay but their friendliness and helpfulness outweighed any of these problems.
There was a waiting period of about 2 hours for our rooms to be prepared because we had booked 4 rooms. Staff insisted that it would be most convenient for us to have villas close to each other. As a result, they upgraded our rooms.
The villas are scattered along a hillside, so be prepared for some hiking. The view from our deck was magnificent.
The rooms itself were neat and tidy. The only maintenance issue was that the phone was not functioning for about a day as a result of the thunderstorm the night before.
The buffet breakfast wasn't the best but it was good enough. Regular servicing of the restaurant during the daytime isnt so efficient though. It took about 20minutes for my pesto bread to arrive.
The pools at the top are cleaner than the main one and also a lot less busy.
The free shuttle to Lamai and Chaweng can save you 300baht-600baht per trip. It's well worth booking it in advance.
There is also scooter/motorbike hire available. I don't recommend it unless you are confident in riding in reckless traffic.
When you stay at Central Samui village, you are entitled to use the facilities (free towel and pool usage) of Central resort in Chaweng.
Overall, I had an enjoyable experience. I would do it all over again.
Central Samui Village truly is paradise.
Beautiful village, bad beachfrom Lillaludd
The villas are scattered over a hill, so you need to be fit to stay at this resort. Several pool areas and you can borrow canoes etc for free. The beach was a disappointment, you couldn´t use it at all, muddy and with rocks every where! The hotel offers a shuttlebus service to it´s other hotel at chaweng but the bus gets full early and then you have to stay at the hotel or pay a taxi.
The restaurant was nice and very romantic by the ocean.
There is a butterfly farm across the street from the hotel so there´s butterflies all over the resort.
Maybe the beach is better at other seasons, but I doubt it. So if you get a bargain price go there for the luxury and standard of the villas as a romantic get away.
Snorkelling disappointmentfrom TerryStewart
This is a hotel either for young families or for couples who want a quiet holiday - it is not for those who want nightlife. Very good value for money, Virgin charged £20 B & B. Half Board £15 = good 4 course dinner. Food overall very good with rock lobster and 8" long prawns. It is in an isolated position on S.E. of island. There is a free bus 4 times a day to the more luxurious Central Hotel on Chaweng beach where all the shops & life are.
The hotel has a good private beach with nice restaurant overlooking, marvellous tropical vegetation everywhere. Rooms rather basic, especially bathroom. But a large number of steps from restaurant to reception, so not for disabled or elderly. Staff very friendly and helpful, especially the female ones, males need training to look for guests' needs.
Good 20 minute boat trip to Coral islands for good snorkelling.
Trip to Koh Tao by speedboat 1 1/2 hours - very rough, not for queasy tummies. Poorish snorkelling. Koh Nang attractive 3 islands linked by sandbars - poor snorkelling.
Koh Samui overall not attractive : development building site with 1 million tourists a year.
3 plus steps to heavenfrom Tony/Dawn
On arriving at the Central samui village which is a way off the beaten track, we where pleasantly surprised by the quaint huts set amongst cocunut and bannana trees but oh those steps each day to the pool and beach, they certainly keep you fit.
As previous right ups the resturants are expensive when you add on all the taxes, but still cheap compared to UK prices.
If your looking for a really good resturant, turn right out of the hotel and walk down the hill and on the right hand side your see the Barracuda resturant, this is run by a small family, but the wife whos the cook can make anything you want taste out of this world and its also very cheap, i seriously dont know how they made a profit, you can also hire a jeep here for the day and save 600baht from the hertz price outside the hotel.
Overall a very nice resort , quiet but very rest full
generally good but can get as good and cheaper services nearbyfrom nemmison
Top Local Tips for Koh Samui
Out and about if you hire a car and you like shopping go to the north of the island to Nathon. Prices there are cheaper than Lamai and Chaweng. Also Bo Phut is a pretty fishing village and worth a visit. If you want a fun night out go to Big John's, the food is good although a little more expensive than in the towns and the ladyboy show is so bad its good!!! Worth a laugh!!!
Rent a car and drop it off at the airport - no extra charge We decided to see the island one day as a break from being on the beach. There is a Hertz agency right across from the Centara Villas lobby. The car rental was 1400 baht all inclusive for a 4 door air conditioned Toyota automatic. Drove the entire island and stopped where and when we wanted, which is way more flexible than a packaged tour. The island can be seen adequately in a day, even taking obscure side roads. The next day (our departure date) we were able to drop the car off at the Hertz depot at the airport, thus saving the 600-800 baht airport transfer fee. It works out to be a great deal if you can coordinate your car rental with your departure date.
Brazilian Restaurant The shuttle bus of our hotel brings you to their sister hotels, which has a great Brazilian restaurant (forgot the name though)
Other names for Centara Villas Samui Hotel
- central samui village
- centara hotel samui
- centara hotel koh samui
- Address: 111 Moo 2, Maret, Natien Beach - Koh Samui - 84310 - Thailand
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