Hansar Samui Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Huge saltwater pool right on the beach
- Plush daybeds on private room terraces
- Freestanding double bathtubs add to the romantic vibe
- Unexpected epicurean delights at H Bistro
- Oceanfront sunsets are viewable from almost everywhere on property
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter
- You have to cross a small road to reach the beach
- Glass shower rooms may not suit more modest guests
- Fishermen’s village closes down quite early at night
- Other resorts line most of the beach, but they don’t intrude
A short stroll from the fishermen’s village of Bo Phut, Koh Samui’s quaint but hip beachside strip, Hansar Samui is the coolest kid on the block. The flamboyant brushed red facade adds a little spice to an otherwise sleepy oceanside scene and interiors are rustic chic; think teak floors and handcrafted wooden furniture. Fresh white linens, local textiles and silk soft furnishings bring a sense of luxury to this barefoot beach sleep.
Bed and Bath
All 74 rooms enjoy sublime island views from the generous, fan-cooled private terraces, equipped with oversize daybeds. But slip inside and close the blackout curtains and you could easily be in a slick city hotel. Wall-mounted plasma TVs keep guests connected to the outside world, while notable touches like the freestanding double bathtubs make romantic indulgence mandatory.
Drag yourself from your sunbed to take dips in the beachfront saltwater pool, or for a refreshing alternative to sun and sand head for the Luxsa spa. An elegant three-story retreat with an impressive range of treatments, it has a private relaxation room for guests to drift in and out of between sessions. Evenings usually begin with sunset drinks and nibbles, reclining on beds in the chill first floor lounge. When hunger strikes, amble downstairs to H Bistro, where celebrated chef Stephen Dion has created a menu of global cuisine that surpasses typical expectations for a remote island in the Gulf of Thailand. Guests can indulge in such pleasures as imported cumin scented Australian lamb rack with porcino risotto and crispy wild rice.
In the Area
Heading out down a cobblestone street to the Village, as this part of Samui is affectionately known, takes you to yet more smart restaurants, funky bars and designer boutiques. Comprising a few traditional wooden buildings, Bo Phut manages to retain a certain old-school charm while at the same time offering visitors a diverse range of tastes and diversions. Snorkel the stunning uninhabited islands and shallow reefs of the Angthong Marine Park, ride on an elephant or get adventurous and fly through the lush canopies of the rain forest. Alternatively, stay closer to home and dine under the stars at the hotel’s beach with a romantic flame-lit supper (complete with barefoot butler service) or hit the deck with a sunset cruise for cocktails and oysters on ice.
How to Get There
We spent 5 wonderful nights at the Hansar Samui Resort. The hotel is in a spectacular location right on the beach at the end of Fishermen’s Village.
It’s quite a high end resort with bars & restaurants reflecting that in the prices they charge. November was an ideal time to visit as the whole resort was quiet & we could get tables in restaurants without a problem.
We had a sea view XL bedroom. Which had a shower, separate WC & a large free standing bathtub. The comfiest bed with a big outdoor sea view terrace & fierce air conditioning.
The breakfasts were good, there was always plenty to eat.
The staff who work there were fantastic.
Drinks at the hotel beach bar were more than you’d pay in the bars locally.
The only niggle I had, that stopped my review getting 5 stars was the noise from the construction site next door.
Not overly intrusive but as our room was in the block nearest the building work it did wake us up on a couple of mornings.
Otherwise 9/10 & I would definitely recommend.
Building : Becoming run down
Breakfast : Limited selection + Unsanitay (Birds joined your BF's desserts)
Location : In walk distance to the whole Fishermen Village
Service : Poor
Other : Noise from adjacent buiding's construction is immensely troublesome
I booked a Beach Front Room and stayed during 4-5 Nov. The water was not running for an hour due to the leak of its waste on the ground floor. The reparation was carried out without any prior notice nor apologies. Once the service was over, my room's water current was severely contaminated by rusty pipes. Staffs were informed and suggested us to keep water running for 10 minutes. After an hour, the water was still yellowish from rust, in the mean time, there had not been any followups of the issue; therefore, I had to inform them the problem again and asked for a room to shower. The staffs were kind enough to open a new room, of which its toilet is not flushed yet (paper and urine inside). Besides, I need to walk across the buiding where it was raining heavily.
All in all, the running down of the place is what I know from the very beginning; however, once it caused a problem, the service is too slow and totally unprofessional. After I complained this to amanager the following morning, no contact nor written and verbal apologies from them up until now. To put it simply, my experience with this hotel is apparently a nightmare.
Stayed here for a 7-night getaway in the November low season. Location is excellent, a short walk to the restaurants, bars and shops of Fisherman’s village with plenty of local Thai options. Pool is huge. Sea View room is big and clean with excellent views and a great balcony/outdoor living area. Only drawbacks - the wooden bed frame is larger than the mattress and we both stubbed our toes on the corner feet of the frame, quite painful so take care. Also, there are no chairs in the room. There’s a small bench seat, which is better than nothing, but it would be nice to have an inside chair or two to use when it’s raining hard or too hot outside. We also had a couple of issues reconnecting our phones to the wifi but nothing major, generally the WiFi was fine. Finally on the negative side, there are no lifts (elevators) but the rooms with the best views, like ours, are 2 flights of stairs up. It didn’t bother us but for the less-mobile it may be better to request a ground floor room. But more positives: breakfast was good, our room was cleaned early and efficiently each day and all staff were friendly and attentive. Finally, reception presented my partner with a birthday cake, which was a really nice touch. We would recommend Hansar resort and would stay here again.