Kanda Residences Pool Villa
What We Love
- Heaps of privacy; no one can see you skinny-dipping in your private pool
- Fresh-caught lobster at the RockPool restaurant
- A signature Wat Po massage with the sound of the ocean in the background
What To Know
- None of the villas have connecting rooms, so families will have to sleep in separate buildings
- The beach is coarse and a bit stony, so you might want to pack some protective footwear
- There’s not a lot to see and do within walking distance of the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Golf buggies whisk guests down narrow flower-filled alleyways to vast villas with private pools hidden behind large stone walls. There are no public spaces to speak of other than a small reception pavilion and a restaurant, so the resort feels completely secluded. The main focus here is the beach, on which couples can stroll hand in hand and from which adventurous types can kayak to nearby islands. A clutch of 33 spacious Pool Villas is spread across five levels around a small honey-colored cove. All have ‘gram-worthy sea views, outdoor salas, living rooms and kitchens, plus coloring books for the kids. The decor is down to earth rather than designer, and there are a few sticky doors and scuffs around the edges, although these details are easily forgiven when you take a splash in your private pool. The hotel’s only restaurant (RockPool) is a romantic little number built on a platform over the sea; couples go there to canoodle in the candlelight. The à la carte menu leans toward French cuisine (think pan-fried fois gras and flown-in fresh oysters), but there are plenty of Thai favorites to be found, too. There’s also a blade-shaped infinity pool and a small simply designed spa with a range of fabulous massage treatments.
In the Area
To get straight into the island spirit, take a stroll around the fishermen’s village in Bhoput, a charming seaside stretch of old Chinese shophouses filled with local handicrafts (pick up some coconut candies at Blue Vanilla), cute boutiques, chic restaurants, sizzling street food carts and friendly bars. Want something with a bit more kick? Try a Muay Thai boxing class at Superpro Samui and then watch your trainers in action at Phetch Buncha Stadium later that night.
How to Get There
Family of 4 (2 children -11 and 14) we had a lovely time. Villa was great kids enjoyed the private pool and were content staying there all day. Food at rock pool was lovely. Spa treatment was fantastic, the staff were super polite and very helpful. Spa treatments more expensive than Chaweng, but arpund £30, they are much cheaper than London and well worth it if you dont want want to trek into town. By the time you pay for a 300 Baht taxi there and back you may as well stay at Kanda.
Having a private compound gives ample privacy and security with other villas positioned far enough away you cant hear your neighbours.
We tried the villa cooking and we all had a great time. There was plenty of food which we had plenty left iver for the nexr day. Great villa would highly recommend.
The beach by the villas is a bit rocky, but Chaweng beach is only a short ride away, 300 Baht.
We were lucky enough to be in Ko Samui for the Songkran water festival. It was awesome and highly recommend visiting during this period, especially if you like being part of a huge water pistol fight and love a great atmosphere with music.
Attending the Fisherman's Village on a Friday night is a must, approx 15 mims from the hotel.
The hotel also provide you with your own mobile which can be used for free international calls and have a great app, which allows ypu to book for dinner, spa treatments and any activities via the mobile and allows for 24/7 direct call to the concierge no matter where you are on the island.
Kanda Residence was absolutely stunning. I stayed in a villa with a private pool- gorgeous. The customer service was exceptional and very accommodating. I booked a massage and facial and was extremely happy with both. Very peaceful and relaxing. An overall great experience. Their Restaurant, Rock Pool, was delicious and had great service. The views were amazing.
We travelled on a Luxury Escapes package and Kanda kept the promise, it was excellent. The villa is a complex, with the living area separate to bedroom and bathroom, which would be great for privacy when travelling in groups. We loved the garden pool area and had great ocean views (villa 26) which is close to ROCK POOL. The staff are excellent, especially the ladies who come to clean, they are sooo happy and friendly,are effficient as well. The breakfast, for the size of the resort was very good, and just loved the fresh juices and fruits.Overall a lovely quiet holiday, as the resort is a little isolated, so if you are looking to party, it will mean a taxi ride.
We had our stay at Kanda Residences for our Anniversary through Trip adviser in Oct 18.
From the time we were picked up from the airport we were looked after.The villa was amazing especially having a seperate room for sleeping and lounging and kitchen.As I am an early riser it was nice to not disturb my husband.
It was nice to have our own pool as well.
The view from the dining area was amazing.The staff could not do enough.There were buffets some nights fresh seafood ect.It was nice to sit on the deck to the right under the tree overlooking the water.
We were told of a restaurant nearby" Supattra"it was a highlight you must book.
We went into Chaweng on the local transport(back of a truck) a few times ok for looking around and markets which we ate at a lot.
You can ask the concierge whats on markets ect they book as well.
As we were wanting to unwind which took a few days we heard about Eranda Spa which is a short drive away but they pick you up when you book at Kanda.
This was also a highlight and if we found it sooner we would have had a lot more visits.
We also had a cooking class as part of our package it was so good and fun. There was enough food left for another meal.
The only thing we missed was a beach, we did go in near the resort but it was rocky they provide beach shoes.
We did walk through another resort to the beach but it was very flat.
Overall this was an amazing and relaxing holiday.
Just came back from 11 days in Kanda Residences. We stayed as a group of 8 people ages 14 to 69.
Due to a double booking, we stayed in 2 x 2-bedroom villas for half our stay and the last part of the stay in the 4-bedroom oceanfront villa. We knew about the double booking prior to arrival, and had agreed to this. Kanda compensated us in a fair manner for the inconvenience.
From the front desk to house keeping and the spa we experienced only friendly and competent staff members.
The Rockpool is fantastic. Among the 8 of us, we probably got through pretty much all available dishes. We were never disappointed. We had dinner 7-8 times in the Rockpool during our stay. The executive chef Lisa was suggesting off menu items regularly, which meant it never got boring.
Only downside is the beach. Quite a lot of plastic waste lying around, and in the windy conditions during our stay, it wasn’t possible to get past the rocks. The windy conditions are beyond anybody’s reach, the plastic rubbish however can be removed without much effort. It would bring the beach up to par with the rest of the hotel.