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
What a beautiful resort, so clean and tidy. The staff are so friendly and helpful and meet you at reception with a be beautiful smile. If you want an outing, the staff are happy to book your trip outside of the resort for you. Did the in-house Thai cooking class, what an experience, the chef comes to your own villa. The best place to stay in Koh Samui in my view.
Kanda residence is a beautiful place to stay on Koh Samui, with great rooms and private pools. But what stands out the most is how you are treated by staff. I got sick while away so they took me to and from the hospital for free as well as leaving in my room a kind card and bunch of roses to wish me better. Furthermore they always greet you with a smile and genuinely want to help make your trip enjoyable. I have never experienced such thoughtful staff and would stay there again in a heart beat.
The apartments were very clean and well maintained. I especially loved having a private pool! The daily fruit and water refills were much appreciated. The shopping service provided was very convenient, our friends made great use of it.
We stayed at Kanda Residences for 8 nights and it was fantastic. The view from our villa and the restaurant was beautfiul. Our villa was spacious, well equiped, clean and just perfect. The private pool was a good size for couples or families. Rockpool Restaurant is fabulous and the staff there are great! Spa is good and well priced. We had a problem with lost property, our own doing, and the staff went above and beyond our expectations to assist us. We loved our stay at Kanda Residences and look forward to staying again soon.
I thoroughly enjoyed staying at kanda residence. The staff were extremely friendly and truely showed they cared through their warm welcomes on every arrival and departure to and from the reception and friendly phone calls and flower deliveries when my sister was sick. They were also very helpful when deciding where to eat and where to go and gave us a list of places to visit on our day trip around the island with one of their friendly drivers. Extremely clean and service was great. Would definitely recommend and if I were to return to koh samui I would go back to kanda residence.