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
From the moment we arrived at this beautiful villa resort,
we were totally impressed. The private pool was the perfect
temperature and the villa was spotless. I would like to mention
that there Rockpool restaurant was a 5 star eating experience without being expensive. Congratulations for the best resort food
and spa on the island. One person was ill during our stay and
all staff were considerate at all times, even taking us to chemist
free of charge. We can't wait to go back!
Kanda Residences was everything we had hoped for and more. From check-in to check-out it was faultless.
A beautiful resort, our pool villa was sensational, they pride themselves on your stay being a home away from home. It was so spacious, clean and very relaxing. You could easily spend the day chilling out in the villa and enjoying the room and pool, it was fully serviced with a kitchen and laundry, great to be able to do your laundry whilst travelling. Our room was serviced twice a day and the housekeeping staff were a pleasure, we looked forward to them dropping in and making sure our room was perfect.
We loved that the resort didn’t overprice their mini bar, restaurant food and drinks, it was very affordable and great happy hour for 2 hours a day in the fabulous Rockpool bar, which also had the most gorgeous view and setting.
Kanda is also perfectly located between Bophut & Chaweng, only 10 mins either way. The resort also offered their hotel car at Taxi pricing which was very convenient.
The breakfast was a fantastic selection including delicious coffee, you also had the option for freshly cooked eggs the way you prefer.
The staff were exceptional, especially Smart from check-in to Lisa the Executuve Chef, always full of local knowledge and ideas on how you should spend your time in Samui, she was also a delight to spend time chatting with, really made you feel at home. A special thank you to On and all the restaurant staff, not only for the free Thai lessons but for the above and beyond service we received, nothing was too hard!
A huge thank you to the whole team and we highly recommend this resort for a stay to remember in Samui, we will definitely be back.
My husband and I recently stayed at Kanda for 8 nights to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We had been to Koh Samui before but not to this resort. It's always concerning that what you see on the internet can vary greatly from what you actually get. Still we checked reviews before booking and it was all very positive. Well I am happy to say it more than exceeded our expectations. From our shuttle from the airport to our goodbyes on our last day we couldn't fault it. When we arrived at the resort we were greeted by Smart who was absolutely delightful. Smart went through all the details of our stay thoroughly and as our villa wasn't quite ready as we were early we were taken to the spa to relax until we could go to our room. Golf carts can transport you around the resort so once our villa was ready we were picked up and transported to our Villa. Well we were absolutely delighted with what we saw, it was devine. It was spacious and very private, our lounge dining was in a separate building to our very large bedroom/ bathroom area. There was also another building with 2 more bedrooms which would make it ideal for a family holiday. Outdoors we had our own private pool, daybed with roof and sun lounges. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
We also had breakfast included in our package and again you sometimes aren't sure exactly what you may get. But it came up trumps. Breakfast was served in the beautiful Rock Pool Restaurant which has views to die for. The food on offer was top notch and as well as the buffet which was very extensive you also had options which would be cooked for you. My favourite was the scrambled egg whites with truffle oil and asparagus. We also had dinner at the restaurant a few times as well as tapas and hats of to executive chef Lisa and her staff as all the food was magnificent.
Lastly we just want to thank the staff at Kanda from housekeeping to gardening staff to food and beverage staff, spa staff and front desk. Unfortunately don't know all their names but thanks to Lisa for that great food, chats and local knowledge. Thanks also to the sweetest girls Waew, Conice, Nim, Biw and On for making our visits to Rock Pool always a pleasant one and a special thanks to Toon for being such a character and making us laugh. Also thanks to K for cocktail skills and looking after us during our shuttle rides to Chawang. The shuttle service is fantastic when you need a beach day or a shopping day and also the shuttle to Fishermans Village is a great service. We also managed 2 massages each during our stay which were great and thanks to the lovely spa staff also.
I could keep going but I hope this covers most aspects of the resort. All in all we couldn't fault our stay, it was probably one of the most relaxing and pleasant holidays we have had and we contribute big part of that to the overall feel of Kanda and especially the awesome staff. Thank you everyone for making us feel so welcome.
We stayed at Villa No. 25 and it was a mini home in Thailand! The staff is attentive and very polite. We tried the in villa Thai cooking, where our chefs were extremely helpful. Great experience overall!
We stayed here for a period of 12 days and had a wonderful time. Exactly what we needed with everything at the doorstep ie your own pool. The villas are super sized and set out perfectly for a couple or a family. Rockpool restaurant was fantastic and chef Lisa went out of her way to prepare a special dish for us as pictured