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
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.
We just completed 4 day stay.
We rented a basic garden suite villa with private pool. It was anything but basic. We have visited 40+ countries and stayed at mostly 4 & 5 stars hotels/ resorts.
Kanda is by FAR the nicest self contained villa you can imagine
We stayed in villa 16 which has one row of villas between it and the ocean. It didn’t diminish our view of the ocean ( yes we could see the ocean despite it not being advertised as such.
The villa has 4 elements. 1) a general kitchen dining living room building which had adequate room for 6
2) a master bedroom with huge closet, bathroom (gorgeous) and an outdoor shower which we used all the time instead of the bathtub or indoor shower
3) a second building housing the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms (we didnt use) if you had more than 2 persons
4) a huge patio area with a platform bedding area to lounge, 2 loungers umbrella and a lovely pool, which was definitely bigger than a plunge pool.
We are already talking about coming back despite the 15 hr flight from Canada.
These units are completely private. It really is perfect. You could not tell if the resort was almost empty or almost full, it was that private.
The breakfast included was plentiful and delicious with a great ocean view.
The staff were great and very attentive.
The beach is walkable but not swimmable. We stayed in our own oasis most of the time.
We never go to the same place twice.
This is an amazing place!!
We had a beautiful one bedroom villa with bathroom (including indoor and outdoor shower) with a separate living and kitchen building with fantastic views out to our private pool and the ocean.
Having a private pool is the best. It also had a daybed and two loungers. No need to get up and stick your towels out to reserve your spot.
Waking up in the morning with the sunrise and the birds singing. It doesn’t get much better than that.
It is so good, we have booked to go back for our 15 year wedding anniversary. First time ever we’ve revisited the same resort.
The staff are amazing and sooo helpful. Great for a free shuttle into Chaweng twice daily (less than 10 mins) and a shuttle back in the afternoon if you need it.
As for the food! Well the head chef at RockPool, Lisa Lang, is amazing. Her food is delicious and it’s well worth doing an organised cooking class with one of her chefs.
Looking forward to March 2020 already!!
A big thank you to the Kanda team!!
Without doubt the best place that me and my family have stayed in, anywhere in the world. Beautiful and spacious along with excellent staff and service. We will most definitely be back. Excellent value for money