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
Currently staying here for our 10th wedding anniversary. The location (aside from the building noise next door), the staff and the villa are all excellent. The only major downside is that Rockpool (one of the main reasons we chose this resort) is closed for renovations. We totally understand that refurbishment is required from time to time but no notice was given. Notwithstanding that we are having a fabulous time but just going down to other areas for lunch and dinner. We would certainly recommend this place and I am sure Rockpool will be amazing once complete
Bought a Luxury Escape package for this property and added some extra time. It is a wonderful place and the staff are wonderful. Excellent for families as there are 3 and 4 bedroom villas all with en-suites and all with a private plunge pool (maybe not with very young children as the master bed and other beds are either on separate floors of a pavilion or separate pavilions and the pool is undenied). The restaurant on site- Rockpool is lovely and the staff are wonderful. Booking directly will give you a great deal too.
The beach sand is course and the entrance to the water is rocky but fine with water shoes that they have available but we took ours. They also have kayaks for use.
There is a Hyatt being built next door which should be finished in 2 years and could mean it’s noisy on that side.
Just left the kanda and were very sad to leave, all staff were very friendly and super accommodating no request was too difficult. Through our stay one family member became ill, Lisa the head chef from the restaurant noticed we were looking for a medical centre and very kindly personally offered to drive us to a medical centre in town of which she personally used. Above and beyond at every step
Stayed in villa 28 which had amazing views and was very nice.
Beds super comfy and good size private pool.
Rockpool restaurant was delicious and what a view it has.
Would not hesitate to return as it was a stunning location and even better hospitality.
Thanks for a great 8 days
Upon landing at Ko Samui airport the driver greeted us with a big smile and we knew this was going to be an epic holiday. We stayed in Villa 30 with comprised of 3 bedrooms (we only used 1 bedroom), massive bathroom, separate living and kitchen quarters with fully functional laundry and the courtyard had a day bed and pool. Staff were always helpful and smiling, the kids had a ball in the main pool (RockPool), breakfast and the food at the restaurant was great as well. For our small family of 3, this place ticked all the boxes and we were very sad to go back home. The Villa itself is nicely located away from the hustle and bustle of chaweng, but easily accessible via tuk tuk including other destinations and the island. The general manager, Michael was great, giving us helpful tips of places to go and eat for families. Only one small tip, make the cocktail list more extensive. All in all i give this place 10/10 and hope to be back soon.
We stayed as a family of 4 (2 kids under 10) with some family friends for 8 days early Oct. The villas themselves are pretty well located (most shopping areas are a short cab ride away), each villa was really well appointed, clean and the staff and very helpful and friendly.
We ate regularly at the restaurant including breakfast, lunch and dinner and I thought the menu was quite good with lots of options for the kids. The main pool area was fantastic and we spent many hours there most days (though the cocktail menu isn't huge so we'd exhausted that pretty quick)!
Perhaps the only small negative for us was the villa configuration with young kids made it difficult at night (ie we didn't feel comfortable having them in a separate room in our villa -- we'd need to go outside our main bedroom/building then cross our villa courtyard to get to their bedroom/building. The doors also didn't have a "snib" lock so we'd need to use keys all the time to lock/unlock).
All up though a great stay! Highly recommended these villas if you are looking for a relaxing break and a chance to slow down.