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
Having to check out of our original Resort due to water problems we were lucky to get a villa at Kanda at a great rate for our last night in Ko Samui. From the moment I rang to arrange a room,to the warm welcome at reception the buggy ride to our villa and the great dinner at RockPool and of course the wonderful breakfast what a delightful place to stay.Thank you all.
We have visited twice before (2009 and 2013) and the place remains special to us. The villas are amazing with lots of space, private pool and sea view.
The Rock Pool restaurant is awesome. Located right on the rocks with dramatic views of the bay. It has been expanded since we were there last with a new deck perched over the beach. Great menu, good prices and friendly staff.
We hope to come back a fourth time ...
The villas are huge and with a nice pool which is cleaned every other day. Great amenities and thoughtful care and responsiveness by staff. We had an overall great stay for a bit less than a week`s slow family together time.
*Good and great tuff.
The villa and the amenities
Smartphone / tablet with all info and for free calls
High speed AND stable internet connection
Breakfast, food and view
Restaurant - good food and not overly expensive
Gym - limited but enough equipment, great sound system
*Areas of improvement
A bit too warm for a comfortable breakfast, need more fans
Tuning settings on all TV channels
The beds have a wide wooden edge which you risk hitting your legs and toes on. Takes a few nights to get used to and avoid
In general, the location is very good in relation to things to do and the airport, you can go anywhere in about 10-15 minutes by cab, most rides cost 300-400 baht. However, there is nothing just around, so you need to use a taxi for any outside activities.