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 have been to Koh Samui before and always found it to be an amazing place to take a chilled family holiday. This time we chose to stay at Kanda and it was a perfect choice ! From the moment that we arrived we were were met with staff full of smiles and warmth which made us feel really welcome.After a brief journey from the airport we were eager to see our accomadation and we were very pleasantly surprised. Spacious , clean and fully stocked with all of the kitchen utensils etc that you could ever need as well as a washing machine and tumble dryer.The seperate bedroom villas were perfect very clean and well designed.Our pool was perfect with a comfortable cushioned area as well as plenty of sunbeds.The bar/dining area at the resort was lovely , looking out over the sea with a great view.The food and cocktails were great and all of the staff were really amazing. They made a fuss of our two babies Florence and Bodhi (four months old) and they made our holiday a really great experience. The infinity pool is perfect for a relaxing swim or just to lounge around and relax.There are canoes available to use .The spa was brilliant and each of us had a treatment / massage .The food was excellent.I would really encourage people to stay here we had a brilliant timeThank you Kanda staff
My friend and I stayed in a 2 bedroom pool villa for 5 days. It was very clean and well-maintained and comfortable. The staff were lovely and friendly and nothing seemed to be any trouble. We ate at the restaurant most nights and found the menu very extensive and the food was fresh and very good. The location is also good and although there is nothing much nearby it is only 5-10 mins into Chaweng and the airport. There is a daily shuttle, but a taxi is only 300 baht.
Second time for us at the Kanda Residence. We were there just last year and just had to come back! Kanda Residence is an amazing resort, even for Thailand where there are plenty of great places to stay. The villas are specious and spotless, well equipped for longer stays with washing machine, dryers, kitchen, private pool. The location is great, 5 minutes from chaweng and 5 minutes from fishermens' village and still in a quiet area. However it's not just the location or the villa that we loved, but the hospitality and the service.
A few days before we arrived, I received an email from Pekkie, asking us what shopping we would like to have, originally it was supermarket shopping list but for us was important to have mosquito repellent and our favorite shampoo and Pekkie arranged for everything to be ready upon our arrival. Kanda picked us up from the airport, saw us off at the ferry pier, drove us to Chaweng- all complimentary. They even gave us a smartphone, with different services at speed dial- and called us from the front desk, just to see if we need anything. Our comfort was their top priority, and we genuinely felt it.
Rockpool is an amazing restaurant, with modern Thai dishes. Breakfast was lovely and elegant. The spa is great, and had patience for our two young girls.
The resort doesn't have many villas, which adds tot he quiet and homey feeling, with not many people around.
we absolutely loved our stay at Kanda and hope to come back again.