Paradise Beach Resort
What We Love
- A beautifully restyled resort in a quiet location on the island’s northern shore, extras includedA visit to the on-site dive centre - the waters around Koh Samui are teeming with colourful marine life
- The newly updated interiors in the Villas and Grand Deluxe rooms - think calm white simplicity
- Relaxing poolside (there are two pools, in fact) with a cocktail
What To Know
- The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to and from Chaweng and Bophut
- Free WiFi is strong and even reaches the beach
- The pools have plenty of daybeds and umbrellas – you likely won't have to wait one out
Koh Samui may know how to entertain, but there’s a mellower side to the island that’s more about relaxation than raving. On the pale sands of Maenam Beach, you’ll find the aptly named Paradise Beach Resort: an elegantly designed property set in tropical gardens, lush with traveller’s palms and coconut trees.
Recently revamped, Paradise Beach Resort’s style is predominantly white and airy, with pops of sunshine yellow and ikat-print textiles. Watch intense sunsets tinge the sky from the beach bar (it just so happens to be happy hour around this time) and dine on fresh Thai flavours by the sea at Terrace Restaurant – from here, you can see Koh Phangan.
Of course no Thai island getaway would be complete without a traditional massage. Retreat to the resort’s on-site spa to choose from an array of locally inspired therapies, using indigenous natural products.
How to Get There
To put this in context we did stay here in what is considered the off season. The resort was relatively quiet, which is why we travel through Asia at these times. In saying that to the credit of the staff it didn’t change there attentiveness and attitude, in fact the staff here could teach a lot of others what service is. We arrived well before our check in time and left after our check out time, in both instances it wasn’t an issue. All the staff regardless of role always gave a smile. The food was very good, my wife took an extreme liking to the bass. The breakfast was really nice which leads me to single out one individual, there was a server during our breakfasts who was without doubt the most attentive and happy gentleman I have come across, he told us of his failed fishing career and was quite something, unfortunately he was not there the morning of our departure.
The beach is tide dependant but a nice swim to refresh. Our room was really well maintained and clean.
The pools were also nice with both having decent deep ends.
The free shuttle is handy.
We utilised the rental motor bike and had no issues.
All and all this place exceeded our expectation and we will return
I would not advise antone to stay at this hotel in September. I know that the monsoon season in Thailand lasts from May to November, but in Koh Samui the rainiest month is September.
The hotel is completely surrounded with shrubs and trees, some of which overhang the rooms and bungalows. the bungalows cost considerably more and are closer to the sea and dining room.Do not, as I did by looking at the photo on the website expect there to be a beach at the bottom of the garden, there is NOT but there are about 8 steps down to the water, there's about a yard of sand !!!. Why the deceit, I ask myself. On questioning a staff member she said the photos of all the hotels were probably taken about 20 years ago when there was a beach. I do not believe that for one minute.
This was one of the worst hotel experiences I have ever endured, so bad in fact that I had booked for 6 nights but checked out after 2 nights quite happy to lose 4 nights room charges.
On arrival at the reception, the young ladies were very welcoming but there was a young Filipino man who seemed to me to be a bit too cocky, maybe too young for the job.I can't understand why a person should be employed in a Thai hotel who cannot speak the language.
I had booked a bungalow and when we arrived it was pouring very heavy rain, with being surrounded with trees etc, the mosquitoes were out in force. Why did the staff not have the insight to put one or two electric mosquito repellents in the room for 15 minutes before letting us in. They think it's a joke when you tell them you have been bitten all over. I suffered severe pain for 3 days..
The dining room for breakfast is at the bottom of the garden close to the sea, the sides are open to the elements. The food is plentiful but I'm afraid to say that some meat dishes were not covered and the flies were everywhere( which is my worst criticism at any hotel) even on the food. The bacon is precooked, cold and on a tray under the counter out of site. , I hate to think how many flies at eating it down there, the staff did their job and no more, didn't look very happy.
The bungalow was spacious and very comfortable (except for the Mossies) there are not enough electric sockets as is the case with most hotels in Thailand.
The bathroom is a treat, large, well equipped with a huge walk in shower, beautiful towels of all sizes. The swimming pool looked good but we didn't have time to test it. There are only about 20 sunbeds with umbrellas facing the sea but none on a beach which does not exist!st.
1st and last time at this hotel
Was there to celebrate my wife’s birthday, went during the off season and was expecting a torrid time due to the monsoon but whilst there was intermittent rain, it was by and large-cool and lovely, also much less crowded...checked in effortlessly and the room was very clean and bright plus the location by the beach was spectacular. Wonderful breakfast by the terrace overlooking the Thailand gulf, in regards to the attention to detail, just an email to the hotel regarding the birthday celebrations and they surprised her with a cake plus the room was decorated nicely upon our return..truly a magical stay..also the buffet breakfast selection was excellent and of good quality, will stay here again should we come back to koh samui.,