Central Samui

Central Samui Beach Resort
38 2 Moo 3 Borpud Chaweng,  
Koh Samui, 84329 
Thailand

On the powdery white sands of Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui's most popular and well developed seashore, lies the Central Samui Beach Resort. Just 15 minutes from the island's tiny airport, this beautifully landscaped resort offers great style and a prime setting to all of Chaweng's attractions.

All of the 208 guestrooms and suites face the ocean and are decorated in a sleek yet traditional Thai manner. My spacious balcony overlooked beautifully landscaped gardens and just beyond, the sea. Every day, fresh indigenous fruits like Rambutans and Durians were replaced in my room with a card describing each type. This was a lovely appetizer before heading down to the excellent buffet-style breakfast at the Palm Grove where, beyond the delicious omelets and pastries, the highlight was the resort's exceptional array of preserves, such as coconut, guava and banana. The five other restaurants include beachside casual dining at the Seabreeze as well as extensive Thai fare and delicious cocktails. Because of the central location of the property, it is also an easy walk down the main strip of Chaweng to a huge assortment of inexpensive restaurants. 

There is no urgency to clamor for a good seat at the beach, as lounge chairs are plentiful and there are many beautiful places to sit. People sat around the large outdoor pool with fountains, on the beach itself, or on the tiered, grassy areas where each level has an unobstructed view of turquoise waters, white sand, and the lush hills on the other part of Koh Samui. Waiters are plentiful and hustle to provide good poolside service.

Many recreational watersports are offered on property or nearby, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing and parasailing. Many vendors also walk the beach selling beautiful tapestries, blankets, clothing and jewelry. Although they are very eager to make a bargain, they cannot come up on the hotel property, so they are never overwhelming. If you see something you like, (which you certainly will) you must walk down onto the sand.       

Tip: Save some energy, because when the sun goes down in Koh Samui, the night is just beginning. After dinner, the many clubs and bars turn up the music and the patrons spill out onto the streets. The night life area is a decent walk or a short van ride away, so be assured that the resort is exceptionally quiet. 

- Cara Chase

 

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