The Kandaburi Resort and Spa in Koh Samui has some of the largest rooms in Thailand. For many people, when the climate is humid, this constitutes luxury.
How to define luxury? For some it’s satin sheets, a butler at the door, and someone to cater to every whim. For others it’s space to lounge about in, a bedroom to oneself and maybe somewhere to make a cup of coffee or tea without having to give up part of one’s dressing table.
Checking hotels on Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest island, I came to the conclusion that a family suite at the 183-room Kandaburi Resort and Spa would cost just a little more (in some cases a little bit less) than a room in one of the 5-star resorts on that island. I like luxury, space is a luxury and when I chanced on the hotel it seemed to be just what I was after, as it offered rooms with a minimum of 52 square metres, perfect for people who want that extra bit of space.
Location of The Kandaburi Resort and Spa
The Kandaburi Resort and Spa is located on the north-easts side of the island on the Chaweng Beach, just 70 minutes from Bangkok by air and 45 minutes by passenger ferry from Surat Thani, or 100 minutes by car ferry if travelling with own transport.
The hotel is unusual in that the complex sits on either side of the road, one side delivering beachside accommodation and the other side hillside views from an elevated position, giving clients an excellent choice of venue. The beachside part of the hotel fronts right on to the famous Chaweng Beach with its long curve of golden sands, its beach bars and food stalls and stalls manned by local trader selling ethnic beach wraps, dresses, shirts and shorts.
The same high standard of service, accommodation and facilities are available in both wings of the hotel, and satellite television, in-room safes and a free shuttle service to downtown Chaweng are available from either side. The relaxing spa with natural treatments is located in the beachside wing of the hotel but does not necessitate a trip through the whole hotel to reach it. Computers are located in the lobby and WiFi is installed in most rooms. There is a swimming pool in each wing and even a golf cart to transport clients from one to the other.
Is It Necessary to Book a Suite?
Although there were only two of us, we booked the family suite because KohSamui can be hot and humid at the time of year we travelled. (Check this out before you travel). As well as two bedrooms, the suite had a large balcony accessed through sliding doors from both master bedroom and sitting-room, a dining-room (with pantry and room for tea- and coffee-making equipment, foods, fruit etc.), and a sitting-room with sofas, chairs, television and tables. The balcony had a large teak table and chairs to seat four people along with comfortable sun loungers.
Beachside Breakfast Buffet and the Tom Yam Thai Restaurant
Walking along Chaweng Beach before breakfast was an ideal form of exercise and gave us a good appetite for the buffet breakfast served in the beachside restaurant: tropical fruits, freshly squeezed juices, yoghurts, breads, croissants, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, waffles, pancakes, eggs in all forms, and of course, Thai specialities.
The same beachside restaurant offers an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, though the evening menu is sometimes replaced with a seafood buffet which will invariably include lobster and tiger prawns as well as fish, meat and vegetables.
Most visitors to Thailand are already familiar with Thai cooking and the Thai restaurant at the Kandaburi Resort & Spa, the Tom Yam Thai, has an excellent local reputation and serves popular local food ( proven nightly by the number of local people eating there) as well as a Royal Cuisine menu. Before eating at the Tom Yam Thai, a cocktail at the romantic Beach Bar during Happy Hours can be recommended, especially if it is a moonlit night .
And yes, having such space was luxurious. Although we never seemed to have time to use all the facilities in our suite, the fact that they were there made the stay very enjoyable. I shall do this again, but where will I find such large rooms, I wonder.