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Kanda Residences
Ranked #62 of 185 Hotels in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 November 2009

We stayed 2 nights in the great resort. The villa’s are very spacious and private.

We arrived in the morning. The check in was very efficient. We were told that the villa was not ready yet, but 2 minutes later the receptionist said that we could go to the villa. We received a voucher for a welcome cocktail, we could choose whatever we wanted, this was great service! The receptionist drove us with buggy to the villa, but first we got a tour over the property. The property looks big and the villa’s are build on a hill with views to the beach.

We arrived in Villa number 12. When we arrived I thought I did not like it as we passed two doors before we came to our bedroom. The receptionist showed us the bedroom and the living room. They are separate from each other. The views are stunning and the living room has nice furniture and a kitchen. When the receptionist left I noticed that the two other rooms were the second and third bed room. We were upgraded to a three bedroom villa. We were very surprised by the size of the villa. We loved it!!

As said the villa we had was very private. A swimming pool (infinity), a sala, a living room and three bedrooms each with own bathroom. The master bedroom is large and has a nice bathroom too. There is wooden edge on the bed, we did not like that.

We spend most of the time in our villa. Wireless Internet works good, only not for the macbook. The pool is a bit cold, but it was not too cold. We stayed in raining season, so we could not make use of our Sala and sun beds, but we swam quite often.

We did miss a toilet in the living room. If you want to go to the toilet you have to go to your bathroom. The villa is very clean. The cleaning ladies are doing a great job and they spend a lot of time to clean the villa. We noticed that they worked for approx. one hour in our villa to clean it.

The villa is very luxurious without luxurious furniture, etc. Everything you need is there, everything is in working order.

The reception has to improve a little. When we asked for a rental car the receptionist advised us a certain rental agent. The receptionist mentioned the wrong price to us (the price she mentioned was higher than the price written in the book she gave us) and she had to inform us about the insurance especially as the man from the rental agency did not speak any English. We made an arrangement including a massage and including breakfast. Upon arrival the receptionist said that we did not have breakfast included and no massage. I showed her my reservation document and still she had to investigate if this was included or not. Finally she agreed to our made reservation with amenities.

The service in the restaurant is very stiff. The waiters are watching you the entire time, we ate 3 times in the restaurant, so they knew us, but still no jokes made, if they wanted to bring food or clear the plates they always apologized. In our opinion they have to be more loose.

Massages are very good and totally not pricey. We also had some massages in town. The massage in the hotel is a bit more expensive, but the atmosphere is so much better that it’s worth the price.

We had the feeling we were the only couple in the hotel, this was not the case but we never saw any other couple going to their villa. We saw other ‘guests’ during dinner. When we checked out we saw that more reservations were made to make use of the drop off service by the hotel. So we were not the only guests.

The hotel is not far from town, you can go for THB 300 with taxi to Chaweng beach. If you want to go out you can, if you want to have rest and see nobody this is possible too. They even have in villa dining.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

what a beautiful kide away what a beautiful island what beautiful people
when you need a break and need time to smell the roses this is the place
a little out of the mad race of chewang but this is a blessing if your wanting a quiet holiday and go in to the action when you want

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

Stayed for first two weeks in April (rained almost on a daily basis and barely saw the sun!) Villas were nicely furnished and decorated tho the food didnt satisfy the 5 star criteria. The "private beach" was atrocious with rocks and pebbles and it is definitely NOT a place to swim. The hotel was very isolated from rest of the town hence needed a separate transportation which took approx 15 mins to the city- quite an inconvenience if you are planning on activities. Highly recommended if you are planning on just staying within the resort with a large number of pax or a family since kitchen provided and willing to go for neither with lack of food selection nor a swimmable beach. Must admit the villas were spectacular albeit numerous flooding in the bathroom (took them 3 days to fix). Suggest to go for less expensive resorts near the main street if looking for abundant activities and great seafood (very economical vs. hotel's overly priced mediocre dishes) or if you are looking for a relaxing tranquil getaway definitely go elsewhere on the island. FYI, avoid the spa!!! Better professional treatment available in the city with 1/10th of the price.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

As anyone who has read any of my previous reviews knows I’m very fussy however so far as Karma Samui was concerned I had no major complaints.
On arrival we were greeted by the manager and told our room was ready (we had arrived 2 hours before check in time). We were taken to our villa by a gracious member of staff where we were checked in. We were upgraded to three bedroom villa which was especially good considering the discounted room rate we had paid.
The villa was spacious with a slightly obscured view of the sea however we were over looked by no one and it was generally a private space. Only one slight winge – there was no toilet off the main living area so you had a bit of a walk after a few beers.
The spa was ok the treatment was good but the facilities a little cramped.
The food at the restaurant was good with a range of wacky cocktails- ‘spit roasted Mekong mary’ being one (don’t think too long about the name).
All in all this hotel is well worth the money excellent service, handy for Chaweng Beach but still with a sense of being away from it. If I was the sort of person who stayed at hotels more than once I’d definitely be back – keep up the good work!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2009

From start to finish, we were treated like royalty. The location is perfect, away from busy Chaweng, yet only 5 mins away by car. You get collected by them in a lovely car, with water and cold towels. It is only 5 mins from the airport, so that's easy. On arrival you are taken by buggy to your villa.

The villa's are out of this world! Our pool had an amazing sea view, the pool was huge, I had expected a plunge pool. It was cleaned every other day. The kitchen/dinner was huge and having the utility room was handy, I managed to wash all our clothes before we left. The villa's are cleaned twice a day, they even change the water in the kettle! We have stayed in many 5 star resorts, this was one of the most impressive. You do really get the best of both worlds, all the conveniences of a hotel, but with a fully equiped villa. We have stayed at the Sala Samui before. Which is nice, but the villa's is just one room and a small plunge pool. Karma villa kitchen/dinner alone is the size of 3 sala villa's!
When booking do ask if there is a pond outside any of the bedrooms and if it has frogs in. We had very loud frogs!
Try and get breakfast included in your price.
The staff are amazing! The resort manager Kris is great, we had a couple of bad meals out, from then we only ate at places he recommended, they were all very good. To name a few were, eat sense, kanda buri and muda house.
We ate at dinning on the rocks at the sixth sense resort, it was the worst meal I have ever eaten! There were 2 of us, no drinking and shared dessert it was 6000 barth (over £100). We live in london and frequently go to Gordon Ramsay restaurants, so are not afraid of paying a lot of money and enjoy really good food! There were ants crawling on our plate, the food was totally sub standard, please don't waste your money!!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Kanda Residences

Address: 80/32 Moo 5, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly Karma Samui)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 Top resorts Hotel in Bophut
#40 Spa Hotel in Bophut
#43 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#53 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range: $301 - $1,285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kanda Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally-located, elegant, ocean-facing, over-sized pool villa retreat. Five minutes from both Koh Samui International Airport and Chaweng Beach. Choose from One to Three bedroom villas with minimum size of 400 square metres. Grand living area, private swimming pool, outdoor terrace and Thai-style sala (pavilion).Home to "Rock Pool" the iconic beachfront restaurant. Asian Wellness Centre with certified Wat Po Thai Massage therapist, Reiki treatments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Karma Samui Hotel Koh Samui
Karma Samui Koh
Kanda Residences Ko Samui/Bophut

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