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Shiva Samui
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Excellent for private families getaway. Food is good and staff are super helpful & friendly especially Fiona, Luke and not to mentioned their super excellent breakfast. Top notch!!
You will need a car or motorbike to move around.

Stayed from June 5 - 12, 2011 and to sum it up, excellent stay. Keep up the good job guys! Highly recommended & will tell friends and families ( US & M'sia or around the world) abt. your resort.

Josephine Ong Oulevay
Anaheim, CA

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

What we enjoyed our stay at Baan Chabba! It was a dream holiday. Thanks to the whole staff of Samui Beach. The beautiful house (which was an incredible surprise!), beautiful nature and the beach, breakfast each morning, fine dining roomservice, a lovely island trip, a dream-cooking class, visit to the market with Pong, the convenient taxi service , the shopping service and last but not least: friendliness and great service from all staff: it was all top class! A wonderful experience that we look back with nostalgia!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

So I will get right to the point. My partner and I spent 12 days at Samui Beach Village (Baan Suay). We couldn't have asked for more The service was great. If we wanted or needed anything it was only a phone call away. We thought the food was very-very good. Service at the restaurant and room service was amazing! Staff was friendly, courteous and respectful.
It was nice to have stayed in Baan Suay. Rooms were very clean and cleaned every day. Layout was very nice very roomy and spacious. The daily breakfast waiting for us when we woke up was nice. The coffee was even brewing when I woke up! The pool was very nice and pretty big as well.
The location was great for us. It was not in a busy area but only 15-30 mins from anywhere we wanted to go. They provided a free shuttle service daily or got a taxi for us with very reasonable rates. Comfy too!!
If I had to say what we liked least the beach could be a bit better.
If I had to say what we liked best I would say the staff. Every one that we spoke with was happy and as helpful as one can be. To have a happy staff says alot about the enviroment they work in!!!
All in all it was a great place to stay and will certainly be back!

Room Tip: Baan Suay was a perfect 3 bedroom villa!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

We booked 2 of the self-catering villas in Samui Beach Village for 2 weeks over the Easter holidays - my family flew in from London and met my sister and her family there from Brisbane. We had 4 adults, 5 kids and 1 granny between us, and I can honestly say that this was the most amazing holiday.

The villas are huge and clean and beautifully maintained. The pools are swept every day and the security guard became a firm friend of all the kids. The on-site restaurant food is excellent, and we hired the chef for a private meal one night which was really fun. And the beach is as good as private - we shared the endless white sands with no-one but a farmer and his buffalo walking through every evening.

Having the sister hotel resort next door is great for another (cheaper) restaurant option and the main pool is slightly bigger and literally on the beach. And the free taxi service to Lamai and back each day gives you just long enough to enjoy a shopping trip along the main strip and a beer on the beach before heading home for a sundowner!

Koh Samui is a beautiful island and very child-friendly - we hired bikes through the resort and loaded them up with the kids and felt really safe travelling around between towns, beaches, waterfalls and elephant rides. A good tip is that there are lots of top-end luxury spa hotels that you can go to for lunch and they were always happy for the kids to use the pools and the private beaches, often with canoes too.

I would absolutely recommend the villas and the resort to anyone looking for a high-end self catering holiday that's both quiet and relaxing but also minutes from the bustle and excitement of Lamai and the rest of Koh Samui. And I'm very rarely so uncritical!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 May 2011


Beach - only downside HOWEVER Tha fact that there are no crashing waves and pure White sandy beach means it's much more quiet and unspoilt with only a handful of locals keeping to themselves and other holidayers going for a long walk into the water as tide comes in just before sunset.romantic and/or meditative. Incredibly you can walk for over 200yards or so into the water and only be up to your knees. Ideal for kids. Amazing view of the aspect of Laem Set beach from a good distance. Koh Samui is beautiful to look at from the water. We visited Lamai beach once (10mins shuttle or scooter ride - so 
easy) and thereafter were happy with the pools and quiet sanctuary of the resort which truly feels like a TINY village. SBV beach is fine to walk on and clean enough. If it were a perfect White sand beach with crashing waves it would not be the hideaway that it is. 

Staff - Sweet staff. Attentive and not in your face. Management are English & Australian as well as Thai. Owners are English & Thai. 

Rooms/Villas: stayed in a groundfloor Ocean room for 7 nights then moved onto a Villa called Rimhaad for last 2 nights. The 10 ocean rooms are a superb idea. You feel part of a tiny community of guests who will say hello or leave you to your privacy as you relax in the plunge pool and sunbeds you share with guests staying above or below you. We came off peak (May) and were at one point the only guests in Ocean Rooms. Only annoyance: Orchid Resort across the way (other side of the tiny bridge that separates you) has a restaurant that is visible. Staff aren't very professional but are harmless. You can use Orchid resorts 2 fab pools or just stick to SBV's own Clubhouse pool & facilities. 

Clubhouse: it's a 5 minute walk from all villas and Ocean rooms. It includes the large pool, tennis courts, games area, gym, spa, restaurant and reception. This is what you will see when you enter the resort in their own branded and clean and comfortable vehicles (if 
you let them arrange your transfers). There is a golf cart staff use and they will give you a lift to your room as and when is necessary. Otherwise the walk to and from is lush with spectacularly kept plants & trees (it's jungle remember) and the walk helps digest the menu which should be award winning. Porrn I think is the head Chef and she is the cutest loveliest lady. Very humble. 

Food: menu for lunch and dinner very diverse and tasty as well as serving halal meat (big plus for us - they must source from the Muslim village nearby which I never caught sight of - the locals really keep to themselves in this unspoilt beautifully lush and green area). Breakfast is basic but the fruit, coffee and service are all so pleasant it wasn't an issue.  Continental brekkie as well as Eggs all available as well as vast shakes (smoothies) and fresh juice.

Resort next door (X2 resort) has an amazing chef&menu and the interior design is impressive to say the least. There are tons more local restaurants that SBV recommend in the guest info you receive. Rockys is another. Cliff Bar .... Wow! Samui Beach Spa Resorts Renaissance restaurant is a must to visit. Think that's the name. It's in Lamai. Great vegan,raw and other stuff on internationally renowned menu.

Location: yes it's not Lamai or Chaweng but if you want to explore all you have to do is hire a scooter via SBV for 250Baht perday (fiver) and away you go. Independent! Or use the free daily SBV shuttle service. Taxis are available but no point. Just get a scooter! Lamai was enough for us. Chaweng we drove through and looked way too touristy. 

Value for money: in the resort you're looking at a lunch or dinner (soft drinks included in this approx) for 2 ranging from 600Baht to 1200Baht which is only about 12-24quid and the food is superb. Village burger is amazing. The Veg pizza very nice. All Thai dishes are mouth watering and way better than UK Thai restaurants like Mango Tree. Most the time our meals were only approx 14quid for both of us.

Spa: Louise and the other main massage therapist are so so so professional and forthcoming. ESP after our disappointing experience in Bangkok. The Spa at SBV is very respectable in size and decor and serene to be in. Incredibly clean. 5+Star to be fair. Very high standard for food and spa for sure. 

Tennis court - huge. 

Table tennis - fun. 

Pool table also I think. 

Clubhouse Pool is very adult and clean and good for relaxing in as well as swimming. 

I would recommend this place. It is definitely on it's way to becoming a luxury resort but honestly not necessary. It's got an unspoilt yet clean and maintained feel in a great serene location. 

There are stray dogs everywhere in Koh Samui. The few in SBV are very well mannered. I didn't stroke them! They kept away from me even though I love dogs. 

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Additional Information about Shiva Samui

Address: 443/3, Moo 1, Laem Set, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand (Formerly Samui Beach Village)
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Laem Set
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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Laem Set
Price Range: $165 - $739 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Shiva Samui 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shiva Samui, the new name for Samui Beach Village is a luxury beachfront villa resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer luxury villas from 2 to 5 bedrooms each with private pools, daily maid service and everything you expect from a luxury resort. We also have 1 or 2 bedroom Ocean Rooms with beautiful Ocean views and the resort boasts a Clubhouse with Restaurant, Flood-lit Tennis Court, Fitness Center, Spa, complimentary Water Sports, a FREE Children's Club and more. Brand New for 2016 is our newly opened Beach Club, with a top class beach side restaurant, terrace, and stunning pool with jacuzzi and swim up bar for relaxing and unwinding day and evening. All with over 90 on-site staff and concierge hotel-style services. Ideal for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or your perfect beach wedding. ... more   less 
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Shiva Samui Ko Samui, Thailand

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