I can never be accused of not doing my research. Choosing the hotel we wanted to stay at on Koh Samui literally took months. We had high expectations and not the biggest budget. We wanted a hotel on the beach, close to the main area of Chaweng but far enough to feel secluded and away from it all. We wanted luxury but did not want to spend more than R1000 a night. Basically, we wanted a tropical paradise for our 2nd, wait 3rd honeymoon.
The first difficult part was choosing which beach we wanted to stay at. It’s an island so there are many to choose from. Prices varied dramatically between the beach resorts and the quality of the beach. In the end, we chose Chaweng Noi. It is about 2,5km from Chaweng (the main beach) so its not really walking distance but it is on a relatively quiet stretch of beach with soft sand and gentle waves.
Hotels in Koh Samui are pricey, generally it is more expensive than Phuket, so bear that in mind when choosing your destination.
We chose the Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi as it fitted most of our criteria.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by relatively friendly staff. They seemed disorganized and struggled to find our reservation.
When we got to the room we were disappointed. It was cramped, the view was obscured by a roof and we could hear all the noise from the main road. The first night I slept terribly as I could hear every car that zoomed past. I was up at 7am to request a room change. They obliged. The second room was much better. It had a view and was not on the main road. I was really peeved that they put us in that crappy first room when another room was available. I will never understand why hotels do that. If you know a room is sub-par then give your clients a better room immediately, don’t wait for them to complain.The room we were in initially, obviously required sound proofing like our hotel in Phuket had.
Once we were in the new room, we didn’t care that the room was small because we were waking up to this every morning:
The rooms had all the amenities necessary. They gave thick beach towels daily. The wifi worked well. The bed was harder than I like, and I generally like a firm bed. We hardly spent any time in the room because we were in a tropical paradise.
Breakfast was served on the beach. What a wonderful way to start a morning. The beach bar had Happy Hour about 3 times a day which was great for sipping mocktails on the beach.
We used the hotel pools once in the 6 days we were there. The sea water was warmer and just wonderful. We tried a bit of snorkeling in the coral reef near the hotel. I can’t really swim so lucky enough the water was shallow enough for me to stand when I got tired (most of the time).
One of the highlights for us was the live band they had playing on the beach at night. They had beautiful voices and were playing alternative music which we loved. We came back night after night to listen to them and never got tired of them. They were a fantastic for romantic dinners on the beach. They were basically the only reason we had dinner at the hotel restaurant which was rather pricey.
I would definitely recommend the Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi. There are far more luxurious beaches in Koh Samui, but for the price and location, they can’t be beat.
The Deets: IMPIANA RESORT CHAWENG NOI
91/2-3 Moo 3, Chaweng Noi Beach,
Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320,