Well-managed midrange spot
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This elegant yet friendly resort has a selection of well-designed, spotlessly clean duplex rooms tucked across a beautifully landscaped tropical garden.
Located at the quieter southern end of the beach, the resort maintains a sense of isolation that's otherwise impossible to find on Ao Phai. The 35 rooms have a sitting area with TV, and decks that are afforded partial privacy thanks to abundant palms and fountains. Along with all expected mod-cons, tasteful art and slick black stone bathrooms, many of the pale gold bungalows have views over the beach and out to sea. Though it's older and significantly less expensive than its so-called luxury Ao Phai competitors, Samed Pavilion and Silver Sand, Samed Villa is a far and away the better choice. In fact, it offers some of the best midrange value on the island. Complimentary breakfast is served on a romantic restaurant terrace, and open-air Thai massage salas extend straight to the rocks at Ao Phai's southern end. Staff were extremely helpful and non-pretentious, and they were offering 30% discounts off the already reasonable prices listed below during our September visit. Recommended.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 10th November, 2013.