One of Samet's best luxury resorts
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With its modernist bungalows, chic blue and white decor and simple tropical accents, this is the most stylish spot on Haad Sai Kaew.
The cheapest deluxe rooms are set a good walk from the beach and, while perfectly comfortable and with all the mod-cons you'd expect, are questionable value -- shell out a little more dough and the quality rises considerably. Inviting sky blue cottages have plush wood floors, colourful cushioned perches and private swings on large terraces. If possible, we'd go for one of the cottages over the regular premier rooms, which are set in two-storey blocks around the pool. While stylish, these lack the charm of the cottages. Sharply decorated “seaside premier” rooms are accessed through a massive wood gateway and offer an experience unlike any other on Samet, with aqua blue light peeking through artistically scattered wood strips that make up the head boards, tie-dyed pillows and sleek polished concrete bathrooms. Step all the way up to the poolside villas and you'll get a gorgeous pod of style and comfort that opens to the resort's perfectly formed swimming pool. The resort has a lively full-scale bar, cafe, restaurant, fitness room and spa. Strangely, when we inquired about possibly reserving a room, the reception staff told us to call the head office in Bangkok.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.