Solid off the beach value
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Samui Heritage Resort is tucked away and would not easily be stumbled upon without knowing it was there. The only access is through a shopping complex, with the resort located at the end of the row of shops and businesses. A teal stucco, stone and wood entrance guarded by lion statues welcomes guests. You’ll need to walk down the stone paved walkway, past the rooms and swimming pool to get to reception.
The resort, although not on the seafront, is only about a 300-metre walk to the back entrance of Fisherman’s Village and Bophut beach. Cross the Ring Road and take the road immediately in front of you towards the sea.
The resort’s restaurant and spa are both located in the row of shops, with the restaurant open for a buffet breakfast from 07:30, and trading through the day until about 21:00 and serving a selection of Thai favourites, as well as snacks and sandwiches. The restaurant doesn’t have much atmosphere, however guests have a wide choice of eating-out options within walking distance, including the popular Fisherman’s Village walking street market on Friday nights. The Chong Co Spa offers massages at beach sala prices; at 200 baht for a Thai massage and 350 baht for a herbal oil massage, even budget conscious explorers can afford to ease travel-weary muscles.
Standard rooms are known as the Samui suites, and offer spacious living conditions, with a separate lounge and kitchenette area. The decor is simple and stylish with stucco walls, crisp white linen, dark wood beds, plenty of light in the way of large windows and recessed lights, and large bathrooms with open-air showers. Suites are equipped with cable TV, air-con and WiFi, with microwaves provided on request for longer stays .Other than the standard Samui suites, the resort also offers the Heritage Suite, ideal for families, as it has two bedrooms and a larger living area, as well as two bathrooms, one a shower room, and the other an open air type with a tub. A larger two bedroom villa is also available, for those wanting the luxury of full house.
On the day of our visit, we were quoted their special of 900 baht a night for the Samui suite, excellent value for the size of the suite and facilities provided, and 15,000 baht for a month’s stay, excluding electricity. These suites are more than just a room, so are suitable for longer stays if the Samui bug bites. At the specials offered, the resort is a good value option for those prepared to compromise seafront for price.
Of similar price, but a little closer to the sea, would be Cocooning Hotel in Fisherman’s Village, with the sea just across the road, and well-priced Thai food, with main dishes starting at only 60 baht. Those not prepared to give up a seaview but also not wanting to break the bank could try L’Hacienda, a great midrange option in Fisherman’s Village with Mediterranean influenced apartments and a rooftop pool.
Samui Heritage Resort doesn’t offer much in the way of a view, although the gardens are pretty with water features, statues and stone walkways. The pool is small but private, as it is only frequented by guests of the resort; no one else can find it! Check when booking if the specials we were quoted still apply; at the advertised rate, other Bophut beachfront options may be a better choice.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.