165/4 Moo 1, Bophut (turn up Soi Sundays, about 500 metres past the traffic lights at Fisherman’s Village when travelling towards Chaweng) T: (0)818 299 045
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The name says it all in this case. The Sundays Sanctuary is precisely a sanctuary, set back from the busy Ring Road in Bophut. It’s not often you’ll find such stylish accommodation at this price on Ko Samui, and what this resort loses from not being beachside, it more than makes up in tranquil appeal, an oasis of a garden and excellent facilities.
Entering the resort from the parking area, you’ll walk through the restaurant-cum-chill lounge, with reception in the corner. The restaurant offers reasonably priced meals, with a focus on Thai food and using organic ingredients when possible. The open sala-type building is airy, and scattered with couches and beanbags in a sophisticated way. This is where you’ll want to spend time if you’re after the free WiFi. There’s also an extensive DVD library.
Leaving the restaurant, a stepping-stone path leads over water to the spa on one side – there are frequent specials such as a herbal steam and scrub for 290 baht – and to the pool on the other side. The slate-grey tiled pool is large and surrounded by a teak deck, with deck chairs and umbrellas kept cool by large trees. In fact the whole resort seems to be engulfed by trees, creepers and a tropical garden.
Stepping over yet more stones, the path leads to the pool view deluxe cottages, and behind these, a block housing the nine standard mountain view rooms. The decor in the rooms is contemporary, serene and minimalist. Floors are concrete screed, windows are framed in dark wood and dressed with wispy cream curtains and the beds are built into a raised platform with an artwork screen behind forming a headboard. The bathrooms are a good size, with the pool villas having sunken concrete bathtubs as well as showers. All rooms are air-con, and the villas have patios while the standard rooms have balconies big enough to relax on and are surrounded by foliage.
Other in-room facilities include TV/DVD, fridges, safes, tea- and coffee-making facilities and both room types come with a choice of king or twin beds.
Sundays is a not-so-well-kept secret, and for the price, you’re not likely to find better value for money. The standard rooms are 550 to 650 baht per night (low/high season), and the deluxe pool view cottages are 800 to 1,100 baht (ditto) — cheaper still if you book online with Agoda.com. Anyone who’s been travelling and staying in backpacker digs for several months will really appreciate the space, the spa-like bathrooms and the oasis of a pool and garden –priced at only marginally more than an average backpacker bungalow on Ko Samui. A short walk to the Ring Road will get you to the songthaew route and the nearby Bophut fresh market.
Looking for a negative, if we have to nit-pick it would be that Sundays is not at the seaside; but once you walk through the door, you’ll not miss the beach. When you do feel like venturing out, Fisherman’s Village and Bophut beach are about a 10-minute walk away.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.